A walk away from the Danube @ Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

For my first night stay in Vienna, I wanted something grand. For the occasion, I arranged a night stay at the Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, which is in this beautiful property built in 1873 for the Vienna World Expo and designed by architect Theophil Edvard Hansen. It was leased by Kempinski in 2010 to open in 2013 after the renovations. The first-floor glass ceilings over the three inner courtyards was part of the addition and due to this ceiling it was impossible to hang a huge chandelier; hence the iconic upside down standing chandelier in the lobby! This piece is quite unique and never I have seen anything of the likes before!

Palais Hansen Kempinski ViennaLobby at night is the most charming thing about the Kempinski!

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Where is it Located?

It is located in the middle of the Boerse district, straight on the popular Ringstraße Boulevard (Ring Boulevard) of Vienna, slightly out of the city. Walking to the main part of town is possible but further than if you were staying smack right in the middle. We suggest that if you’re a fan of walking, when you plan a visit to Vienna, split your stay at two different properties to be able to see both sides of the city; At the Kempinski Vienna for easy stroll along the Danube River and then near to the city centre for the touristy corners!

Things around The Palais Hansen Kempinski Hotel

It is within a 5-minute walk of the Sigmund Freud Museum and very conveniently located beside the Danube Canal where I enjoyed walks along the only place you can find street art in Vienna!

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

There are many cafe/bars along that strip and it is also convenient to get to the popular social hot spot Tel-Aviv Beach. Unfortunately I was there during the week and it was quiet during the day. During weekends the place is buzzing with people getting some sun and beer!

There is also one of the world’s best bars, Planter’s Club, located just behind the hotel. If you like your whisky and cigars, don’t miss this place!

Planter's ViennaPlanter's Vienna

For you to get a better idea, a walk from the Kempinski to the St Stephen’s Cathedral (the most centre point of the boulevard!) is about 1.2km and takes around 15 minutes.

How to get around the hotel

Just outside the hotel are tram stops that allow easy access around the historic First District (Innere Stadt), so don’t you worry. Schottenring underground station (U-bahn lines U2 and U4) are only 5 minutes. I recommend using Uber when staying at the Kempinski!

Eat and Drink at The Palais Hansen Kempinski Hotel

The hotel has 2 restaurants, Die Küche (The Kitchen) and The Michelin-starred restaurant Edvard. The breakfast buffet is served at Die Küche from 6:30-10:30. The custom menu for breakfast was my favorite as I was able to order some delicious dim sums and spring rolls! The selection was amazing and the DIY Juice bar was clearly a highlight for many guests that were ready to line up and wait for their turn to make a special fresh juice mix! Cool fact, on weekends the buffet breakfast takes place until 2pm, which is a huge plus and not very common at many places. The hotel has also 2 bars but you can also have your drinks in the lobby which is magnificent in the evening; clearly a very popular spot to meet up and have meetings throughout the day!

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

You can either make your own or choose one of these pre made juices!

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

A heavenly spot of breakfast!
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
The Asian touch of my breakfast!
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
Getting warmed up! You can make your own mimosas since there is so many juices and bubbly available!

The Palais Hansen Kempinski Hotel Facilities

The Spa facilities are on the hotel’s mezzanine level, with an indoor small pool they call hydro pool. From the comments gathered many people expect a big indoor pool, but once there they realize it is more of a small chill pool. With the atmosphere you find there they still end up quite satisfied with the unexpected. I absolutely loved it because of the lighting and vibe. The Spa has six treatment rooms, steam room and a “bio-sauna” with mixed and ladies-only areas available. On the same level there is a modest gym with Technogym equipment, just enough to keep your muscles working for a few days, but clearly not enough space to make yourself a circuit with body weights.

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Palais Hansen Kempinski Hotel Rates

Basic rooms booked early are rated at €350 (~US$390) including taxes and surcharges. A Junior Suite like the room I was in is, at an early booking rate, around €490 (~US$550). These rates do not include breakfast. Check out the prices and rooms available now!

How was the stay?

When I arrived in Vienna, my Uber brought me straight to the hotel. He was so carried away to discuss the city with me that he missed the turn to get in the service road to drop me off at the Palais Hansen Kempinski hotel. We did a loop to finally arrive and it was getting quite late and I was tired. Check-in was very fast as they could see I needed a rest as soon as possible. The staff gave me two shots of juice to stay awake for the check-in. I was showed to my huge room where delicious treats were waiting for me. Sweets that definitely woke me up to be able to do some work before sleeping! The high ceilings are timelessly classic in the 1920s and 1930s design that was clearly reflected in my Junior Suite. Staying here gave me good sense of classic Viennese style and it was a great introduction to my first time in Austria.

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

DISCOVERY Loyalty Programme Member?

Kempinski Hotels are part of DISCOVERY Loyalty, an amazing program we are signed up with. From staying at many hotels & resorts from the DISCOVERY Loyalty programme, you can get to the BLACK membership which gives you many perks. To name a few of the BLACK Membership, we can get upgraded to the next room category at check-in (happens upon availability), late check-out privileges until 6pm, etc. You can get Local Experiences with the PLATINUM status as well, so don’t you worry! When you are a member and have enough “points”, you can redeem at the Palais Hansen Kempinski a Cigar & Whiskey experience, Luxury massage with champagne or a four-course menu at Edvard!

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  • Loudy

    Wow such an amazing Palais to spend a couple of days or even a week it’s kind of a dream place 😍😍

  • Ana Ojha

    Wow! This hotel looks like a perfect getaway! I’d love to stay here! Your pictures speak for itself how beautiful it is!

  • Marineira

    I always go to Vienna and have never checked this hotel. It is totally on my list right now

  • Akashdeep Singh

    I have been to luxury hotels, but this aint just luxury, its the purest form. Kempinski has taken me in a aww struck moment with their architectural understanding

  • I’ve never been into the luxury travel, opting more for home stays, or budget hotels/airbnb to save some extra income for other travelling expense. But I gotta say, your review of this place is challenging that travel style. This place is stunning with so many amenities!

  • Jodie

    Wow you’ve done a great review! Even though I’m more of a budget traveller you almost convinced me to spend the extra money! I just read another blog post on luxurious accommodation in Vienna so now have two options to recommend to anyone that asks me for tips on these types of places to stay!

  • Suruchi Mittal

    The property built is 1873, has got fixed in my mind. Really Wow!. The whole Kempinski is giving a royal feel. The lighting and vibes around the pool looks absolutely cool. Chandelier hanging upside down is a master piece in itself. The bar, juices, food everything looks perfect. I would love to stay here for a day for sure once around Vienna.

  • The hotel looks very luxurious with lovely rooms and a great spa. The breakfast has so many options, I like that there are many healthy choices as well.

  • You got to stay in a property built in 1873? Wow! I’m envious! The chandelier is indeed a visual treat! Very thoughtful of displaying in upside down!
    The Die Kushe restaurant looks yummm!

  • Gokul

    That is so royal. Love the chandelier. Love the facilities as well. Having an in house spa after a long day is a great advantage.

  • Ariane Petit

    Wow, so impressed by this place! cool juice bar and oh my, what a choice for breakfast!

  • What a beautiful hotel! Great amenities, lovely rooms and the spa area is to die for. I’d love to stay here on my next visit to Vienna!

  • Jamie

    I don’t think I’d want to leave the hotel with all the amenities. After a day of sightseeing it would be a nice place to relax for the evening. The food and spa would be a wonderful way to end the day!

  • What an amazing place to stay in Vienna. Though a bit on the higher end, the lovely posh interiors do justify the cost. The breakfast spread looks so yummy, make me want to hog all day long and that too in the robes.

  • Tasha Haley

    Another absolutely stunning hotel. It is very grand and beautiful. It is awesome that they gave you robes, I would want to keep them on all day too. Never had a robe from a hotel before!

  • Marcie

    I’m so intrigued by the juice bar! I’m always curious what juices are popular in the places I visit. This hotel looks amazing and definitely “grand!” Good to know to try to stay on both sides of Vienna. Sounds like it would be a nice place to recharge in between traveling around Europe. Your photos are really inviting!

    • Im not sure but we love our juice bars everywhere we go! Good healthy juices keep the immune system firing when on the road!

  • What a fabulous place to stay! The ambiance, furnishings and amenities are truly first class! Your junior suite was just divine and I love the sauna and pool facilities as well as the food and beverage outlets and options. This would be the perfect place to base yourself in Vienna given it’s proximity and access to pretty much anything.

  • The Palais Hansen Kempinski looks perfect for couples visiting Vienna, I just need to find someone to take with me! I see on the map that the hotel is in a perfect location so you can walk to the points of interest of Vienna and also right next to the U-Bahn. The Discovery loyalty program looks like the perfect way to get upgrades and perks.

  • Jennifer Riley

    This hotel really is a palace! The pool room alone is enough to make me want to stay there. I love that it’s close to the beach as well – should you ever want to leave!

  • Looks absolutely beautiful and very luxurious! Will definitely keep this property in mind should we ever venture to Vienna! 🙂 Great post and photos!