WESTERN HARMONIE VIENNA HOTEL
The 4-star Best Western Premiere Harmonie Hotel of Vienna is located in a calm and narrow side street in the Serviten Quarter of Vienna’s Alsergrund (9th district), just off the Ringstrasse to the west of the imperial area. The Serviten Quarter takes his name from the Baroque Serviten Church and its connected monastery dating from 1677 at its center, surrounded by restaurants and sidewalk cafes, bars and small boutique shops, in a very authentic Vienna walking district neighborhood, just a bit off the beaten tourist track and away from the bustling crowd.
In 2013 the hotel was completely refurbished with an updated modern design influenced by the work of Peruvian artist Luis Casanova Sorolla, centered around the theme of ballet dance of the Vienna Opera House. The ivy covered historic façade of the hotel remains, composed of two joined houses built in 1863 by the 19th Century urban planner and architect Otto Wagner, a later proponent of Jugendstil Art Nouveau, though the hotel structure is before that time. The history and atmosphere of the classic building can still be felt, although the interior spaces of the hotel are modern and elegant in a style where classic meets contemporary, of muted colors and sleek surfaces. The room designs are accented by the Sorolla dancer paintings, whose images capture the movement and flow of dancers in a surreal mystical style, giving the space a relaxing yet dynamic feel of harmony, hence the name of the hotel.
All the rooms come with individually controlled air conditioning, pocket spring mattresses and down duvets, with large desks, minibar, in-room coffee and tea, and flatscreen TV. The private bathrooms have a rainfall shower or tub, bathrobes and slippers. A rich buffet breakfast is served every morning, which includes regional organic products.
The Alsergrund district offers architecture and museums as well as theater, culture and shopping. Next to the hotel is the Strudelhofstiege staircase with its Viennese Art Nouveau architecture made famous from the novel “The Strudlhof Steps” by Austrian author Heimito von Doderer. Also near the hotel, the Palais Liechtenstein was the first important building of the high Baroque age and owned by the princely family of Liechtenstein, the only surviving ruling branch of the Habsburgs, though it can only be visited with a guided tour. Other architerural sights close to the hotel are the Votive Church, the Volksoper and the Vienna Stock Exchange, but the most notable address a short stroll near the hotel is Berggasse 19, where the Sigmund Freud Museum occupies the former apartment and office of Viennese inventor of psychoanalysis.
Getting to the hotel by public transportation, the D-Line Tram runs along the Ringstrass past the Imperial Palaces and Museums Quarter stops at Bauernfeldplatz, a block away around the corner away on Porzellengasse, and the new Vienna Hauptbahnhof Train Station is a 15-minute tram ride. If visiting by car, parking is in a public garage around the corner for an additional fee. The Vienna International Airport is 12 miles away. © Bargain Luxury Travel
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