Hip, design, off the beaten path

Kirchengasse 41, Vienna 01070

(43) 1-522-66-66

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At a Glance

This artfully designed four-star is located in a five-story building that dates to 1902, in the residential Spittelberg neighborhood.

Indagare Loves

  • The residential neighborhood that makes guests feel like locals
  • The original interiors
  • The Auersperg Garten Suite with a 1,200-square-foot rooftop garden


This artfully designed four-star is located in a five-story building that dates to 1902, in the residential Spittelberg neighborhood. The comfortable red-walled salon where breakfast and afternoon tea are served, looks like the living room of a fashionable friend’s home, with original parquet floors, an open fireplace and lots of cozy reading nooks. The Altstadt’s wide hallways have been left unadorned, almost cold, but behind each door lies an individually decorated wing that holds a cluster of guest rooms ranging from doubles to veritable apartments.

Each interior is unique, and it’s impossible to sum up the different design styles: there’s the spacious Bösendorfer Suite, with a Grand Piano in the living room and a decorative fireplace in the bedroom; the Auersperg Garten Suite, which has a 1,200-square-foot rooftop garden; Marie’s Home, an all-red apartment with a kitchenette and a red tiled bathroom; and the charming Room 53, a double with picture-perfect views of Baroque St. Ulrich cathedral. The owner’s personal art collection is displayed throughout, and includes works by Andy Warhol, Gilbert & George and Niki de St. Phalle.

The newest wing of the Altstadt, which opened in 2006, was designed by Italian architect Matteo Thun, who also created Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole in Italy. Thun’s nine Altstadt rooms, including one suite, are vampy and dramatic—you half expect to find a character from a Schnitzler novella to be draped over one of the velvet-covered fauteuils—with stained-oak floors, dark damask wallpaper, drooping Swarovski-accented chandeliers and black-tiled bathrooms. Suite 9 has a claw-foot tub and a swiveling flat-screen TV on a tripod. It’s all about dark Belle Epoque decadence—I personally preferred the homey feel of the other rooms—and the design has been incredibly well received (rooms are almost always booked).

The young staff is plugged in and eager to assist guests; the hotel even publishes an in-house restaurant guide that’s chock-full of insider tips. Wi-Fi and breakfast are included in the room rate. The MuseumsQuartier is a five-minute walk; the Naturhistorisches and Kunsthistorisches museums are about ten minutes away. Cool cafe-bar Das Möbel is right down the street.

Who Should Stay

Couples, families and friends traveling together who prefer staying in a residential neighborhood at a hotel with a contemporary and totally original look.

Written by Simone Girner

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