Neu: A new four-star lifestyle hotel operated by the Spanish Sol Meliá group opened its doors in February 2014 in a spectacular 58-story skyscraper on the northern bank of the Danube. The 253 rooms and suites of the Meliá Vienna occupy floors 4 to 15 of Austria’s tallest building, the DC Tower. Designed by architect Dominique Perrault, it stands at 220 metres. A rooftop bar and restaurant on the top two floors of the 58 floor skyscraper provide jaw-dropping views of the city. The Ruby Sofie Hotel has its sights firmly set on the “lean luxury” segment of the market. This 154-room property is due to open in March 2014 in the recently restored Sofiensaele in Vienna’s third district. What sets this four-star hotel apart is its focus on competitively priced smaller rooms with a clear commitment to design. It also offers extras such as a restaurant or gym.
2014 will also see the grand opening of the five-star Park Hyatt Vienna in the heart of the old town. This 143-room property is situated in a freshly renovated complex of historic buildings in the city centre which is also home to the Goldenes Quartier, Vienna’s new luxury shopping zone (www.goldenesquartier.at). The first Hyatt hotel in Austria, it boasts its own spa zone, fully equipped gym, swimming pool, gourmet restaurant, cigar lounge, bar and 640 square metres of event space. Meanwhile, low-budget design hotel chain Motel One is planning to open further branches in the Austrian capital. Following hot on the heels of the Motel One Wien-Westbahnhof (opened late 2011) and the Motel One-Wien Prater (opened late 2013), the 400-room Motel One Wien-Staatsoper will open to paying guests in a heritage listed building close to the State Opera in the second half of 2014. Plans are also being drawn up for a 530-room Motel One at the new Hauptbahnhof station, due to welcome its first guests in mid-2015.
October 2013 saw the contemporary boutique hotel The Guesthouse Vienna open for business in the vicinity of the State Opera. Its 39 generously proportioned rooms and suites adhere to a design concept drawn up by British star designer Sir Terence Conran. The elegant hotel’s ground floor brasserie and bakery is open to guests and the general public. The 390-room Falkensteiner Hotel Wien Margareten welcomed its first guests in September 2013. Its façade carries the distinctive design hallmarks of British architect David Chipperfield, while the four-star property’s interior was created by the Italian designer Matteo Thun. Fall 2013 brought three additional locations operated by the unconventional Viennese Urbanauts Street Lofts. Up-and-coming architectural team Kohlmayr Lutter Knapp has carried on where it left off with the first Street Loft – which is located close to the new Hauptbahnhof station in the fourth district – by converting another batch of shops into hotel rooms. New openings on the hotel scene in 2013 include the Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna and the extension at the 25hours Hotel Wien.
- Meliá Vienna, Donau-City-Strasse 1, 1220 Vienna, www.meliahotels.com
- Ruby Sofie Hotel, Marxergasse 17, 1030 Vienna, www.ruby-hotels.com
- Park Hyatt Vienna, Am Hof 2, 1010 Vienna, www.vienna.park.hyatt.com
- Motel One Wien-Prater, Ausstellungsstrasse 40, 1020 Vienna, www.motel-one.com
- Motel One Wien-Staatsoper, Elisabethstrasse 3-5, 1010 Vienna, www.motel-one.com
- Motel One Wien-Hauptbahnhof, Gerhard-Bronner-Strasse, 1100 Vienna, www.motel-one.com
- The Guesthouse Vienna, Führichgasse 10, 1010 Vienna, www.theguesthouse.at
- Falkensteiner Hotel Wien Margareten, Margaretengürtel 142, 1050 Vienna, www.falkensteiner.com
- Urbanauts Street Lofts, www.urbanauts.at
- Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, Schottenring 20-26, 1010 Vienna, www.kempinski.com
- 25hours Hotel Wien, Lerchenfelderstrasse 1-3, 1070 Vienna, www.25hours-hotels.com/vienna