Grand Hotel Wien
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... and surprise dishes. All were really good.
In general, I am still totally lost almost everywhere I am. I am living up to my nickname of Captain Compass. Sometimes I even fail to be able to navigate with the use of the GPS, that is how truly useless I am. Luckily Aranaea is there with a sense of direction to steer me right.
I have also noticed that finally I am in a country where I don't stand out like a sore thumb. All our travels in the last few years ...
We arrived in Vienna at the bus station, which of course is at the opposite end of town to our hostel. We knew what metro lines to get and were to change lines so off we went. We emerged from the metro in the area we were staying and realised despite it being evening time it was still freaking boiling. Backpacks on and we set off....of course in the wrong bloody direction. (Notice a theme ) Back on the right track thanks ...
... knowing different languages. A few of us then went with the Meilaenders to see where the nearest laundromat is (I'm getting close to using up all my clean clothing...) and afterwards, Maria, Leona, and I bought a schnitzel sandwich. I was expecting something amazing...and my expectation was fulfilled. But I think it was mostly a psychological fulfillment...because the schnitzel tasted just like a fried chicken sandwich. Nonetheless, it was delicious, and we ended up ...
... and his brother at around 7:30 to catch up for dinner and drinks. We went to an asian restaurant because we were all craving something that wasn't sausages or weinerschnitzel and then an Irish bar afterwards. I came back early to Skype with Nicole and James stayed out with the guys for a few more hours.
The next morning we woke up, had breakfast and headed to the Naschhmarkt (roughly translates to nibbles market) to take a look at the food there. We bought some bread and meats ...
... to get accustomed to two riders. The uniforms are quite plain – brown coats and brown trousers. Each horse is born black and as they age, their coat changes and they become grey.
By this stage, it was getting very cold and the wind had picked up, so we decided to take the bus back to the ship and not stay in the city to shop.
Lunch was another extravagance. The food and wine was flowing freely. We spent the afternoon ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Hotel Wien Vienna
We are staying at the Grand hotel which is a stunning hotel. It has an amazing location, just five minutes walking distance to the opera house, shopping, cafés and the cathedral. We are casino buffs and even the casino is just a stone throw away! We absolutely love the location. The service is also good and the concierge was great...helped us with the city tour details and with the tickets for the Mozart concert.
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When I visit Vienna, I will be staying at the Grand Hotel Wien. It looks like a nice place to stay for a reasonable price in the middle of Vienna.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Wien Vienna
Very Grand indeed!
We had just spent a lovely Christmas in Vienna, from 12/23 to 12/25/2005. A main reason for saying that is because we had made the right choice in choosing the Grand Hotel Wien.
From the Hotel lobby, to the room's walkway, and finally, to our Exclusive Room - everything you see befits the name of the Hotel, GRAND! To us, spending some extra money for an Exclusive room is worth every single cent, trust me.
The room has a whopping 45 metres square (other Hotels would only have this size for their Junior Suite and could easily have charged you a few hundred more euros for that!) and is located in a quiet corner. Besides the elegant cornicles, silk wall, curtain with drapes, antique looking furniture, marble bathroom, heated floor, heated towel rack, they have a phone control panel whereby you can practically control everything from a touch of a button. Now, that is what I call high-tech!
Staff are very obliging, too. Guess it is their corporate culture for doing so. From room reservations, to the front desk, they not only speak impeccable English, but are very helpful and willing to please, too.
Location wise, couldn't be better - attached shopping centre with a lovely small supermarket, plus the Vienna State Opera, Ringstrasse Street, trams 1 and 2 (for a cheap and informal tour of the famous Ring Boulevard!)etc.
Breakfasts was expensive, at 29 euros each person. So, we didn't eat at the Hotel, thus cannot comment on their food. Airport transfer via a Mercedes E Class was a costly 42 euros, we took a C & K Airport Service instead, for a mere 25 euros. On arrival, turn to your left. The rest of the companies there are charging 30 and 32 euros respetively.
All in all, stay at this Hotel, and you certainly have made the right choice!
My wife and I decided to travel from London for a romantic Christmas in Vienna . We were delighted with the hotel. We were welcomed with charm and professionalism .The room was of a very high standard of comfort and luxury with a great deal of thought having been given to both it's looks and functionality . The bathroom fittings were of a particularly high standard with a huge bath and marble ledge.
Our lugggage did not arrive from the airline and unlike the average concierge who goes through the motions , the hotel concierge spent literally hours and took it as a personal mission to retrieve ours- which he did. All staff are of top caliber.
If you like traditional style but modern comforts you will like the Grand.
We have stayed in many 5 star hotels around the world and this was one of our best experiences.
Wow, What a hotel!
My husband and I stayed a week in Vienna and moved to this hotel the last 3 days to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We felt like king and queen for 3 days. There is not one tiny picky wrong I can find with the rooms, service, etc. This is a special hotel and the location is the best.
Also, the breakfast, which is included w/ your room, is absolutely incredible; the best we've ever had in a hotel.
I felt like a princess in a palace!
I stayed at this hotel on business, just before Christmas last year and it was magical. Anyone thinking of going to Vienna at this time of year will not be disappointed. The location is fantastic and the hotel so clean. As a single woman I did not experience any lesser service from the staff which so often happens in large hotels like this. My room was extremely comfortable and the bathroom fabulous. After a long and tiring day it was wonderful to relax in the huge bath with wide marble ledge and drink half a bottle of champagne all to myself before a business dinner. One tip, had the champagne come from the mini bar it would have been £46, if you go to the mini market in the mall under the hotel you can get one for a fraction of the price. The beds were very comfortable and the toiletries in the bathroom were superb, by far the best of any hotel - even superior to those at The Ritz in London. The piano bar is a lovely place to relax but one thing I and the party I was with did find odd is if you order a glass of wine/champagne it is only filled up to two thirds full. This appears to be the case in many establishements in Vienna. Breakfast is a huge buffet catering to those who want, continetal, full english and even japanese and yes you can even have a glass of champagne. All the staff are very helpful and go out of their way to please you. If I return to Vienna, which I hope I do I will definately return to this lovely hotel. I would recommend it to anyone, not just business users because whilst it is a large hotel the service and surroundings would be perfect for a romantic city break. If you go at Christmas even better - the Christmas tree they have in the lobby is awsome.
If you do go to Vienna go to the Sky Lounge for dinner or if you don't make dinner for drinks - it has a fabulous view of the city (bit like the Oxo Tower in London only better) and the singer is great.
Good - maybe great when all open
One of the best locations for a hotel in a fabulous City - on the Ring, near all the great galleries, shopping streets etc. A very pleasant, luxurious hotel, with comfortable, well-equipped, high-ceilinged rooms and very good service - at least from those staff who were not themselves on holiday. Valet parking, with very efficient retrieval when we needed the car.
We stayed 3 nights in July and found that, as with many hotels in Central Europe, it was out of season as all the business people who normally use the place were on holiday. As a result the bar (and, for all we know, other facilities) in this hotel were shut - presumably to give some of their staff a break, which is fine. But there were we, on our holiday, paying full price out of our own pocket, for a hotel which didn't provide all its services. Why on Earth can't they ensure that all the hotel's services are open, even when their business customers, whose companies pay for them, are elsewhere? Not a great problem for us, as we found other places to go - but annoying, taking the gloss off an otherwise great place.
We stayed 3 nights at the Grand Hotel Wien in February.This hotel offers everything expected from a 5* hotel. Although our room was small, it offered all the comforts needed after a long day of sightseeing. The concierge service was by far superior by satisfying our request for unavailable concerts tickets to directions to the outdoor market. We had fantastic meals at Unaki (lots of Sushi & Shabu Shabu) and beautiful Austrian wines at Le Ciel. Can't wait to back to Vienna!
We spent 5 nights in a Junior Suite here in December 2004 celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and loved every minute. If you are considering staying here then you are likely also considering one of the other luxury hotels close by (Bristol, Sacher). I would'nt look further than the Grand (we had dinner at both the Bristol and Sacher and neither compared to the excellence of the Grand). The hotel is ideally situated in easy walking distance of the main attractions (important when the outside temperature is well below freezing!) and a real bonus is the excellent supermarket and deli in the lovely shopping mall that ajoins the hotel. The hotel is expensive but worth every penny. I have been travelling internationally on a regular basis for over 20 years and rate this as one of the best hotels I've stayed in.
Great Hotel, Great Location
Just returned from a trip to Vienna 12/1-12/5.
The Grand Hotel Wien was beautiful. Rooms were gorgeous, staff was friendly (everyone spoke English), food was delicious BUT very expensive 30 Euros for the Sat. and Sunday Buffet Breakfast, but plenty of choices and eggs made to order.
Location was awesome!! Right on the KartnerRing, a block from Kartner Strasse and the opera house. Transportation stop is right outside the door and the underground is at the end of the block.
Took the train to Salzburg for the day. A three hour ride. Salzburg is just as fabulous as Vienna. A must see while in Austria.
Went to a concert/opera/ballet at the Ashburn Palace one night it was a great experience. The art museum had a special showing of Rubens. Unbelievable art!! The churches and the bulidings are phenomenal! All the artwork, wood carving and stone work!!! Unbelievable!!!!
Great trip!! Wish we could have stayed longer than 4 days!!
Terrific Location and Great Hotel
We stayed at the Grand Hotel for a long weekend in May. It was a five-star experience--lovely room with great bed, sitting area, nice sized bathroom with lots of water pressure and hot water--and beautifully maintained public areas. The hotel fronts onto the Ringstrasse and is down the street from the Opera House so the location is outstanding. We had dinner one night and lunch the next day at the hotel and the quality of the food was very good. There are two gourmet restaurants on the top floor; we had dinner at the Japanese restaurant. It was quite expensive but not out of line for a five star hotel. There is a concierge and she was quite helpful with directions and suggestions. This was a wonderful experience and a hotel which is worthy of five stars.
The Grand Hotel is located in the heart of Vienna - close to the major sites and shopping. Although it was small, we loved our guest room. It was well-equipped and boasts the latest in high-tech controls entirely operated via the telephone system. The marble bathroom was spectacular.
The environment is upscale and formal and jackets are recommended in the evening. They offer free internet service for all guests. The room was air conditioned which is a rare treat in Austria. The Grand Hotel is the perfect base to explore beautiful Vienna.