Since opening in October 2013, the Guesthouse has filled a niche in the First District: a classy boutique hotel that allows guests to live like a temporary and incredibly stylish resident. Architect Arkan Zeytinoglu transformed this former 1950s student hostel into an upscale hotel noted for its pop-out windows. Sir Terence Conran brought a timeless, fuss-free Viennese design to the interior for a home-away-from-home feel. All rooms have exquisitely built Wittmann sofas atop the wood floors, and rooms facing the Albertina feature Friedrich Kiesler’s cantilever chairs designed in the 1930s.
The sleek bathroom includes clear glass rainforest showers and bathtubs, as well as amenities like handmade soaps from Viennese maker Wolfgang Lederhaas and other bath products by Molton Brown.
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The hotel’s location across from the Albertina and steps away from the Vienna State Opera couldn’t be more central, but its position in a more residential section makes it feel a bit like a proper city neighborhood.
Need to Know
Rooms: 39 rooms. From $190. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Mix with the locals each morning over fresh baked breads at the in-house Brasserie & Bakery on the ground floor. Spa and gym details: No gym or spa.
Who it's for: Travelers who want to immerse themselves in a city and live like a local. Our favorite rooms: The stylish and cozy Deluxe Opera View Rooms. Picnic time: Plan a day outdoors and request one of the hotel’s picnic baskets, stocked with homemade antipasti, herb creem cheese spread, breads, cakes and sweets, and local wine, plus a picnic blanket.