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Fodor's Expert Review Le Méridien Vienna

Opernring 13, Vienna, Vienna, A-1010, Austria See on Map

Four palaces were joined together to create one of the city's largest and most impressive design hotels. Located near the museums, it offers the visual aesthetics that travelers seek, yet knows how to pamper, too. Located on the Ringstrasse, it is central to all the sights.

room

Blond-wood furniture complement the glass headboards and contemporary finishings in the room. Each comes with a giant TV, superb lighting, and a minibar stocked with complimentary drinks.

bathroom

The vanity is incorporated into the room, while the bath is separated by smoked glass walls. The tubs are charmingly retro: claw-foot

YOU SHOULD KNOW The shower heads have jokingly been called "the tower of power" and might have to be adjusted for those who don't want a rub-down.

lobby

Mod and mirrored, with an abundance of Mies van der Rohe- inspired sofas and ottomans, it looks as much like an art gallery as it does a hotel reception.

pool

One of the largest hotel pools in the city, it is surrounded by chaise longues, on which you can relax after your laps.


spa

Small, but all the essentials are there; whirlpool, steamroom, and sauna, with a variety of massages and treatments offered.

gym

State of the art, and shared with locals who have a club membership.


You can book a personal trainer at hourly rates.

dining

You replaces the previous restaurant Shambala. It is casual, with the kitchen open til 1 a.m. and a DJ most nights.

drinking

Le Moët is an exclusive champagne bar, open til 2 a.m. The lounge has a live DJ.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Parking is zoned and pricey, and hard to come by. You are within walking distance to most of the sights, and the Karlsplatz U-bahn station 5-minutes away,

Restaurants

If you are hungering for a burger, you're in luck; Said the Butcher to the Cow (3-minute walk) is one of the best places in the city to bite into a big juicy hamburger. Veggiezz (4-minute walk) is a new chain begun in 2017 that already has three popular locations, and boasts some of the best vegetarian and vegan dishes the city has to offer. For a more upscale outing, head to Restaurant Casino (5-minute walk), where you'll hit the jackpot on delicious fare.

Bars

Palmenhaus, located inside a botanical garden, is a favorite spot among locals to stop and sip a wine or drink a cocktail. At Blue Mustard (5-minute walk), you'll be done in by the atmosphere -- one of the newest restaurant/bars on the scene, it does not disappoint. Kruger’s American Bar (6-minute walk)has a clubby feel (leather settees have been around since the 1930s, though delightfully refurbished). A lot of old Swing and Jazz is played, and cigars are smoked.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Set between two city parks, the style and tone of this lodging sets it apart from the Imperial hotels that dominate the Ringstrasse. It is upscale artsy, a feat few but the Viennese could pull off.

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01-588–900

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