Modern luxury in a historic Vienna palace
159 Rooms / 43 Suites
The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna sits elegantly upon the famous Ringstrasse, fusing classical marble-filled Old World charm with modern touches of Austrian culture and cuisine. Brightly painted equine artwork adorns the foyer walls, echoing the clip-clops of horse-drawn carriages in the streets outside, while the friendly staff welcomes you with locally made cake pops and Mozartkugeln (a traditional Viennese confection with a marzipan ball covered in praline cream and enrobed in chocolate) at reception.
It could be forgiven for complacency if The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna were to rely only on its prime location and historic reputation to attract savvy travelers, but it prides itself on introducing modern Austrian wine, food, culture and art to guests.
Going above and beyond with executive chef tours of nearby Naschmarkt and winery tours of local heurigers, the hotel is a luxurious cultural experience for travelers, while locals can also enjoy the spectacular views from the rooftop cocktail bar.
• The Ritz-Carlton team charms and greets each guest with warmth and interest. The exceptionally friendly service with a smile sets the Vienna hotel apart.
• The historic 19th-century architecture throughout the former palais (technically it’s four heritage-protected palaces that have been connected) will leave you in awe. Original woodcarvings and frescoes from Austrian artist Rudolf Hermann Eisenmenger found on the fourth-floor lounge area are particularly striking.
• The steakhouse ranks among the best in Vienna, and the eighth-floor Atmosphere Rooftop Bar serves cocktails, DJ sets and stunning skyline vistas in the summer.
• The large spa area — offering a 59-foot-long swimming pool with underwater music and full gym facilities — cannot be missed. All treatments can be personalized or simply indulge in a beauty treatment using organic local products.
• Families and business travelers will especially enjoy the exclusive Club Lounge as a living room area on the seventh floor. It comes with a children's play area and serves local wines.
Things to Know
• The sixth floor is best for balcony views, where you can look out over nearby courtyards and historic architecture.
• Tea & The City afternoon tea is a modern alternative to the traditional coffee house visit. It is served from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. You can try a wide selection of tea and coffee alongside sweet and savory delights. Additionally, complimentary Austrian snacks are served in the lobby at 4 p.m.
• Bookings are essential to experience the hotel’s own farm-to-table steak restaurant, Dstrikt Steakhouse. It offers a business lunch menu and is regularly full on weekends, evenings and especially for the famous Dstrikt Steakbrunch on Sundays.
• Cocktail bar D-bar permits smoking inside and offers cigars to pair with the gentlemanly atmosphere of leather loungers and booths.
• Each room features dynamic modern artwork by a famously unknown artist who wishes to remain anonymous. The décor is sophisticated and modern.
• Suites are unparalleled for a bird's-eye view of the city.
• Spacious black and white marble washrooms have his-and-her sinks, Asprey bath products, marble tubs and separate rain showers. The towel warmers and heated flooring are a godsend in the winter months.
• The 409-square-foot Deluxe options are the largest standard hotel rooms in the city. Request a high-ceilinged room to get make the space feel even bigger.
• Accommodations come with perks like large LCD TVs, Geneva Sound Systems with radio and iPhone docking stations, Nespresso coffee machines and complimentary shoe shines.
• The leafy Stadtpark is just over the road. Seek out Johann Strauss’ gilded bronze statue and while away an afternoon strolling in the English-style gardens before taking in a classical concert at the Kursalon.
• Stephansdom and the old town are a short walk from the historic hotel, which means classic cafés and shopping options are on your doorstep.
• Vienna’s hip Donaukanal can be reached within a short two-stop tram ride, for those seeking the modern side of the city among the classical music and grand palaces.
• Karlskirche church, which can be spotted from the hotel’s balconies and suites, is a conveniently close transport hub from which to explore the rest of the city.
• A quick walk from the hotel will reveal many attractions, including Wiener Staatsoper (the Vienna State Opera is seven minutes away), Albertina (a palace and museum, 10 minutes), the MuseumsQuartier (one of the world’s largest arts and culture complexes, 10 minutes) and Mozarthaus Vienna (a museum dedicated to Mozart, 12 minutes).