Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
What We Love
- The palatial look makes it feel as though you’re the heir to the Austrian throne
- Champagne brunch with fluffy cheese omelets whipped up by gourmet chefs
- Suites include dedicated butler
- Free WiFi access
What To Know
- Hotel Imperial offers full and half-day limousine tours of Vienna, as well as the surrounding woodlands and cities
- Reservations for the in-house restaurant can be made online, unless your party exceeds four
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Originally built in 1863 as the new residence for the Prince of Württemberg, Hotel Imperial has a decidedly palatial look. No expense was spared in the majestic two-story entrance hall, which is filled with colorful marble, giant bucolic landscape paintings, crystal chandeliers and striking statues. The venerated property transports guests back to 19th-century opulence, and a garnet carpet running the length of the imposing lobby staircase makes it easy to feel as though you’re the heir to the Austrian throne.
Bed and Bath
Hotel Imperial’s 138 guestrooms and suites are decorated to play on the regal pomp of the 1800s, featuring high stucco ceilings, original oil paintings, star-patterned parquet floors, inlaid wood cabinetry and beautifully restored antiques. Silk-covered walls complement clawfoot chairs and ottomans in shades of emerald-green, royal blue, ruby-red and peach. Floor-to-ceiling drapes frame oversize windows that offer views of Vienna’s picturesque streets and rooftops, while bathrooms are dressed in fine Italian marble, and have heated floors ready to warm guests’ feet after a shower — or a bath in the lavish separate tub. A stay in a suite also includes a dedicated butler who can help make travel arrangements, deliver room service 24/7 and even hand-iron the newspaper.
Socialize with other guests at Hotel Imperial’s intimate Bar Maria Theresia while a pianist plays soothing melodies, or sit down for a classic Viennese meal from head chef Rupert Schnait in the hotel restaurant. Café Imperial’s brunch is one of the best in town, pairing fried eggs or omelets with champagne flutes. More modern amenities include a 24-hour business center, as well as a gym and sauna on the fifth floor.
In the Area
Mere steps from Hotel Imperial are several leafy parks, including Stadtpark, Resselpark and the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna. But one of the biggest draws in the neighborhood is Vienna’s Belvedere Museum, a huge repository of art and architecture, from medieval works to a fine collection of Viennese Secession artwork.
How to Get There
I had a wonderful stay at the Imperial. The staff couldn't be more helpful and eager to please. First class service as well as comfort and beauty.
The location is five minutes from the opera house and subway stop. Don't miss the tour from the concierge about the history of the hotel.
A true gem !
One of the most luxurious hotels in Vienna.
Ornate and Historical.
Want to see what Vienna was like in the Golden Age? Stay here.
Close t he Museum District and Across the Ringstrasse from the historic Schwartzberger Coffee House, great entertainment and food.
Wow. This hotel just has it all. First, the physical facilities are superb. The lobby and adjoining music/bar room are breathtaking. The ornate crystal lamps, paintings, the bas-relief walls are just elegant. Everything from the lobby to rooms to the gym meticulously clean. We had a larger, superior room, was magnificent. The bathroom was gorgeous, plenty big, with double sinks. My only comment is that the bedding could have been firmer or newer for a better night's sleep. But that is far outweighed by the many other positives.
The staff could not be nicer or more helpful. Nothing is too much trouble for the concierges. Find an obscure destination we needed
to locate, get tickets to the Musikverein (second row, thank you), reservation at the restaurant, totally professional and polished. The on-site dining is superb, too. Ate there three times in two days; why go elsewhere when its this good?
This is one of those elegant, top-notch hotels that you find in some of the world's great cities. It was my third visit to Vienna but the first time staying here. Now, I would not dream of staying anywhere else.