Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna Hotel Opens in Austria
Kempinski announced the opening of the Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, its first hotel in the Austrian capital. Built as a hotel over a century ago for the 1873 World Exhibition, but never used as such, the building recently underwent a complete renovation and is finally being put to its originally intended use.
The hotel has 98 rooms and 54 suites. The design and architecture provide an artistic view into the early 19th century, shrouding the hotel in a tasteful and sophisticated atmosphere. Guests have access to a spa and fitness center, complete with gym equipment, steam rooms, and saunas.
Guests will have several dining options. The Lobby Lounge and Bar serves traditional Viennese coffees such as a Verlängerter and Melange, typical Austrian pastries and desserts, and a variety of drinks. Afternoon tea is also served, although Buchtel (sweet yeast dumplings) are served instead of the more traditional scones.
The restaurant Die Küche (literally, The Kitchen) restaurant invites diners to prepare their own meals at several strategically placed cooking stations (this step is optional, the restaurant’s chefs will be happy to cook for you as well). The menu has timeless Austrian, German and Bohemian cuisine. Edvard offers a somewhat more formal dining environment with a menu that includes fish from Austria’s lakes and Alpine cheese. The Cigar Lounge & Bar is the largest in the city.
The hotel boasts 7,000 square feet (2,134 square meters) of meeting and event space throughout its six rooms. The grand ballroom can accommodate up to 266 guests.
The Palais Hansen Kempinski is located on the city’s elegant Ringstrasse, and is within walking distance of many popular attractions including the Rathaus (city hall), Stephansdom (St. Stephan’s cathedral), the Sigmund Freud, and the Burgtheater (Imperial Court Theater).