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Hotel Imperial, Vienna

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Austria, Europe
16 Karntner Ring
Austria 1015
Tel: 43 150 1100's insider take:

In 1873, the former residence of the Prince of Württemberg was redone as the discreet Hotel Imperial. Since then, boldface names from Queen Elizabeth II to Charlie Chaplin to Brangelina have settled in among the velvet brocade curtains and cherry cabinets. This 138-room hotel veritably drips with royal treatment—right down to the hand-ironed newspaper your butler delivers with the morning coffee. While the lack of a full-service spa and the nine-euro-per-hour Internet charge won't win the slightly drowsy Imperial a new wave of digital fans, the supernal room-service—order the Tafelspitz with chive sauce—is something worth e-mailing home about.

E-mail: reservations.imperialvienna@luxury

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 90.2
  • Design: 92.9
  • Food: 84.8
  • Location: 92.0
  • Rooms: 91.0
  • Service: 90.0
"You can walk everywhere" from this former princely palace turned 1873 World's Fair hotel on Vienna's main boulevard. Crystal chandeliers, marble floors, and ornate wall trimmings set a formal tone in public spaces. Colorful carpets, silk walls, stucco ceilings, and traditional furnishings give rooms an aristocratic feel. Suites with private balconies overlook the roofs of the city. Listen to live piano music over cocktails at Bar Maria Theresia.

(138 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
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