Thursday March 21st, 2013 - 8:56AM
VIENNA—Kempinski Hotels opened Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna after more than two years of restoration.
Designed as a hotel for the 1873 World Exhibition by Theophil Edvard von Hansen and Heinrich Förster, the building never opened its doors to guests, and it has taken more than 140 years for the building to be put to its original use.
Two-and-a-half-years of restoration and interior construction were conducted under the aegis of Vienna-based architect Boris Podrecca, the Austrian Atelier Hayde Architekten and designer Jean-Claude Laville.
On seven floors, the heritage-listed Renaissance Revival-style building accommodates 152 rooms and suites, the Kempinski The Spa, two restaurants and two bars, a florist and a delicatessen, 17 private residential apartments, as well as Vienna's largest hotel cigar lounge. Amenities such as iPad check-in and an iPad in every room or television entertainment systems blend the building's history with contemporary lifestyles.
The lobby lounge and bar and two restaurants "Die Küche" and "Edvard" are open to visitors as well as guests.