More masterful than a Klimt portrait, Altstadt Vienna hotel captures the artistic spirit of Austria. Each of the 45 rooms and suites is uniquely decorated by prominent fashion designers, artists and architects to reflect the history and style of the neighbourhood and historic residence. The hotel houses hundreds of pieces of art, primarily by Austrian artists, and guests can tour the space with the resident art manager. Grand salon rooms await, with home-made cakes and tea. Set within blocks of the city’s cultural centre, Altstadt ensures inspiration at every turn.


  • Beautiful art

  • Exceptional staff

  • Hip, historic area

Smith extra

Welcome drinks on arrival. For GoldSmiths, a room upgrade (subject to availability); if unavailable, a selection of luxury chocolates or seasonal fruit basket

In the know

Also need to know:

There is no fitness centre or spa on the premises, but the staff can arrange for personal-training sessions near the hotel and in-room treatments.The house art collection includes more than 300 works, primarily by Austrian artists, and exhibitions are regularly hosted on the ground floor. Art manager Saskia Wiesenthal offers tours to interested guests.

Packing tips:

No need to load up on reading material: staff have a full library of interesting tomes for travellers.

Dress code:

Bring bright colours to match the boldly artistic setting.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Vienna and unpacked their tortes and art books, a full account of their Austrian city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Altstadt Vienna…

Meaning ‘old town’ in German, Altstadt captures the spirit of Vienna’s rich history and exciting present, creating an immersive art experience in a grand, old building that was once a residence, factory and showroom for a local mogul. The hotel offers the best elements of a hotel and a personal home.

Each of the 45 rooms is different, designed by fashion designers, architects and product designers to express the history of the house and the neighbourhood, and pick up visual cues from surrounding buildings. Bold, racy designs reflect the once-illicit red-light reputation of the neighbourhood, which is now home to art galleries and excellent restaurants and boutiques. Fuel up on breakfast in the historic downstairs salon, then set off for the museums, cafés and parks that make Vienna one of Europe’s great cities. At the end of the day, succumb to Austrian schnapps or local wine made with Vienna-grown grapes to toast the best of Viennese living.

Accommodation details


Kirchengasse 41, Wien, 1070


1.0 mi / 1.7 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Internet services
  • Lounges/bars
  • Restaurant

Dining information


There’s no dedicated restaurant, but a free buffet breakfast is available in the hotel’s various salons – guests can choose depending on their preference for sofas or tables. Later in the day, a small bar menu is available in the lounge, and an all-day tea buffet offers a variety of brews with afternoon cake.

Top Table:

Lisa’s Salon has comfortable chairs and sofas, as well as an open fireplace for cooler days.

Last Orders:

Breakfast is served Monday to Friday, from 6:30am to 11am and 7am to 11:30am on weekends and holidays. Tea is served from 6am to 6pm, with cakes from 4pm to 6pm. The bar serves from noon to midnight.

Hotel Bar:

The Bar at the Red Salon specialises in local wine and spirits, including Viennese wine, with typical Austrian cheese, sausages and other snacks.

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