9 April 2015
Austere and elegant, Vienna is the city symbol of central Europe and is the bearer of a refinement that goes beyond time. In heart of the capital, the Ringstrasse is a tree-lined avenue built in the nineteenth century in place of the old circuit of medieval ramparts. Today, it hosts major landmarks, such as the Staatsoper, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Burgtheater and the Rathaus. Right here, in a palace built after World War II, the new Grand Ferdinand Hotel has opened. The entrepreneur Florian Weitzer wanted to create a place that celebrates tradition while looking to the future. The renovation, curated by the studio Atelier Heiss Architects, led to the redefinition of the interiors and to the creation of different areas, designed to accommodate ever-attentive and sophisticated customers, all with different needs. For this very reason, there are three restaurants within the hotel: the Grand Ferdinand Restaurant specializing in Eastern European fine dining, the Goulash&Champagne, which serves snacks and fast food, the Grand Etage, with a panoramic salon taking inspiration from classic Viennese interiors. It is also interesting that all 188 rooms are diverse. In addition to standard rooms, to the suites and the grand suite on the seventh floor (with a view that sweeps as far as the Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater), there also two “dorms” with bunk beds for those who wish to travel low budget; they can be booked through the Airbnb platform. The interiors of the rooms fully reflect the philosophy of the Grand Ferdinand, with furnishings that tend towards the classic with decidedly contemporary finishes and shades.