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Ok, well there are no hills where we are, but we are in Austria safe and sound. We took a train from Prague to Vienna and were lucky because we were the only one's in our compartment. I was able to watch a movie on my computer and enjoy the scenery. We left at 2:40pm and arrived here 7:20pm. We are getting better and better at navigating the …
As I was planning my European tour about 3-4 weeks ago, Vienna was no where on my radar to include. Then I learned that Sade was performing her last concert in Europe during the dates I was meant to be there. When I looked up the dates of her tour, I had noticed that my timing would coincide with hers if I included Vienna as one of my stops. There …
... well. I'm working on various projects (as I've mentioned before).. But nothing too substantial, probably due to short work. I have learned a lot (I think) and it's all been a really good experience. I just found out, though, that we might be going on short-work for a whole week BEFORE Christmas, meaning that I might be able to take a week long holiday somewhere-- but I'm not getting my hopes up just in case my dep't is not doing ...
... of Franz Joseph and Sisi. As we had already seen Sisi's rooms in Venice, some of it looked familiar but the scale and grandness of the palace still puts everything else to shame. The dining china, silver and gold alone filled twenty rooms and a scale model of the Hapsburg grounds made you realize how truly massive and impressive the palace was and remains.
From here we went next door to the Albertina ...
... So we went in, grabbed showers, and headed back in to Vienna for dinner.
We had planned to go to a restaurant which was recommended in our Lonely Planet, we had actually tried to go last night but it had been so ridiculously busy (an hour wait at least) that we had not even bothered. However, today it was much earlier, so we figured we should give it another try. I drove, and dropped Lee and Par off around the corner from the restaurant, and Charlotte ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Meridien Vienna
Fantastic Christmas stay!!!
This is the best hotel in Vienna after its recent renovation in 2003.
We stayed here during Christmas and booked at a promotional opening price, which allowed us to stay at this deluxe 5* property at the usual cost of a 3* hotel or 4* hotel in Vienna. I think a stay here is worth at most up to 300 euros per night, for a regular double room.
We certainly recommend it! We wrote down all of its room accessories (the best bed, matress and pillows ever slept on!!!)
The only drawback is the bar service (awful!) and the staff in general, is not very experienced and lacks customer service training...
All in all, due to its fantastic furniture design, architecture, huge plasma TV in all rooms and its location (right across the Opera!) it is worth staying. Hope they continue with the promotional price! :-)
Nice but with quirks.
We stayed at Le Meridien for 3 nights in May 2004. Very friendly and helpful staff. The hotel is in a great location right near the opera house and 5 minutes walk from the Graben. They offer tasty juice at the front desk in the morning and always have a supply of green apples to savor. The hotel decor is modern with a high tech, art deco style. The rooms are cozy in a high tech kind of way with pink and green accent lighting. The beds are very comfortable and the rooms set up well. I really enjoy the coffee pot they put in the room that allows one to make coffee at ones convenience. Since I like to buy the delicious local pastries and eat these with my coffee in the morning. The bathroom is beautiful with a large tub and unique open shower. However, the opaque glass did cause discomfort. The toilet is locate right next to the outer glass wall that seperates the bathroom from the main room and when one sits on the toilet others outside can see that persons outline and hear everything. We had guests in our room and the women said they were embarassed to use the toilet with us men sitting there so we left the room for a few minutes. Also, I had to do number 2 and I did not feel comfortable doing this when my guests would see and hear all so I went to the lobby. This feature did cause discomfort on several occasions. Hence the 4 star review. Otherwise and very nice place to stay
Luxury hotel, friendly staff, 5* Location
We stayed in the Le Meridien over Easter 2004 and would highly recommend this hotel. The Staff were really friendly and helpful. The rooms were great, we had a Deluxe room which was very spacious. The beds were great and there were lots of quirky features in the room i.e. pink and green lighting. The bathroom was heaven, everywhere was opaque glass and mirrors, massive roll top bath and a wonderful three headed shower, all state of the art. Lovely glass basin, couldn't fault it. We ate in the restaurant one night, a bit pricey but it is a 5* hotel! The cafe was great for coffee and croissants in the morning (not too expensive) as we didn't have breakfast included in our stay. It was very pricey if you wanted a full breakfast in the restaurant €23.00 each. Excellent location, what more can I say. P.S. If you want to see the Lipizzaner horses at a show, book in advance as the show was all booked up, but it was probably because of Easter. Also the Vienna State Opera house gets very busy, we couldn't get in there to see anything either, you can also book in advance for that on the web site. P.P.S. The Airport train is great as well.
Marvellous hotel, great location
The hotel is simply great! Convenient location in the centre of Vienna, opposite the opera house, it is within walking distance to all the major attractions in the city. The rooms are big, stylishly decorated and with a very good lighting. The swimming pool is small, but very comfortable. The entire hotel looks like a modern art museum!!!
Luxury! Style! ...highly recommended!
Just came back from a quick trip to Vienna where I stayed at Le Meridien for one night. The design is absolutely fabulous and the location of the hotel is perfect. I can only agree with other reviews here, this IS a top notch hotel. The rooms are truly fabulous, with blonde wooden floors instead of the oh-so-yucky carpets found elswhere.
The room-lights can be dimmed. There is a nice chaiselongue for you to lounge, a comfy chair, a functional desk with high-speed internet access, a stunning flat screen TV. Two fresh, green apples were placed in a hand-shaped bowl. The minibar is stocked with sodas, juices, and two beers at NO extra charge... and you can make (free) coffee or tea and drink it from really cool stainless-steel mugs. The bathroom design is cool and combines some Phillipe Starck elements with almost whimsical quotes from the past. It has one flaw: when taking a shower water is everywhere in the bathroom. However, the bathtub is FANTASTIC: deep, fits two, fills quickly and allows you to soak in moviestar luxury. Check out the health club and Spa in the basement, it actually is an extension of a John Harris gym located nearby. The training area is equipped with brand-spanking-new TechnoGym Machines, and all cardio machines have the Polar heart rate monitor system. There even is an English-speaking trainer on site to help you! This really makes a great difference compared to the 'gyms' found at other hotels. ...and when was the last time you worked out at a place that has stylish wood-panelling and flatscreen TV? The pool features a jetstream system, and there is a jacuzzi, a steam room and a dry sauna as well...
Staff is genuinely friendly and it seemed to me as if English was their first language more often than not.
The bar and restaurant are stunning and seem to attract a rather fab crowd. My friends from Vienna told me that Le Meridien is truly the hotel of choice for everyone who likes to stay in modern luxury. A hotel like this is not for everyone: you won't find the stuffy 'Old Europe' plushness many associate with Vienna... Le Meridien is contemporary, yet fun and definitely, luxuruiously modern. Highly recommended!!
Now This is a Great Hotel
Stayed at the Le Meridien Wien for 5 nights for the New Years holidays absolutely loved the hotel. If you're looking for a very contemporary hotel with large rooms, great features, gorgeous interiors, inviting bar, etc., this is it. Staff was very nice and made the stay very enjoyable. Definitely the top hotel in Vienna at present. Would visit again in a heartbeat!
Great Location - Great Service - Will Return
We stayed at the Meriden right after it opened and had a great experience. They upgraded us to a suite which was very kind as it was a special occasion. The staff was young and the service was "casual" as one reviewer wrote - but we found that somewhat charming and small service "errors" were quickly corrected.
The location was excellent. The beds were great - firm yet very, very comfortable. The front desk got us tickets for all the events that we wanted.
We recommend this hotel and will return on our next trip to Vienna.
All about the design - but fun to stay in
This is a really fun hotel to stay in. Regular doubles have orange lion's foot bathtubs and king rooms have soaring ceilings with interesting backboards for all beds. The locations is excellent, only minutes from the pedestrian area on the RingStrasse. You pick up most tour buses at the Opera which is a 5 minute walk. Only complaint is that the showers do not have doors so water gets EVERYWHERE (but nothing extra towels won't solve).
Good Nights in Vienna
Stayed at the Le Meridien, Vienna at the end of November 03 a few weeks after it opened. Introductory room rate of 135 Eur/ night. Excellent location near City Centre, Opera, Museum Quarter, Secession Building.
Plenty of good value eating nearby. Friendly service however a problem with the bathroom which flooded because the shower did not drain properly and it seems almost all rooms have the same problem. We were not offered a non-smoking room on booking and asked to change rooms after one night, we also had to ask for bathrobes. Would go back but only if the room rate was right.
Nice Infrastructure But Lots of Birth Pains
This is the trendiest and coolest hotel in Vienna at year-end 2003. I stayed here during the month it opened (November) and had to put up with dozens of quirks and mix-ups as a result. However, I was able to book at its opening promotional price, which allowed me to stay at this deluxe 5* property at the usual cost of a 3* hotel or 4* hotel in Vienna. I think a stay here is worth at most up to 300 euros per night, for a regular double room. If I had to pay upwards of 320 euros or so for this same stay, I would probably stay at the Imperial or the Sacher instead.
However there are lots of good things about this hotel: 1) It's centrally located so you can walk to almost anywhere, although most of the other good hotels are also in this same location and are even nearer the sights.
2) It's a cool and very hip design hotel, which can be extremely refreshing after all the roccoco styles and heavy Biedermier furniture all over Vienna. The other luxury hotels in this area are all on the heavy design side and very stuffy.
3) Modern gadgetry and great plasma TVs in all the rooms, which makes you want to stay in and watch TV all night 4) Friendly service. The staff is quite young so service here is on the friendly and casual side -- none of the traditional pompousness here.
Almost everyone on the staff is smiling and helpful.
5) Very comfortable rooms on the large and airy side, with great beds and lighting. However, some rooms don't have bathtubs and just showers, and you will probably be shunted to one of these if you book a cheap rate and the hotel is full, so beware.
6) Interesting touches like art in the lobby and rooms, and fresh juice always available at the reception counter. They change the juice flavours everyday.
The negatives: 1) Room designs are so hip that they can be almost user-unfriendly. It took some time for me to figure out how to use the room. Also, the bathroom is 3/4 smoked glass and only 1/4 actual wall (I really don't know why they could not have placed more wall and less smoked glass!) so if you are sharing a room with someone you don't know very well and are shy about being seen, this may give you some stress. Also, in many of the regular rooms, the bathroom door and semi-transparent toilet are uncomfortably located near to the beds and placed in a position that will enable anyone else in the room to be aware of whatever you are doing in the bathroom. And that shortage of wall really bothers me. If you are sitting on the toilet seat, for instance, the wall covers your main torso but the crack between the wall and the door, the nearness of the toilet to the beds and the smokey glass door makes your thighs and knees plainly visible. Okay for romantic couples, but quite embarassing for most other kinds of people travelling together.
2) This is a Meridien chain top-end hotel so you would think that they would have gotten the routine in place even if they had just opened.
But the staff missed giving me a wake-up call, the phones were down totally for one night, and I couldn't access my messages for half of my one-week stay because the message service had gone haywire and the staff couldn't locate my messages manually. Whenever they got something wrong, however, they were quite nice about it. I got a bottle of champagne from the manager for my missed wake-up call.
3) No turn-down service. I stay at 5* deluxe hotels all the time and an evening turn-down service is de rigeur. However, at this hotel, my room got a once-over cleaning and then I never saw anyone again until the next day. So service was kind of sloppy.
All in all, it's a nice hotel. I hope the opening season birth pains are ironed out. I think I would stay here again because it's a refreshing and comfortable place to come back to after going around Vienna -- but only if I am able to find a good rate on the Internet.