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.

Levante Parliament Historically modern featured

Braiding rationalism, minimalism and technology, the Levante Parliament hotel works as both a crashpad and makeshift gallery. Since opening its doors in 2006, they offer 70 rooms and suites constructed to showcase its modern architectural structure and fine, raw materials: natural stone, glass, chrome and stained wood twist and turn to lend the hotel an earthy, handsome aesthetic. Displayed prominently in the hotel’s front area are photographs by Curt Themmessl and delicate glass structures by artist Ioan Nemtoi, who also helped conceptualize Levante’s restaurant and bar areas with a glass bar countertop and fire frames.

But the modern appeal here wasn’t always the case—the hotel’s building dates back to 1908 at the height of the Vienna School and Bauhaus movement. Today, Levante’s fitness center, sauna, garden and courtyard should appease those tired jet-setters in need of classy tranquility in the big city.

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