Artful Escapes: Inside Hotel Altstadt Vienna

Hotel Altstadt Vienna - Building © Nicky Webb
© Nicky Webb

Step into a boutique hotel where every guest room is a canvas of individuality, and where art isn’t just an embellishment but a way of life. Welcome to Hotel Altstadt Vienna, located on the Spittelberg in Vienna’s trendy 7th District, or Boboville Neighborhood. Journey through the corridors of this captivating patrician house and discover 62 individually appointed rooms and suites, each evoking their own artistic expression with homely amenities.



Altstadt Vienna entry art

Rooms & Suites

Each of the 62 spacious rooms and suites boast separate living areas which offer an intimate enclave within the vibrant city. The couple and family friendly suites are a perfect blend of sophistication and comfort, providing an exceptional space to unwind and savor the unique ambiance of Vienna. Single and double rooms are available as well as suites.

An interesting fact with regards to their room numbering: it is based on the conscription numbering system that empress Maria Theresa implemented in the year 1770 in Austria. All the existing houses in a town were given a consecutive number. Once a new building was added, never mind its actual location, that building was given the next consecutive number. Thus, guests will find their rooms 61-63 next to the rooms 21-29, as an example, giving a nod to Vienna’s unique history and one of the country’s greatest rulers.

We take you inside three of their distinguished guest rooms, as told by Saskia Wiesenthal, Head of Marketing & Art:

#19 Violet Suite

Violet Suite Vienna
Violet Suite. ©Marisa Vranješ

“During lockdown, I got in contact with the German artist Carsten Fock. He first did a typo for an ad with me, handpainted letters, so to say. When scrolling through his Instagram feed I fell in love with a large colorful painting depicting a mountain. I was sure it had already been sold because it was very prominent in a big show a couple of years ago. Sometime during a conversation I told him about it and he unexpectedly said it was still available at his Munich gallery.

We bought the painting and to create a counterpart on the other wall I invited Carsten to paint his famous violet color strokes directly on the wall behind the bed. In addition Carsten drew three small format pictures showing light reflections under water. The violet suite was born.”

#34 Opera Suite

Hotel Altstadt Opera Suite
Opera Suite

“One of our regular guests who has become a friend to my father over the last 20 years moved to a smaller apartment in Berlin when his kids moved out. He had a large Vinyl collection as well as a library filled with art books. He told my father that he didn’t know what to do with his collection as it was worth a lot to him. As the hotel had recently acquired a new flat to turn into rooms, my father Otto came up with the idea to integrate the collection in the hotel – so the Library Suite #35 and the Opera Suite #34 were born.

Our regular guest and all our other guests are able to enjoy classical music on Vinyl under the famous Lobmayr chandelier that is also present in the NY Met, as well as all the books for which we built a gallery in the room”

#79 Grete Wiesenthal Suite

Grete Wiesenthal Suite
Grete Wiesenthal Suite

“Grete Wiesenthal, Otto’s great grand aunt, was a famous dancer in the beginning of the 20th century and revolutionized the Vienna Waltz by dancing it alone, out in nature in a very free spirited albeit controlled movement. She inspired us to create a suite with a lot of female energy together with the architect Antonella Amesberger.

There are three rooms – the first, the Salon, dedicated to dance with a lot of space, suitable as living room and also for meetings with a modular table construction. The second dedicated to music with a piano and drawings by Erwin Lang, Grete’s husband, showing Grete dancing. The third dedicated to nature and also the master bedroom with a curtain around the bed. In the bathroom the nature theme is being continued with a flower wallpaper. Most of the furniture was designed by women, e.g. Felice Rix-Ueno, Lina Bo Bardi, Patricia Uriquiola.”

Amenities

Bösendorfer Suite
Bösendorfer Suite. ©Julia-Geiter
Hoffman Suite Hotel Altstadt Vienna
Hoffman Suite

Amenities in each room include:

  • Marshall or Bose Bluetooth sound systems
  • Minibar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Nespresso Machine
  • Shower and bathtub
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Hairdryer
  • Beauty products from LEDERHAAS
  • Treca matresses, manufactured in France

Breakfast

Breakfast stands alone as its own incredibly decadent experience. It is rare to find a breakfast experience as exceptional as the one at Hotel Altstadt. In fact, it is rumored that the Altstadt Vienna has the best hotel breakfast in Vienna. We will certainly not debate that claim.

What makes their breakfast so special encompasses the warmth in presentation, deliciously crisp fresh bread, butter served on grandmother’s porcelain boat, fresh eggs made to order, and so many more exceptional options. The breakfast spread, for instance, includes a wide array of fresh fruit, cold and hot cereal, yogurt, cheeses, pastries, and so much more to fulfill your heart’s content. Vegan and gluten free options are available.

Breakfast is served until 11am during the weekdays, and on the weekends until 11:30am. Not a hotel guest? You may still come in and experience breakfast! The price is €34 per person.

Salon

Hotel Altstadt Vienna window view
Room 52. © Moritz Nachtschatt

The Red Salon of the Altstadt Vienna invites guests to relax and unwind during the afternoons and evenings into the late night. Hotel guests may enjoy homemade cakes, candies and fine tea from 4-6pm everyday.

Guests may also enjoy tea and cake al fresco during the warmer months. Their green Rooftop Terrace is open from May to September.

The salon serves small plates, wine, beer, and signature cocktails until later. Two of their signature cocktails include the Pomelo with Vodka, Cointreau, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Rose Syrup, and Lime Juice; and La Vie En Rose with Lillet Rosé, Cointreau, Rose Syrup, Lime Juice, and Fentimans Rose Lemonade.

Sustainability

Hotel Altstadt Vienna - Rooftop Terrace Wall Art by Frank Maria
© Marisa Vranjes

Hotel Altstadt Vienna was the first hotel in Vienna to be awarded the Austrian Ecolabel. Altstadt Vienna is committed to acting in a future-oriented manner with regard for sustainability and the conservation of our natural resources. From serving regional and seasonal foods to the conscious use of water and energy, these are all important factors for the hotel.

Some examples of their continued efforts include:

  • Fresh milk and eggs from regional organic farming.
  • Conscious purchasing to reduce waste, transport routes and support of local businesses.
  • Air-conditioning with individual and central controls.
  • Increased focus on regional and seasonal products: Preiß fruit juices from the Traisental, Viennese honey, Stauds jams, Vienna Gin, Fuxbau Gin from Styria, and many more.
  • An annual public transport pass for environmentally friendly transport for full-time employees.

You can learn more about the hotel’s conscious approach to sustainability practices here.

Plus, coming soon to Altstadt Vienna is their own organic honey. Fresh from the blooming garden of owner Otto Ernst Wiesenthal, it is currently being cultivated and harvested by the hotel’s managing director and bee whisperer Barbara Hammerschmid-Kovar.

Nearby Points of Interest

Hotel Altstadt Vienna is located near several of the city’s not to miss historic sites and attractions. A selection of places to discover nearby include but are not limited to:

  • Vienna State Opera
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
  • St. Charles’s Church
  • Haus des Meeres
  • Hofburg
  • Leopold Museum