Hotel Alstadt Vienna, Vienna $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
This 42-room boutique hotel is spread over five floors of a converted 19th-century town house located near the MuseumsQuartier. It offers wildly varying accommodations, from compact to loftlike, so ask for details when you book. All the variety only adds to the sense of an organic, personalized hotel, as do the cozy lounge and breakfast room (breakfast buffet and afternoon tea are included in your room rate), the pieces of candy-colored furniture (such as the orange egg chair) that punctuate most guest rooms, and the presence of owner Otto E. Wiesenthal himself, who drifts up and down the central wrought-iron staircase welcoming his guests and straightening the edges of the Alstadt's Warhol-to-Gilbert & George art collection. Adding to the sense of whimsy are the nine new neo-baroque-style rooms designed by Italian architect Matteo Thun, with massive chandeliers, dark damask wallpaper, and a soft-focus nude pinup framed on the ceiling above some of the beds. Ask for the room with the freestanding club-foot tub.