This boutique bolt hole in the old mail house in Vienna really delivers…
Vienna is a city most visitors’ experience for a short break of a couple of days and as with all city breaks, finding the right hotel can be a make or break element of the experience.
There are certainly no shortage of hotel options in this hostoric city from the grand old dames to the usual chains but if you’re looking for style, luxury, comfort and a real feeling of home from home Das Triest delivers all this and then some.
The unassuming frontage is in sharp contrast to some of the older hotels and much of the elaborate architecture of this awe inspiring city but don’t let that fool you – the double doors are a portal to warm, low key, top class service and unpretentious luxury. Steeped in over 300 years of history the name Das Triest is a nod to the building’s original purpose as a staging post for the horse drawn mail coach between Vienna and Trieste in Northern Italy established by the Archduchess Maria Theresia.
Designed by Sir Terence Conran in 1996, the building feels as fresh today as the day it opened and it’s clear that this building was created with guests and their comfort as the priority. The attention to detail is impressive from the fresh flowers throughout (including all guest rooms), carefully selected works of art, the garden oasis and the overall atmosphere created by the long term staff who are all obviously very happy in their work.
The hotel’s motto of “A home away from home” really comes in to it’s own though when you get to your room. With a policy of frequent refurbishment (the newer rooms are designed by Wehdorn) and again that impressive attention to detail, there is no bad room in this hotel but the Stephansdome Suite where we stayed adds an extra element with one of the best views of the awe inspiring cathedral from anywhere in the city. For an even more special experience check out the Romeo and Julia Suite with a chill out area and private balcony overlooking the garden or follow in the footsteps of dignitaries and rock stars who have stayed in the Garden Suite with your private garden offering a perfect sense of stillness and calm after a hectic day in the city. Or after playing to your adoring local fans in the case of past guests including Lady Gaga and Robbie Williams.
All rooms are well equipped with amenities including Nespresso coffee, Molton Brown products, Bang and Olufsen televisions, 24 hour room service, excellent free wifi and a concierge on call. A nice extra touch is the free shoe shine service, just leave your shoes outside your door when you turn in and wake up to find them sparkling.
Back downstairs head chef Josef Neuherz continues to indulge and delight guest in his award winning Collio Restuarant with his north Italian culinary style. A less formal but equally inspirational (also award winning) option is available at Bistro Porto and the recently opened Alimentari delicatessen gives you the chance to take a little piece of Italian cuisine home with you.
Make some time to enjoy the bountiful breakfast buffet and set yourself up for the day with a selection including fresh fruit, cereals, Italian hams, smoked salmon, cheeses, choice of breads and pastry and eggs cooked to order.
For a pre or post dinner drink don’t miss the legendary Silver Bar an insiders’ secret with locals in Vienna presided over by the multiple award winning Keita Djibril. His legendary cocktail skills have been an integral part of Viennese night life for over 30 years. When Robbie Williams stayed here he was so impressed he insisted on Keita joining him on the rest of his tour. Not only that but he enjoyed the surroundings of the bar so much that he had a replica built at his house! Monsieur Keita returned from life on the road and continues to create the perfect combination of art and artistry for guests and discerning locals.
Location wise this hotel is perfectly situated in the hip Freihaus district with The Opera House, the historic centre of Vienna and great shopping on traffic free Karntnerstrasse just a 10 minute walk away. Despite this prime location as you make your way home away from the centre the hustle and bustle of the city abates and the feeling of being in a quieter part of town is a welcome respite from a hard days sight seeing.
For those exploring conference, meeting and event option in Vienna Das Triest also comes up trumps. A total of 6 conference rooms can cater for up to 150 people each – 3 on the ground floor offer garden access and the other 3 on the top floor provide exclusive rooftop terrace access with stunning views of St. Stephens Cathedral. The lounges are ideal for smaller scale events and all option offer state of the art technology.
Vienna is a very stimulating city to visit and the sheer scale of history, architecture, art, music and culture can be quite overwhelming. What is most needed at the end of a long day in the city is a feeling of coming home and Das Treist delivers this in spades.