Walk into the Grand Ferdinand hotel and you are greeted by a great black horse, chandelier, palms and a friendly concierge. Design takes centre stage at this establishment, with quilted green lift interiors also seen on tufted sofas in the hotel rooms. Light switches are a little fiddly but that’s because they’re the kind you see in movies set in the 60’s. You’ll want to take a picture of everything, from the balcony overlooking the traditional Restaurant Am Ring to the chic, contemporary mirrors in your bathroom that has a Monocle meets Hermes feel. Amenities are slightly lacking but the basics that they do provide- body wash/shampoo and body lotion smells so good that you won’t be kicking yourself for forgetting to bring your own.

Grand Ferdinand is a ten minute walk from Vienna Central Station (from the airport to the main station costs €12/single €19/return) and the bonus is that you can cut through a picturesque park.  As for getting into town, it’s 15 minutes to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the main shopping district, making it an ideal place to camp for the night. And it’s lovely enough that you may just want to reserve a morning for a lie in.


Grand Ferdinand hotel

The Grand Ferdinand hotel room The Grand Ferdinand hotel room

Restaurant Am Ring

restaurant am ring vienna

This traditional restaurant is dressed up in a minimalistic, retro style. With hints of gold that manages to make even baby’s breath look elegant, chandeliers and prompt polite service, it’s the place to be for authentic Viennese cuisine. Think creamy veal soup with cubed bits of meat that just so happen to be tongue and ‘Tafelspitz’, a silver trolley laden with various cuts of beef in broth and bone marrow. Sounds a little odd but it’s as decadent as boiled meat gets. If you have room for dessert, there are plenty of fruity options, including apricot fritters with vanilla and cherries, as well as Empress Sisi’s alleged favourite sweet treat, violet champagne sorbet. No fear if you’re a picky eater, despite the choices that may appear strange on the menu, this isn’t a far flung option for cautious taste buds.

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Grand Étage

grand etage restaurant vienna

A bright and spacious rooftop restaurant with the option to dine outdoors. Everything is pleasing, from the menu that has something for everyone – pastas, steaks and a seductive cocktail list, to the professional and attentive service.

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