How does it feel to live in Vienna? What is the taste of the genuine Viennese “altbau” life? Life in a building constructed in 1902, gorgeous staircase, 4-meter ceilings and those beautiful tall windows and doors. Life with genuine neighbors, Viennese living next door. A stay at gorgeous boutique and heritage hotel Altstadt Vienna, makes you experience exactly this authentic, sophisticated Viennese lifestyle.
And a lot more, for this hotel also displays a large, private art collection. Contemporary art works on the walls, antique furniture where breakfast is served, designer furniture is everywhere. There are even pieces of family legacy, such as a wooden baby cradle that actually belonged to the hotel owner.
But probably the most remarkable about this hotel is that every room was designed by famous artists, designers and architects and each has a unique design. Each room tells a different story, that tributes to the cultural identity of Vienna. To name a few, there is a Library Suite, Viennese Modernism Suite in Joseph Hoffmann style, Chocolate Room, Polka Design room… There is even a suite designed by Lena Hoschek, one of the Austrian most well known fashion designers (and my personal favorite of them all).
The history and present clash and create a unique, harmonic place such as Hotel Altstadt Vienna. It is a hotel and art gallery in one. A true Vienna insider find that has to be shared with you dear readers. Especially with all of you that keep emailing or sending us messages asking for hotel tips at recommendations. This post is for all of you that are looking for authentic and special hotel experiences. For art souls. But also for you living in Vienna, since a part of hotel Altstadt Vienna is also available for the external guests! You can go have breakfast, work or have a business meeting in the gorgeous Salon inside the hotel. Insider news: a little bird told me that soon there will be guided tours through the designer rooms of hotel Altstadt Vienna! So stay tuned and follow their Instagram or Facebook to be the first to hear the news.
OUR ROOM: THE OPERA SUITE
I stayed in hotel Altstadt with my dearest curly friend Senka in the Opera Suite. We literally fell in love with our room, from the moment we stepped in. Pictures will tell about this beauty more than I ever can, but I will still review a few highlights:
– steel and walnut shelf with over 1000 vinyls and a gramophone (we were listening to the opera and some other classics we love during our whole stay)
– A smaller version of the iconic chandelier made by Lobmeyer for the Metropolitan Opera in New York (pure art piece!)
– Famous Lounge Chair with Ottoman designed by Ray and Charles Eames (need a chair like this in my home asap :D)
– The most comfortable bed I probably ever slept in. Senka agrees too!
– Gorgeous art work by young Viennese artist Elisa Alberti
Let me introduce you to my dear Senka (her premiere on the blog!) – double Master of Arts in anthropology and Scandinavian languages (only 2 x thesis set her apart from grabbing her title. For me she already has it!), girl boss, project manager, book worm, travel lover, talented writer. The girl that tells the funniest, legendary stories (i try to remember them and pass them on hahaha). Senka’s signature – her crazy, curly hair. We met at our uni and the rest is history! I am so proud of this girl and all of her achievements. <3
Senka and I loved how the combination of industrial and contemporary design complemented the classic Altbau style, 4-meter ceilings and gorgeous windows. Our suite had all the amenities for both work and relaxation. And as you can see, all this beauty inspired us to create all these pictures, that we hope you will love as much as we do! A bulk of them is waiting for you in the end of this post. 🙂
Senka the rebel, breaking the rule of eating prohibition during the shooting, and then trying to bribe me with champagne. xD
BREAKFAST AND DINING
The breakfast at hotel Altstadt Vienna is continental style, served as a buffet. The selection is not too big, but all the ingredients are premium quality, very fresh, delicious and regional. Besides cold cuts, cheese, salads, fruits, cereals and co, you can also order warm egg dishes or porridge (the waiter brings them to you, freshly prepared). There is a large selection of bread, high quality tee sorts, great coffee and even champagne! Everything I mentioned here is included in the breakfast, that you get if you book your stay, as well as if you come as an external guest. Another great thing is that breakfast is served on workdays until 11h and on the weekends until 11:30h! So if you like to lounge or sleep longer, you can properly relax, not be stress out to make it to breakfast.
For external guests (if you are not staying at the hotel) the price of the breakfast is 25 Euros, which is in my mind very good price, especially having in mind the drinks are included. If you want to go have breakfast at the Salon, you can book your table at +4315226666.
Between 16-18h as a hotel guest you can stop by for cake and tea time! This is a very popular Austrian custom (ok, most people take coffee, instead of tea, but that you can order if you prefer). I loved this dessert table! The cakes are homemade and tasted so tasty. Unfortunately Senka had to go to work, so she missed cake time, but I made sure to eat a piece for her as well. 😀
In general I loved the atmosphere and the design of the Salon. And the other guests did too, I would meet them playing chess, reading, sipping coffee or working. It was a very nice feeling, sitting in this peaceful and beautiful space.
THE LOCATION – HIPSTER 7th district has it all
I hope you won’t mind me being biased here, but I am a huge fan of the 7th district, in which hotel Altstadt Vienna is located. I love it since it is so full of life. You will find anything from dining, shopping and culture right around the corner from the hotel! There are little shops and restaurants everywhere, it is not touristy, has cobbled streets and beautiful architecture. Walking from the hotel you will need less than 10 minutes to reach the historic center of Vienna. As soon as you step out of the hotel, you will find yourself at beautiful St.Ulrich square, that has some of the most photogenic cafes in the whole city. I already blogged about them here. Also really close are restaurants specializing in any cuisine from Japanese, Georgian, Austrian, International, vegan, anything! If you like shopping, especially for more unique stuff, antique, vintage and concept shops, you will find them all around Burggasse and streets nearby (basically this is just 1 min away from the hotel).
And a cultural bonus – the Museums Quartier (in case you have never been to Vienna before – a big square surrounded by several art museums that you got to visit such as Mumok and Leopold museum) is 3 min away. I would especially recommend you not to miss this square later in the evening, as there is always something going on there.
One last thing – if you visit Vienna in Xmas time 5 minutes away from hotel Altstadt Vienna you will find the most charming and favorite by locals Xmas market at Spittelberg! It will be there from roughly second week of November until Xmas day. As someone crazy about all things insider and local I really cannot imagine a better location for a hotel than this! It just has it all and you don’t need to use metro or any other transportation at all. Everything is manageable on foot.
Before I conclude this post, I would like to share with you a very important tip – make sure to book your room directly through hotel website! The truth is, you will hardly find a better price anywhere else online, but when you book directly. I know that nowadays most people book their stay through different websites such as booking.com. I did it before too and I have that genius account there. However, as I am booking hotels very frequently, I learned that you really do get better prices with direct booking, which is also very logical. I do use such websites to compare prices and explore hotel offers, but I tend to make the actual bookings directly with the hotel and make savings by doing so. So if you want to book a stay at Hotel Altstadt Vienna, I encourage you to try their booking system which is really quick and easy to use. Or if you prefer hotel Altstadt Vienna team to help you pick the room that will best match your individual preferences, you can inquire and book through a phone call. Just dial +43-1-5226666.
THE MOST INSPIRING STAY EVER
I hope that you enjoyed reading this post and that I managed to pass on to you through text and pictures, the beautiful feeling and positive vibe that I felt while staying at Hotel Altstadt Vienna. This is a hotel that radiates art, creativity, dedication and love behind each detail and every unique room in it. It is impossible not to get inspired and fully enjoy a stay at this hotel that cherishes the true spirit of Vienna. For this reason, I am so happy to recommend it here to all of you dear Vienna Insider readers!
I would like to thank the Hotel Altstadt Vienna team for making me and my dearest Senka, feel so welcome, letting us explore other the rooms, for their patience and understanding of our creative lust. 🙂 Art is not visible merely in the design of this gorgeous hotel, it is also felt in the hospitality and passion of the entire team. This stay made Senka’s and mine friendship richer for one more wonderful memory and creative adventure.
Thank you my dearest Senka for all the modeling, for being our fashion stylist, and for snapping all these beautiful pictures of me.
And thank you dear readers for stopping by!
Hotel Altstadt Vienna
Address: Kirchengasse 41, 1070 Vienna
For bookings and all information you can call +43-1-5226666 or check their website
Three ways on how to pose in an iconic chair. xD And by the way, no vinyls were harmed in this creative feat. 😀 It took us a long time though to make the mess and bring them back. Do not try this at home.
After work and before work situation. 😀 We just had to have the shooting in this perfect tub in Matteo Thun suite. PS: both girls you see here are really dressed up. 🙂
And this time – before work and after work edition of Senka. The day new profile picture was born. <3
And its a wrap! Thank you for looking until the end <3
This post was done in collaboration with Hotel Altstadt Vienna.