Vienna, a city renowned for imperial elegance and luxury, is about to debut The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna. We hear the luxury hotel will open its doors in the second quarter of 2012.
The property will sit on Schubertring, the historical site of Viennese architectural monuments that date back to the 19th century. The hotel itself occupies two 19th-century palaces.
Vienna is home to several high-end hotels that continue to impress VIP travelers. We were in Vienna in November 2010 and stayed at the Hotel Imperial, which sits on the famous Ringstrasse. Originally built as a palace in the 19th century for the Duke of Württemberg, the hotel is now considered one of the most luxurious in Austria.
Possibly the most famous hotel in Vienna is the Hotel Sacher Wien, birthplace of the decadent Sacher torte and a magnet for such past notables as John Lennon and John F. Kennedy. The rooms and public spaces at the hotel are both striking and unique, especially the Rote Bar Restaurant and the Blaue Bar. Vienna is also home to The Ring Hotel and Sofitel Vienna, so we say The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna will be in excellent company.
When booking your elite clients a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, be sure to suggest an outing on Kohlmarkt, the most elegant shopping district in Vienna. Tip: Send your clients to Vienna in the wintertime when the Christmas spirit is in full swing and the swank streets are speckled with twinkling lights. From November through the holiday season, the city is packed with Christmas markets.
Other highlights include Schönbrunn Palace, formerly the summer residence of the Hapsburgs; the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera; and the MuseumsQuartier, which is a collection of the city’s museums.
Travel Touch: Vienna has one of the quickest connection times from any airport. You can get from the Hotel Sacher to the airport in less than 25 minutes and check in in under 20 minutes because security and check-ins are at each gate.
At presstime, there was no liaison at The Ritz-Carlton to assist with questions from luxury travel advisors, but check back at www.luxurytraveladvisor.com for updates.