Photo courtesy of Michal Bošina via Trover
Musikverein | Photo courtesy of Michal Bošina via Trover

Vienna is an opulent city – even in a short wander around the Old Town allows you to appreciate the grandeur of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Magnificent palaces, imposing Romanesque churches, and gorgeous Baroque structures line the streets for visitors to marvel at. While travellers to Vienna will find an abundance of artefacts, museums, and art galleries, the city is in no way stuck in the past. Vienna is a youthful and lively city that has influenced many of the world’s most renowned thinkers.

If you want to experience this luxury of a bygone era first-hand, be sure to check in to one of these historic hotels in Vienna:

Altstadt Hotel

This hotel in Spittelberg offers a great location, with its proximity to the city centre and a good selection of bars and restaurants nearby. The Altstadt Hotel was voted one of the best in Vienna for romance by TripAdvisor users, the hotel features stucco on the ceiling, parquet floors, and bold colour schemes that transport you back to the charming Vienna of day’s past.

Hotel Bristol

The marble interiors and imposing columns of Hotel Bristol complement the retro décor in all the rooms. The hotel opened in 1882 and retains the oak walls, gilded mirrors, and beautiful crystal chandeliers of its sophisticated interior design. With plush linens, floor-to-ceiling drapes, and Bvlgari toiletries in the suites, the Hotel Bristol is five-star luxury, all the way.

Hotel Sacher Wien

The Hotel Sacher is one of the world’s greatest luxury hotels: opened in 1876, the hotel is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel isn’t just known for its luxury experience, Hotel Sacher is also world-famous for the Sachertorte, a sumptuous chocolate cake with apricot filling, a dessert oft-imitated but never replicated. The hotel is home to an art gallery with pieces dating back from the 19th century.

Hotel Imperial

The Hotel Imperial was built in 1863 for the Prince of Württemberg and is potentially one of the city’s most opulent hotels. The hotel is decorated in typical Viennese lavishness with silk upholstered walls and high stucco ceilings in their luxury Royal Suites. The former royal residence carries on the tradition of the Viennese grand hotel and upholds the old-fashioned standard of discreet and impeccable service.

Le Meridien Vienna

While Le Meridien Vienna is housed in an early 20th-century apartment block, the hotel itself is a modern accommodation, with a French fusion restaurant and specially commissioned pieces of modern art lining its walls. Located in the historic first district, you’ll be close to most of the city’s oldest attractions.

Grand Hotel Wien

This five-star hotel is a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide and stands proudly on Wiener Ringstrasse – one of the city’s oldest boulevards. The Grand Hotel Wien has hosted guests in its traditionally decorated rooms for more than 140 years. The hotel speaks elegance and offers an excellent location nearby the Vienna State Opera and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. If you love history, you’ll certainly appreciate this hotel’s distinguished architecture and splendid décor.

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