We're eagerly awaiting the debut of the upcoming Meliá Vienna, which will mark the brand's first Austrian property when it opens later this month.
The hotel's most noticeable asset will be its location: It will be part of the brand-new skyscraper—the Donau-City (DC) Tower–offering top views over the city. Even cooler: The building will not just be the tallest in Vienna, but the tallest in all of Austria. (It will stand 820 feet high right by the New Danube River.) Parisian architect Dominique Perrault is in charge of the building, which is designed to look like a "minimalistic monolith resembling a geometric waterfall with its façade's breaking edge directed towards the city." (We're intrigued already!)
Best of all: The whole building will be sustainable and "green," so eco-conscious travelers won't have to worry about comfort over conservation.
So, about that hotel: It will take up 17 of the building's 58 floors. Guest rooms will be between the fourth and 15th floors, with the Presidential Suite (below) on the 14th. (Details: The suite is accessed by a private elevator, it has a 180-degree view of Vienna, it has a private boardroom for meetings and a lounge for 10 people, it has a home-cinema for movie nights or presentation, and the bathroom has a sauna, an infinity bathtub and a double-rain shower.)
All of the rooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows with integrated glass elements that can be opened. For tech-savvy visitors, Wi-Fi is complementary and the desks all have full AV connectivity and media-hub HD stations for the TVs. (Even the in-room safes have electric outlets for charging gadgets while away.)
The hotel’s "57 Restaurant & Lounge," headed by chef Siegfried Kröpfl, will serve Mediterranean and international cuisine against a 360-degree panorama of Vienna. (Nice touch for music fans: The lounge and restaurant will have live DJs.)
The hotel will have approximately 6,800 square feet of meeting space, much of which has natural daylight. A ballroom and eight partially combinable meeting rooms can accommodate a good range of events.
And then there's the location: The hotel will be in the city's District 1, so Vienna's historic city center is easily accessible from private cars or public transport. It's also just a 20-minute drive from the airport, and close to Austria’s Center Vienna.
The hotel will be located at Donau-City-Straße 7 in Vienna. Visit www.melia.com for more information.