In the past I have heard a lot about The Ritz-Carlton brand but had never stayed in one. Throughout my travels, when I would talk to my mother about which luxury hotel I was staying in she would bring up the Ritz-Carlton. My answer would always be something along the lines of “I haven’t had a chance to visit one yet.” Finally, during this past 10 country tour, I was able to visit my first Ritz-Carlton in Vienna!
Upon arrival I was shown up to the club lounge for my expedited check-in. Immediately after I was settled in, it was time for lunch at their DSTRIKT Steakhouse which you can read about in a separate article. Wink. Phenomenal cough cough! Pretend I didn’t say that. As I was saying I’ve always heard good things about The Ritz-Carlton so I had built up quite high expectations!
After entering the room, I sensed a unique feeling that I had not felt so often in other luxury hotels. It must be the Ritz-Carlton touch. At first it felt as more of a business oriented hotel but as I spent more time there it also seemed as a place where Pierre could get some good old relaxation time to rejuvenate from his stressful life.
After my lunch at the DSTRIKT Steakhouse I was extremely stuffed so I retired back to my room for a bit of relaxation aka Pierre time. It was then I got to really take a look at the dessert tray that they had placed in my room. Everything on this tray was absolutely out of this world and I think that it contributed to a large part of my 2 kg weight gain (5 lbs) over the month of traveling. I think it was worth it!
The room had everything you’d expect in a hotel of this caliber. Everything was very high-quality and it had a very nice floor plan which was easy to move around in. Overall, I would have to say I was quite comfortable. The building in Vienna is something that we need to take note of as well. This is not just some newly built hotel, this is something more.
This building was originally built in the 19th century and more recently was converted into The Ritz-Carlton hotel. The small details are evident the more you explore. You’ll notice lots of artwork and traditional Viennese style high ceilings throughout the hotel. It really did make me feel more like the king I am.
When you step into the lower levels you’ll be able to access the spa area. The pool was simply amazing! The gym was very well done and fully equipped with fantastic equipment. I got a really good workout in before I took off to my next destination. Smashed out about 50 chin ups!
Access to their club lounge was definitely a huge plus. This is a feature that is typically only offered in the nicer hotels I’ve stayed at. It allows you to do several things which include express check-in and checkout, happy hour which includes an open bar and a special breakfast along with snacks throughout the day!
I have to say that the concept of the club lounge is very nice. The Ritz Carlton’s lounge was nice but some food was a bit dry. In their defense at that time the lounge was very busy so perhaps the staff was tending to other issues. I will only know if I return!
There are a few other food items that were acceptable during the dinner but none super exciting. They did have an impressive wine machine and a fully stocked open bar. Cheers!
You must also be sure to check out Pierre’s review of their Guerlain spa. I almost forgot to mention that there is also a bar on the rooftop but I wasn’t able to attend during the evening. Sad face.
When it’s all said and done The Ritz-Carlton Vienna has a magnificent offering in almost all fronts. The breakfast was good which obviously Pierre loved. The gym was one of the best hotel gyms I’ve used. The room was classic and comfortable and full of very high quality components. In closing, I’m sure you will have a wonderful experience like I did at The Ritz-Carlton in Vienna! Buy those plane tickets and get exploring!
Schubertring 5-7, 1010 Vienna Austria
Phone: +43 1 311 88