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
We found the Grand Ferdinand to be well located, a short walk to the Opera House and close to the exclusive hotels.
The rooms are a little quirky with shower and bathroom (not toilet) open in the room. This may be an issue if travelling as friends.
There are two restaurants the one on ground floor looks to specialise in Schnitzel. Don’t expect special treatment if you are a guest. The one on the roof is just for guests and looks great however we didn’t have time to eat there.
On check out we asked for a taxi to go to train station, the concierge got us a car. They tried to charge us €30 for what was an €8 trip. We thought Concierge was looking after us, just a note that we should have asked the price and caught a taxi.
We were really happy we choose the Grand Ferdinand for our trip to Vienna. It was a lovely hotel and we had great service from start to finish. Both check in and check out went really smoothly. We were asked if we would prefer a room on a higher floor, whether we would like to face the courtyard or the city and the friendly woman at check in gave us her honest opinion on what she would suggest. We opted for Room 520 which was a great room facing the city.
We liked the open plan bathroom, it was quirky and stylish. I think unlike most rooms the shower was tucked around the corner rather than in the actual bedroom. The bed was really comfy and everything about the room was spotlessly clean and perfectly maintained.
Grand Ferdinand is in a great location within easy walk to all the main sights. Only a 10 min walk to Wien Mitte for the CAT train from the airport (excellent transfer option) We walked everywhere but there were tram and bus stops on the ring road outside if needed.
Loved the Meinl and restaurant . We didn’t pre-booked but although was busy they managed to find us a table for dinner. Good food, great wine, great service and reasonably priced. Both schnitzel and pumpkin risotto were excellent.
Stopped by the Gulasch & Sohne our last day for hot goulash and wine to warm up, great little chilled out place and we used a voucher for a free bowl of goulash each which had been given to us when we checked in.
The top floor bar is also good (didn’t get a chance to have dinner here) and again, great service. Nice place to warm up and enjoy a few beers while looking out over the rooftops of Vienna.
Would definitely choose to stay here again if we visit Vienna and would love to stay in the Summer to take advantage of the rooftop pool and outside seating.
Good size room and clean, hotel in a good location. However that’s as far as it goes, absolutely no room service not even coffee, try and get a drink in the roof top bar, forget it, service is completely nonexistent, 4 staff doing their best to look busy, polishing glasses, shuffling menus but actually doing nothing even when chased down and asked directly. Room design and lighting abysmal, storage in the room nonexistent. However there is a McDonalds near by for coffee in the morning and the bar across the road in the Ritz Carlton is very welcoming in the evening. Many lovely bars and restaurants throughout the city, just don’t bother with those within the hotel.
We stayed at the hotel for four nights in one suite for our children with our nanny and a superior room for my husband and myself. The location of the hotel is the only good thing about it. The housekeeping service is absolutely terrible. They don’t fold the towels, they don’t pick garbage from around the room and they only offer you one complimentary water bottle. Also the hotel does not have room service, so if you are traveling with children remember that. Lastly the shower is open-air and is located right next to the beds. The fumes follow you throughout the day. Concierge is almost non existent and never answer the phone. This has been a very bad experience for all of us.
Grand Ferdinand Hotel (GFH)
GFH Location was ideal for our type of travelling. There was a fantastic park 2 minutes walk which allows us to play some foot (soccer) and let our son run around and burn off some energy once or twice a day. Metro/Tram just outside, taxi’s and Uber’s buzzing around at all hours of the day / night. It was also walking distance to a lot of the major attractions, the shopping strip and there were plenty of restaurant options close by.
First Impression 4/5
Curb appeal isn’t much to write home about. Taxi pulled up from the airport we got out and were a little apprehensive. Looks like an old standard apartment building from the outside. But once you walk-in the main entrance you get the trendy boutique hotel vibe. Cotton candy machine at the concierge was a big hit with our seven year old son.
Reception / check-in / check-out 4/5
We were taken care of very quickly, staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I was a little shocked that they don’t or didn’t provide assistance with your bags. Restaurant recommendations and reservations were done with a smile. Check-out was effortless and quick but keep in mind I always check-out the night before or early in the morning before the rush.
The rooms was well decorated, spacious, included a king size bed and a single. For three people we had plenty of room. There were lots of negative comments about the bathroom / shower setup but from our perspective it was fantastic. Our priorities lie with availability of hot water and water pressure, both were outstanding.
However on the downside there is no closet space or drawers, therefore you are stuck living out of your suitcase which is a downer for us. We really like emptying our suitcase if we are in town for more than a couple of days. With all the wasted space in these rooms a closet/armoire and dresser would be easy to include.
Lots of power outlets a must for tech savvy families who have multiple devices to charge each night. The lighting was good but light management a challenge, we struggled to turn on and off the lighting in different zones of the room. Climate control was great. Our room faced the front of the hotel, there was lots of street noise and early morning activity but we are all pretty heavy sleepers so it wasn’t an issue. With that being said you may want to avoid room 220 if you are a light sleeper. House coat and slippers were provided = a+ my family look forward where ever we stay. Where the room gets a negative note, they don’t offer coffee in the room, there is no machine, very disappointing for this price point.
Bed comfort 4/5
The bed was massive and very comfortable, not four seasons comfort but still really great. However a great mattress is only as good a the pillows which accompany it. The pillows are terrible, they need to replace them, they have no substance, even doubled up you feel like you are sleeping directly on the mattress. At this price point they should include a pillow menu allowing clients to select their pillow. A plus is the individual comforters, this is a nice touch. Bed linen clean and white, although we did find a lot of hair in the bed from the cleaning staff - something the hotel should try to avoid.
For 29€ per person I was a little disappointed. You can order bacon and eggs cooked however you like and pancakes but overall we were not that impressed by the breakfast. What made the experience more enjoyable for us was that our son got to eat for free, so sixty euro for three people was more reasonable. Unlimited freshly squeezed orange juice is also a nice touch.
They have a very cool bar / restaurant on the eighth floor, well decorated with good seating and cool views of the city. If you visited during the summer I would definitely recommend heading up to the eigth floor for a drink.
Facilities - no comment
We didn’t dine at the restaurant on the main floor and the pool was outdoors - no go in december
Internet - no comment
We have phone plans which work in Vienna so there was really no need to use the WiFi during our stay.
Transportation to/from airport
Approximately thirty minutes from the airport depending on traffic and time of day.
35-45 euro. I checked Uber afterwards and the price was under thirty euro so you may want to go with Uber to save some money.
At 300€/night I would class it as a tad expensive for the experience, but given the time of year and location in the innerstad the price is likely aligned.
Overall score 4/5
We definitely enjoyed our stay. The room met our needs. I would recommend this hotel to others but I would likely try another hotel next time we are in town.