The Grand Ferdinand on Vienna’s most important boulevard is a rebirth of forgotten style. And in addition to the beautiful rooms, you can enjoy your desired Wiener Schnitzel just downstairs in the house.
Vienna is a very special place. It`s more than important to spend the night in a good location. When choosing the first, sixth and seventh district you will be on the safe side. In the case of Grand Ferdinand, the hotel is not only located in the first district, but also directly on the Schubertring (named after Austrian composer Franz Schubert) in the middle of the historic center. Perfect.
The name Grand Ferdinand implies a mixture of Grandezza & Austrian history, so expectations are high. And after our visit we have to admit: This place is magnificent. It`s full of energy, it’s a work of art and a tribute to the glamorous side of Vienna.
The Grand Ferdinand experience already begins in the two-storey entrance hall. Almost next to the reception guests linger at bistro tables with pearly white tablecloths and provide a positive energy to the usually boring check-in. The restaurant is called Meissl & Schadn, it’s a great mixture of a Hungarian Grand Café and New Yorks famous Balthazar (speciality of the house: Wiener Schnitzel!) and a perfect start for every guest.
Right at the beginning you also notice many creative elements. This is due to the fact, that the place is run by Austrian hotelier Florian Weitzer. His group Weitzer Hotels currently whirls up the hotel business with great new hospitality ideas. In the Austrian town of Graz he runs the Grand Hôtel Wiesler, the Weitzer and the Daniel. In Vienna, besides Grand Ferdinand, there is another Daniel outpost.
Upstairs in the corridors there are a total of 186 rooms! They are – as one would expect in a Pretty Hotel – a creative mix equipped with beautiful elements: bright vintage tiles in the mostly open bathrooms, wooden shutters that can be folded from the inside or snow-white beds in reloaded Art Nouveau look. Even though the design theme is overused in many houses these days, it is still very harmonious and well thought-out here. At the end of the day, the rooms are cosy and one would like to sleep here! Funny detail: There is a chamber with four purple-red bunk beds for eight people, so you could also spend the night at Grand Ferdinand for 30 euros.
The seventh floor boasts five suites with partly great views over the magnificent buildings of the Ringstrasse. From the 100 square metre Grande Suite, which costs from 1.000 euros a night, you can even see the “Riesenrad” (which is still there at the Prater).
On the rooftop you will find a private member area with another restaurant, the “Grande Étage”, and a small swimming pool with deck chairs for the hot Viennese summer afternoons.
In addition to the more classic Meissl & Schadn, the highly recommendable Gulasch & Söhne also belongs to the hotel. It is also located directly on the ground floor, directly on the Schubertring. Guests of the hotel can also have breakfast here. As the name suggests, there’s more hearty, genuine Hungarian goulash, plus a traditional beer from Velkopopovický Kozel. Both restaurants on the ground floor are, of course, also open to non-residents of the hotel.
Yes. A big room with lots of useful equipment for all sporty people.
All Vienna visitors who want to live directly in the action. And business travelers who, after an exhausting meeting, don’t want to leave the house in the evening, but want to live directly in a Wiener Schnitzel place.
Doubles from 240 Euros including breakfast.
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Hotel Grand Ferdinand
Vienna / Austria