If your life’s become something of a circus then you’ll feel at home at the 25 Hours Hotel, in Vienna.
This cool, fun and trendy hotel is already bringing youthful joy to the Austrian capital – and this before it’s even finished.
But although only the top floors of the hotel are complete – yes, in quirky style they are building the hotel from the top down, or to be more precise it’s a renovation of a former three-star hotel on the same site – you wouldn’t know it.
The rooms are well sound-proofed and we didn’t even notice the building work.
It’s a place of surreal, surprising and sexy allure, where the fantastic and exotic delight…
Set in the city’s stylish 7th district and close to all the action, the 25 Hours Hotel, which is just nine-months-old, has 34 roomy suites. Then there’s the Dachboden, or Loft – it’s bar-cum-cafe with astounding views over the city and enough of a reputation for cool nights to have people queuing to get up there.
Luckily hotel guests take precedence when it comes to getting into the Dachboden, and on a busy night watching the Euro 2012 final the staff made sure we had the best seats in the house. They were also keen to close early so guests weren’t disturbed by noise – however when guests are fighting to get into a hotel bar at midnight on a Saturday, perhaps it’s closing a little too early!
Inside the 25 Hours Hotel Wien
Vienna’s 25 Hours Hotel is a member of Design Hotels and its suites, bar and reception area are testimony to innovation, surrealism and fun.
Our suite was fabulously decorated as though set in the circus big top with a ringmaster, performing acrobats and even a bearded lady. Stacked suitcases made up the TV stand. It also has a kitchenette, with two-ring hob, kitted out kitchen and coffee machine, mini bar, iPod docking speakers, a yoga mat, and free wifi. There were off the wall books like Keiichi Tanaami’s surrealist Daydream and circus-styled toys like juggling balls and a hoop.
There were even bikes to hire from the eighth floor Dachboden – I did say surreal.
Colourful, vibrant, chic, fun, and cool all accurately describe the 25 Hours Hotel – so called because 24 hours is clearly not enough. Not enough time to enjoy Vienna and this four-star hotel anyway.
As the hotel itself states: “As a symbol for the spectacle, the 25hours Hotel has taken from the traditions of the circus. It is a place of surreal, surprising and sexy allure, where the fantastic and exotic delight. Always on the move – like the hotel guest – the temporary character is present, with real artisanship and art.”