5 extraordinary luxury hotels with a design claim
24 March 2021
From extravagant to minimalist - the design of a hotel decides how comfortable you feel on holiday. Often small details decide the overall picture and often less means more. These 5 hotels prove that art and design can also be comfortable!
Sans Souci Wien
Burggasse 2, 1070 Vienna, Austria
+43 1 522 25 20
Only a few steps away from the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, the Sans Souci Wien is waiting as the best address for design in the Austrian capital. Art plays an essential role in the hotel. The design by YOO inspired by Philippe Starck welcomes guests as soon as they enter. The rooms and suites are also individually and elaborately designed. A highlight are the lithographs by Roy Lichtenstein and Steve Kaufmann, which can be admired throughout the hotel. Thanks to the hotel's perfect location, numerous sights and cultural hotspots are within walking distance. From the Naschmarkt to the Hofburg - everything is right nearby. With your own guide you can explore Vienna's hidden secret spots and in the evening you can enjoy the cuisine of the hotel restaurant and take lengths in Vienna's longest hotel pool.
Oberlech 706, 6764 Lech am Arlberg, Austria
T: +43 5583 308 73
Situated amidst the mountains of Lech, the Arula Chalets have become a real hotspot in Lech. The chalets were designed by 2AM - a fluid and symbiotic collaboration between interior designer Afsaneh Mehrai and interior stylist Amie Mercer. Numerous works of art adorn the walls and a highlight for street art fans is the graffiti lettering "The Arula Chalets" by London street artists, which becomes a "party" under black light. Scattered throughout the chalets are extraordinary antiques from all corners of Europe and a self-playing Steinway piano adds a classy touch. Adults and children alike will feel at home in the Arula Chalets, and the varied facilities range from a party room with wine cellar to a table football table and a year-round ice skating rink between the two chalets. The perfect symbiosis between a family holiday in the mountains and a design hideaway for lovers!
The Chedi Andermatt
Gotthardstrasse 4, 6490 Andermatt, Uri, Switzerland
T: +41 41 888 7488
A stylish masterpiece from the hand of star architect Jean-Michel Gathy. Alpine chic paired with Asian accents enchants guests at over 1447m above sea level. Dark wood, soft leather and stylish elegance characterize the rooms and suites and the panoramic windows provide views of the breathtaking nature. A highlight in the rooms are also the open fireplaces, which provide a romantic and cozy flair in winter. But not only design lovers get their money's worth in this luxury hotel. Because the cuisine can score points here as well. Only recently, "The Japanese" was awarded a Michelin star. Of course, the spacious spa area also amazes with its clean lines and elegant loungers.
Eco Hotel Saltus
Freigasse 8, 39050 Jenesien, Italy
T: +39 0471 155 1190
Discreet, natural and elegant - this is how you can describe the Saltus in Jenesien. South Tyrol's first Eco Hotel cleverly combines simple elegance with natural materials. Calm earth tones, wood and stone characterize the interior, paired with elegant and comfortable furniture. Golden accents and art by one of the three landlords adorn the walls. High above Bolzano and nestled in the forest, artistically inclined guests will find renewed muse. Relax in style in the rooftop infinity pool and relaxation room overlooking the forest, while excellent cuisine is served in the traditional main house in the evening. Recently, the hotel even opened an online shop where you can order selected pieces of furniture and design pieces directly to your home.
The Guesthouse Vienna
Führichgasse 10, 1010 Vienna, Austria
T: +43 1512 13 20
Directly behind the Opera and the Albertina - and thus exactly in the right quarter of Vienna and in the best location, the Guesthouse Vienna attracts with a special atmosphere. Between the magnificent buildings of the city and the narrow streets, the balancing act between design and feel-good oasis was created here. The rooms and suites offer guests a second home and the British star designer Sir Terence Conran and Conran & Partners have created a place that ingeniously combines comfort and functionality with design. Photos by Austrian photographer Wolfgang Zac adorn the walls of the rooms - a must-see for photography enthusiasts!
Picture credits: Stefan Gergely, Marek Gavlak, StefanSchuetz.at, The Chedi Andermatt, Eco Hotel Saltus, The Guesthouse Vienna