As home to embassies, international organizations (OPEC and the United Nations to name but two), and numerous large corporations, it’s no surprise that Vienna boasts a fair sprinkling of five star hotels.
I’d write reviews of them based on intensive on-site research involving whirlpools, lots of room service and a large bottle of bubbly, but — alas! — time and budget constraints prevent me from doing so.
If you do want to enjoy luxury accommodation in an imperial city, here are links to the websites of the very top tier 5* superior locations (as of mid-2015)…
A palace completed in 1845 for Duke Ferdinand of Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha. A member of the Relais & Châteaux Association, it’s in the city center, just a few hundred meters from St. Stephan’s Cathedral. [Website]
The Imperial has welcomed some of Vienna’s most famous and infamous visitors, including Adolf Hitler and Bruce Springsteen (though not at the same time). Originally built as a city palace for the Prince of Württemberg, it converted to a hotel in 1873. You’ll find it on the Ring, further up from the Grand Hotel Wien, and on the other side of the boulevard. [Website]
Also famous as the home of the Sacher Torte chocolate cake and a city landmark in its own right. One of the most central of all the five star locations, on the city side of the State Opera House. First opened in 1876 by the son of the man who made the first cake. Famous guests include Queen Elizabeth II and President John F. Kennedy. [Website]
Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom
Nice views across the city to Vienna’s landmark cathedral. Be sure to check out the restaurant ceiling (seriously). [Website]
Palais Hansen Kempinski
Also on the Ring, this hotel is housed in a building that dates back to the 1873 World Exhibition. [Website]
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