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
very nice, spacious and very well-organized indoors..you can choose cosy (smaller) of comfy (larger) rooms-I adore this one!!..with excellent view to Stephansdom or Prater park..all amenities..very clean!..without any-any noise..very near to the center of the city.. and very near to transportation stations(like line 1 in underground, which can get you from Vienna Center to Opera and further..)..I love the place...the only thing I can blame the place is the boring and small breakfast..it is a pity for such a hotel!! polite and friendly staff!!
We went for Sunday brunch:
It was a disaster. For 89 EUR you get a glass of champagne - but bad quality, they dont show you the bottle, which already says enough.......
The buffet is mediocre - just some dry meat and stale salads that seem to be lying in their sauce for hours and hours.
On top of the non existing buffet you get a choice of some made to order main courses: my wife had to send back her scrambled eggs: dry, the promised truffle was nowhere to find. My duck was dry too, it seems the chef likes to cook his food for way too long...
Service was unattentive, nothing like in other (average) restaurants in Vienna.
To finish this terrible Sunday off, they were not able to find our jacketts (incl several other guests) for almost 30 minutes. The hotel seems to be badly managed, the attitude in general is "i dont care".
So go somewhere else: e.g. the brunch in Sans Souci is cheaper, better quality and has outstanding service.
Anything positive about the Sofitel? Its view....
Stayed here for 1 night.. a wonderful welcome.. and we had a very swift checking.
The room.. was a nice loft style room.. not the usual drab chain hotel room.. there was the odd cosmetic issue.. but the bed was very comfortable and that's all that matters.
The receptionist recommended spending time on the 18th floor bar.. and what a view.. its an amazing bar.. great service.. and a perfect place to relax.. even on a Monday night the place was busy.. full of beautifully dressed people..
There is a great choice of drinks and bar snack.. to help while away the time... As you admire the view.
The plus side is breakfast is also in the restaurant on the 18th floor... And it's a wonderful way to have a relaxing coffee.. before we headed out to work.. also there is a great choice of food and impecible service ..
All in all a great place to spend.. and lastly it very close to the city center !
Not often do I think a hotel lives up to its 5 star service. But SO Vienna is an exception.
The airport is less than a 30 minute taxi ride yet the main touristic sights are just a 15 minute stroll across the river. There was an option to stay in the main touristic center but I wanted to be near the river for excellent running opportunities. Yes, the Ritz is down the street also on the river, but SO Vienna has a more hip and young vibe to it.
The hotel is tastefully designed. While you may think the lobby is relatively small, there is a quieter space overlooking the lobby with many places to sit, relax, or plug in for a bit of work.
The rooms are super spacious and the fact that the room is bright and white helps expand the feeling of the room. The floor to ceiling windows are amazing to gaze out at Vienna below day and night.
The housekeeping did an excellent job at daily cleaning but I am going to be picky by suggesting they clean between the two lower tables as dirt is noticeable when reaching down to pick up my boots or something else from the floor.
Speaking of floor to ceiling windows, don’t forget your breakfast buffets at the rooftop! The views while eating and the views of the numerous choices for any type of food preference is so satisfying.
The food and coffee was truly delicious.
If you need a light snack, there is a market 2 minutes by walk away.
There are also excellent restaurants less than 5 minutes walk from SO Vienna.
The red tourist bus stops at the corner of SO Vienna as well.
Thank you for a wonderful treat to gorgeous Vienna.
As a sub-brand of Sofitel SO/ offers a new take on luxury 5 star hotel accommodation so you have a lovely reception, big rooms and a spa. The rooms are all decorated in a monochrome colour scheme; grey or white, this sounds weird but does work. The beds are very big and comfortable. Take a room on the cathedral side if you can as the views are so much better but don’t worry too much as breakfast is served on the 18th floor in Das Loft with amazing views of the whole city.
We originally had room 1710 which being a corner room is slightly bigger and has better views than other rooms in its class but because it is just below Das Loft the music (particularly the bass) being played from the bar above leaks through at night. The bar doesn’t close until about 0200 - 0230. After some discussion with reception we moved rooms and staff admitted they were aware of the problem and tried to not put people on the 17th floor especially at the weekend. They did make up for the mistake though.
We found all the staff lovely, polite and helpful.