I thought a lot about what should be the present for the first year of the blog. And when the idea to go to Vienna for some days came to my mind, I was more than excited.
But the great news arrived a few days later, when I was invited to be a guest of the 25Hours Hotel at Museumsquartier.
The 25hours Experience
From the moment I arrived, I knew I was about to experience three days of fun. Vienna has always been synonymous with sensations and shows. That’s why this hotel fits so perfectly right in the heart of the city. Its authentic atmosphere, inspired by the early 20th century’s golden age of the circus, gives you the sensation that you are going to enjoy one surreal, surprising spectacle.
The hotel has 183 rooms and 34 suites with smart, eclectic design. I had the pleasure to stay in one of the M+ rooms with an amazing view over the Weghuberpark and the 7th district. There are also M, L and XL rooms, each of them inspired by the circus, with vibrant colors and an eye-catching wallpapers designed by the Berlin based illustrator Olaf Hajek. Both the L and XL rooms are bigger, with a free standing bath and view over the city, but the XL room surprises with an open air bath on the terrace. Round, deep pile rugs as a circus ring, comfortable beds and bathroom lightning like the one in the performer’s dressing room.
All the interiors are curated by the Dreimeta design team. Starting from the entrance and the reception, through the public areas and the restaurant, up to the rooftop bar, they smartly interpreted the circus theme in every part of the hotel. Animal cages are used in the elevator or as room dividers, a lot of mirrors in different shapes are hanging on the walls as well as the industrial lightning. A bench is hanging from the ceiling as a swing, a seesaw is used as a coffee table… The overall look avoids the latest trends and designers which makes it perfect for the modern urban nomads.
1500 Foodmakers, Dachboden, Mermaid’s Cave
What would be a hotel without a suitable restaurant? The American inspired restaurant with great selection of Italian and Austrian wines offers a contemporary take on Italian cuisine – pizza, pasta, salads and mouth-watering desserts (All approved as extremely delicious! Twice!). Velvet chairs are contrasting the wooden benches and the zinc tables, colorful patchwork tiles are covering the bar positioned in the center of the restaurant. By night, when the light is softer and candles are reflecting their light in the different shaped mirrors on the walls, the restaurant turns into a soul-filling place.
Want to have a drink in company? You need a Dachboden. The rooftop bar overlooking the 7th district is one of the highly recommended places in the city (and not only) at the moment. Industrial design mixed with the circus theme plus a breathtaking view? That’s what you get when you got to the 7th floor of the hotel. The bar is opened for everyone and serves the best drinks in the city. Stay tuned for the events there!
You just need a break? Then the Mermaid’s Cave is just for you! The SPA is welcoming visitors with hanging chairs and tea area as well as the Olaf Hajek’s mermaid made from wall mosaic. I didn’t try the SPA but someday I definitely will.
Service is on par, with staff on overload. You won’t have to walk a few meters before you run into another staff member greeting you with a warm and friendly smile.
- The hotel opened first in 2011, was renovated in 2013.
- Architects: BWM Architekten und Partner, Vienna
- Interior designs: Dreimeta, Augsburg
- Illustrations: Olaf Hajek, Berlin
- Member of Design Hotels™
There so many other things to be said about this hotel, but I don’t want to reveal everything. Just book a room now: www.25hours-hotels.com
Thanks to the 25hours Hotel at Museumsquartier, Vienna and Mr. Roland Eggenhofer for welcoming me! My opinion is, as always, my own.