Located in Vienna’s 1st district, near the historic Vienna State Opera, this classy and intimate hotel balances trend awareness, comfort and functionality in the style that makes your stay in Austrian capital a homely but fashionable affair.
Glittering palaces, opulent opera houses, spotless glass cases displaying the Austrian Crown Jewels—walking around Vienna, it feels like the whole city is gilded with delicate gold leaf. It’s a formal aesthetic that carries over to the city’s grand hotels, and a standard that makes The Guest House, a cool, pared-down new hotel with 39 contemporary rooms and suites, stand out in contrast.
As the name implies, the Guest House isn’t a traditional hotel: staying here is more like having the keys to a spacious designer apartment with a few extra services. There’s no swimming pool, in other words, but guest rooms feature separate living and sleeping areas, espresso machines, and complimentary bottles of wine—that’s bottles, plural.
The hotel is smartly located just where you’d want to be: on a tranquil square a few blocks away from the bustling Kärtner Strasse shopping promenade, within easy walking distance of the Vienna State Opera and the city’s museums and historic cafés.
Step through the entryway, past the popular Brasserie & Bakery, and up to your room: with sleek hardwood floors, arty black and white photographs framed over an inviting modern sofa, an adorably cozy reading nook stocked with titles in English, and huge bay windows overlooking the Opera House or St. Stephen’s Cathedral, you might not want to leave. Especially after checking out the bathroom, filled with thoughtful touches like handmade soap by Wolfgang Lederhaas and heated floors and towel racks.
A deliciously homey atmosphere and high-end amenities and a walk-in closet with more than enough space to actually unpack your suitcase? Yes, please. Sightseeing can wait: now’s a good time to pop open one of those four bottles of wine (four bottles—of complimentary wine—this bears repeating) and crack open that Mozart biography over by the window. [TH]
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