At Austria’s boutique hotels, guests are rewarded with stylish comfort in an intimate setting. A sense of luxury, whether opulent or minimalist, prevails. But such luxury doesn’t have to break the bank, as some of the most elegant boutiques offer a range of accommodations. Best of all, these distinctive properties are typically a heartbeat away from the pulse of the action.
Behind the vine-covered facade of this historic Otto Wagner building is a unique art experience. The understated elegance of the Boutique Hotel Harmonie sings with dynamic works by Peruvian artist Luis Casanova Sorolla, who invited solo ballet dancers from the Vienna State Opera to literally dance across his art. The resulting pieces capture each dancer’s signature movements and now grace walls throughout the Hotel.
Opened in October 2015, this much-anticipated property by charismatic hotelier Florian Weitzer transformed a stately 1950’s Ringstrasse landmark into an extraordinary hotel. From dazzling Lobmeyer chandeliers to gentle rainfall showers to an Orient Express-inspired guest room, the Grand Ferdinand beautifully embodies boutique sophistication with cosmopolitan flair.
This carefully restored 19th-century townhouse has a serious obsession with art. The Hotel Altstadt’s 45 rooms and suites are individually designed by renowned and up-and-coming architects, designers and artists, and span classic modernity to stylish decadence. Boasting a considerable collection of contemporary art—some on loan from museums, some privately owned—the Altstadt is a cultural experience to savor.
Thanks to the elegant style of Sir Terence Conran, The Guest House Vienna is a spacious ode to modern Viennese design. The iconic British designer used clean lines and simple forms to make guests feel luxuriously at home in the upscale boutique hotel, where local touches range from iconic bentwood chairs to the restaurant’s classic Austrian dishes.
Dating back nearly seven centuries the Blaue Gans is the oldest inn in the historic heart of Salzburg, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The urban hideaway has been fashioning the art of good taste since 1350 and its historic walls now pop with modern design and contemporary art. Even the in-house design shop features fine hand-crafted goods from all over Europe.
This small and friendly ski hotel, known for attentive service, features 29 rooms and suites distinctively decorated in styles from tapestry-strewn classic to color-happy modern. A common theme throughout the Hotel Kristiania: enchanting mountain views. Befitting of Lech, the cradle of modern-day skiing, guests enjoy après-ski around a roaring fireplace in the cozy lounge or rejuvenated by fresh alpine air on the sun terrace.