Built between 1840 and1845 by Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, arguably the most influential royal family in Europe, the Palais Coburg is a bright and spacious bit of luxury. Opened in 2003 after extensive restoration, the palais has suites (and only suites) that are clean and classy, sometimes even grandiose with antique furniture and vibrantly lit chandeliers. Many suites are named in honor of important members of the family such as Queen Victoria and Albert of England, and King Leopold I of Belgium, so guests will get a lesson in the history of Europe’s intermarried royal families.
Outside is a quiet garden with a water basin, shade trees, and magnolias. The outdoor café provides sanctuary from the city and is a great place to enjoy breakfast. In addition to two marvelous restaurants, Palais Coburg is said to have one of the largest wine cellars in all of Europe.
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Like most of Vienna’s luxury hotels and famous sights, Palais Coburg is in the First District. Its location just a few steps from the Stadtpark makes it easy to escape the city and enjoy a little green space. An assortment of Vienna’s monasteries can also be found nearby, including the Heiligenkreuzerhof, the courtyard of the Cistercian Order of the Holy Cross.
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Rooms: 34 suites. From $560. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Choose from a gourmet dinner at the two-Michelin-starred Silvio Nickol or Clementine in the garden pavilion. Spa and gym details: Massages, cosmetics, and even wine spa therapy are available.
Who it's for: Elite travelers who want the royal treatment. Our favorite rooms: The opulent 307 Antoinette Suite has no less than three balconies and a magnificent view of the cathedral. Dine outdoors: Make time for a leisurely breakfast at Clementine’s in the bright, airy pavilion or on the veranda.