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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We stayed at white room. View was amazing. But I expected bigger room. You will get for free water and coffee that is a nice gesture. You can see whole city from the room. Restaurant on the last floor is also great. But we didnt try food there. Staff was super kind. Hotel is 10min walking from center. It looks like it is the only modern hotel in Vienna.
I had a very bad day in Budapest the day before I visited Vienna. I was in low mood but when I checked in at SO/ VIENNA, the staff told me my room was upgraded to the VIP suite for free. Suddenly, all the bad things were gone. The room has terrific view of the city and an extremely comfortable bed. I had a great night staying at the hotel. I will choose Sofitel hotels first next time I go on vacation.
Incredible view with a lovely atmosphere and good drinks, but the staff are somewhat hostile and could do with having a warmer front and being more welcoming, would still recommend however as the view is worth the visit