Saturday - Sep 23, 2017

Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria reopens after a year long renovation


Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide relaunches the iconic Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria after a multi-million year-long restoration

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, continue their drive to revamp and restore some of Europe’s most iconic hotels under their ‘Luxury Collection’ label with the recent opening of the public areas of the Vienna’s Hotel Imperial. After a year-long restoration program, which cost 11 million Euro (US$14 million), the hotel’s entire ground floor, including the landmark lobby, a first-class restaurant, chic bar, Imperial Cafe and Imperial Torte shop, as well as a number of private event venues have all been refurbished.

Well-known British interior designer, Alex Kravetz, headed the renovation whilst working in close co-operation with the Bundesdenkmalamt ( the Austrian Federal Office for the Care of Monuments).

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide relaunches the iconic Hotel Imperial in Vienna

The Hotel Imperial, with its 76 rooms and 62 suites has long been renowned throughout Europe for its splendor and Italian neo-Renaissance facade, having been the port of call for powerful people from the world of business, entertainment and politics for the past 140 years. The Hotel Imperial, was originally built in 1863 as a private residence for Prince Philipp of Württemberg, with the palace being converted into the Hotel Imperial to meet the demands of visitors attending the 1873 Universal Exhibition.

Ideally situated in the very heart of Vienna on the iconic Ringstrasse (Ring Boulevard) and neighboring the legendary Musikverein (Vienna Philharmonic), the Hotel Imperial is within a few minutes walk from the city’s major attractions, such as the Vienna State Opera, Kunsthistorisches Museum and Secession Building as well as leading business centers.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide relaunches the iconic Hotel Imperial in Vienna

Included in the renovation of the hotel, is the original passage which connects the Imperial to the Musikverein. The passage has not only been completely re-modelled, but will continue to provide guests with a stately arrival or departure through a path of history, lined with archival photographs of the hotel and its illustrious guests.

Through the passage, visitors to the hotel will arrive at 1873 HalleNsalon, which is the social gathering point at the heart of the hotel. This elegant lounge bar, features magnificent high-ceilinged, crystal chandeliers and wonderfully comfortable wing chairs, where visitors can enjoy listening to classical music or sit back and enjoy musical performances by some of the emerging Viennese musical talents.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide relaunches the iconic Hotel Imperial in Vienna

Also completely restored, is the hotel’s iconic Cafe Imperial Wien, traditionally known as the meeting place over the years for Vienna’s philosophers, literati, artists and businessmen. Here, guests can discover the perfect setting to experience the iconic Viennese coffee house culture, as well as providing the opportunity to sample the famous Imperial Torte.

Visitors to the city, who want to sample traditional Viennese cuisine, can visit the recently opened OPUS Restaurant, which has been designed in a style dating back to the 1930s. Already rated as a welcome addition to the Viennese gourmet scene, the OPUS menu has been planned to reinterpret traditional Austrian classics whilst using contemporary techniques and lighter flavours. The extensive menu features premium regional favourites such as wild trout, Alpine beef and fresh green vegetables.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide relaunches the iconic Hotel Imperial in Vienna

With the completion of the renovation of the hotel Imperial, Vienna the Luxury Collection and their partners have now invested a total of invested 450 million Euro (US$580 million) in their projects to restore some of the most famous and historical hotels in Europe, among them The Gritti Palace in Venice, Prince de Galles in Paris, Santa Marina in Mykonos and the Hotel Bristol in Vienna. Work is in progress at the Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan and it is expected to be re-opened in December, 2014 following yet another extensive and tasteful renovation.

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