Grand Hotel Wiesler, Graz, Austria Review
Graz, a city of 250,000 inhabitants and six universities, straddles the Mur River in southeastern Austria. The Old Town district is one of the best preserved city centers in Europe and the Grand Hotel Wiesler is in the heart of the city.
After a 270 km (168 mile) drive, I arrived at the hotel’s beautiful Jugendstil (art deco) entrance with high expectations, given the hotel’s grand name. I wouldn’t be disappointed.
WHERE IS IT?
The Grand Hotel Wiesler overlooks the Mur River and the Old Town. It is within walking distance of the Kunsthaus (art museum), the conference center, the main square, the shopping district, and the Schloßberg (a castle on small mountain in the center of the city).
My room was a Junior Suite, elegantly appointed and rather spacious. The room faced the Mur River and provided beautiful views of the Schloßberg and the Old Town. In addition to the comfortable sitting area, it came with a well-equipped minibar and a flat-screen television. The bed was quite comfortable and there was ample closet space.
ROAD WARRIOR SUPPORT
The Wiesler provides free, high-speed Internet access in all rooms and it worked quite well. The desk was sufficient for work papers and my laptop and the work area was well lighted.
An ample and tasty breakfast is served in the Grand Salon, which features a magnificent Jugendstil mosaic by the Austrian artist Leopold Forstner. In addition to the “Im Wiesler” restaurant on the premises, the hotel also owns Der Steirer, a Styrian-style restaurant located in the Wiesler’s sister hotel, Das Weitzer, down the street. A review of Der Steirer will be published separately.
From the moment I arrived, I felt welcome and comfortable, thanks to the caring and professional staff. No request was too small and service was consistently dispensed with a smile and traditional Austrian Gastfreundlichkeit (hospitality).
Grand Hotel Wiesler
8020 Graz, Austria
+43 316 7066-0
–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.