Rosewood enters Austria with a lavish new hotel that introduces you to the magnificent capital its now a part of through its food, experiential offering and, above all, impressive design.
The first new luxury hotel to have opened here in the past 10 years, Rosewood Vienna made its grand debut this summer at the heart of the city’s historic First District. Tucked amid a cluster of historic landmarks including the green-domed St. Peter’s Church and Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, this new Rosewood hotel takes over a set of neoclassical buildings, formerly the headquarters of Erste Group Bank AG, on Petersplatz. It’s said that Mozart once lived in an apartment that stood on this very site.
The Vienna-based architectural practices A2K and BEHF Architects and London-based interior designer Alexander Waterworth drew on this storied setting and set about forging a connection with the locale in the transformation of this historic site, tying every element of the design into the identity of this building, city and country.
Here, the work of local artisans such as the heritage Austrian textile manufacturer Backhausen is paired with contemporary style and each space is enhanced with modern artwork representing the city and its history. The Austrian graffiti artist Knarf has painted his depiction of modern Viennese life on a part of the building’s façade.
Simultaneously reflecting Rosewood’s home-away-from-home approach and Sense of Place philosophy, each one of the hotel’s 71 rooms and 28 suites is designed to feel like a Viennese apartment that also showcases Viennese culture through a contemporary lens.
Spacious rooms distinguished by high relief-decorated ceilings, tall windows and parquet floors are decorated with bespoke furnishings, including a marble-topped bar, alongside a curated collection of contemporary artworks and books giving insight into Vienna’s cultural heritage.
The sprawling presidential suite, here named Hoffman House, encompasses a living room, entertainment area, dining room and kitchen as well as master bedroom and is decorated with luxurious design details including a J.L. Lobmeyr chandelier.
Designed to draw locals as well as guests in, the hotel’s restaurant and bar offering, all showcasing the interior design of Kroanland, includes the sixth-floor panoramic brasserie, Neue Hoheit, highlighting Austrian specialties on its menus and also featuring the private Garden Room and outdoor Secret Garden, which is set among the rooftops.
This light-filled brasserie, complete with a show kitchen, wine gallery and bar, leads up to the speakeasy-style indoor-outdoor Neue Hoheit Rooftop Bar reflecting Vienna’s art nouveau style and offering a list of both classic and signature cocktails. Downstairs, Salon Aurelie, which is found just off the lobby, is then designed to give you feeling of being in a Viennese coffee house with the botanical artwork of Austrian artist Marie Hartig across its walls.
Joining these public and exclusive guest spaces, the warm and inviting Asaya Spa, decorated in light blue, grey, ecru and greige, spans the hotel’s fifth and sixth floors and features a sauna, steam room, experience shower and relaxation area overlooking the city in addition to its treatment rooms.
Ultimately, this thoughtfully curated new Rosewood property aims to become a reference point in Vienna for both hotel guests and the community. This is a hotel that helps to connect you with the culturally rich, heritage filled city, whether you’re looking to seek out the latest art exhibitions, visit Vienna’s 19th-district vineyards or tour the city’s famously resplendent palaces.