Hotel Sacher Wien
Rise early for coffee and Viennese pastries in Hotel Sacher Wien’s garden-view café, and you may witness Austrian men in white tie and tails and women in evening gowns perpetuating the prior evening’s affairs. The scene raises nary an eyebrow among the hotel’s staff, for the Sacher’s notion of breakfast includes all the Champagne—Sacher Cuvée—that one can imbibe. The 130-year-old property clearly knows how to have a bit of fun, but it also recognizes the proper moments for grace and charm, reflective of its location across from the opera house in the heart of Vienna. Opened in 1876, the hotel has been owned since 1934 by the Gürtler family, who recently added two floors of 42 rooms and suites. The Gürtlers also built a 3,300-square-foot spa, where the hotel’s decadence takes the forms of a salt steam room, an herbal sauna, an ice fountain, and therapies including a hot chocolate treatment. Accommodations 152 recently renovated rooms, including two new roof floors with 42 “Sacher light” rooms and suites with sweeping views of the city of Vienna. Facilities A wellness spa features a thermal suite, complete with meditation rooms, an ice fountain, an herbal bath, vital sensory showers, and a refreshment bar. Dining Restaurant Anna Sacher holds a collection of paintings by Anton Faistauer and the first electric chandeliers in Vienna. Traditional Viennese food blends with international cuisine for a luxury seven-course Dining experience. Concierge Recommends Request the signature hot chocolate ceremony at the hotel’s spa and resist taste testing the chocolate products, including chocolate body scrub, chocolate body mask, and chocolate body lotion, all used in the cacao massages offered at the spa. Rich in iron, magnesium, vitamins and antioxidants, cacao butter is a sensuous experience for both the body and soul. Rates From about $390 to $5,600.