Hotel Imperial, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna Review
The Hotel Imperial, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna is unlike any hotel I have ever been to. This property was once the private residence of Prince Philipp of Wutteremberg. Built-in 1873, the palace was offered to his wife as a gift. From the moment you walk into the lobby you are greeted with true royalty being surrounded by tall marble walls and shimmering chandeliers from the 19th century.
Located on the famous ring boulevard of Vienna, The Hotel Imperial is in an ideal location with many historical sites right outside the front door. One of those sites is The Great Golden Hall at the Musikverein Vienna concert hall.
The hall is only 10 meters behind the hotel where guests are encouraged to consult their concierge team to secure your tickets for a live concert. Considered one of the finest concert halls in the world, The Musikverein Vienna is home to Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna New Year's Concert. Be sure to take advantage of the Music City of Vienna while staying at The Hotel Imperial!
Rooms and Accommodations
One of the most stunning aspects of this property is its rooms. The Hotel Imperial offers 138 rooms, 60 being suites. They have the largest selection of suits that can match all your personal desired while in Vienna. The lavish decor, high ceilings, original paintings and antiques, and fine fabrics allow you to step into a life a royalty.
The Hotel Imperial offers a large selection of one of a kind suites that include very exclusive amenities that will only enhance your royal stay. Many of the suites have different colors and shapes that can fit certain moods.
Some of the added benefits to staying in a suite include complimentary private one-way transfer and imperial private butler which includes a personal welcome, unpacking, ironing, shoe shining services. You will have a fruit basket, a beautiful bouquet of flowers and their famous Imperial torte for you to enjoy. You will also get a daily culinary greeting and private concierge service.
Another unique service you will get while staying in one of their suites is you will get your own customized business card with your name and the hotel address on it. While you are out shopping in Vienna simply hand them your personalized Imperial Hotel card so your items can be conveniently sent directly to your room with no worries.
If you wish to not stay in one of their suites that have several superior options to pick from that will make your time at the Hotel Imperial memorable.
The Deluxe Rooms are the latest to have been renovated in 2017. AS you can notice from the picture above they come with a balcony that provides an amazing view of the city. A perfect place to order breakfast in the morning while reading the daily newspaper!
For anyone that is familiar with the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, they may have seen pictures or heard of their Royal Suite. I was overjoyed to know I was able to see this suite and it certainly did not disappoint.
Arguably the most stunning suite I have ever seen, the Royal Suite was once the original apartment of the Duke and his wife. The Suite is 18 sq. meters with 7 meter high ceilings of royal space. In this suite, everything and anything can be made possible for you.
The hotel has been diligent in preserving the history of the property since its beginning. They have an archived guest book that dates back to the early 1900s. The Royal Suite has hosted some of the most famous individuals of the 20th century. These guests include Charlie Chaplin, The Rolling Stones, President John F. Kennedy, and Queen Elizabeth along with many others.
Hotel Restaurants and Bars
Welcome to Restaurant OPUS. Vienna is special for many reasons but when visiting the Imperial City I encourage you to enjoy the legendary fine cuisine. It's so good, it's the only cuisine named after a city. Vienna has 10 restaurants with over 14 Michelin stars. Opus is one of those restaurants being awarded 1 Michelin star and 3 Gault Millau Toques.
Guests can enjoy a mouth-watering menu that blends traditional Austrian cuisine with current global trends. A perfect option to experience a carefully crafted 7-course meal before going to a concert in Vienna.
Cafe Imperial Wien
Many may not know this about Vienna but it's considered "The City of Coffee." Cafe culture is an important element of Vienna's history. A place where people would gather to share and debate ideas and issues. The Cafe Imperial Wien perfectly embraces this tradition for you to enjoy. Locals and guests meet here to select from a wide range of coffees, apple strudel, and arguably the best Wiener Schnitzel in town.
Every day guests can experience the long history behind the Imperial High Tea.1873 was an important year in Vienna: the opening of the Hotel Imperial, the Vienna World's Fair, and the silver jubilee of Emperor Franz I. The transportation of pure water from the Alps to Vienna through an aqueduct was also accomplished in 1873. The aqueduct supplied the Hotel Imperial with running water- making it one of the first hotels to have this luxury.
This spring water is the secret ingredient that makes the tea and coffee and Vienna known as the best in the world. It's said even the British royal family ship barrels of Vienna's spring water to England! The Hotel Imperial keeps this tradition as guests can enjoy a cup of the finest tea in the HalleNsalon while listening to enchanting harp music.
Recommendations and Tips
There are so many things I can recommend while staying at this property but one thing that is for sure, is to try their world-famous Imperial Torte. This slice of chocolate heaven has an interesting story that goes back to the very beginning of the hotel in 1873. A young boy at the hotel secretly invented the Imperial Torte for the opening of the Hotel Imperial in 1873 in honor of Emperor Franz Joseph I. The Emperor fell in love with it and requested more to be made.
The Hotel Imperial has kept the original recipe safe and is the only place in the world where it is made. Today this famous Imperial Torte is shipped all over the world for chocolate lovers to enjoy.
The Hotel Imperial in Vienna is an incredible property with so much history and plenty of stories. From the moment you walk into the lobby, you truly feel the life and power the royal family lived. The Hotel Imperial offers this experience to you. We at Connections by Avra highly recommend staying at the Hotel Imperial while visiting the magnificent city of Vienna.
We would like to thank the Hotel Imperial, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna for hosting Connections by Avra. A jaw-dropping property that we are proud to be able to share with our clients.
By booking through our travel agency you will be able to enjoy the following amenities for 2020:
Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Daily Full Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, in Cafe Imperial
$100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
Book Hotel Imperial Vienna and Hotel Goldener Hirsch Salzburg during the same trip and receive up to two one-way train tickets between the destinations (two train tickets per room, minimum 2-night stay per each hotel applies)
For Suite bookings - Executive Junior Suite and higher: Complimentary one-way airport transfer & Imperial Petit Fours
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
Our Travel advisors look forward to assisting you on your next trip to the Imperial City of Vienna!
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