Elegance in a dazzling new look
The Hilton Vienna Plaza has reopened its doors at Schottenring 11 after nine months of refurbishment. This design hotel in Vienna, built in 1988, has undergone extensive renovation, mixing Art Deco elements with a contemporary twist.. The interior was designed by the renowned London design studio Robert Angell. The bathrooms of the 254 rooms and suites have been fitted with elegant marble and high-quality sanitaryware from Villeroy & Boch..
What makes Vienna Vienna? One answer is: the Ringstrasse, in short "the Ring". After the medieval city fortification walls were demolished, construction of the boulevard started in 1865 around the historic centre. This paved the way for an important period of Viennese architecture. Numerous monumental buildings were built along the Ringstrasse, which is 5.3 kilomteres long, in the Historicist style, such as the Burgtheater, the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Stock Exchange on Schottenring. The Hilton Vienna Plaza, located diagonally opposite, is one of the finest addresses in Vienna.
A place steeped in history
A luxury hotel was built at Schottenring 11 in 1872 and then in 1885 it was converted into police headquarters. The building was burnt to the ground towards the end of the Second World War but it took 43 years for it to be ready for a fresh start. In 1988 when Conrad Hilton opened the Hilton Vienna Plaza, designed by the architect Kurt Hlaveniczka, it was the very first design hotel in Austria and the second of four Hilton Hotels in Austria today, three of which are located in Vienna. In 2015, the Austrian capital celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse, including the renovated luxury hotel, which opened in the autumn of 2014. The aim of the most recent modernisation was to accentuate the special features of its unique history and to combine it with the comfort of the 21st century, focusing on the interests of the hotel's guests," according to Chris Webb, the Senior Director of Interior Design, Europe at Hilton Worldwide. The renowned London design Studio Robert Angell was entrusted with this task.
Elegant materials, ornamentation and minimalism
The three-part facade with a higher basement and the accentuated corners date from the typical Ringstrasse architecture. The perimeter block development and the height of the building are also typical elements of this architectural style. The interior design was inspired by Modernism, whose two main proponents, Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos, complemented each other with their contrasting ideas. These are reflected in the high quality of craftsmanship, the use of elegant materials, but also in the functionality and lack of ornamentation on furnishings and architectural elements. Art Deco, which also inspired the interior of the Plaza, evolved in the 1920s and 1930s, right after Hoffmann's Art Nouveau: precious materials such as bronze, ebony, crystal, leather, marble or silver were typically used for furniture and design objects. Light-dark contrasts recur in the surface design, for example in the spacious lobby where the black-and-white pattern on the Carrara marble floor attracts all of the attention.
Harmonious overall concept
254 rooms and suites spread over ten floors have had a contemporary makeover, mixing Art Deco elements with a contemporary twist. Ranging from 23 to 36 sq m, they have been designed to satisfy the various needs of the guests. The bathrooms are fitted with marble and matching, high-quality Villeroy & Boch undercounter washbasins from the Architectura collection and baths from the Squaro Edge 12 collection. The penthouse floor houses the suites. The Presidential Suite with 154 sq m is the largest suite and has its own living, working and dining area as well as a separate dressing room. The hotel also has ten conference rooms with natural lighting for up to 180 people. The Hilton name guarantees a personalised service. The Plaza received the World Travel Award for "Austria's Leading Hotel" in 2013 and has bee nominated again in 2016. The overall concept is harmonious, its exclusivity will ensure a unique and memorable stay in the Austrian capital.