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)
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Jean Nouvel-designed contemporary hotel-cum-living art space overlooking Vienna's Danube Canal
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.