First Images: The Stunning New Rosewood Vienna Hotel Will Open This Summer in the Austrian Capital

For all its reputation of opulent baroque palaces and world class opera seasons, 21st Century Vienna is nevertheless a city of vivid contrasts. To wit, it boasts some of the most bleeding edge cultural programs in Europe, as well as a vigorous, electronic-music-driven club scene. Yet when it comes to hospitality, it does love its traditions, with such historic five-star sleeps as the Sacher, the Imperial and the Bristol still steadfastly holding their lofty positions.

In recent years, however, marquee luxury brands have arrived, with the new-ish Ritz Carlton and Park Hyatt arguably taking their rightful place amongst The Continent‘s top contemporary luxury hotels. And this August the stunning new Rosewood Vienna will join them, opening its fancy doors onto the Petersplatz, and facing the handsome 18th Century Peterskirche (church).

The first images have arrived, and it seems for everything like another masterstroke of the brand’s signature understated luxe, favoring contemporary elegance over showy opulence. Fitted into a stately 19th Century Belle Époque building (the grand former headquarters of the Erste Group Bank AG), interiors are courtesy of a collaborative effort by A2K Architects, BEHF Architects and British designer Alexander Waterworth, the latter whose previous project have included New York’s Musket Room and the Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire.

With just 99 total rooms and suites, it most definitely falls under the heading of “boutique” – but even the smallest chambers come in at a full 31 square meters. All are sumptuously appointed, with plush furnishings. smartly curated artworks, deep soaking tubs and chicly patterned marble flooring in the bathrooms – some of which have their own windows, so one can shower with a view (we do love that).

Specific details of the hotel’s epicurean offerings have yet to be released, but an upmarket brasserie will boast a terrace, garden and private dining room, while the rather theatrically styled bar area will feature high ceilings, marble columns and a dramatic wine wall as a backdrop. There will also be a intimate rooftop bar, for cocktails accompanied by those majestic Vienna vistas.

For wellness devotees, there’s the signature Sense®, A Rosewood Spa, with five treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy relaxation room, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Of course, there’s no visiting Vienna without taking in some of its always thought-provoking cultural offerings. And through August 24, the Albertina museum will be showing The Disasters of War. Goya and the Present, an exhibition of 40 images by Ukranian photographer Mikhail Palinchak, documenting the terrible destruction wrought upon his country by the ruthless Russian invasion, contrasted with Francisco Goya’s chilling 19th Century paintings of war. And the MAK‘s (Museum of Applied Arts) Geymüllerschlössel has launched the fascinating new series (CON)TEMPORARY FASHION SHOWCASE, spotlighting the work of forward-thinking independent designers, with the provocative styles of the city’s own Susanne Bisovsky on show from June 11 through August 28.

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