How’s this for a concept? A hotel in parts. Rather than having all of its suites under one roof, this hotel is scattered around the city of Vienna, in converted commercial spaces. There are clusters of suites in three districts, and this cluster is located in Karolinenviertel, in the city’s 4th district. Even more interestingly, the communal areas (reception, restaurant, etc.) are provided by existing businesses. If you’re looking for a unique experience, this small hotel in Vienna is a great choice.
Grätzlhotel Belvedere Vienna, Austriadesigned by Urbanauts
We love this hotel created by architects Urbanauts from adandoned retail spaces around the city of Vienna. It’s not only visually striking but it also challenges the preconceptions of what hotels are all about – and that’s what we’re all about.
The hotel is made up of three groups of suites around the city. Each suite is converted from an abandoned retail space, and retains its original structure, with contemporary design elements, a cool color scheme, modern furnishings, and lavish drapes added. Instead of having traditional hotel amenities, each cluster is supported by local businesses like cafes and spas.
This branch of the hotel is located in Karolinenviertel, close to downtown, restaurants and cafes, and the shops on Favoritenstraße. Its reception is the architectural offices of Urbanauts, and guests are invited to have their breakfasts at a nearby cafe. It’s designed this way so that guests get to know the city from the perspective of the local.
This branch of the hotel has four suites. The Tailoress, a space that was formerly occupied by couture seamstress Liane Lerner, is now a converted loft with huge fashion art prints on the walls, an upholstered closet and an antique sewing machine. The Tobacconist, a former corner shop, now has a tobacco sign and original blue-green patterned tile floor. The Gallery, in which Ernst Hilger once exhibited works by the likes of Hermann Nitsch, is right next door to The Artist.
Each room has comfortable, extra-long box-spring beds with luxury mattresses, and a bathroom with rain shower or tub. Other amenities include wifi and flat-screen cable TV. Every suite is equipped with a safe, big enough for a 15″ laptop. All of the suites are located on the ground floor and maintain a pleasant temperature during the summer. The architects sell a variety of souvenirs, from the original Viennese Mannerschnitte to the box-spring bed, at their store.
Located in St. Elisabeth Platz, the center of the Karolinenviertel in Vienna’s 4th district, the hotel is only five minutes from the Wiener Hauptbahnhof, the city’s main railway station. This residential area is close to downtown, great transport connections and a number of international consulates. The hotel is only minutes from the Belvedere Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s works, including “The Kiss”.
Vienna, Austria. Nearest airport: Vienna International (24km). Best reached by S7 (Hauptbahnhof), or via CAT (city airport train) to Wien-Mitte and then the subway U1 to Taubstummengasse. Airport transfers can also be arranged.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Different times of the year offer different attractions. January and February are quiet, making it a good time to get into cultural venues. May and June are lively. Locals leave the city during the summer months but Popfest Vienna (a showcase for innovative pop music) runs near the hotel for four days in July. Fall is also great for music and festivals. From mid-November, the city is decorated festively for the Christmas season, and New Year offers plenty of parties, dancing and ice skating.
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Grätzlhotel Belvederefrom €69/ nt
|$260 x 4||$1,040|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||$500|
|TOTAL (with Deposit)||$1,780|
100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.