Viennese Waltz: Palais Hansen Kempinski opts in favour of Axor
Schiltach, November 2013. It is an avenue of splendour second to none, and a showcase for the architecture of the Wilhelminian period of the 19th century: the Ringstrasse in Vienna. It encircles sights that have been famous ever since the 1860s, such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the State Opera House. The look of the Ringstrasse, with its city palace and bourgeois residences, was shaped first and foremost by one master builder: Theophil Hansen, something of a star architect in his day. One of his most imposing buildings is named after him today: the Palais Hansen am Ring. Built in 1873 as a luxury hotel for visitors coming to the World Exhibition on the Danube, and having undergone extensive renovations to the tune of more than 30 million Euros, it was recently re-opened as a 5-Star-Superior Hotel under the flag of the Kempinski Group. Integral elements in this combination of history, elegance and modern convenience, are the luxurious mixers from Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe SE.
Marble, precious timbers and fabrics, classical and contemporary interior design, are the hallmarks of the 152 individually furnished rooms and suites in the Palais Hansen Kempinski. Working with the project developers from UBM Bohémia, the internationally renowned hotel designers from the Desseins Studio in Paris succeeded in creating a striking mix of luxury and Viennese charm. Custom-made furniture, for example, is reminiscent of the Art Nouveau era which had its roots right here, and of the rich tradition of craftsmanship made in Vienna. Large high-quality black-and-white photographs depicting scenes from one of Vienna's star attractions, the State Opera Ballet, adorn the rooms.
Bathroom culture at the highest level – with a view of the Ringstrasse in Vienna
The Presidential Suite is the jewel of the Palais Hotel. This goes for both the sophisticated living spaces and for the bathroom, which feels like a salon of its own: spending the night in this luxurious suite not only guarantees a grand view of Ringstrasse from its bathroom, but also the experience of the discreetly luxurious bathroom mixers from the Axor Citterio Collection. These mixers are the product of the design partnership with the architect and designer Antonio Citterio, who, in addition to creating two internationally acclaimed bathroom collections for Axor, also designs furniture for many global players in the industry. Timeless elegance combined with the ultimate in comfort, are the hallmarks of this gentleman of design.
An oasis of relaxation with a touch of oriental opulence is Kempinski The Spa. In a space covering about 800 square meters, a number of different saunas and treatment rooms await the discerning guest. Non-hotel guests are also welcome here and can relax around the hydro pool in the centre of Vienna.
When it comes to indulging in a communicative setting, the various restaurants at the Palais Hansen Kempinski, where Philip Vogel is in charge, are the right places to dine and bring guests. Vogel brings a wealth of experience in star-rated gastronomy and top-of-the-line hotel operations to the Danube. The fine-dining restaurant Edvard with its relaxed atmosphere caters to an upmarket clientèle. The Henri Lou bar targets those who are out on the town, enjoying the Austrian capital’s vast range of entertainment before coming to enjoy the refuge offered by the Palais Hansen Kempinski.
For this splendid building on Ringstrasse, the re-opening as a 5-Star-Superior Hotel is the crowning glory of its illustrious history. This is because it had never been used as a luxury hotel following its completion. Only a few years after the World Exhibition, it became the headquarters of the Police Department, and later other government agencies moved in. The recent renovation in line with Austrian heritage requirements is ushering the historic Palais Hansen into a new era. There is reason to believe that Theophil Hansen would have been pleased.
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