I recently experienced a three-night stay at the luxurious Hotel de France, which lies in Vienna’s first district right by the city’s most famous boulevard, the Ringstrasse.
I was thrilled by the hotel’s central location, which was just steps away from the easy to use subway and also within walking distance of some of Vienna’s most famous landmarks such as St Stephen’s Cathedral.
My junior suite or ‘maisonette’ on the 6th floor was spread over two levels; with a spacious living room, main bathroom, sitting area and a working desk on the ground floor and a cosy bedroom and ensuite upstairs.
The loft-style suite was a true ‘home away from home’ which came fully equipped with all the essential creature comforts including satellite TV, coffee and tea making facilities, a room safe, hairdryer, telephones and radio, and air-conditioning.
I was impressed that each guest room at the hotel had access to complimentary high speed internet and was rather relieved to be saving a small fortune on internet fees.
I was also secretly thrilled that I could satisfy my midnight cravings with a limitless supply of snacks and soft drinks from the mini-bar, which was available, free of charge and restocked on a daily basis.
I was rather taken with the hotel breakfast, which was available from 6:30am until 10:30am at the upper level of No. 3, the Bel Etage.
Although quite pricey at € 26, the buffet breakfast was well worth the indulgence as it offered an array of mouth-watering dishes including any style of eggs –cooked to order, delicious crepes, fresh fruit, warm croissants and traditional sausages.
On my last evening in Vienna I dined at the hotel’s Restaurant No. 3, which is directly parallel to the hotel reception area.
My food was brought out in matter of ten minutes and I promptly tucked in to my delicious Wiener schnitzal, which was accompanied by a glass of white Austrian wine and closely followed by a selection of cheeses, fruit and crackers for dessert.
I also took part in a meeting at the hotel’s stylish Atrium Bar, which I thought had an inviting atmosphere with just a dash of old world charm.
The whole setting was perfect for small meetings with tables seating up to six people and the hotel’s pianist who played songs, which ranged from classic to playful, set the upbeat mood.
On my last day in Vienna, I checked-out at 9:30am and used the hotel’s all-day luggage storage service.
I arrived back to the hotel a few hours before my 9:00pm transfer so I could unwind before my long flight back to Australia.
I used my spare time to check my emails at the lobby’s free to use wi-fi Internet terminal.
I also had a browse through the souvenir boutique where I tried on a number of fabulous winter woollies and then decided to broaden my cultural horizons by buying a Mozart album.
I was impressed with the hotel staff as they were in my opinion sincere and eager to be of service.
My only small qualm was that I was unable to exchange my money at reception, as they didn’t have Australian currency.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F