The Hottest Place to Stay in Wien for bright young things
This place is almost too cool for Vienna, but based on the reviews it's a much needed breath of fresh air in this fairly stuffy imperial capital that is finally channeling its "inner Berlin." I like it.
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The Un-Hapsburg Hotel Daniel Vienna
The Hotel Daniel has an open kitchen, bakery/cafe and retro boutique in the lobby. Out front by a little garden, there's an Airstream trailer converted into a guest room. In Europe's most classically preserved city, showcasing the glory of the Hapsburg Dynasty, the Daniel is a much needed shot of the 21st century.
A short walk from Klimt's masterpieces in the Belvedere Museum, the 155-room hotel occupies an International Style glass building inspired by the iconic Lever House in New York. As soon as you enter, the fresh market vibe is a jarring contradiction to the Modernist exterior.
Try the Quirky Turkey sandwich and fresh homemade pastries. Breakfast is a big healthy buffet of fruits, breads, granolas, soft boiled eggs, etc. The cafe and lobby are consumed in natural light, with vines and plants growing everywhere. Stacks of warehouse pallets are used for coffee tables littered with magazines from all over the world.
At the little shop, a $900 single speed bike for sale hangs over the front desk.
The bulk of rooms are small but brilliantly designed (I paid $122 last fall). The glass shower and small vanity are at the foot of the bed. Industrial pot lamps hang over the bed. I love the unfinished concrete ceiling with old hardware and unpatched holes left over from the renovation.
"This is a new category for the lively, urban city hotel," says owner Florian Weitzer. "It’s tasteful with purposeful streamlining because we don’t want to get in the way of our guests.”