This 33-room boutique hotel in the heart of Vienna's Innere Stadt is as architecturally inventive as it is convenient. It is located just baby steps from St. Stephen's Cathedral in one direction and the Danube Canal in the other. BMW Architects & Partners, designers of the hotel (which opened in 2012), had only a small space to make a big splash. The exterior, with its protruding, elliptical windows, is decidedly futuristic, while the interior gives more than a wink to Vienna's Wiener Werkstätte era of one hundred years ago. Oh. And it serves wine from its own vineyard.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Not all rooms have the sitting windows; make sure you ask for a room with one (and some corner rooms have two).
The protruding windows are decorative on the outside and functional on the inside. Guests can sit comfortably in them to enjoy a favorite book or glass of wine (why not both?). And each window comes with a great view of the Innere Stadt. The decor is comfy and plush, with old-school European padded doors.
Rooms on the higher floors offer more privacy from neighboring buildings.
Exquisite marble fixtures are a feature in all the rooms, as are luxurious rain showers. Some rooms have free-standing tubs. Bath products are by Molton Brown.
The entrance has a large picture window shaped like a wave that looks out onto the street. The decor is a preview of what you’ll find in the rest of the hotel: bespoke furniture fitting the “Vienna Workshop” era of objects as art. A staircase down leads to the salon.
There is no restaurant, but there is limited room service and the free minibar serves as additional consolation.
The free minibar is stocked with wine from the hotel's vineyard
Slip down here for a renewing refreshment gratis before heading back out for more sights and adventures.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This is a relatively small space intended as a quiet interlude. It is unattended by staff; think of a spa waiting room.
Parking is hard to come by, and taxis and even ride-shares can run up a tab. The good news is, all of the must-see sites in the Innere Stadt are easy to get to by foot and everything further afield is reachable by public transport. The closest subway, or U-Bahn stations are Schwedenplatz and Stephanplatz, both just steps away.
Cafe Bloom, the restaurant of the sister hotel, Hotel Lamee, is directly across the street. This funky bistro is great for a hearty breakfast. For one of the city's best pitas, head to The Hungry Guy. For upscale, trendy dining, make reservations at Lab Stelle.
Head back to the Lamee for a cocktail at the fantastical rooftop bar. See and be seen at Onyx Bar at Haas & Haas, overlooking the Cathedral. For a dose of art deco ambience, there's no better place than Loos American Bar.
WHY WE LIKE IT
There is no place more central to the historical heartbeat of Vienna, and the one-of-a-kind design ups the ante for what it means to travel in style. The rooms are both clever and comfy, inspiring and inviting.