The Ritz-Carlton conjured true Viennese grandeur by occupying not one, but four former 19th-century palaces along the Ringstraße for its first Austrian location. Upon entering, guests will be suitably impressed by the beautifully ornate ceiling of the Melounge Lobby Lounge, where they can enjoy a light meal, tea, cocktails, and sweets presented by a chocolate sommelier. Rooms face either a courtyard or out to the city, and all offer plush beds and marble baths. All suites have a terrace or balcony from which to look out on this magical city. The extravagance reaches new heights with the incredible views from the Atmosphere Rooftop Bar, where stylish locals and visitors mingle. During the holiday season, it turns into the city’s most elevated and most exclusive Christmas market.
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The hotel is adjacent to the green oasis known as the Stadtpark, which serves as a link between the city center and the Third District. Divided in half by the Vienna River, the park is a welcome escape from the rush of the city. Amid the nature are monuments to famous Viennese artists, including Franz Schubert and Anton Bruckner, and the 19th-century Kursalon.
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Rooms: 202 rooms, 43 suites. From $330. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Contemporary Austrian dishes are highlights of the menu at DSTRIKT Steakhouse. Spa and gym details: The fitness center features Vienna’s longest pool. The hotel has a Guerlain Spa.
Who it's for: Elite travelers who revel in impeccable service and luxurious accommodations. Our favorite rooms: It’s hard to beat the opulent Presidential Suite, with its intricate woodwork, marble baths, and fireplace. In addition to a city view, the suite gives guests access to the Club Lounge. Cocoa tip: Don’t miss Vienna’s first chocolate sommelier in the Melounge Lobby Lounge, and be sure to sample chocolates from the sweetest and most noble cocoa beans, the Criollo.