Museum, gallery or cosy flat in an old building? Hotel Altstadt Vienna is all this and more - and by no means reserved for hotel guests alone. It is now more than 30 years since Otto E. Wiesenthal realised his dream of owning his own hotel as a career changer. After years as a business traveller and numerous overnight stays in faceless hotels, he felt the need to create a refuge where one can also feel at home away from home. With art on the walls, warm service and plenty of privacy. By chance, he finally discovered the vacant Pension Bellaria at Kirchengasse 41 and had the then 24 rooms converted into a "Home Away From Home".
Over time, the Hotel Altstadt Vienna has grown to 62 individual rooms and suites. No two are alike. Each one is a work of art in its own right, created by renowned designers, architects and artists. Actor and regular guest Tobias Moretti, South Tyrolean star architect and designer Matteo Thun, director of the Vienna MAK Lilli Hollein, architect and designer Gregor Eichinger and the designer duo Polka, among others, have demonstrated their creativity so far.
Comfortable, colourful designer furniture, unusual light objects and contemporary paintings turn every room into a personal living room. Guests feel like they are at home with good friends from the moment they enter, with inspiring works of art, photographs and sculptures wherever the eye looks. Works by Warhol, Prachensky, Leibowitz, Attersee, Kowanz and many more can be seen.
As a meeting place for art lovers, creative people and individual travellers, the Altstadt Vienna is fortunately not only reserved for hotel guests. Viennese people also have the opportunity to relax with breakfast or tea and cake in the hotel's cosy lounges - or to rent the hotel's own creative room level41 for seminars, workshops and the like on a daily basis.
Curious art lovers and design-savvy Viennese can also take the opportunity to go on a journey of discovery through the hotel and catch a glimpse of the Wiesenthal Collection as well as a glimpse into one or two of the suites and the stories behind them.