Grand Hotel Wien

Baroque style meets classic comfort in old Vienna

When Grand Hotel Wien debuted in 1870, it was Vienna’s first luxury hotel and quickly became its social center. Waltz king Johann Strauss even commemorated his 50-year jubilee here in 1894.

Although the hotel later was converted to the headquarters for the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has been restored to its original grandeur. The lobby, for example, is teeming with marble, chandeliers, columns and an ornate staircase. You could imagine Strauss strolling through the opulent halls.

Of course, there have been modern upgrades. Choose from five restaurants, including the celebrated Le Ciel by Toni Mörwald, a quality Arabic eatery, a rooftop Japanese spot and a modern sushi bar. Grand Spa No. 605 does LED therapy, along with Valmont facials. And rooms are equipped with LCD televisions with movies and music on demand.

Despite the hotel’s sumptuous décor, it delivers friendly service and exudes an inviting air.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The incredibly elegant hotel has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with attentive staff and top-notch service across the property.
  • A favorite among the stylish set, the Vienna hotelis also accessible for families, business and leisure travelers. Celebrity sightings are not uncommon — Goldie Hawn chose the Grand Hotel for her recent stay in the city.
  • Marble flooring, silk tapestries, Corinthian columns and gilded stairways ensure the historic grandeur of the hotel is maintained from the basement ballrooms to the rooftop terrace.
  • Get a taste of fine French food with Austrian touches at Le Ciel by Toni Mörwald. The dining room is as lavish as the cuisine, with pale golden walls, dark blue ceilings and windows affording great Vienna vistas.
  • The rooms are rococo-inspired, but evoke the ambiance of a comfortable high-end apartment, making this one of the coziest Viennese luxury hotels.

Things to Know

  • The hotel is attached to the Ringstrassen Galerien shopping center, ideal for those who want to enjoy some luxury retail therapy with ease of access.
  • Rooms that face street-side on the fourth floor have small balconies from which to enjoy the views down the Ringstrasse into the center of town.

The Rooms

  • Each room has its own unique palette, with blush, peach and muted mint tones available in different suites. All feature damask walls and richly colored upholstery.
  • Most marble bathrooms have deep-soaking baths and Acca Kappa toiletries to indulge your senses.
  • The popular deluxe suites offer a home away from home with a full dining room table, an entrance hall, an open fireplace, a small kitchen and balcony affording sweeping views of the Ringstrasse.
  • Double-glazed windows provide quiet comfort for all rooms.

The Restaurants

  • The standout restaurant is Le Ciel by Toni Mörwald. The well-established restaurant serves French-Austrian cuisine, like pike perch with beetroot and Perigord truffles, and strudel dough pockets stuffed with pork.
  • A rooftop terrace adjoins the two premium restaurants on the seventh floor. It’s the ideal spot for pre-dinner drinks and sunsets or a picture-perfect champagne breakfast.
  • Unkai is the Grand Hotel’s authentic Japanese restaurant, offering some of Vienna’s best sushi and teppanyaki, with authentic tatami rooms available for private functions.
  • The hotel’s in-house baker is known for creating Vienna’s best gugelhupf,the Austrian version of a marbled bundt cake covered with almonds and a dusting of powdered sugar. The cook’s original recipe is said to date back to the reign of Kaiser Franz Josefin the late 1800s and can be enjoyed at the lobby lounge bar Rosengarten.

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Kaerntner Ring 9, Vienna, A-1010 AT
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