Grand Ferdinand Vienna – Your Hotel In The City Center
What We Love
- Style and grace at a beautiful Vienna hotel, with buffet breakfast includedThe rooftop salon and pool, with unbeatable views over the city
- Sampling the traditional Viennese cuisine in the excellent restaurant
- Kicking off each day with a breakfast on the house
- Staying directly on the Ringstrasse, in the center of Vienna
What To Know
- Guestroom showers are entirely glass and right next to the bed – something that might not be ideal depending on your travel companions
- The hotel is well-located, just a 5-minute walk into the center of town and a tram stop just around the corner
- Rooms facing the street can be a bit noisy in the morning and at night
- Free WiFi is reliable
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Glittering chandeliers, French champagne and fine Viennese cuisine – the Grand Ferdinand is a little slice of Austrian refinement in the heart of Vienna. This modern hotel is dedicated to the city’s long history of celebrating beauty, and it’s chock full of sleek design and smart touches – think marble-top bathrooms, leather chaise lounges and crisp, minimalist lines. Its oasis garden is a little hideaway of lush greenery and climbing roses, and the rooftop pool gets some of the best views in the city.
The Grand Ferdinand sits on Vienna’s central Ringstrasse, so the sights are right outside your door. And if you’d like to see the city in the height of style, you can rent one of its fleet of sports cars and zip around. To top off your day, sample a little traditional Austrian hospitality in one of the Grand Ferdinand’s three restaurants – a Viennese dining room, a goulash and champagne spot or the refined rooftop salon, with panoramic views over the city.
The bedrooms are modernist and sleek, with marble-top bathrooms and beautiful, soft leather sofas. Your Comfort room has a plush chaise lounge, a champagne bar, wooden floors and a rainfall shower in the bathroom.
The Grand Ferdinand has three excellent restaurants. You can get a taste for traditional Viennese cuisine in an elegant setting at the Grand Ferdinand Restaurant, or head to the no-nonsense Gulasch & Champagne, for exactly that – a quick bite, right on the Ringstrasse. And if memorable settings float your boat, make your way up to the Grand Étage, for modern brasserie plates and snacks in a smart rooftop atmosphere.
The Grand Ferdinand is right on Vienna’s central Ringstrasse, close to all the city’s most famous sights, like St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera. Spend your day dining in one of the cafés, sneaking off to the Hotel Sacher for that famous chocolate cake or taking a wander around the Belvedere Palace gardens.
How to Get There
Fantastic location, only short walk (about 5 minutes) to the Opera House, Musikverein and Konzerthaus! The reception staff was lovely and very helpful. We loved modern design of the room, great shover, good wifi, big screen TV and very comfortable bed. Great breakfast bar with amazing views. I can highly recommend this modern, stylish and clean hotel!
First off, the positives:
2. Central, grate location
bear this in mind:
1. No room service
2. No in-house tea or coffee making facilities
3. No toiletries except for hand wash soap
First thing in the morning when a hot drink is life itself you have to physically get dressed and get coffee or tea from the local café. Not great for a 4/5* hotel and absolutely no room service. Otherwise ok.
Arrival and welcome was extremely nice and hearty. Check in quick with very friendly staff members. Also the room is nice although there are no closed wardrobes or hair conditioner available.
But unfortunately, service in the gatronomy outlet is partially really weak.
Meisl & Schaden: we wer asking for Champagne which they served, not informing us, that there is a happy hour in the other outlet just next door (which also belongs to the hotel). So we paid EUR 16 by the glass instead of EUR 9. But ok-next time we know.
The worst thing was the breakfast:
We arrived at 10 and absolutley nobody was taking care about us. We looked for a table on our own and waited 15 minutes without anybody asking for coffee. And the order after 15 minutes was then forgotten so we received the first coffee after 1/2 an hour (by the way a very bad machine coffee). At the buffet most of the items were finished (cheese, ham, Nutella, fruit,....) and when I ask to refill it I received a "I am not responsible" answer from a waitress. There was no spoon to take the horse raddish from a glass bowl so we had to take it with the fingers (which is fine for me but might not be very convenient for the next customer).
We asked for the prosecco they are serving and received the anser "well, Prosecco". When we ordered (still wihtout knowing what kind of prosecco), the waitress came back after a couple of minutes informing us that they don´t serve prosecco but just champagne or Sekt. So staff is not well trained either.
At 10:50 (breakfast closes at 11:00) they removed the buffet items WITHOUT informing guests about it (last order) and started cleaning at 11:00 sharp.
Once again I would highlight that the staff "downstairs" made the difference but upstairs at the breakfast room - a pure desaster!
Booked this on hotels.com, great location near all the sights. Room was great, hotel in general was classic Austria. Great bar on the 8th floor with amazing views over the city. Infinity pool was cool and the cocktails were off the chart. Will return.
A hotel doesn't matter because you only spend your nights there, right? Well, not quite. It helps if it's centrally located. It really helps if the concierge knows exactly what is worth discovering. And it's a real bonus if the hotel is just that little bit special. In all of those regards the Grand Ferdinand is it. Just a €2 train ride plus 13 min walk from the airport, it is also within 15 mins walking of the main attractions (of which Vienna has many) so, yes, it's centrally located. It's also incredibly comfortable and for me it was a real treat to stay there: with a very instagramable top floor bar and restaurant (although at €32 a person the breakfast is expensive and a tiny pool more plunge than lap-worthy), a cool vibe and boutique hotel styling. What was unbeatable was the concierge's knowledge of where to eat: every time we asked, Aimen recommended some great restaurants (Lugek and Salonplafond for dinner, Joseph Brot and Nicholay for breakfast); he knows his stuff. Thank you Aimen and thank you Grand Ferdinand - we'll definitely be back either May or December (as you suggested, Aimen - we know you know these things!).