Meeting Destination Vienna: The city’s newest hotels are leading the way in diversity, innovation and sustainability

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Vienna, 27 April 2022: From redesigned baroque palaces and on-site flower meadows to sustainable kitchens and social business innovation: numerous exciting new hotels are revitalising Vienna as a meeting destination. Many remarkable hotel projects are set to open in 2022 or have welcomed their first guests in recent months. Each one promises to deliver a fantastic setting for a wide range of meetings in one of the world’s most popular meeting destinations. In addition to the great hotel news, there is even more to celebrate, as the “2021 ICCA Ranking – Destination Performance Index (DPI)” which was released at the beginning of June, placed Meeting Destination Vienna first place worldwide in the overall 2021 ranking.

First Rosewood to arrive in German-speaking countries

The five-star Rosewood Vienna hotel is set to open in summer 2022 and work is currently in full swing at Wiener Graben, in the heart of Vienna’s city centre. The lavishly renovated 1830s bank building will be the fifth hotel by the luxury hotel chain to open in Europe and the first Rosewood Hotel in the German-speaking region. Featuring 99 rooms and suites as well as several function rooms available for meetings, the hotel offers several gastronomic areas, including a rooftop bar with a grand view and an intimate garden restaurant serving European cuisine. Discerning guests can also enjoy a private relaxation experience at Sense, the in-house Rosewood Vienna Spa.

A homage to Emperor Leopold I: The Leo Grand

A few steps away from St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Viennese Lenikus Group has transformed a listed baroque jewel into A few steps away from St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Viennese Lenikus Group has transformed a listed baroque jewel into a luxury hotel with 76 rooms and suites. With its unconventional location and luxurious concept, The Leo Grand is not only setting new, but also the highest standards. The hotel has recently opened and prides itself on celebrating both individualism and contemporary luxury elements. Chief designer, Gabriele Lenikus and her team have completely reimagined baroque design and transported it spectacularly into the present. Fittingly: the figure of the eccentric, art and fun-loving Emperor Leopold I. (1640-1705) is also reflected in the gastronomy: The Leo Grand is home to what is probably the most exclusive “Schanigarten” in Vienna, a winter-proof inner courtyard with an elegant bar and several private dining areas.

A green island near the MuseumsQuartier: Hotel Gilbert

Since December 2021, the MuseumsQuartier in the centre of Vienna has been home to Hotel Gilbert, a four-star trend hotel with a cosmopolitan philosophy and the very best service. The green concept of the family-run hotel by BWM is evident throughout the hotel’s 57 flats, suites and lofts. In addition to a gym and sauna, as well as e-Vespa and e-bike rental, there are also two meeting rooms and the hotel is setting a strong example in terms of environmentalism and sustainable climate change adaptation. The green façade, a living-wall system from Dutch Sempergree and designed by the Viennese office Green4Cities, provides cooling and noise reduction. In addition, the Hotel Gilbert features a flower meadow, a green courtyard and an extensive indoor plant concept. Elsewhere at the hotel’s Café Brasserie & flora, chef Parvin Razavi cooks according to the belief “From Root to Leaf” where every piece of the fruit and vegetables used on her menu are processed to provide more taste and less waste.

A modern hotel in the new Twentytwo district: Bassena Wien Donaustadt

The Bassena Wien Donaustadt, will open in the third quarter of 2022 in the new district of Vienna, TWENTYTWO. The four-star property will be both a lively hotel and a relaxing retreat with 198 rooms spread out over nine floors. A Bassena is the water basin in the hallway of most Vienna apartment buildings and was once a typical Viennese meeting place for gossiping, so it makes perfect sense that at the Hotel Bassena Wien Donaustadt every room will have its own wash basin. The first floor provides space for the public area with library, a community restaurant and bar, Bassena Kitchen as well as a living room, conservatory and pub garden. The interior by Kitzig Design Studios is young, dynamic and lively while the recreational areas Donauinsel, Donaupark and Alte Donau are only a few minutes away. Another plus is that the Austria Center Vienna congress centre can be reached quickly and easily by subway.

Situated in the vibrant Naschmarkt neighborhood: Hotel Indigo Vienna

A hidden gem opened its doors in March 2022: the Hotel Indigo Vienna – Naschmarkt. Set over nine floors, it offers 158 guest rooms in a modern design – including a bright meeting room, two suites with a free-standing bathtub, a light-flooded restaurant, bar, a landscaped courtyard and a fitness centre. With an abundance of plants, the boutique hotel is inspired by the Vienna’s Margareten district, where hidden gardens, bustling squares, hip cafés, bars, and small boutiques are lined up next to each other. It’s part of the Indigo hotel brand, who create unique boutique hotels in art and cultural districts all over the world.

Experience the flair of the 1920s at Hotel Motto

With the Hotel Motto, Vienna received a new hotel in autumn 2021 that is in many respects unparalleled. Situated on Mariahilferstrasse, the largest shopping street in Austria and one of the liveliest places in Vienna, Hotel Motto, combines the Parisian flair of the 1920s and modern Viennese lifestyle with Scandinavian hygge. The official motto is “Vienna meets Paris” and the design is correspondingly opulent: In the rooms and suites, floral fabric walls, ornate mirrors and playful chandeliers create a dreamy, relaxed and creative atmosphere. Carpets, furniture, tiles, and lamps designed especially for the hotel

(Arkan Zeytinoglu Architects) are combined with vintage furniture – some of which are originals from the Ritz Hotel in Paris. However, the Hotel Motto does not only play with the past. The makers of the 91-room and suite boutique hotel refer to it as an “unusual mix of punk rock and avant-garde” and it has a lot to offer in terms of gastronomy. High up on the roof of the 1870s building is a restaurant with a bar and terrace and on the first floor, the hotel operates its own organic bakery.

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Luxury on the Ringstrasse, Almanac Vienna is set to open in late 2022/early 2023

Those who want to experience Vienna in a particularly luxurious way will soon be offered something fantastic: the Almanac Vienna is currently being built on what is perhaps the most beautiful boulevard in the world, Vienna’s Ringstrasse. Planned as a five-star-plus property with 111 rooms, of which more than two-thirds are suites, the historic building alone guarantees special moments. The hotel is located in the historical Palais Henckel-Donnersmarck and is being completely redesigned to meet the modern traveller’s needs. Breath-taking event spaces are among those under construction at the Almanac Vienna and the rooms, which will be among the most beautiful in Vienna, will provide the perfect setting for meetings of all kinds. A spa, concept store, coffee shop and first-class restaurant with bar will round off the luxurious project. The Almanac Vienna is scheduled to open at the end of 2022/early 2023.

More location news from Meeting Destination Vienna

In addition to the numerous new hotels, Vienna also offers some spectacular new event locations.

Top-quality facilities and infrastructure, leading security standards, and a subway connection: with “Ariana”, Vienna just got a new, attractive event venue. It is located in Vienna’s hotspot for Smart City technology – the “Seestadt Aspern”. In the fall, “Weitsicht Cobenzl” will open as a versatile and completely renovated location with the highest design standards – and a long history. As early as around 1900, the Viennese made their way up the hill to enjoy the fantastic view of the city. Several buildings make a great ensemble, the highlight is the “Kuppelsaal” which offers space for up to 500 people.

An overview of all hotels and locations of Meeting Destination Vienna can be found here.

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