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A Home and an Art Gallery

In the middle of the city’s 7th district, behind the splendid façade of an old patrician house, one finds the Hotel Altstadt Vienna. Since its opening in 1991 the stylish 4-star hotel has been a favourite hideaway for art-lovers, musicians, and travelers from all over the world.

Entrance © Hotel Altstadt
Entrance © Hotel Altstadt
Hotel Altstadt Vienna © Hotel Altstadt Vienna
Hotel Altstadt Vienna © Hotel Altstadt Vienna

Here a Warhol, there a Leibovitz and a genuine Niki de Saint Phalle, and only a few steps away a work by the British art duo Gilbert & George: strolling through the Hotel Altstadt Vienna, one sometimes has the sense of being in an art gallery.

On one hand this has to do with owner Otto Ernst Wiesenthal’s passion for collecting art, and his willingness to present some of the works in the hotel. But some of the exhibited art is also on loan from various Vienna museums. And art does not stop at the doorways of the 45 individually furnished rooms and suites.

One also finds contemporary art on the walls of the private guest rooms, and unusual lighting elements on the ceilings. Particularly worth experiencing are the nine erotically elegant rooms and suites designed by the celebrated Italian architect Matteo Thun, who used extravagant chandeliers, dark wood floors and red velvet furniture to create an atmosphere reminiscent of the early twentieth century. This is all inspired by the memory of Josephine Mutzenbacher, Vienna’s most famous courtesan.

Music-lovers, on the other hand, may prefer to stay in the Bösendorfer suite, complete with its own grand piano, while honeymooners will be drawn to the White suite. Individuality has a high priority at the Hotel Altstadt Vienna, so does hospitality and perfect service.

Leading international travel magazines/guides as the Wallpaper City Guide, Condé Nast Traveler or Travel & Leisure also consistently recommend the Altstadt Vienna as one of their favorite places to stay in Vienna. Due to guest reviews, the Altstadt Vienna was always listed among the top 5 hotels in Vienna in 2011 and 2012 on tripadvisor.com.

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