Modern opulence beneath an old-world façade
What it is
A hotel with a 19th-century exterior and fully 21st-century interior that’s lavish without a whiff of pretension.
What it isn't
Quirky. The Ring knows what works, and sticks to it.
What we think
The standard rooms are called “Special” here, and they are, with spacious footprints and only-in-Vienna touches (you’ll have your own Julius Meinl coffee machine, for Viennese coffee on-demand). They’re a plush jumping off point for exploring the city, or just the hotel itself. Treatment rooms in the spa overlook the Karlskirche; what better place for a lavender hot candle massage? Or just hop in the sauna sans treatment; its oval window has the same view, best taken in after dark.
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The bar hired a French DJ trained in the over-the-top clubs of St. Tropez and serves Lanson champagne—a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II (the drink, not the DJ).
In the hotel’s colorful restaurant (note the paintings by Steve Kaufmann, a Warhol protege), the seasonally-inspired menu is delightfully rainbow-bright, and so delicious you may have found a new meaning for fast food—as in, you can’t help but eat it fast. Thankfully, you’ve saved room for dessert: a rahmdalken (essentially, a pancake), served with rhubarb, poppy seeds and clotted cream. Divine.
On the tony Ringstrasse, less than half an hour from Vienna International Airport.
Restaraunts & Bars
The restaurant “at eight” is located on the ground floor and pampers the guests with outstanding international, toque winning seasonal aroma cuisine. Apart from the cuisine awarded with two toques, the innovative design concept impresses the guests. “Dressing up for the evening” – the restaurant at eight changes its clothes every afternoon and suits up to be the perfect evening restaurant for its guests.
At the stylish hotelbar “Drings” by Le Zefire guests can expect the atmosphere of a French Club, great drinks, international music and cool people. On a regular basis live DJs will be contributing to the party feeling.