February 28, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
Vienna get even ritzier than it already is? Sounds crazy, right? Well, it's just crazy enough to be true because the Ritz-Carlton is making its way to Vienna in the second quarter of this year. On the city's iconic central street, the Ringstrasse, the hotel is within walking distance of just about everything you'd want to see, except Schloss Schonnbrunn, which is only a few metro stops away. The Ringstrasse is possibly the most opulent street in Europe and certainly the only one to come close to rivalling the Champs d'Elysees. If you slap Neo- in front of it, the street plays host to just about every architectural style imaginable, and is full of iconic palatial residences, national museums, and gorgeous churches. And just a few stops off the ring, you can find the iconic Cafes that define Viennese cuisine, like the Sachertorte (which may actually be better at Cafe Demel than Sacher itself, but don't tell anyone I said that).
The hotel itself will feature 207 rooms and suites and brings the standard that we've come to know from Ritz-Carlton properties to a city with so many royal empires in its past, you could call it an empirical fact that Vienna has luxury down to a science. Keep on the lookout for this hotel opening, and in the meantime, check out our other five-star hotels in Vienna.
Photo via WienVienna.com
February 2, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.
The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.
I have a question for the peanut gallery. Ladies and gentlemen, what could possibly be better than gold? Turning to the record industry for our answer, there is, of course, only one choice. Platinum. And the Gold List's gotten a silvery sheen, and like the American Express you may pay with to get in these places, the platinum club is just for the extra exclusive hotels who are more than just a flash-in-the-pan nouveau riche kind of hotel. They've proven consistently over the last five years that they're Gold List material, so they've gotten the VIP upgrade.
Today's platinum contender is none other than the Hotel Imperial, one of only two hotels in Vienna to get this distinction, and boy is it something else? The hypothetical boy, in this case, would have to answer with a resounding, "yes," because the Hotel Imperial does everything right. Vienna is a city that never quite got past its imperial heritage and still longs for the days of the empire, and the Hotel Imperial harkens back to that era with a purity of character that's unrivalled in other Austrian hotels. If you're looking for a stay where the Sacher torte is fresh and the after-dinner liquer subtle and full of flavor, then the Hotel Imperial is the one for you.
August 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Hot on the heels of the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, the striking new hotel designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced a new luxury property for the Austrian capital. Slated for 2013, the 143-room hotel will be housed in a historic building on Am Hof, one of the largest squares in the UNESCO-listed First District. Architects Neumann & Partners will be converting the former bank into a luxury hotel, while FG Stijl is orchestrating the interior design. The Park Hyatt Vienna will have a restaurant, bar, cigar lounge, fitness center, spa, and conference facilities. When it opens, the Park Hyatt Vienna will become the seventh Park Hyatt hotel in Europe and the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Austria.