Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Vienna's city-center grand dame

The oldest of Vienna’s grand dames, Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel boasts a prime location overlooking the city’s famous Vienna State Opera house. Littered with antique furniture and authentic art deco touches, there’s nowhere else more classically Viennese to stay.

The opulent rooms take you back in time to when the hotel first opened its doors in 1892 with rich fabrics, fireplaces and crystal accents — some of the suites even boast sparkling chandeliers.

But this historic grand dame doesn't stay stuck in the past. A well-equipped fitness center offers Excite and Technogym equipment. The Bristol Lounge serves vegan options at every meal. Rooms have flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. But with such stunning views, you might want to unplug altogether during a stay at this storied spot.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Despite the central city location, you’ll enjoy blissful quiet in your room thanks to double-glazed windows. In summertime, open them to enjoy the free streaming of live opera performances right next door.
  • Historic paintings, furniture and immaculately maintained silk walls and details found throughout Hotel Bristol pay homage to its historic role in Vienna’s cultural heritage.
  • The Bristol Bar, though smoky, is a mahogany and velvet retro dream torn straight from the pages of a 1960s-style magazine. This jazzy spot is still a favorite of visiting celebrities, especially during the Vienna Opera Ball in February.
  • For the best city views, book one of the Penthouse Suites, which offer floor-to-ceiling windows perfectly framing both the opera house and the Ringstrasse.
  • The Bristol Lounge is one of the only hotel restaurants in the city to offer vegan options on its menu for all meals throughout the day. A dedicated dinner menu makes dining here even more enjoyable for those who forgo animal products.

Things to Know

  • To have a full balcony large enough for a picturesque breakfast, request a room on the fifth or sixth floor.
  • Rooms are in high demand in February, particularly during the week surrounding the famous Opera Ball. The Bristol serves as the host hotel for guests and debutantes visiting for the annual event.
  • If you’re not a fan of the hotel’s historic style, request one of the more modern Grand Deluxe rooms. These accommodations have been recently refurbished and offer a less fussy take on Viennese art deco without sacrificing quality.

The Rooms

  • Each accommodation has its own color scheme, décor and size, due to the structure’s original 19th-century architecture. Though the building has been renovated, the quirky style helps the hotel retain its historic character.
  • Thick lush carpet, original stucco detailing and rich silk walls create a historic feel in all room types.
  • All rooms are equipped with a mahogany wood writing desk and entryway walk-in wardrobe.
  • Even though the rooms are historic in nature and décor, the Vienna hotel brings its accommodations into the 21st century with technology like Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs and extra perks, such as a fruit welcome amenity, 24-hour in-room dining and nightly turndown service.

Nearby Attractions

  • Make the most of your front row seat to the Vienna State Opera house by asking the concierge to help you book show tickets or a walking tour of the historic music venue.
  • Home to one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world, the Albertina Museum and its collection of works from Monet to Picasso is just a two-minute stroll from the luxury hotel.
  • The main shopping street, Kärntner Strasse, begins at the Vienna hotel’s door. Explore the array of luxury and high-street stores, historic cafés and bustling city life.
  • The seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, St. Stephen’s Cathedral can be spotted from the balconies of the historic hotel, as it is just a five-minute walk away.

24-hour room service
Pet friendly
Getting There
Kaerntner Ring 1 Vienna, 1010 Austria
VIE ((20-25 min))  
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