In the beating heart of Vienna’s first district, this architecturally innovative boutique hotel hides a subtly glamorous interior replete with Wiener Werkstätte-inspired designs. It’s a swish, urban escape for sightseeing as well as sunset cocktail sipping on the roof terrace that peeks cheekily across to Stephansdom.
- Kerry Walker, Travel writer
Vienna really is your oyster: this is as central as it gets. Most of the blockbuster sights are but a grand stroll away. It’s a two-minute toddle to the Stephansplatz and its crowning glory Gothic cathedral, five minutes to the Danube Canal and a 10-minute walk from the giant imperial treasure chest that is the Hofburg Palace. The nearest U-Bahn stops are Schwedensplatz and Stephansplatz, both on the red U1 line that connects to the Hauptbahnhof. From the main train station, it’s two stops to Landstrasse/Wien Mitte, where the City Airport Train makes the 16-minute ride to the airport.
Style & character
With its eyebrow-raising oval windows and shimmering dark mosaic-tiled façade, the Topazz quickens the pulse of contemporary design and architecture lovers. Bearing the imprint of Viennese BWM Architects, it is a breath of fresh architectural air amid the pomp and splendour of Vienna’s first district. The interiors are slickly designed, embellished with bespoke furnishings and fabrics that pay homage to the Wiener Werkstätte – an offshoot of the fin-de-siècle Vienna Secession (a movement that elevated everyday objects to art forms). This can be seen in the hotel’s monochromatic hues, geometric prints and naturalistic detail, such as the lotus-bud lights that illuminate reception.
Service & facilities
Vienna is on your doorstep and private tour guides can be arranged, but should you wish to hang out at the hotel, head down to the chic basement-level lounge. Here you’ll find a stash of magazines, and complimentary leaf teas, Cimbali espresso, sparkling rosé wine, fresh fruit and biscuits in stylish surrounds. Right opposite, the sister Hotel Lamée has more of a lively urban buzz and a roof terrace with ringside views of St Stephen’s Cathedral (some of the best in the city, in fact). Watch the last sun light its spire over one of the house spritzers – with violet liqueur or rose syrup, say – and snacks such as antipasti plates and gourmet burgers.
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Wiener Werkstätte was Vienna’s stepping-stone between Art Nouveau and Art Deco and you can really feel it in the design of the rooms here. The overall look is understated with glimmers of opulence: in the sinuous, naturalistic, subtly gold-kissed hand-painted wall coverings, for instance, the dark wood panelling, or the rectilinear fabric patterns. It’s all bespoke and beautifully finished. Then there are the eye-catching touches: a Moroccan hammered brass table here, a Porta Romana duck-footed lamp there, a chaise longue draped in the curving window recess. Lined with marble and chrome, the bathrooms come with rain showers and Molton Brown toiletries.
Food & drink
Breakfast is served in the downstairs lounge, with juices, freshly baked breads and pastries, organic muesli, Alpine cheese, cured hams, antipasti and Vienna’s own Demmer teas, Staud’s honey and fruit preserves. Egg dishes and omelettes arrive cooked to a tee. The curving windows above provide a tantalising glimpse of Viennese street life. For an apéritif or cocktail and mellow beats as the sun sets over St Stephen’s Cathedral, cross the street and head up to the colourful roof terrace of Hotel Lamée. The hotel has its own organic winery in Vienna, Lenikus, and these wines (available at reception) make unique gifts.
Value for money
Double rooms from €189 (£169) in low season; and from €289 (£258) in high. Breakfast from €25 (£23). Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
A number of rooms are accessible for guests using wheelchairs.
Cots are available on request but families are not the hotel’s focus.