DO & CO Hotel, Vienna
Tel: 43 1 24 188
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
More than 15 years after designing HaasHaus, which sits like a postmodern exclamation point amid the imperial glory of Vienna's Stephansplatz, Pritzker Prize–winning local architect Hans Hollein has returned to freshen sections of the interior. He is a master of reflected light, and a standard double at this new 43-room hotel features no fewer than 12 light sources that play off the teak floor and millwork, suede wall tiles, and retro-inspired furniture, and is especially atmospheric at night. The main attraction here, however, is the food. Do & Co is Austria's most famous caterer, and the popular top-floor restaurant attracts Vienna's see-and-be-seen crowd with its menu of traditional dishes, such as Tafelspitz (boiled beef), alongside sushi and sole meunière. Staff seem every bit as hip as the clientele, but the service isn't quite as polished as the design.2007 Hot List
When to go: Vienna's café culture is in full bloom May through September.
Which room to book: Those closest to the elevator afford the best view of St. Stephen's Cathedral.