Schloß Schönbrunn Grand Suite
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Grounds
- The Jetsetter rate includes breakfast at the nearby Parkhotel Schönbrunn, soft drinks from the minibar and on-demand transfers to/from the hotel
- Unique opportunity to sleep inside a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Imperial-style decor but with Smart TVs, a Nespresso machine and a wine fridge
- Access to the palace grounds after the gates close to the public
What To Know
- Opened June 1, 2014
- Horse-drawn carriage transfers between Parkhotel Schönbrunn and the suite are available April through October for an additional charge
- Check-in/checkout is at Parkhotel Schönbrunn, a five-minute drive away
- Free WiFi
- The grounds are packed with tourists in the summer months
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set on a sprawling 435-acre plot in southwestern Vienna, the Schönbrunn Palace is the former summer residence of Austria’s Habsburg emperors and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in 1642, this Baroque beauty is where Emperor Franz Joseph was born, where Napoleon met with his generals, and where a six-year-old Mozart performed in the Hall of Mirrors. And now, through a collaboration with Austria Trend Hotels, you can stay in a lavish two-bedroom suite in the eastern wing of the palace. Access is via a geheimstiege (secret staircase), and the interiors are a modern take on imperial opulence, with parquet floors, white lacquered furniture, chandeliers and gold leaf galore.
Bed & Bath
The suite covers 1,798 square feet and overlooks the elaborate Crown Prince Garden and the showstopping Gloriette (a hilltop pavilion). An oil painting of former resident Empress Sisi hangs in the hallway, and the corridors are decorated with hot pink damask wallpaper and further artworks depicting life at the palace. The master bedroom has an ornately carved four-poster bed, a dressing room fit for a princess and a work desk with an antique-style phone; the standout feature in the second bedroom is an enormous bathroom with a contemporary freestanding bathtub modeled on the one that Sisi bathed in. A mod kitchen (equipped with a Nespresso machine and a wine fridge) leads to a petite dining room and a living room with a giant Smart TV.
Check-in takes place at the nearby Parkhotel Schönbrunn (the building used to accommodate the emperor’s houseguests), and there’s an on-demand shuttle service between the suite and the property for traditional hotel services and breakfast (in a private room, no less). The hotel can arrange a private chef or butler service for an additional fee, but the beauty of this regal retreat is having the keys to the castle and access to the palace grounds long after the gates close to the public.
In the Area
Classic Pass tickets to the palace include access to palace state rooms, the Gloriette and the garden maze. In downtown Vienna there are more than two dozen castles and 150 palaces to explore. The city blends the old with the new, and Baroque buildings, Art Nouveau train stations and modern glass and steel structures stand contentedly side by side. The best way to get around is on two wheels; city bikes can be picked up and dropped off at various locations. Head for the Freihausviertel area for hip galleries, boutiques and cafés. Take a trip to the top of the 450-foot spire of St. Stephen’s Cathedral for impressive views of the city. And stop for a coffee at Café Landtmann; it’s been a Viennese institution since 1873 and has been frequented by everyone from Freud and Mahler to Marlene Dietrich.