The landmark 1950’s Veitscher Magnesitwerke AG headquarters, on Vienna’s stately Ring Boulevard in the heart of the city’s vibrant cultural hub, has been exquisitely transformed into this new hotel. Celebrating all that embodies luxury, the Grand Ferdinand’s fresh interpretation of traditional Viennese fin de siècle elegance offers true gemütlichkeit (warm hospitality) and sophistication with all the modern comforts and amenities.
Recapturing the beauty of a bygone era, the Grand Ferdinand celebrates traditional artisans: Lobmeyr chandeliers with real candles, Wiener Silbermanufaktur silverware, the best French champagnes, superb grand Viennese cuisine… even the hotel’s own sporty Maserati Quattroprote and notable Jaguar are for hire. (The Jaguar was once Nikki Lauder’s grandfather’s company car while he was director of the Veitscher Magnesitwerke).
The 188 rooms (including four suites and one grand suite) are impeccably furnished with king-size beds and Raindance showers. There’s a gym, an old-fashioned barber, a courtyard verdant oasis and – unique to Vienna – a rooftop pool with fabulous panoramic views of the city and beyond. There are three restaurants: the Ferdinand featuring superb locally grown delicacies, the Gulasch & Champagne (a modern twist of the Austrian Würstelstand) and the bright Grand Étage Restaurant overlooking the Viennese rooftops.
Best of all, the Grand Ferdinand offers accommodations for any budget, from grand suites at 1500 Euros to 6- to 8-bed “Orient Express-style” dorm rooms, furnished with chandeliers and red mahogany bunk beds at 30 Euros a night (and bookable on AirBnB!). Here at your home away from home, you can explore the magnificent cultural riches that this fabulous grand city offers. www.grandferdinand.com/en
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