It’s a circus at 25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna. A monkey cage as the reception desk. A lion’s den as a kiosk for souvenir shopping. A mermaids cave for steam baths. An outside caravan selling gourmet style burgers. And the most eye-catching, over the bed mural of a carnie freak, watching you as you sleep.
Designed by the creative team of Dreimeta – a German based architectural that has been featured in the likes of Condé Nast Traveler, ELLE Déco Lab, and Wallpaper – the agency utilized their interior architectural expertise to create a surreal understanding of modern day circus life. Noting the importance of details, upon entry, you’re taken to a world of fantasy that many have seen only through historical depictions.
The 219 rooms and suites come equipped with air-conditioning (which seemed to be a luxury in Europe), flat screen televisions, iPod docking station and one of the most comfortable beds known to man. Walls are splashed with bright colors ranging from pinks, oranges, blues and greens that accent the commissioned wall illustrations from Olaf Hajek.
There’s a hodgepodge of eclectic furnishings that interestingly seem more intentional and befitting, than originally expected, with mismatching lamps, and different finishes and seating. Each room, special in its own way doesn’t compare to the L+ room (or Director’s Suite) that has an open air-bath offering a panoramic view of Weghuberpark from its terrace. Other upgrade features include, open plan living area, floor to ceiling windows, and kitchenette.
Room service isn’t available, but just downstairs is 1500 Foodmakers and Burger de Ville. Both eateries of the hotel, but very different in style. 1500 Foodmakers serves Italian fare with a Williamsburg twist – evocative of every hipster restaurant I’ve ever been to. Whereas, Burger de Ville is an outside summer hotspot serving up fresh made gourmet burgers and drinks, with a beautiful garden view. Since outside, Burger de Ville does allow dogs, but 1500 Foodmakers, even though seating can be extended for outside enjoyment, does not. Just a heads up for those who like to take their animals everywhere they go.
Or take the elevator up, and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, catch up with friends, or just sit and be merry in their public rooftop. Currently, a bar is in place, but rumor has it that a barbershop will soon be added. So sip your espresso as you get straight razor shaved. Actually, that’s risqué… but you get the idea.
Whether a lover of art, architecture, clubbing, gastronomy, shopping, or all of the above, 25hours at MuseumsQuartier has it all. From being a rock throws away from the most well preserved, historical buildings you will ever lay your eyes on, to minutes away fromMuseumsQuartier, to a tram ride away from innere stadt (or the city center), 25hours at MuseumsQuartier is the place to kick of your shoes and soak up the scene when in Vienna
All photos taken with Ricoh’s PENTAX K-50.