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 luxury and five star hotels.
- See also: Accommodation in Vienna
I’d write reviews of them based on intensive 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 wish to enjoy luxury accommodation in an imperial city, Booking.com lists around 30 properties* with five stars.
As of mid-July, 2018, the Vienna Chamber of Commerce classified four hotels in the city as five-star (superior) locations and another one as a five-star property. These are:
Five star (superior)
Palais Coburg Hotel Residenz
A palace completed in 1845 for Duke Ferdinand of Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha. Stay here and you are literally sleeping on top of history, since the hotel incorporates part of Vienna’s medieval city fortifications.
Address: Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Vienna | Book online*
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. Home to the Imperial Torte, the hotel’s Christmas lights are absolutely gorgeous.
You’ll find the Imperial on the Ring, further up from the Grand Hotel and on the other side of the boulevard.
Address: Kärntner Ring 16 | Book online*
Also famous as the home of the Sacher Torte 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 original cake. Famous guests include Queen Elizabeth II and President John F. Kennedy.
Address: Philharmonikerstraße 4, 1010 Vienna | Book online*
Palais Hansen Kempinski
Also on the Ring, this hotel is housed in a building that dates back to the 1873 World Exhibition. The original architect (Theophil Hansen) also designed two of Vienna’s most iconic buildings: the Austrian parliament and the Musikverein.
Address: Schottenring 24, 1010 Vienna | Book online*
Genuinely named after the English port city, Hotel Bristol is another glorious building built in the late 19th century. Like Hotel Sacher, it sits close to the State Opera House, and also has a long list of famous guests, including Theodore Roosevelt, Gershwin, Puccini, and Leonard Bernstein.
Address: Kärntner Ring 1, 1010 Vienna | Book online*