Our trip to Vienna was made extra special. All thanks to the Ritz-Carlton. While Ritz-Carlton is always a great experience, the Ritz-Carlton in Vienna was extra special. We booked an amazing Junior Suite with a balcony overlooking the city’s streets. The staff was extremely helpful and welcoming at all times. Also, the food was terrific, especially their renowned DStrikt steakhouse. The hotel ended up truly feeling like a home away from home. After a day out of viewing countless hours of museums, parks, and palaces, there is nothing quite like coming “home” to a Ritz-Carlton. Of course, this was even better than being home since, hello, they have a full service spa with an amazing pool! We pampered ourselves with a spa day and the masseuses were very skilled and gave us both a wonderful massage. Then we took a dip in the city’s longest underground pool.
A highlight of our stay was certainly the Ritz-Carlton's high tea at the Melounge which was located in the Lobby.The variety of Kusmi Tea was terrific and the presentation with the specially designed snack display was much like eating off of a work of art. Our tea specialist explained each variety in detail and made great recommendations. My personal favorite was the vert Gunpowder. Then, the food, OMG the food! Each snack was unique and delicious. In the end, it felt like a 20 course meal! The room where the tea is served is just gorgeous! Touches of luxury everywhere make you want to stay for as long as possible. We actually spent over two hours enjoy our tea and snacks. ;) Any high tea lover would thoroughly enjoy the Ritz-Carlton's high tea.
The hotel also features some pretty amazing art pieces. My husband and I both fell in love with a few paintings around the hotel. We inquired about who the artist was only to learn that one artist was commissioned for all of the paintings in the hotel but the artist wanted to remain annoymous. Even the staff at the hotel do not know the artist's identity. A real mystery!
As for the city itself, Vienna is very charming and beautiful. We really enjoyed the Albertina museum which had a wonderful Raphel exhibit while we were in Vienna. Good timing! Any visit to Vienna would not be complete without exploring the Schönbrunn Palace and the surrounding gardens. Experience a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle the royals experienced many years ago. True opulence!
Our favorite site was the St. Stephen's Cathedral (pictured above). The mosaic roof tiles are stunning! When it comes to the cities many fantastic museums, the Belvedere is a must visit place while in Vienna. It is home to the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt painting, including his most famous painting, The Kiss (Lovers). The painting is absolutely gorgeous in person. It is worth the price of admission just to see this masterpiece.
After each day of museum hopping, it was amazing to come back to the Ritz-Carlton for a wonderful bath in their marble bathtub. The hotel's bathroom was over-the-top amazing! Afterward we would spend some time in the Executive Lounge for complimentary snacks and drinks...Champagne with strawberries?? Yes, please!!!
The hotel had so much history, in the picture of above, the wooden door is the original door from when this part of the hotel was a palace for Sir Wilhelm Gutmann and is nearly 150 years old. The hotel consists of four former palaces that have since been merged together. The hotel has so much character!
Above: outside Schönbrunn Palace
Below: inside Schönbrunn Palace
Above: Klimt's "The Kiss" at the Belvedere Museum. The first picture at the top of the page is the of the outside of the Belvedere.
Below: The gardens of the Schönbrunn Palace.
To experience more of the local vibe, be sure to check out the Naschmarkt where there is seemingly an unlimited number of food stalls and restaurants of all varieties. If we lived in Vienna, this is where you would find us almost everyday!
Above: We took a day trip to Grinzing to experience Vienna's wine country. It is a short adventure via the train and bus (always nice to travel like a local at least once during a trip). Grinzing is a cute little town with and definitely worth the trip if you are spending a few days in Vienna.
Above is a picture of the Ritz-Carlton's rooftop, Atmosphere. In the warmer months, it is a very popular rooftop bar. During the winter holiday season it is transformed into a Holiday market. I heard that it is one of the best Holiday markets. Hopefully we will be back during a winter season to experience it.
Me all packed up and onto my next adventure. Stay tuned for my Iceland post!
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