HOTEL: The Kempinski Palace Vienna
The Heritage-listed Palais Hansen Kempinski is located at Schottenring, right at the famous Ring Boulevard in Vienna- Austria. Originally built as a hotel for the World Exhibition in 1873, the building was originally designed by the Danish architect Baron Theophil Edvard von Hansen, who later became an Austrian citizen. He became particularly well known for his buildings and structures in Athens and Vienna, and is considered an outstanding representative of neoclassicism.
Along with Förster and many others, Hansen was one of the most important and influential architects of the Viennese Ringstraße. His most famous work is the Austrian Parliament building, which was created in the style of an ancient, neo-classic temple, and serves to refer to the Greek beginnings of democracy. Hansen was originally a staunch critic of the Classical style that was taught to him at the Copenhagen Academy. Over the years, however, he came to incorporate Classical elements into his forms. Bauleiter on this project was Hans Auer, who would go on to win the competition for the Swiss Bundeshaus. Hansen's famed Musikverein in Vienna is one of the most notable concert halls in the world; a concert hall whose design and acoustics are often admired and copied in present-day music houses. Hansen worked together with Viktor Pilz and Carl Rahl, as well as with Otto Wagner. In 1884 Emperor Franz Joseph honored Hansen with a barony in the Austrian nobility and he was since styled "Freiherr von Hansen".
Palais Hansen Kempinski provides 152 rooms and suites, two restaurants, one bar, a cigar lounge, six conference rooms, one private event location, a ballroom, a flower and a lifestyle shop as well as the Ottoman-style Kempinski The Spa. The main highlights are the restaurants. “Edvard” is awarded with a Michelin star and 16 Gault Millau points. Guests will find seasonal dishes focused on every single ingredient. Regional and down-to-earth classics with contemporary interpretations are served at restaurant “Die Küche”.