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Le Meridien Vienna Grand Re-Opening

Le Meridien Vienna Grand Re-Opening

AUSTRIA, EUROPE, HOTELS, LUXURY TRAVEL, VIENNA

Le Méridien Vienna has long been a popular and iconic Viennese art hotel. Located right on the famous Ringstrasse and only a stroll away from the Vienna State Opera, and all the historical attractions, this 5 star deluxe hotel’s location takes the trouble and expense out of sightseeing.  In September 2016,  a major facelift was completed transforming the facade, reception, restaurant, and bar and adding new meeting rooms.

The transformation  reinterprets the hotel into a contemporary space for socializing and business exchange while enhancing its status as an architectural landmark. The renowned BEHF architectural firm developed the new concept.

We were invited by the hotel to be part of the grand re-opening celebration,  and activities. It was our first time visiting Vienna, and we were over the moon excited to spend the next few days in the city.

Le Meridien Vienna Entrance
Le Meridien Vienna Entrance

First Impression

The magnificence of the hotel speaks for itself: the building is a faithful representation of the centuries-old architecture of Vienna. A significant aspect of the renovation was the relocation of the entrance portion of the building to Robert-Stolz-Platz, which is located between two monuments, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich von Schiller. This entrance is smaller and therefore more private, elegant, and intimate. The cultural and historical importance of the site has been ingeniously brought to the forefront.

Le Méridien Vienna's facade
Le Méridien Vienna’s facade

The reception area is discreet and welcoming the minute you enter the building. After a quick and easy check in process we headed to our room.

Entrance Door to the Le Meridien Hotel
Entrance Door to the Le Meridien Hotel
Le Meridien Vienna Lobby Seating Area
Le Meridien Vienna Lobby Seating Area

Accommodation

The 294 rooms including suites are distinguished by high quality exhibits from the  in-house art collection and the original furniture pieces. I stayed in an Executive City Room, shaped like an attic, which turned out to be very spacious and bright. It was equipped with a desk, personalized TV, minibar and a comfortable king size bed with beautiful artistic details in the headboard that appeared in the evening when I turned off the lights.

Executive City Room at Le Meridien Vienna
Executive City Room at Le Meridien Vienna
Executive City Room at Le Meridien Vienna
Executive City Room at Le Meridien Vienna
Executive City Room Headboard with artwork backlights on the headboard
Executive City Room Headboard with artwork backlights

They even had a balloon and a tray of sweets and juice awaiting our arrival in the room.

The bathroom was truly relaxing and large with a free-standing Victorian bathtub, whose pink color contrasted with the green light from the sink and white towels.

Executive City Room Bathroom at Le Meridien Vienna
Executive City Room Bathroom at Le Meridien Vienna

One of the most beautiful details of the room was the customized welcome pillow that they leave for every hotel guest.  My heart skipped a beat when I saw my logo on the pillow.  I enjoyed a flawless presentation at all times and wonderful, efficient room service. The cherry on top was the gorgeous view of the city through the window.

Welcome pillow at Le Meridien Vienna
Welcome pillow at Le Meridien Vienna
View of Vienna from the Executive City room window
View of Vienna from the Executive City room window

Dining Options

The You Vienna restaurant was built as a convenient extension to the lobby which makes it particularly convenient for a business meeting, a drink or a meal.  Surrounded by greenery and lit by natural skylights, it’s separated in two parts by a shelving unit.  The opposite side of the space can be used as a lounge for special events.  That’s where some of our events were held.  The menu consists of both international recipes and local traditional cuisine.  We had a delicious lunch at You our first day.  They offer a huge selection to suit all tastes.

You Restaurant at Le Meridian Vienna
You Restaurant at Le Meridian Vienna
You Restaurant at Le Meridien Vienna
You Restaurant at Le Meridien Vienna
You Restaurant Food Selections at Le Meridian Vienna
You Restaurant Food Selections at Le Meridian Vienna
Dessert at You Restaurant at Le Meridian Vienna
Dessert at You Restaurant at Le Meridian Vienna

In the hotel, you will  also find the Latitude Bar that is accessible from all sides. Quiet niches with plush, pillowed benches closer to the ground and velvet-upholstered furniture provide a sense of comfort.

Latitude Bar on Reopening Day - Le Meridien Vienna
Latitude Bar on Reopening Day – Le Meridien Vienna

For an enjoyable breakfast or snack, Le Moët Champagne Bar offers guests a selection of deliciously sweet dishes accompanied by the best traditional coffee. If you want to enjoy the view of the street, the bar has a terrace area, similar to those found outside of Vienna’s famous Café Landtmann or Café Schwarzenberg.

Le Moët Bar located inside Le Meridien Vienna
Le Moët Champagne Bar located inside Le Meridien Vienna
Inside Le Moët Champagne Bar at Le Meridien Vienna
Inside Le Moët Champagne Bar at Le Meridien Vienna
Food selection at Le Moët Bar - Le Meridien Vienna
Food selection at Le Moët Champagne Bar – Le Meridien Vienna

We drove 20 minutes outside of Vienna and had a wonderful lunch in the countryside at  Wirtshaus Steirerstöckl tavern the next day, a real piece of Austria in Vienna with traditional cuisines, and products grown from their farm.

Wirtshaus Steirerstöckl tavern
Wirtshaus Steirerstöckl tavern

The next morning we were treated to a sumptuous breakfast organized by Café Oper Wien in a private room of the State Opera of Vienna.  That even surprised us with a musical accompaniment of Nouvelle Vague at breakfast. What a treat!

Breakfast in the State Opera of Vienna
Breakfast in the State Opera of Vienna
Nouvelle Vague performing at the Stare Opera House at breakfast
Nouvelle Vague performing at the State Opera House at breakfast

But if you wish, you can order room service for breakfast while you stay in Le Méridien. The breakfast consist of a wide selection of delicious baked goods, juice, coffee, milk and other side dishes.

Breakfast ordered via Room Service at Le Meridien Vienna
Breakfast ordered via Room Service at Le Meridien Vienna

Spa/ Fitness Center

The fitness center of Le Méridien is one of the most fashionable in the city (complimentary for Le Méridien guests). Once there, you can book a personal trainer. If you want to unwind a little you can also enjoy the jacuzzi, pool, steam baths, sauna, and a variety of massages at their spa that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Fitness Center / Photo by Le Méridien Vienna
Fitness Center / Photo by Le Méridien Vienna
Pool Area / Photo by Le Méridien Vienna
Pool Area / Photo by Le Méridien Vienna

Re-Opening Party

Le Méridien Vienna Hotel celebrated its new facilities with a big reopening gala, after the completion of its remodeling. Le Méridien hosted an exclusive event featuring a performance by the French Bossa-Nova band Nouvelle Vague, marking the launch of their new album “I Could Be Happy”, which will be released on November 4th.

French Bossa-Nova band Nouvelle Vague performing at Le Meridien Vienna Grand Re-opening Party
Nouvelle Vague performing at Le Meridien Vienna Grand Re-opening Party
Nouvelle Vague performing at Le Meridien Vienna Grand Re-opening Party
Nouvelle Vague performing at Le Meridien Vienna Grand Re-opening Party

YouVienna team was responsible for the organization of the show and offering a wide range of snacks in the style of the traditional cuisine of Austria. The event also featured a special bar by Le Möet Bar in the pool area, where the famous visual artist Gerald Herlbauer projected scenes from the film La Piscine in the water.

Le Meridien Vienna Grand Re-Opening Party
Le Meridien Vienna Grand Re-Opening Party
Le Meridien Vienna Grand Re-Opening Party
Le Meridien Vienna Grand Re-Opening Party
Visual artist Gerald Herlbauer scenes from the film La Piscine in the water.
Visual artist Gerald Herlbauer scenes from the film La Piscine in the water.

The evening was curated with cultural and stimulating experiences and unique culinary moments for local trendsetters, influencers, and hotel guests.

Le Méridien Vienna location alone makes it one of the best places to stay in Vienna, because you are in the heard of it all.   We will definitely be coming back.

Le Méridien Vienna, Robert-Stolz-Platz 1, Vienna, 1010,  Austria

Disclosure:  I was a guest of Le Meridien Vienna and all opinions are, as always, my own.

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Alexandra Hernandez is a young and passionate writer from Cuba who now lives in Madrid, Spain where she studies journalism, mass media and film. She loves traveling and writing about her experiences on Carmen's Luxury Travel as well as other blogs and web pages such as Vocabulary Spelling City.

51 Comments

  1. Jordan Adkins
    October 9, 2016 at 11:09 pm
    Reply

    I absolutely love Vienna and its opulence, it history, its culture and flair! Maybe I can stay here on my next visit, ducking in and out from opera performances and coffee shops! Stunning review – Thanks for sharing!
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    • Alexandra
      October 10, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Le Méridien has the advantage of being situated in a central location, a few steps from the cultural ring, State Opera and famous Viennese coffee shops like Café Landtmann or Café Schwarzenberg that you’ll surely enjoy a lot.

  2. Lisa
    October 10, 2016 at 1:07 am
    Reply

    This Hotel looks amazing!
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    • Alexandra
      October 10, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Indeed, Le Méridien Vienna is a lovely hotel, suitable for a relaxing and luxurious stay.

  3. melbtravel
    October 10, 2016 at 3:11 am
    Reply

    I love Vienna and have been keen to go back for a while now. What a lovely hotel and I really like the personal touch of the pillow. That special touch always goes along way. Great read 🙂
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    • Alexandra
      October 21, 2016 at 8:13 am

      I felt in love with Vienna and Le Meridien Hotel. Without a doubt, the pillow was a big surprise for me and an excellent touch of personalization to the room.

  4. The Rustic Nomad
    October 11, 2016 at 4:03 am
    Reply

    Wow truly luxurious! I love Starwood properties!

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      I agree, Starwood properties really know what the clients wants, and how to make your stay more comfortable.

  5. Christine | The Traveloguer
    October 17, 2016 at 1:22 pm
    Reply

    This hotel looks so nice. I would love to be greeted by a personalised cushion, that’s so cool! The couch in the lobby looks incredibly cosy too 🙂
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    • Alexandra
      October 21, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Le Meridien is a very special hotel. It is an expression of what comfort and elegance would be. All the details make you want to stay there.

  6. Llamateurs
    October 17, 2016 at 4:04 pm
    Reply

    Looks like a good place to stay in… and have a little luxury 🙂 And why you had to post the photo of the cake? 😀 Can I eat it from your article? 🙂

    • Alexandra
      October 21, 2016 at 8:23 am

      As I said, Le Meridein Vienna is not the sort of hotel whose luxury overflows, but still it is. It’s characterized by combining luxury and discretion… And of course you can eat the dessert, if you can.

  7. JEM
    October 17, 2016 at 4:47 pm
    Reply

    Love the welcome pillow. 😉 I wish I could afford to stay in places like this.
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    • Alexandra
      October 21, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Yes, I love the pillow too, I even took it home!!!

  8. Mags
    October 17, 2016 at 8:55 pm
    Reply

    Looks like a great place to stay. I love that bath tub!
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    • Alexandra
      October 21, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Lets just say that I tried the bathtub and it was really relaxing and comfortable.

  9. Elisa
    October 18, 2016 at 1:44 am
    Reply

    it seems that they did a great job! I loved the headboard and it must be great to have breakfast with a balloon telling you are amazing 🙂
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    • Alexandra
      October 21, 2016 at 8:36 am

      The hotel service is impeccable. The breakfast was very delicious and the balloon made me laugh. “You look amazing” was the slogan of the restaurant. The headboard was truly beautiful when it lit up.

  10. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    October 18, 2016 at 9:31 am
    Reply

    It looks like such a beautiful property. How fun to be there for the re-opening! I absolutely love the personalized pillow. That’s such a nice touch.
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    • Alexandra
      October 21, 2016 at 8:40 am

      It is a magnificent building and after the remodeling it looks great. I enjoyed a lot the re-opening party, especially the show.

  11. Mansoureh
    October 18, 2016 at 10:21 am
    Reply

    It looks amazing! I fell in love with the headboard… I haven’t seen something like that before … Generally I like modern style more than classic and this is my taste 🙂

    • Alexandra
      October 21, 2016 at 8:44 am

      The best part of Le Meridien Vienna Hotel is the fact that outside retained a classical period style, but once you enter you’ll find it’s a very modern hotel.

  12. Lori
    November 5, 2016 at 5:10 am
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    Le Méridien Vienna looks simply amazing. Vienna is a city I love – and it is definitely great to enjoy it while staying at a 5 star hotel. I love the architecture of this building – and the rooms too!
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    • Alexandra
      November 11, 2016 at 10:01 am

      This was my first time in Vienna, and the city enchanted to me. Le Meridien is a good example of the country’s culture, both for its architecture and service.

  13. Indrani
    November 5, 2016 at 5:32 am
    Reply

    If I am to stay here I will forget sight seeing in Vienna!
    Grand interiors and amazing food spread. I too liked the pillow concept very much.
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    • Alexandra
      November 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

      True, in a hotel like Le Meridien you can lose the notion of the outside world and you will want to spend all your time there.

  14. Nic
    November 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm
    Reply

    We loved Vienna so much, even in the small amount of time we spent there. There is still much more to see and do so when we have the chance to go back maybe we could have just one night in this amazing hotel! Fabulous review btw!
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    • Alexandra
      November 11, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Certainly Vienna is a city where tourists need several days to discover their most beautiful and characteristic corners. I stayed there just for two days, but if you want to test it for a night, Le Meridien is a perfect choice.

  15. Jess
    November 6, 2016 at 3:33 am
    Reply

    Wow nice post! we know where to stay now.

    • Alexandra
      November 11, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Of course, Le Meridien Vienna is one of the best hotels in the city.

  16. claire
    November 6, 2016 at 4:20 am
    Reply

    Beautiful – would love to visit!

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Every room there was gorgeous! Definitely a great trip.

  17. Maddy
    November 6, 2016 at 10:43 am
    Reply

    Vienna stole my heart when I visited last year and it is always nice to hear about a nice hotel to stay in when I return. The style of the hotel is beautiful and I love that there is a champagne bar!

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Everything at the Champagne Bar is beyond delicous, it was a fun change.

  18. Natasha
    November 6, 2016 at 3:16 pm
    Reply

    I really need to stay at Starwood property. Planning on going to Vienna next year so thank you for this!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      Happy to hear you enjoyed it, have a good trip!

  19. Punita Malhotra
    November 6, 2016 at 10:30 pm
    Reply

    Perfect choice of hotel for a stately city like Vienna. And a great location too, with all the important sights nearby, Pictures are impressive.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      The whole place is so effortlessly photogenic, and I agree, location can be everything.

  20. Llamateurs
    November 7, 2016 at 7:39 am
    Reply

    Looks like a nice place to visit 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      It was incredible.

  21. Clare
    November 7, 2016 at 8:28 am
    Reply

    Looks like a great hotel, I have never visited Vienna but it’s on the list. I love the bar area too 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Hopefully you get the chance to see it someday, it’s well worth the visit as you can see!

  22. Castaway with Crystal
    November 8, 2016 at 1:16 am
    Reply

    Wow looks like a lovely place – I’d LOVE to stay there for a few weeks 🙂 🙂
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      I wish I could have stayed longer myself, it was so beautiful.

  23. Evan Kristine
    November 8, 2016 at 10:38 am
    Reply

    Starting to fall in love with Vienna! Hoping I could visit that place soon. Thanks for sharing! Keep posting. ?
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      I know I did! Thank you so much.

  24. Evan Kristine
    November 8, 2016 at 10:41 am
    Reply

    Staring to fall in love with Vienna! Thanks for sharing. Keep posting. ?

    • Alexandra
      November 11, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Just like me, it’s impossible not to fall in love with it.

  25. Evan Kristine
    November 8, 2016 at 10:53 am
    Reply

    Starting to fall in love with Vienna. I would like to visit that place soon! Keep posting ?

  26. JP Licudan
    November 8, 2016 at 11:27 am
    Reply

    I love starwoods properties! You really have a good taste for luxury. Thanks for sharing! Will definitely check this out when I go to Vienna.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      They are absolutely outstanding. Cheers!

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