This is a hotel with a difference. An adventure in urban hospitality, it was created by designers Urbanauts from adandoned retail spaces (a tailor, a blacksmith, a tobacconist) around the city of Vienna. Each space has been converted into a suite, retaining its unique features but with contemporary flair. There are three different clusters of these suites around the city (this one has seven suites). Instead of having traditional hotel amenities, they are supported by local businesses like cafes and spas. This is a really unique small hotel in Vienna, great for design enthusiasts, adventurers, and others wanting to get to know the city from the inside.
Grätzlhotel Karmeliter Vienna, Austriadesigned by Urbanauts
This hotel – if we can use that term in its conventional sense – is located in the Karmelitermarkt section of the city of Vienna. It’s a collection of seven suites, created from former commercial premises.
What makes it different is that all the suites are located in separate places, and there is no conventional ‘hotel’ structure that binds it. It is instead linked as a network, with a local cafe serving as its reception and social center. Other local restaurants, spas and retailers are part of the hotel’s community. According to the owners, the best way to experience a city is to spend time with the people living there, and this unconventional arrangement allows this to happen. A map and bikes are also provided to help guests find their way around.
This hotel part of a larger network that has three locations in the city. The concept is that of designers Urbanauts, who have taken abandoned retail shops, retained their historical structure but added a signature contemporary style – modern furnishing, cool colors and lavish drapes.
The suites at the Karmelitermarkt location include the Lamplighter, which once housed an electrician and now features quirky lighting; the Birdcatcher and the Gardener, a former bakery turned into two dreamy urban jungles; as well as the Button-maker, the Lampshade-maker, and the Confectioner.
Each room has comfortable, extra-long box-spring beds with luxury mattresses, a bathroom with rain shower or tub, and kitchenette (with Nespresso machine and water boiler with tea selection, and minibar).
Other amenities include wifi, flat-screen cable TV, radio, CD player, DVD player, books and games. Every suite is equipped with a safe, big enough for a 15″ laptop. Iron and board are available on request.
All of the suites are located on the ground floor and maintain a pleasant temperature during the summer. The ones that are more exposed to sunshine have air conditioning; all have central heating.
The hotel is located in Vienna’s second district, which was made famous in the classic Orson Welles movie, The Third Man. More specifically it’s in the Karmelitermarkt, which has a small village feel in the middle of the city, with its large farmers’ market, restaurants, coffee houses and specialty shops. It’s also a stone’s throw from the city center.
The city can easily be explored on foot or by bicycle. The hotel is just one kilometer from Stephansplatz, the square that sits in the geographical center of Vienna and houses the Stephansdom, one of the tallest cathedrals in the world. It is five minutes walking distance to its other main square, Schwedenplatz. On bike, the Prater-Riesenrad, the 65m tall Ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater amusement park, is six minutes away.
Vienna, Austria. Nearest airport: Vienna International (24km). Take the CAT (City Airport Train) from station Wien Mitte, then the U4 to Schottenring and a short walk, or change to the U2 to Taborstraße (5 minutes walk) or airport bus to Schwedenplatz, and then a few minutes walk.
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, and fall is 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 Karmeliterfrom €104/ 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.