Hollmann Beletage, Vienna $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Forget "have a nice day" and "sleep in peace." Hollmann's brainier, heartfelt motto—"Here I am human, here they let me be"—comes courtesy of Goethe and defines the endearing aura of this genuine boutique hotel; the love child of Austrian actor turned chef and hotelier Robert Hollmann. Always keeping things intimately personal, the converted Art Nouveau town house offers a cozy parlor (complete with honesty bar, open fireplace, and library), two orange bikes for rent, and 16 (expanding to 25 by spring 2008) whitewashed, homey rooms roused by jewel-tone throws, and built-in cabinets. There's also a range of little surprises—among them a daily fruit bowl, a chalkboard message welcoming you by name, a ready-to-play CD of Viennese cabaret songs, and a shoulder bag packed with slippers and a kimono, for the small hotel sauna. What gives this authentic find a slight edge over the Hotel Alstadt is the central Old Town location, a five-minute walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the estimable Hollmann Salon, the hotel's sister bistro, which features some of the best locally sourced, organic Austrian cuisine in Vienna (3 Grashofgasse; 43-1961-1960-40).