Service with a smile in the heart of Austria
Outstanding commitment to individual service, and personal customer care, as well as timeless elegance are perfectly combined at the Grand Hotel Wien.
The hotel features 205 luxuriously decorated rooms and suites. It offers a Japanese speciality restaurant, "Unkai", which has been awarded by Gault Millau. The award-winning gourmet restaurant "Le Ciel", which is also located on the 7th floor, serves a combination of Viennese and French cuisine over the rooftops of Vienna.
There is also a terrace which is open during the summer season. The "Grand Cafe", a restaurant in the style of a Viennese coffee shop, is found on the first floor. Additionally, the hotel features the "Kavalierbar", the lobby bar "Rosengarten", five conference rooms and a spectacular ballroom.
Exquisite fabrics and rare antiques add to the Grand Hotel's unique splendour. The entrance of the hotel is on the Kaerntner Ring, a few steps from the world-famous Vienna State Opera in the very heart of the city. Parking facilities for guests are available in the underground car park.
History of the Grand Hotel Wien
The legendary Grand Hotel on Vienna's Ringstrasse, was built in the 1860's according to the plans of Karl Tietz, one of the most celebrated architects of his time. The architectural style of this period takes its name from the famous boulevard "Ringstrasse" itself. The era was noted for the charm and elegance of the "K & K" (Imperial and Royal) Monarchy and by a city dancing to the music of the Strauss family.
One of Europe's first Grand Hotels
The Grand Hotel was not only the first luxury hotel in Vienna but also one of Europe's first Grand Hotels. It was situated in an exclusive location; very close to the Musikverein, the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Vienna State Opera. The Grand Hotel was actually inaugurated on May 10th, 1870.
At that time the hotel could accomodate up to five hundred guests and the hotel offered already two hundred bathrooms. The hotel also featured a steam elevator and soon, a telephone would be installed in each room and a beauty salon was opened on the ground floor where the ladies could have their hair coiffured and the gentlemen their moustaches groomed. The Grand Hotel also could boast a truly excellent restaurant.
Royalty from all over Europe chose the Grand Hotel as their base for their Viennese sojourns, taking the habit of leaving part of their luggage in the hotel's depot permanently in order to find it there on successive visits.
The banquet rooms of the hotel were frequently used for great events. In 1894 Johann Strauss was celebrating his fiftieth anniversary as an artist. But the Grand Hotel was not only a famous meeting place for the Viennese society but for artists from all over the world like Enrico Caruso, Pietro Mascagni, Johannes Brahms, Yvette Guilbert, Josephine Baker, or actors Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner.
1950's - The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)
In the 1950's the Grand Hotel took over the prestigious role of providing quarters for one of the capital's first international agencies, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). In 1979 the IAEA left the hotel for its new home in the International Centre on the Danube and the building was used as an office for the Austrian National Bank and the Bundesbaudirektion.
Beginning in 1989 the Grand Hotel was given a major renovation. Japan's largest air carrier All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., (ANA) had made the hotel its European flagship. While the historical facade of the Palais Corso was retained, the interior is of a completely new design. The emphasis, therefore, is upon tradition as a framework for state-of-the-art technology. Exquisite fabrics and rare antiques add to the Grand Hotel's unique splendour.
Restaurants & Bars
Award winning Vienesse, European and Japanese cuisine. No other hotel offers such a variety of restaurants like the Grand Hotel Wien. The guests can choose between our two gourmet restaurants (Le Ciel and Unkai), a Viennese cafe (Grand Cafe) and the Lobby Bar Rosengarten and Kavalierbar Cocktail Bar.
Gourmet Restaurant "Le Ciel"
Since the opening of the Grand Hotel Wien, the doors of the restaurant "Le Ciel" are open, too. Here you meet people who love culinary highlights. The young, very ambitious Chef de Cuisine Jacqueline Pfeiffer presents dishes strongly oriented in French cuisine.
Restaurant Manager Guenter Moser takes care that every guest feels absolutely comfortable. For the right choice of wine Sommelier Franz Messeritisch is in charge.
The culinary art did not stay unnoticed by the famous gourmet guides. Already shortly after the opening the restaurant "Le Ciel" was awarded with two toques by "Gault Millau". Since then, the restaurant "in the sky", was always awarded with two toques.
Le Ciel offers a very flexible Business Lunch Menu. You can choose a 3-course-menu from the weekly changing menu. In the evening guests enjoy live piano music while choosing either a 3-, 4- or 5-course-menu or choosing a la carte dishes.
The Grand Cafe
Grand Cafe will spoil you with Viennese specialities and traditional home-made Austrian pastries, as well as international dishes. On Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays a champagne breakfast will be served.
The Grand Cafe also features our famous Guglhupf, a special breakfast sponge cake, prepared according to our own secret recipe. This can also be taken home in a decorative gift package, or posted throughout the world as a special gift. It is available in two sizes.
The Grand Cafe is located on the 1st floor, which allows a fine view down the Ringstrasse, as well as direct access to the adjacent Shopping Mall.
Unkai Japanese Restaurant
The Japanese restaurant Unkai offers a fascinating variety of japanese specialities. Sushi and Sashimi are served perfectly in the traditional manner, and Teppanyaki dishes are perpared in front of guests. These dishes have been awarded 'two toques' by leading restaurant guide 'Gault Milau' and they have also received the 'Trophee Gourmet' for ethnic cuisine.
Two Tatami rooms with original decor and two European-sytle guest rooms are available for private functions. On weekends and holidays we offer our famous Sushi Buffet.
Lobby Bar Rosengarten
The Lobby Lounge features a pianist during the evening and has become a popular meeting place for the Viennese as well as international guests.
Schanigarten Outdoor Terrace
During the summer season the adjacent Schanigarten, our elegant outdoor terrace, offers all kinds of refreshments, and features a variety of Viennese specialities.
Kavalierbar Cocktail Bar
The Kavalierbar is a perfect place for anyone who loves exquisite cocktails. The bartenders invite you to enjoy your favourite cocktail in a select atmosphere.
Luxuriously appointed & tastefully furnished
The Grand Hotel Wien offers 205 spacious suites and rooms, luxuriously furnished and tastefully decorated. Whichever of our rooms you decide to choose for your stay, you will be assured of the ultimate comfort, tranquility, convienience and service - just as you expect from a top international hotel.
Elegant Event Venues
The Grand Hotel Wien will present seven new function rooms on 500 square meter in June 2007. The new banquet rooms complement the existing offer of five meeting rooms and the famous ballroom "Quadrille" at the luxury hotel in the heart of Vienna.
Unique furnishings, state of the art technology and a refined service will guarantee the success of your event. Indeed, our banqueting team will be pleased to help you organise and arrange your businesss meetings or private functions at any time.