The sister to Hotel Topazz across the street, this lodging is a nod to 1940’s Hollywood. Its muse was the late Austrian film maven and inventor Hedy Lamarr. The architecture also suggests the grand old trains of the same era, when traveling was glamourous and style ruled the day: the entrance to each room sports a small seating era that imitates the splendor that was the Orient Express, replete with glossy macassar wood veneer panels and portal windows. At the crossroads of kitsch and cool, there is that glossy sheen to nearly every surface, accented by pink crushed velvet chairs and ottomans.
Many have floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a fantastic street view, and each room is as sumptuous as it is glam. They are outfitted with king size beds, and the larger suites have settees. Some have statement tubs. There is a coffee machine and a free minibar, as well as a minibar stocked with wine from the hotel vineyard. 3D TVs are in the bigger suites, with 3D glasses available at reception.
Use the blackout blinds to block out the sun for better sleep.
The toilet is separate from the shower area and enclosed in its own room, as is still typical in most Austrian homes. The rainforest shower is encased in glass, with a marble bench inside to match the marble sink.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The shower is integrated into the room, so there is no privacy to speak of.
The Bloom Cafe, which also services Hotel Topazz, is a favorite among the local crowd. Only organic ingredients are used, and wines are from the hotel's own vineyard.
Parking is impossible in the Innere Stadt, but who needs a car when you're just steps away from most of the main attractions? There is also the Stephansplatz Ubahn Station, a three-minute walk from the hotel.
Already a Michelin-starred restaurant, new kid on the block Blue Mustard (five-minute walk) offers eclectic fare in a stunning, creative, and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The stained glass is a wink at the nearby St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Miznon (four-minute walk) is a high-energy eatery serving Mediterranean . A chain started by a Tel Aviv celebrity chef, it is popular among the locals. The place gets packed, but moves quickly. Labstelle (one-minute walk), which has also earned a Michelin star, is a high-end bistro offering the best of what local farms offer. The interior design is modish and calming, and the courtyard, located in a passageway, is filled with pleasant hanging gardens.
Go back to Blue Mustard for cocktails, as they are among the best you'll find in Vienna. Onyx (three-minute walk) at HaasHaus is the place to see and be seen, and you're eye-to-eye with the dramatic Cathedral rooftop. Josef Cocktail Bar (four-minute walk) is one of the newest additions to the scene. Its eclectic mix of baroque and 80’s-style decor somehow works wonderfully. It’s a small, cozy corner of the world, where sipping a drink is the most important thing on your agenda.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It's located in the Old University Quarter of the Innere Stadt, which means you cannot be closer to the main sites, unless you set up a bed inside the Cathedral itself. The decor is intelligent and creative, and the perks -- including a welcoming bottle of sparkling wine -- makes you feel like a treasured guest.