A decade ago, an 85-million Euro renovation transformed the Palais Coburg, built between 1840 and 1845 in classicist style atop a former bastion, into a property that boasts both a rich history and modern luxuries. Today the intimate hotel offers 35 totally individual suites, multiple salon halls, six wine cellars with 60,000 bottles (think cases of 1975 Petrus), the two-Michelin-starred Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant and the Basteigarten, where breakfast and lunch are served in a light-filled pavilion. The only Relais & Châteaux property in Vienna has played host to many special events (including the worldwide launch of the Rolls Royce Wraith automobile this past September) and has seen its share of business tycoons and celebrities (Mark Zuckerberg was recently spotted at the property).
We spoke with the property’s general manager, Roland Hamberger, about the dramatic spaces therein.
Most requested room in the hotel:
“Often requested are our suites Victoria (204) and Ernst (306).”
What makes it special:
“It is just the perfect suite to feel at home and in a different world all at the same time. All of our suites are unique—there aren’t two suites that look alike.”
Your personal favorite:
“Suite Victoria, Queen of England.”
“It’s simply majestic. The suite offers a terrace to our garden, a sauna, a whirlpool, two different floors. I love Victoria’s colors and its fine decor.”
“Every person staying with us is a celebrity and is treated with the utmost privacy.”
“Suite Victoria starts at 2,195 Euros per night.”
“At the Palais Coburg, six centuries of Viennese architectural history can be experienced in one building. We are delighted to treat every guest who is interested to a tour leading back to medieval times. We are also the only five-star luxury hotel in the Vienna city center with a garden.”
The light-filled Basteigarten