The descriptive tag of “casual luxury” is spot-on for this five-star design hotel. Warm and inviting contemporary rooms are housed behind the historic facade of a 19th-century building with views of the Ringstraße and State Opera House. Modern meets traditional in the Ring Suite, where contemporary furniture rests under a ceiling of beautiful stucco work. Unlike many of its upscale hotel neighbors, there aren’t any nods to the Habsburgs or Vienna’s imperial past. (Sorry, no gold faucets or garish decor here!) The hotel has already become a favorite spot for members of the music and movie world, with a guestbook boasting visits from the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Axl Rose, Beyoncé, Morrissey, and the Cure.
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An assortment of cafés, restaurants, and bars sits in this stylish corner of the First District, alongside galleries and the fashion boutiques at the Kohlmarkt and Kärtner Straße. Most of the city’s major sights are a short walk away, including the Vienna State Opera House and the Hofburg Imperial Palace.
Need to Know
Rooms: 68 rooms and suites. From $210. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Contemporary design meets a fresh international menu in the chic At Eight restaurant. Wind down for the night or get ready for an evening out with drinks at the ultra-modern Dringsbar. Spa and gym details: Guests have access to a fitness center and day spa with sauna and steam bath.
Who it's for: Young professionals and anyone else looking for a little laid-back luxury. Our favorite rooms: Go for the Cosmopolitan Suite with warm green and brown tones that create a calm ambience, or the exclusive Ring Suite for great views. Wine dinners: Each Friday, the restaurant hosts special dinners with local wineries. Ask in advance for details and reservations.