Hotel Imperial

Vienna, Austria

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    Palatial hotel in the perfect location

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    Palatial hotel in the perfect location

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    Palatial hotel in the perfect location

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    Palatial hotel in the perfect location

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    Palatial hotel in the perfect location

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    Palatial hotel in the perfect location

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    Palatial hotel in the perfect location

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    Palatial hotel in the perfect location

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    Palatial hotel in the perfect location

Why we choose Hotel Imperial

An authentic, historic palace with impeccable service and jaw-dropping architecture

  • With its stucco lustro walls, the lobby’s Royal Staircase is breathtaking
  • The concierge heads the historical archive of the hotel
  • Personal butler service for suite guests

Hotel Imperial lives up to its name, becoming synonymous with discretion and service over the last 140 years. There’s a culture of serious pampering here, which is probably why it attracts so many royals, heads of state and celebrity guests. After all, it’s the only Austrian hotel with personal butler service—even hand-ironing your morning paper. In our opinion, ironing your newspaper is a pretty clear sign of a hotel’s attention to detail. 

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We suggest

The upper floor maisonette suites with balconies are our favourites.

What you need to know about the hotel

Hotel Imperial continues to operate in princely tradition—now as host to well-heeled travelers

  • The famous Imperial Torte is still handmade at the hotel and shipped in wax-sealed boxes all over the world
  • Two Royal Suites feature crystal chandeliers, marble bathrooms, silk-upholstered walls and carefully preserved parquet floors and original porcelain ovens
  • The Hotel Imperial’s “Path of History” is a museum showcasing the hotel’s storied past and renowned guests from the past century

Originally built in 1863 as the private residence of the Prince of Wurttemberg, the posh Hotel Imperial opened to the public 10 years later. It currently encompasses 138 rooms and suites with lovely views of the city, made even better by private balconies. The hotel describes itself as a “living tradition”—presumably because while there’s history aplenty here, it has also flexed with the times when it comes to updated luxuries and technology.

The entire ground floor and all public spaces are completely revitalized, by further emphasizing on the historical palatial aspects. The gracefully restored Café Imperial is a historic landmark that serves Viennese culinary classics. Splendid “1873 – HalleNsalon” is at the hotel’s heart and the meeting point, a historic salon turned into a hotel hall and now transformed into a lounge bar. OPUS restaurant is Vienna’s new gourmet address, where creativity and culinary art blend perfectly with Imperial traditions.

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We suggest

Don’t miss the Sunday Champagne Brunch with a backdrop of live jazz.

Where is it and what's nearby

The Imperial’s location on Vienna’s fabled Ring makes it attractive for business or leisure

  • Take a private tour of the Goldener Saal of the Musikverein, famous for its acoustics and home to the Vienna Philharmonic
  • Visit vineyards around Vienna, the largest wine growing capital city in the world, to sip wines not available outside the country
  • Hofburg Imperial Palace is a visual feast, with vast marble halls, richly adorned Rococo rooms, massive apartments and lush gardens

Phenomenally located right in front of the Musikverein Concert Hall on the Ringstraße Boulevard, the Hotel Imperial is close to everything you want to do—from sightseeing to shopping. And that itinerary might be long. Vienna is a city of emperors, statesmen and composers—but mostly culture. There are hundreds of museums, theatres and opera houses, as well as fascinating architecture throughout the city. It’s also a very green place, as half of the city consists of parks, meadows and vineyards. This cosmopolitan city lets you explore the past and the chic present in the same afternoon, with a leisurely stop at a flower-filled park along the way.

How to enjoy Vienna

Culturally speaking, not only is Vienna rich, it is positively opulent. Majestic architecture, eye-catching sculpture and musical heritage that reads like a Who’s Who of classical music for the past few millennia

  • See the graceful white Lipizzaner stallions in action at the 16th century Spanish Riding School
  • Enjoy upmarket shopping in the former 19th century palace, Palais Corso, at the Ringstrassen Galerien
  • For outrageously frescoed ceilings, visit the baroque State Hall of the National Library, Nationalbibliothek

Perhaps the nicest way to get to know this gorgeous city is through its coffee houses. Each has a personality of its own and menus that vary from ham and eggs to exquisite pastries although all offer delicious coffee, of course. Music is very much part of Vienna’s essence. The Vienna Philharmonic runs a packed program featuring the work of (local heroes) Mozart, Haydn, Mahler and others. The State Opera is sublime, not to mention the heart-meltingly beautiful Vienna Boys’ Choir. Even the city’s churches regularly host performances of Bach and Händel.

No introduction to Vienna would be complete without mention of its architecture. See gothic churches such as Stephansdom with its ornately tiled roof. The Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistoriches) is lavishly baroque, with marble, stucco ornamentation and gold-leaf throughout. Its collection, including works by Bruegel, Caravaggio and Rubens is no less impressive. The Österreichische Galerie, has a collection featuring Klimt, as well as Impressionists, Expressionists and contemporary art. Part of Belvedere Palace, the 18th century summer home of Prince Eugene, the flamboyant interiors and formal gardens are worth exploring in their own right.

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    When to visit Vienna

    Visit Vienna in May to see the Wiener Festwochen, a festival of music and dance. For a magical Christmas, visit the Christkindlemärkte advent markets from mid-November.

  • A word from the hotel

    Organic farming was invented in Austria. My team and I are proud to introduce our local and international guests to this exclusive combination.
    Rupert Schnait, Executive Chef

  • A word from the hotel

    Let me personally introduce you to Hotel Imperial’s Path of History, our own museum showcasing the hotels rich past as well as renowned personalities who stayed with us over the last century.
    Michael Moser, Chief Concierge

  • We say

    Everybody loves the bar. We’re in love with the high ceilings.

  • Awards and accolades

    Hotel Imperial features in Condé Nast Traveler’s Platinum Circle—it’s been on the Gold List at least five years running.


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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with Hotel Imperial, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast for up to two in-room guests
  • A complimentary lunch at Cafe Imperial for up to two people per room, once during stay (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities)
  • Executive Junior Suite and Suite bookings also receive: chauffeured limousine transfer (one way), butler service, Imperial Petit Fours, and flowers

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