Vienna, Austria – 27 July 2014 – Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the official opening of Park Hyatt Vienna, the seventh Park Hyatt property in Europe and the first Hyatt hotel in Austria. Formerly serving as a bank, the property has reopened under the Park Hyatt name following a two year top-to-bottom renovation and restoration that preserved the history and charm of the original structure.
Situated in Vienna’s new pedestrian Goldenes Quartier and on the Am Hof square, Park Hyatt Vienna occupies a 100-year-old building that formerly served as the headquarters of the Austrian Hungarian Monarchy Bank and forms part of Vienna’s First District which is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Located in the heart of the most exclusive shopping district in Vienna, just steps away from the celebrated fashion houses and boutiques of Tuchlauben and Kohlmarkt, the hotel is just a short walk from the city’s most important sights, including St. Stephan Cathedral, the Hofburg Palace, and all the historic monuments and museums that Vienna has to offer.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the Park Hyatt brand to a city like Vienna, which is rich in culture, art, history and sophistication,” said Monique Dekker, General Manager of Park Hyatt Vienna. “The Park Hyatt brand focuses on creating rare, intimate and unforgettable experiences, so we are eager to open our doors and welcome guests to discover a new business and leisure destination in the heart of historical Vienna.”
“Vienna was a priority development location for us, along with other gateway cities in western Europe where our guests are increasingly traveling,” said Peter Norman, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “Vienna presented an opportunity with the right location and the right owners that will allow us to create long-term value and build preference among travelers. As the Park Hyatt brand continues to expand into new and exciting locations, including the soon-to-open Park Hyatt New York and Park Hyatt Zanzibar slated for later this year, we are excited to be bringing this sophisticated and inspiring brand to destinations that are critical to our company’s growth.”
Design and Guestrooms
Park Hyatt Vienna maintains its original architecture, renovated and redesigned by the Dutch interior design company FG Stijl. The hotel features 143 guestrooms, including 35 suites, ranging from 375 to 1,830 square feet, which are among the largest standard rooms in the city. Inspired by the ancient bank building and Viennese culture, FG Stijl designed a one-of-a-kind hotel with attention to detail and a passion for color and texture that reflects the dual nature of the city’s historic environment. Vienna-inspired contemporary art, wood floors, Italian marble and elements such as blown-up brooches and other wall decorations are used for the interiors to offer a sophisticated, residential feel, a signature concept of the Park Hyatt aesthetic.
With the Park Hyatt brand known worldwide for its innovative dining concepts and exquisite cuisine, Park Hyatt Vienna will deliver memorable dining experiences with its restaurant, bar and lounge.
Located in the former cashier hall, The Bank is an all-day dining restaurant at Park Hyatt Vienna that features European provincial cuisine created from regional Austrian products that are freshly prepared in the restaurant’s show kitchen. The Bank offers an extensive buffet breakfast and gourmet cuisine combined with regional specialties for lunch and dinner.
Guests can discover a blend of elegance and luxury at the Pearl bar, which serves signature cocktails, long drinks, champagne, wine by the glass, premium spirits and bottled beer. Park Hyatt Vienna’s Pearl bar is the ideal location for a pre- or after-dinner drink or a warm place to meet friends and take a break from city shopping. From bar food to Vienna’s famous Wiener Schnitzel and small dishes on sharing plates, Pearl offers a variety of menu options for guests.
The Living Room allows guests to experience Park Hyatt Vienna as an extension of their own personal living space. This venue offers a cigar and whisky lounge in the heart of Vienna where guests can relax and enjoy a large selection of rare single malt whiskies and fine cigars.
The Lounge, the centerpiece of Park Hyatt Vienna, creates a tranquil sanctuary for guests who can relax and have a quick meal, enjoy delicious pastries, or indulge in a selection of wines and champagnes in the Lounge’s comfortable ambience.
Spa and Fitness
For relaxation of mind and body and as a retreat after a full day in Vienna’s city center, guests can escape to the luxurious 10,000 square foot Arany Spa which offers superior beauty and health treatments. Using the Australian product line, Sodashi, Arany Spa takes guests on a sensory journey. The word “Arany” is derived from the Hungarian language and means gold, and it reflects the location of the spa, which is the treasure room of the building. Spread out over two floors, the spa features six spacious treatment rooms, one of which is a couple’s treatment room with private changing facilities and a shower.
Other facilities available at Arany Spa include a 160 square foot pool located in the former vault of the bank, fitness facilities featuring the advanced technology line Artis from Technogym, and a separate wet area with sauna, steam bath, sanarium, vitality shower, and relaxation area, all which are also accessible for non-hotel guests.
With its central location, Park Hyatt Vienna provides exclusive conference and meeting facilities and offers more than 8,000 square feet of space, perfectly designed for small meetings, cocktail receptions, weddings, gala dinners and more. All conference rooms are equipped with natural daylight, the latest audiovisual equipment and individually adjustable air-conditioning. Five boardrooms will feature permanently installed screens ranging from 70 to 80 inches, as well as interactive touch panels to control the lighting. Moreover, Park Hyatt Vienna offers attractive daily delegate rates for meetings or conferences.