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Walk into the Grand Ferdinand hotel and you are greeted by a horse to rival Black Beauty, a grand chandelier, palms and a friendly concierge. Just a ten minute walk from Vienna Central Station (from the airport to the main station costs €12/single €19/return), your venture will lead you through a picturesque park. The perfect starter to a well-designed and gorgeous main event.
Tasteful details take centre stage at this establishment: quilted green lift interiors, also seen on tufted sofas in the hotel rooms and 60’s style light switches that are totally Wes Anderson. No surprises, if you’re anything like me you’ll want to take a picture of everything. Start with the impressive lobby with the equine and make your way to the balcony that overlooks the traditional Restaurant Am Ring. In the rooms are chic, contemporary mirrors that fall somewhere in between Monocle and Hermes feel. A place so pretty much have a downside, right? The only fault are the lack of amenities 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 your own.
The Grand Ferdinand Hotel is for is 15 minutes to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the main shopping district, making it an ideal place. And it’s cozy and comfortable enough amid all of the Wallpaper magazine worthy aesthetics that you may want to reserve a morning, just for a lie in.
Restaurant Am Ring
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 (don’t be alarmed, you wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t told you!) and ‘Tafelspitz’, a silver trolley laden with various cuts of beef in broth and bone marrow. This is truly as decadent as boiled meat can get. 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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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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