When you think of Vienna, do you think of the waltz? Austria’s capital has long been associated with the famous dance, accompanied by musical compositions by the likes of Johann Strauss. Its reputation lives on to this day, with a renowned ball season. And now the Palais Hansen Kempinski—the luxury hotel occupying a heritage-listed Palais on Schottenring Street—is offering guests the chance to tap into this cultural heritage with a unique and over-the-top offering. With the new “Kempinski Waltz Time” package, an individualized waltz will be composed for each guest and premiered in the Presidential Suite. The moment will be captured on film by a professional team.
German-born composer Tristan Schulze has been tapped to compose the personal waltz, which will be named after the guests. His career has included work as a composer for the Vienna State Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation), and he has also played as a solo cellist on the scores of Hollywood films like Captain Phillips, Twelve Years a Slave and Inferno. After rehearsing the waltz with other musicians, the waltz is then performed live in the suite as a premiere for the guests.
At more than 3,440 square feet, the Presidential Suite is the largest in Vienna. Overlooking the Ringstrasse, it comes with a luxurious bedroom, a living room/lounge featuring a vertical plant wall, and a marble bathroom with its own steam bath. There’s also a piano, upon which the waltz is played. The "Kempinski Waltz Time" package includes three nights' accommodation, champagne welcome, breakfast and a nine-course dinner with wine pairings at the gourmet restaurant Edvard, as well as the composition and performance of the waltz by professional musicians, filming of the premiere, concert tickets of your choice and limousine transfers from and to the airport and concert. The price tag? €25,000 per stay for two people.