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
Overall a very nice modern hotel. Convenient 10 min walk to the center of old Vienna and lots of shopping. The lobby was very nice, and reception and concierge were efficient and courteous. The restaurant on the top floor had an incredible view of Vienna, and has a popular bar and a one Michelin star restaurant.
I really wanted to love this hotel. I've enjoyed other Sofitels for modern European elegance, but a few things just drove me nuts here about the design of the actual room. The room itself was quite large and laid out in linear fashion, with a small "living room" area with table (also to be used as a desk) sitting area and big TV, followed by the bedroom, and then the closet area behind the head of the bed. But the interior was stark white (which I suppose is modern and helpful if it's grey outside) but with white floors with no carpeting. Call me old fashioned (I am), but when I'm at a luxury hotel, I want warm carpeting. (I suppose this is easier to clean.)
Also, the toilet, shower, and bathroom/bathtub area was arranged along a long "hallway" in series all along the length of the "apartment", with only sliding plexiglass doors providing minimal privacy (only the toilet had a full wooden sliding door). Very open concept. It felt like a very stylish European apartment or AirBnB, not a high end hotel.
Finally, the light switches. I counted about 30 different light switches, and after nearly a week I still couldn't figure out which ones did what. Not only were they ones without clear "on" and "off" positions, while some controlled a single light (like the toilet), many others controlled combinations of lights throughout the apartment, and trying to turn on certain ones in the living room while keeping the bedroom area dark (for example) led to multiple attempts hitting different switches and flashing multiple combinations of lights on, off, or dimmed. Whoever designed that should be fired. Sadly, enough of a reason for me to look for a different hotel next time I visit Vienna.
We have just returned from celebrating a 4 night birthday stay at The So and loved every minute of our stay.
We booked a So Studio and was given 1601 on the 16th floor overlooking the Ferris wheel the room was spacious with everything you could possibly need for your stay I did e mail ahead to make sure everything was ok with our booking and was delighted to have a complimentary bottle of champagne and a cake delivered to the room for my partners birthday.
A lovely gesture on behalf of the hotel.
The staff were all so pleasant and helpful with our requests.
The rooftop bar is highly recommended we did have dinner there which was very good.
And the views are spectacular but we were very lucky to have a room on the 16th floor so we had views for our whole stay.
We loved the hotel and Vienna and can’t wait to return hopefully next year.
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