Located just across from the famous Vienna State Opera, Hotel Bristol exemplifies classic Viennese charm and grandeur. Owned by the Sacher Group, the hotel offers the chance to stay in elegant art deco style or more classic Viennese period rooms with a noble ambience. Recent restoration by interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has revived some of the original art deco style and underlines the elegance the hotel has been known for since its opening in 1892. Five new spacious Bristol Suites were added in 2013, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering a panoramic view of the Opera and bustling Ringstraße.
While all the rooms are stunning, guests will want to explore. Open spaces—the foyer, salons, and stairways—reflect beautiful design details, marble floors, and artwork. Take time to savor a meal in the Bristol Lounge, or gather for drinks after the opera in the intimate and plush Bristol Bar.
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Situated right across from the world-renowned Vienna State Opera House in the First District, Hotel Bristol is in the heart of classic Vienna. Here one finds an assortment of cultural treasures, from prized architecture to outstanding museums like the Albertina, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral. It’s the city’s least populated district, so you’ll find few people who actually live here, but you will find Kärntner Straße, Vienna’s most famous shopping street. Shops include the Swarovski flagship store, the high-end Steffl department store, and an unfathomable amount of stores selling Mozart souvenirs.
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Rooms: 127 rooms, 23 suites. From $327. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the Bristol Lounge, an art deco–designed restaurant focusing on fresh, seasonal ingredients and contemporary Austrian flavors. Beautiful woodwork, chandeliers, high ceilings, and an open fireplace create a warm ambience worthy of the breakfast buffet, at the very least. Spa and gym details: The fitness center features a view of the city center.
Who it's for: Sophisticated travelers, particularly those going to the opera, who want to experience classic Viennese elegance. Our favorite rooms: The gorgeous and grandiose Prince of Wales Suite doesn’t come cheap, but you’ll feel like royalty in this former residence of Prince Edward VII. An elegant salon, beautiful marble, antiques, and a private fitness area with sauna are just a few of the highlights. Late dining: Dinner service begins at 6 p.m., and reservations can be made for as late as 10:30 p.m. via the hotel’s website.