Whether you are a first-time visitor or looking for an exceptional stay, here are the best picks of Austria’s most unique hotels.
HOTELS IN VIENNA
In Austria’s imperial capital you are spoilt for choice. Stay in Vienna’s Art Nouveau treasure chest, Park Hyatt Vienna and find a (temporary) home in the spectacular backdrop of a historic bank near to St Stephen’s Cathedral.
At Hotel Sacher, the city’s only privately-owned luxury hotel and home to the famous Sacher torte, visitors can indulge in Viennese luxury. The opera-facing rooms at Hotel Bristol Vienna also make the hearts of opera fans leap for joy. Watch the performance live feed, which is projected on the Vienna State Opera’s façade from your balcony.
Art lovers will feel at home at Hotel Altstadt Vienna, with rooms and suites individually designed by renowned artists, or at Boutique Hotel Harmonie in Vienna’s 9th district, with designs inspired by the energy of performing arts. Tucked into the Second District Hotel Stefanie, Vienna’s oldest hotel, has more than 400 years of history. The hotel’s collection of antiques dating back to the 17th and 18th century conjures up the city’s spirit of the past.
Spirit of the past
Designed to be a hotel for the World Exhibition in 1873, the five-star Hotel Hansen Kempinski is a stately landmark on the Ringstrasse Boulevard. Home to two award-winning restaurants and premiere spa facilities the hotel is at once innovative and classic. Once the Café Herrenhof, one of the city’s iconic 20th century coffee houses, the Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof also tells the story about the local culture. Nothing beats a relaxing coffee and cake at this Vienna institution.
Hotels in Salzburg and the Lake Region
Declared as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and some 4,000 cultural events make the city of Salzburg one of the most important metropolis. Arthotel Blaur Gans, in the heart of the historic centre, boasts a prime location to explore the highlights. The city’s oldest inn was created as an art-inspired meeting point for music and design lovers and offers a complimentary visit to the Museum of Modern Art.
A river runs through it
Overlooking the magical scenery of Salzburg, located on the banks of the Salzach River, Hotel Sacher is Austrian through and through with a healthy dose of charm mixed with effortless elegance.
Castles in the air
For those who feel more like staying in a castle – Hotel Schloss Mönchstein , tucked away in a 3.5-acre castle park and overlooking the city, is the right place for you. Away from the hustle and bustle at the entry to the Salzkammergut lake region, the Romantik Hotel Gmachl spoils visitors with a panoramic spa, regional cuisine and a longstanding tradition of hospitality (23 generations!). Right in the heart of the Salzkammergut you can find Romantikhotel in Weissen Rössl. The hotel’s setting allows you to explore the 76 alpine lakes and nearby Hallstatt.
Hotels in Tirol
Tirol’s biggest claims to fame are its 500 mountain peaks that rise more than 3,000 m above sea level – ideal to find relaxing retreats tucked away in the Alp’s most stunning valleys. Dive into a wellness oasis in the heart of Ötztal and unwind at Aqua Dome at the state-of -the-art spa amid a breathtaking alpine landscape.
Central to success
Not far from Aqua Dome, the exclusive Das Central in Sölden offers access to hiking, skiing and elevated Alpine cuisine. The five-star hotel is for fastidious alpinists and lovers of great food and wine. This five-star hideaway allows you to completely forget about the day-to-day.
Leading the way with luxury
For outdoor enthusiasts who want to be closer to imperial Innsbruck, the Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol combines Alpine luxury with Austrian tradition.
HOTELS AT THE ARLBERG
Style and substance
Austria’s largest interconnected skiing area is home to some of the most traditional and elegant resorts in the Alps. At Hotel Gasthof Post , a true institution in Lech, you feel like you have arrived in your personal Alpine fairy tale. Luxurious amenities add a modern touch to a refined, Old World property in the inimitable Arlberg.
If you thought picnics are for summer days, Kristiania Lech will prove you wrong. The hosts of this small luxury ski hotel give you undivided attention to make your stay memorable. Only 20m from the chairlift Hotel Albona Nova in Zürs am Arlberg does not only allow hassle-free access to the slopes it also radiates Austrian gemütlichkeit (geniality) on the highest level.
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