Boris Podrecca leads redesign of Palais Hansen Kempinski Hotel Vienna

Kempinski Hotels opened the Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna. Originally designed as a hotel for the 1873 World Exhibition by Theophil Edvard von Hansen and Heinrich Förster, the building has taken more than 140 years to be restored to its original intended use.

Two and a half years of restoration and interior construction were conducted by Vienna-based architect Boris Podrecca, the Austrian Atelier Hayde Architekten and designer Jean-Claude Laville.

On seven floors, the heritage-listed Renaissance Revival-style building accommodates 152 rooms and suites, the Kempinski The Spa, two restaurants and two bars, a florist and a delicatessen, 17 private residential apartments, and Vienna's largest hotel cigar lounge. Technological touches including iPad check-in and an iPad in every room with TV entertainment systems.

Designed as an extended living room for hotel guests and visitors, the Lobby Lounge & Bar is the heart of the Palais Hansen.

The two restaurants "Die Küche" (the kitchen) and "Edvard" are open to visitors as well as guests. "Die Küche" offers breakfast in a casual farmers' market atmosphere and a dinner menu inspired by traditional grandmothers' recipes. There will be two live cooking stations manned by a team headed by chef Philipp Vogel.


Named after the architect Theophil Edvard von Hansen, the hotel's second restaurant, "Edvard," serves seasonal fare including traditional recipes with a twist. Enjoying a separate entrance opening directly onto Schottenring street, the restaurant is also a spot for business lunches or dinners.

After dinner, the night bar "Henri Lou" is available. Designed in white and blue, the bar also plays host to Austrian and international DJs Thursday through to Saturday nights.

The Palais Hansen's historical mezzanine level is all about wellness. There are six treatment rooms, with the treatments administered using Elemental Herbology products and anti-aging cosmetics by Daniele de Winter. Featuring Ottoman influenced design, several saunas, a steam room, a hydropool and a gym complete the 8,600-square-foot Kempinski The Spa's amenities.

Modern chandeliers, a heritage-listed column-lined foyer and abundance of natural daylight make the 3,020-square-foot ballroom a venue for exclusive events. Its separate entrance allows for a grand entry to a ball or for discrete conference registrations. The mezzanine level holds another six function rooms of 375 to 1,250 square feet, all of them with natural daylight.

Situated in the heart of Vienna, the Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna is near such tourist locations as the Burgtheater, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Sigmund Freud Museum and the Rathausplatz square.

Following Kempinski Das Tirol in Jochberg, this five-star hotel in Vienna's first district is the luxury hotel group's second hotel in Austria.

All photos © Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

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