Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom
What We Love
- Snazzy Das Loft Restaurant and Bar on the hotel’s 18th floor offers panoramic city views and a glitzy local clientele
- Every detail — even the furniture — shows architect’s Jean Nouvel’s supreme vision
- Perfect location: just steps from the historic district and Vienna’s best shopping on the Graben, minutes from the Opera and the Museum Quarter
What To Know
- Monochromatic rooms come in three non-colors: white, gray, black. The white has a migraine-inducing starkness
- Vienna is a slightly formal city, and the bar upstairs has an unspoken, reasonably chic dress code. Guests have been turned away for being too casual
- Sofitel’s French vibe means few traditional roots and more of a generic European theme throughout (read: no wienerschnitzel in the restaurant)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
As abstract as possible in a city better known for Baroque excess, the Sofitel trades palatial grandeur for sleek stylishness. Slightly aslant, the tower’s soaring glass walls embrace the outdoors. The reflections reinterpret the icons all around. Details mimic the cityscape — as in bits of textured glass — making the experience one of vivified art throughout. Video installations by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist flash color from double-height windows on the 18th floor, creating an interactive light show that can be viewed both from the street and from within. Nouvel’s curvy furniture adds to the sexy vibe.
Bed and Bath
Choose from a palette of three non-colors (as Nouvel calls them): gray, white and black. Monochromatic, the motif evokes emotion: sexy black, cool white or dapper gray. Ample windows frame the cityscape with adaptable blinds. The higher the floor, the better the vista. Barely discernible poems scribbled by students from Vienna School of Fine Arts adorn the walls, creating an air of mystery. Sofitel’s signature SoBed ensures comfort as well as aesthetics, and it’s topped with pillows galore. Sliding shoji screens in the bathrooms add an Asian touch to the modern glass and metal melange.
Mingle with the chichi Viennese at Das Loft Bar, where the locals enjoy having a New World haven for martini quaffing. As it happens, the bar (and touted French restaurant adjacent) carries a notable collection of Austrian wines. Watch the sun set and the sugar-frosted illumination of Vienna at night. An elaborate breakfast buffet is worth the 29 euro price tag. The So Spa on the fifth floor incorporates both Carita and Cinq Mondes treatments. With French bistro inspiration, the spa menu offers treatments as starters, main dishes and desserts in an airy, serene setting.
In the Area
You’ll find Vienna’s best stores, including the Louis Vuitton flagship, along the nearby Graben. Make an appointment for its private bespoke room via your concierge. For antiques, especially Art Nouveau tidbits, cruise the Dorotheum. Furniture, jewelry and works of art are common finds. At Naschmarkt, stalls for cheesemongers, fruit sellers and more beckon — stop at a café there for a glass of local Gruner Veltliner, but not before visiting with the vinegar-maker Gegenbauer or the sauerkraut man. See the opera — an unforgettable Viennese tradition. Wake early to beat the crowds at the Hofburg Palace and in the Museum Quarter. Recommended: the Kunsthistorisches Museum, for the Bruegels, and the Leopold Museum, to marvel over Egon Schiele paintings. When hungry, head to Figlmuller, where the wienerschnitzel rolls off the plate in lightly fried immensity.
How to Get There
Booked this for a quick Christmas market getaway and I have to say the staff is so friendly and has great recommendations, especially Soi!
Besides that the rooms are super clean, and the view is spectacular. The building is super cool. Spa is great, especially the sauna area and again the staff is super nice.
The area is great. It's right opposite Schwedenplatz on the Danube so its a 5min walk to the inner city. And from schwedenplatz you can directly take the U4 which takes you to Schloss schönbrunn. Also the hotel offers a service of airport transfer which is great!
I can highly recommend this! Even though its part of a group (Accor group) it's still super personal and of a very high standard!
I use Sofitel when I can, always very good, SO Vienna is the same, very good. Initial reaction to the minimalist room was impressive, different but impressive. Then after a day or so, it ceases to be so impressive. Living in a grey box with panels for curtains was interesting at first, but the noise they made when closing could be heard in other rooms. There is nothing in the rooms to deaden any noise, constant banging throughout the evening. The location is ok for historic area, short taxi ride or walk to the centre. Restaurant and bar on the top floor was an amazing space, expensive, but worth going there for a drink. Staff were all brilliant, rooms very clean. Overall an interesting experience, would I recommend? Possibly not, it’s not that I’m a traditionalist, I just think that hotel rooms should be a sanctuary, I didn’t get that at this Sofitel.
This hotel has to be seen to be believed!
It is a really stylish hotel which you notice as soon as you walk through the front door. From the signature scent to the comfortable beds and beautiful decor it is 5 star comfort at its best.
Everyone at SO/ from the concierge and front of house team to the restaurant staff and housekeeping have been so friendly and helpful.
The restaurant on the top floor called “ the Loft” is just so beautiful you just have to go to experience it! Wonderful food and service. Monica and Fahed were so friendly and helpful. Special thanks to Singh for impeccable room service the first night we were here.
All the staff at SO/ have made our stay in Vienna into a memorable experience that we will all remember for a very long time.
I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. Thank you everyone at SO/ Vienna
This is a wonderful hotel in a great location close to the center. The hotel design is wonderful and unique. The restaurant in the 18th floor has an incredible 360 degrees view of the top places in Viena.
It stay unclear for me why the hotel freeze amount of the bill in the restaurant and after that debit my account once again. Wherein the frozen amount will be unblocked only after 14 days. So if I visit the restaurant and have several bills, the hotel first of all will freeze that bills and after check out will debit my account once again. I do not understand such approach to the client. It is safe for the hotel and very inconvinient for the customer. I stayed for one night and had a dinner in the restaurant but the hotel debited my card for 4! times to secure itself. Poor service.