Grand Hotel Wien, Vienna $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Not far from the Staatsoper, the 205-room Grand Hotel Wien—housed in the renovated Palais Corso—looms over the Ringstrasse. The imposing façade hints at the Baroque finery within. Guestrooms are enveloped in silk wallpaper, marble, and mahogany, and have Internet access. The Grand Café serves a buffet breakfast and Austro-European dishes (hold on to your opera ticket for a complimentary post-Carmen glass of Champagne), while French Le Ciel and Japanese Unkai are local favorites for fine dining. In the Kavalierbar, the bartender mixes classic cocktails and presents a fine selection of cigars. High standards are satisfied at every turn—except for the fitness center (tiny) and pool (absent).