Grand Ferdinand in Vienna is home to a few of our favorite boutique-hotel things: a rooftop pool, seriously cool design, exhibitionist-pleasing bathtubs in the suites, classic cars to hire for the day, three restaurants (two with bars), and, yes, plenty of schnitzel…
Jaw-dropping pool views
Buzzy rooftop bar scene
Stylish open-plan rooms
A serving of goulash each at the hotel's restaurant Gulasch & Soehne
In the know
Also need to know:
Smoking is only permitted on the balconies of suites and on the roof terrace of the Grande Etage.
Bring gallery-worthy LBDs for a night in Grand Ferdinand’s bars.
Break out your sultry Helmut Lang threads and bespoke Natalie Rox shoes.
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The classic cars parked to the front and crystal Lobmeyr chandeliers hanging in the entrance hall are just the start of the ‘grand’ in the Grand Ferdinand hotel in Vienna. Continue on, and you’ll find sultry rooms with charcoal grey walls and dark-green leather chaises longues, and top-of-the-line rainfall showers behind sleek glass block partitions. Revive yourself with in-room libation, then head up the rooftop and the private Grand Etage bar, where the views across Vienna are stunning and champagne is emperor of all.
10-12 Schubertring , Vienna, Vienna, 1010
0.5 mi / 0.8 km from city centre
- Valet parking
- Exercise gym
- Internet services
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
Grand Ferdinand has three eateries, all dishing out Viennese classics. In the mornings, go up to the Grand Etage for buffet breakfast with a view, or to the ground floor Meissl & Schadn for à la carte breakfast and picture windows. At stylish Siegfried Wolfram-helmed bar Gulasch & Soehne, Vienna’s most mobile rub shoulders over delicate drinks and snacks including Debreziner sausages, Leberkäse and, natürlich, goulash. Our favourite dishes in Meissl & Schadn are the beef roulade, Wiener Schnitzel and minced meat fritters à la Metternich, but fear not, vegetarians – there’s plenty for you, too, such as the baked pumpkin and spinach dumplings. (Both camps will enjoy the violet ice cream.)
Nab a window seat in the Meissl & Schadn for a side of people-watching with your strudel, or on the balcony of Grand Etage for panoramic city views.
Imbibe bubbly in the Grand Etage until 2am or in Gulasch & Soehne until half past midnight. The Grand Etage is open for meals from 6.30am to 11.30pm; Meissl & Schadn is open from 7.30am to 11.00pm and Gulasch & Champagne bar opens for snacks
There’s no in-room dining, but raid your minibar for drinks from water to Champagne, classic Austrian sweets (try a Manner wafer) and an assortment of salty snacks.
Rooftop Grand Etage serves cocktails, wine and beer along with a stunning view over Vienna exclusively for members and guests. At ground-floor bar Gulasch & Soehne, pair Viennese ‘fast food’ with fine fizz or a glass of Velkopopovický beer.
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