luxe - Steigenberger Hotel, Vienna
Written by David Bowden
While location is key in a large city it’s the personalised and discreet service that has regulars returning to Vienna’s Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof.
Inspirational Viennese interior gurus and architects Einwaller have woven a funky colour scheme into the Baroque and Art Deco elements of this historic building. Hues of purple, white, black, silver, and avocado create a harmonious union between contemporary design and the heritage surroundings.
The hotel was once home to one of Vienna’s great coffee houses. Café Herrenhof was where Vienna’s thinkers and writers met over café mélange to solve the world’s problems. A new wave of coffee aficionados frequent the new café located beneath a glass cupola. Cappuccinos turn to cocktails at sunset as Café Herrenhof becomes the Piano Bar.
Restaurant Herrenhof raises the bar on contemporary Viennese cuisine. Enjoy dishes such as Styrian lamb, risotto with baked chicory, and Thai basil ice cream. Wash them down with glasses of Austrian Grüner Veltliner or intensely-flavoured Blaufränkisch, and discover some of the world’s best-kept wine secrets.
With fewer than 200 rooms, Hotel Steigenberger provides intimacy with the most private retreats being the seventh-floor suites; two of which have private rooftop terraces overlooking either Stephansdom or the Hofburg.
Vienna’s essential tourist sights within the historic Innere Stadt are literally at the Steigenberger’s doorstep. Turn left for the Habsburg’s imperial residence of the Hofburg and right for the Palais Ferstel and the famous Viennese kaffeehaus, Café Central. Within a short fiacre (horse-drawn carriage) ride away, admire St. Stephen's Cathedral and shop along the retail precincts of The Graben, Kohlmarkt, and Kärntner Strasse. Stroll around Sigmund Freud Park and admire Mozart’s memorial in the Burggarten.