I love staying in accommodation with a difference, and unless you’re on a million-dollar luxury budget, I think the best way to stay in an authentic, memorable place is to look for a boutique hotel or B&B.
With less rooms, no corridor mazes and much more local flavour, staying somewhere a little different will make the moments spent inside your room just as memorable as your time exploring.
As part of Hipmunk’s City Love initiative, I’m sharing the coolest boutique hotels in Vienna, for your consideration.
The Guest House
“Home, Heritage & Honesty” is the design mantra of boutique hoteliers Conrain & Partners, and The Guest House has the hotel holy trinity in spades. Every room bears references to classic and modern Viennese design, with cosy and stylish finishing touches that make it feel like a home away from home.
Vienna’s first green, upscale hotel makes a statement in more ways than one. Inspired by a silver vase dotted with gemstones, the dark, curved façade of Hotel Topazz shimmers in the sunlight, broken up by enormous, circular windows which double as comfy, cosy window seats for hotel guests.
While it’s focus is firmly planted in the future of eco-friendly hospitality, it’s luxurious interior design harks back to Vienna’s golden age of art and culture at the beginning of the 20th century.
The glamour of 1930s Hollywood blends seamlessly with Viennese charm at Hotel Lamee, in the heart of Vienna’s historic 1st district. Tuck into modern, organic Austrian delicacies paired with the hotel owner’s own brand of eco-friendly wines at Bloom, the hotel’s two-story café, bar and bistro. In the evening, watch the sun set over the spires and skyscrapers of Vienna from the rooftop garden.
Owned by the LENIKUS Group, both Hotel Lamee & Hotel Topazz have been created with sustainability and environmental impact in mind. The LENIKUS Group prides itself on maintaining the historic value of a site while breathing life into the space with forward-thinking design.
Both hotels use advanced technology to save energy, high-quality green materials are used throughout the building, including building materials, furniture, linen and locally-sourced food and drink.
DO & CO Hotel
Wake up to the Gothic spires of St Stephen’s Cathedral rubbing shoulders with the futuristic glass & steel Haas Haus building and let Vienna’s enticing blend of old world elegance and modern ambition sink in. During your stay at DO & CO Hotel, drink and dine in three floors of culinary offerings, including The Temple, a glass-walled private dining pavillion that offers panoramic views over Vienna.
25 Hours hotel at MuseumsQuartier
Ever dreamed of running away and joining the circus? Now is your chance. Enter a spectacular world of circus and theatre at 25 Hours Hotel MuseumsQuartier, in Vienna’s 7th district. The quirky rooms are a riot of creativity inspired by Vienna’s Life Ball, Prater, theatres and Opera. In the heart of MuseumsQuarter, one of the largest art & cultural districts in Europe, the area is a magnet for Vienna’s hip, young, creatives. You’ll find many of them flocking to the hotel’s rooftop Dachboden Bar for some of the best views of Vienna.