This 1873 Renaissance-revival structure, built by Danish architect Theophil Edvard Hansen along Vienna’s famous Ringstraße, preserves the original architectural details while adding contemporary creature comforts, such as oversize beds and deep soaking tubs. While classic in style, the rooms are firmly rooted in the 21st century, with iPad consoles that can be used to control everything from in-room lighting to appointments in the Ottoman-inspired spa. The property’s prime location at the northernmost edge of the first district puts guests within walking distance of Vienna’s top attractions.
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The hotel is located on a quiet corner of the historic core, away from the hordes of tourists, but many attractions, such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the 19th century Stadtpark, can still easily be reached within 10 to 15 minutes by tram or subway.
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Rooms: 98 rooms, 54 suites, and several penthouse apartments. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check out: 12 p.m. Dining options: In an elegant, white-paneled dining room, the one Michelin-starred Edvard serves seasonal menus with an international influence, with dishes such as erbsengnocchi (pea gnocchi) and European sea bass with bitter puntarelle greens from Southern Italy. For something more low-key, Die Küche focuses on hearty regional classics, such as wiener schnitzel and tafelspitz (boiled beef with vegetables). Spa and gym: Take advantage of the mezzanine level gym and spa with six treatment rooms, a hydro-pool, a steam room, and a bio-sauna (with ladies-only and mixed areas).
Who's it best for: Classicists who want to be in the center of the city. Our favorite rooms: The rich red bedding and warm woods of a Deluxe Room that simply exudes class. Two-wheel it: Borrow a bike from the concierge and explore the cycling-friendly city on two wheels.