Grand Ferdinand Vienna is a luxury hotel with a twist. It is located in the city center on the prestigious Ringstraße boulevard, with other grand luxury (albeit traditional) hotels as neighbours. The Vienna State Opera is a 5-minute walk and the St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a 10-minute walk. The hotel is set in a 1950s building and boats original contemporary interiors with commissioned chandeliers made by Vienna glassmaker Lobmeyr and round, leather-rimmed, mirrors by Gubi in the style of Jacques Adnet.
Rooms come in different categories and range from dorm rooms to suites, with standard rooms featuring air conditioning, wooden floors, kingsize beds, a flat-screen TV, a safe, a minibar, and a bathroom with rainfall showers. Standard+ rooms and up have leather chaise longues and minibars stocked with Mumm champagne. Suites have balconies with panoramic views, and free-standing bathtubs.
There are three food outlets: the main restaurant serving reinvinted Austrian cuisine, an all-day restaurant serving Austrian comfort food and the roof top Grand Étage for favourite food and drinks. There is also an outdoor rooftop swimming pool, a fitness centre and a peaceful courtyard garden.
✅Free Wi-Fi • 188 rooms (25-30m2), including 5 suites (45-100m2) • hotel opened: October 2015 • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk
The DNA: Owner Florian Weitzer, who turned his family’s Wiesler grande dame hotel in hometurf Graz into a hip hangout now did his knack (he also owns the Daniel Hotels in Vienna and Graz) with the Grand Ferdinand Vienna. Or as he says “I was graciously given the opportunity to transform a landmarked building on Vienna’s Ringstraße into a glorious hotel. Splendidly contemporary, free of forced flashbacks – and filled with unparalleled spirit.” The building was once the headquarters of Veitscher Magnesitwerke which director was Dr. Hans Lauda, grandfather of Formula One world champion Niki Lauda. His company car: a Jaguar. More specifically, the Jaguar that guests can now hire for outings. Also in the fleet: a Maserati Quattroporte. Nothing short of a royal treatment.