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Le Meridien A Ring hotel for the 21st century

Historically speaking, all of Vienna’s grand hotels have been situated on the resplendent Ring that encircles the inner city.

This luxury hotel is no different. Designed by the London-based Real Studios, it embodies the perfect synthesis of art and technology. Its architectural concept borrows both its technology and performance-awareness from theatrical staging.

With a grand fireplace in the lobby and an appealing outdoor patio, the public areas are awash in neon lights and strikingly modern furnishings are both functional and attractive. The hotel’s 294 stylish rooms and suites in light earth shades provide a neutral, soothing vibe of well-being in the hustle of the city. Housed in a neoclassical edifice, this cutting-edge hotel caters to visiting personalities from the entertainment and fashion industries, who consider Le Meridien their local habitat.

A John Harris wellness zone is a panacea for jet-lag with its indoor pool, sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi, and fitness area. If that’s not enough, manager Gabriela Benz—who speaks five languages and knows the city like the back of her hand—will make you feel quite at home.

Hotel Orient Art deco love hotel

Rich in history, this hotel was first documented as a tavern in the 17th century. A river at the foot of the Maria am Gestade church had connected to the Danube, allowing the dinghies of large ships to unload goods fresh from the Orient. As such, the tavern was quickly coined “The Orient”, a name it retained when it became a hostel in 1896.

According to time’s aesthetic, the hotel was furnished in purest fin de siècle, the Viennese opulent Makart style. These elements are still evident in its interior today, attracting art and film bon vivants alike. The 1949 film The Third Man was in part shot here; Orson Welles was reputedly often a guest and enjoyed spending post-filming hours here as well.

These days, it’s Arthur Schnitzler adaptations and the crime series Tatort shot here, but the Hotel Orient still reigns as a pearl from the past in the middle of a bustling city. You will know what we mean when we say that rooms are mostly rented out by the hour, the Orient is known to be the most exclusive hot-sheet hotel in town.

Arcotel Kaiserwasser The hovering airship

Carved mirror frames, sleek modern furniture and interpretations of classic lamps by Josef Hoffman give this designer hotel a twist. Indeed, all amenities seemed to be engineered to make luxuriating possible at all times: 282 spacious rooms, suites and apartments—some equipped with a balcony or terrace—open fireplaces, free-standing bathtubs, theme rooms with round, rotating or suspending beds all make sleeping oh-so-easy.

Scenic views of the park provides short-term relaxation for stressed eyes, while a full-body invigoration is possible at the hotel’s large wellness center, replete with a themed shower, steam bath and sauna. Arcotel Kaiserwasser is also the only hotel in Vienna with its own beach—go for a refreshing dip in the Alte Donau then sunbathe in the hotel’s idyllic garden.

Hotel Altstadt Comfort lodging

Situated in a large revamped house, Hotel Altstadt has created a space that is at once modern and traditional. The warmth of the staff is reason enough to stay here. Located in Spittelberg—the old artsy area—and a walk away from Museumsquartier, the hotel is perfectly just off the beaten path, but close enough so that you won’t miss the city.

If you feel like splurging, book one of the newly redesigned rooms by star designer Matteo Thun.

Do & Co Hotel Sparkling sophistication

Seminal Viennese architect Hans Hollein—a Pritzker prize-winner and one of the true pioneers of post-modern architecture—has created the ultimate upgrade to a building he originally designed and has never ceased to be identified with ever since. A testament to the design not only having stood the test of time but also to the building having become an architectural landmark.

The interior design of Do & Co Hotel has successfully been taken into the future with a sophisticated blend of high and low tech. Each room is a truly extravagant living environment: they are based on solid, high quality natural materials such as teak and stone, yet offer the kind of extreme Modernism one has to come to expect from the likes of James Bond.

So, whether dining or living in the highly prized cantilevered structure, you may feel as if you’re in an elegantly revamped style icon—both reassuringly anchored in and happily mirroring Viennese tradition.

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