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Concierge Tips at Historic Hotels in AustriaSeptember 14, 2015 By: Austrian Tourist Office
Book clients into one of the 24 properties that are a part of The Austria Collection and they will literally be immersed in an authentic cultural experience during their Austria vacations. These historic properties or family-owned hotels are invitation-only, hand-picked by the Austrian Tourist Office to provide “a uniquely Austrian travel experience.”
Guests are treated to modern amenities, top personalized service and local culinary specialties, and each property features authentic and sociable hosts, unique hotel architecture and design, and a welcoming, elegant ambience. Guest reviews are also consistently high. On-site concierges can act as their go-to sources for the best of what to do and see during their stays.
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This privately-owned five-star deluxe 149-room hotel was established in 1876 by Eduard Sacher, son of the creator of the famous Original Sacher-Torte. It is one of the very few privately owned five-star luxury hotels left in the world.
It has been run by the Gürtler family since 1934, which today includes Elisabeth Gürtler, her children Alexandra Winkler and Georg Gürtler and Mathias Winkler. It is located in the city center and is walking distance to Vienna’s major sites. The property itself boasts its own treasures, with antiques, original artwork, noble carpets and mulberry silk wall papers decorating each of the renovated rooms and suites. Guests are treated to views of the Vienna State Opera, Albertina and Kärntner Strasse.
Notable amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi with high-speed Internet, the Sacher Spa, gym, and Anna Sacher for international cuisine and Rote Bar for Viennese specialties. The Cafe Sacher is the place to enjoy the famous Original Sacher-Torte. Families with children can request bed linen, bathrobes, cot bumpers, beauty cases and more with the Petit Sacher emblem all designed with the youngest guests in mind.
Concierge Says: Visit the Spanish Riding School at the Imperial Palace for a unique performance of the famous white Lipizzan Stallions.
A contemporary option for those seeking an “Urban Stay” and “Smart Luxury”, the 116-room Hotel Daniel Vienna is owned by Florian Weitzer.
Located next to the Belvedere Palace and Vienna’s Main Station, the property opened in 2011 in a building that was designed in 1962 by architect George Lippert. At that time it was Austria’s first building to feature a revolutionary curtain wall façade that is listed today as a historical monument. There are a bunch of other cool elements to the property that have guests talking including Erwin Wurm artwork, bees and apple trees on the roof, a loft-like hotel lobby, hammocks in guest rooms, and a trailer surrounded by urban gardening that sits out front and is available for overnight stays.
Concierge Says: Enjoy a homemade pavlova (soft meringue with whipped cream and fruits) in the hotel’s restaurant Bakery—which also offers delicious light meals.
Originally built in 1630, Hotel Schloss Dürnstein—a Relais & Chateaux property—offers true luxury on one of the most picturesque sections along the Danube River.
Rooms are elegantly furnished with beautiful antiques. Dürnstein enjoys a mild, dry climate, making it the perfect place to cultivate Austria’s most renowned white wines, which can be found in the hotel’s cellar. The restaurant’s terrace offers one of the most beautiful views on the entire Danube River. Truly a family property, it has Rosemarie and Johann Thiery Sr. as hosts, and their children Christian Thiery and Maria Katharina Thiery-Schroll running the business. The Monastery of Dürnstein is a one minute walk from the property, with the Ruins of Dürnstein a 15-minute walk.
Amenities include free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, an art gallery, indoor and outdoor pool with a view of the ruins, massages and Thai Yoga available on request, exclusive use of garden with pond, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the Danube with dining on international and Austrian cuisine available.
Concierge Says: Take a private guided cruise on the Danube River along with a wine tasting on the boat. The Wachau Valley is famous for its excellent wines, specifically the Grüner Veltliner.
Guests enjoy a five-star hotel located in a luxury castle on Mönchsberg mountain on a 3.5 acre park.The hotel is managed by host Samantha Teufel. With only 24 rooms and suites individually designed individually designed as “Viennese Studios” or in a traditional style with precious antiques, the property boasts magnificent views of the city.
Guests can walk to the Museum of Modern Art in seven minutes, Old Town in 10 minutes and Mozart’s Birthplace in 15 minutes. Encourage clients to book a romantic dinner of award-winning cuisine in the “Smallest Restaurant in the World” in the hotel’s castle tower. It only holds four guests. A perfect option for a destination wedding or special event, the property can be rented exclusively by a single group.
Amenities include free Wi-Fi in all rooms and wireless LAN in public areas and a 3,230-square-foot wellness area with sauna, steam, gym, outdoor whirlpool and infinity pool and cosmetic and therapeutic treatments.
Concierge Says: Walk along a romantic footpath to the Old Town or quickly and comfortably take the Mönchsberg lift.
The panoramic view of Innsbruck and the mountains is just the start of the design experience of each of the 75 guest rooms and in the 360-degree rooftop terrace in this boutique property that opened in 2013. Each cozy room features wooden floors and Tyrolean Loden.
The hotel’s hosts are Harald Ultsch, a fourth generation hotelier, his wife Sonja-Sophie Ultsch and their three children. Located in the center of Innsbruck, next to the Main Station, it is a 10 minute walk to the Imperial Palace, Imperial Church, Bergisel Ski Jump and the Golden Roof, Old Town. The Nordkette mountain range reaches an altitude of 6,562 feet.
Amenities include free Wi-Fi and a sauna, steam, infrared cabin with exclusive Shaolin monk massages available. International cuisine and breathtaking views are offered from the bar, restaurant and terrace on the 12th floor.
Concierge Says: Shop in the historic old town or travel in style with the Hungerburg funicular up to the Nordkette cable car.
A five-star 87-room resort set partially in the historic former residence of the brotherhood of St. Christoph (founded in 1386), the Arlberg Hospiz has been owned by the Werner family since the 1950s. As an artist, owner Florian Werner added the Hospiz Art gallery and a new art center. Located next to the Tyrolean mountains for quick ski access, the hotel offers Gault Millau awarded cuisine, stunning views of the Arlberg Mountains and an excellent wine cellar. Short car rides bring you to St. Anton and Lech, with Innsbruck a little over an hour away and Bregenz & Lake Constance an hour’s drive.
Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi and a 21,530-square-foot spa with sauna, steam, relaxation area, massage and beauty treatments. There is also a 1,505-square-foot gym and all-day childcare available (except on Sundays.) Five restaurants, two bars and a wine cellar boasting the largest private collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy in Austria make this a F&B fan’s perfect hotel.
Concierge Says: The area is home to one of the top ski areas in the Alps with a glass of wine après ski at the Arlberg Hospiz’s open fireplace the perfect way to end a day on the slopes.
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