Unexpected Vienna

Vienna, Austria may be known for its infamous Viennese Cake, coffee and the opera, but a closer look at this capital city reveals more than meets the eye.  Vienna is quintessential European charm and offers a sophistication that is evident in its bustling cafes, shops and city squares. The city has an abundance of high-end dining, impressive accommodations and historic landmarks.

For our visit here, we chose the Ring Hotel which presides in one of the region’s trendiest areas. Ideally located, in the center of the famous Ring Boulevard, the hotel is set in close proximity to the nearby Vienna State Opera and the Musikverein concert hall. The exemplary location is just the beginning of the appeal of this popular hotel.

The casual luxury hotel exudes modern charm and welcoming hospitality as the front desk agent presents you with a complimentary drink to enjoy at Eight Bar. The lobby is handsomely furnished with dark woods and plush carpets. Here guests and locals alike gather for an evening cocktail at Eight Bar which is defined by its high-end mixology program, electro-swing music and the sparkling aura of typical Viennese savoir-vivre. From the bartender to the front desk, the staff is polished, knowledgeable and friendly, giving good cause for this hotel’s consistently five-star rating.

Guest rooms are stylish and each room in the historic building shines with its own personal flair. The interior is defined by sleek elegance and its inviting, intimate atmosphere, which effortlessly blends modern furnishings with the historic architecture. As a guest, your every need is anticipated, and modern amenities make your stay comfortable and convenient.

Breakfast is served buffet-style with ala carte options showcasing local favorites as well as specialties that will satisfy the appetites of guests from all around the world. Freshly baked bread, pastries and cheeses are especially enticing and coupled with specialty coffees and fresh-squeezed orange juice provides an indulgent start to the day. Over breakfast, sit in the light-filled dining room with views of the city streets as you plan your sightseeing activities.

Just a short and scenic walk from the hotel is the famous St. Stephen’s Cathedral situated in Stephansplatz. In this area, be sure to spend the day shopping your way through the city. Here you can wander until your heart is content, sampling food stands and small cafes along the way.

Architecture enthusiasts should make time to visit the SO/ hotel as its contemporary design is inspired by the nearby St. Stephen’s Cathedral and offers one of the best views in the city while dining at Das Loft. With its distinctive ambiance and an unforgettable view paired with cosmopolitan cuisine and sparkling cocktails, its no wonder the restaurant one again was awarded a Michelin star.

The property was designed by one of France’s top architects, Jean Nouvel. The façade of this 21st-century masterpiece with its monochrome color palette and diamond roof pattern reflects the influence of the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Inside, colorful works of art illuminate the huge surfaces. Experience a childish fascination with Pipilotti Rist’s dazzling video murals and admire Patrick Blanc’s colossal vertical plant wall, which acts as a living tableau in continuous flux.

After a long day of sightseeing book, a table at one of the best hidden gems in the city, LE’O Restaurant and Bar. Whether you are stopping by for cocktails and dessert or indulging in a three-course meal, the overall dining experience you have at LE’O far exceeds any expectation you had in mind. Get ready to be taken on a culinary adventure as you have your taste buds elevated through the workmanship of Chef, Leo. From start to finish everything about this restaurant is first-rate from the elegant atmosphere to the creative cocktails. The airy space is impressive from the second you walk in the door with brick walls and dangling chandeliers.