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“Minimalist decor, Extravagant Breakfast”
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Hollmann Beletage
Ranked #3 of 358 Hotels in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 October 2013

The Hollmann Beletage hotel will not appeal to everyone. You'll find it under a simple orange awning, hidden on a quiet street, about 5 blocks from the main square of Stephansplatz. (Actually, our driver asked " is that really a hotel?") . After you walk down the shared entrance hallway and take the elevator up to the reception on the 2nd floor, you will find the small lobby and hotel to be oddly decorated with small stuffed birds.

The young man working the desk took us on a tour to visit three different types of available rooms and we paid a modest fee ( 10 euro per day) to select a different room. Hollman Beletage features a minimalist décor which means that you'll not find a lot of space for hanging coats or placing your luggage. Plus the walk-in shower is behind a glass plate so you can choose to totally be exposed to the room if you don't pull the red curtain. I found the shower itself, which is like a waterfall from the ceiling, to be odd but refreshing. Your sink and mirror may also play a prominent role in your room. It's funny how a minimalist room tends to collect clutter when you actually live in it because there is little space to store things.

Once you get used to these quirks, you'll find that you'll appreciate the amenities of the hotel. You'll find yourself within easy walking distance of most of the major sights of historic Vienna, plus there is a subway station less than 5 minutes away if you want to expand your adventures.

You'll find complementary prosecco and light snacks ( cheese, strudel, nuts, breads, or sandwiches) in a common area every afternoon; a small movie theatre which shows Orson Welles' "the third man" every night; a well stocked library featuring Vienna guide books, a spa including steam and dry heat ; and a common area off the lobby which has an assortment of hard liquors on an "honor system".

Many people comment on the extravagant breakfast at Hollman Beletage and it is all true. Unlike the buffet at most European hotels, you will find a small café atmosphere where a staff of 2-3 chefs will be making your food to order. You will start with juice, fruit, bread and a selection of cold cuts and cheese. Then you get to select from four hot breakfast items which may include wieners in goulash sauce, hot beef broth, traditional omelets, or their egg dish of the day. Then you can follow up with a crepe or a slice of strudel. We found that eating this breakfast gave us the energy to sight-see for 3-4 hours and have a pastry at one of Vienna's famous coffeehouses instead of eating lunch.

Our only complaint was that the slat bed squeaked each and every time we moved.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

We have stayed already several times in this Hotel and we love to come back as often as possible.
The staff and and the atmosphere is wonderful.
The rooms are really cool and comfortable.
Right in the city center this is an oasis for to relax dive directly into the life of vienna.
Don't miss the breakfast since it is one of the best breakfast's you will get in a Hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

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Do not be perturbed by the less than grand entrance - all will be revealed - not reviled!

(I booked this hotel to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday so you can understand the importance of the occasion, when I saw the look of abject dismay on her face when we arrived outside you can imagine how I felt, but it turned out to be one of the best 3-day-stays in a hotel we have ever enjoyed.)

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The location is centrally-superb to discover all that is important in Vienna by foot.

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Every single member of the staff with whom we interacted was friendly, helpful and very efficient. Congratulations on a very well-run hotel!

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Breakfast is my least favorite meal of the day, because it is hard to enjoy with a glass of wine without feeling guilty. I have never enjoyed breakfast so much. Not only was the food completely different every day, but the manner in which it was cooked, presented and served was a sheer delight to wake up to.

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The room was large, with superb sound-proofing. If I had to complain it would be the lack of wardrobe space for more than an overnight stay.

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The free wine, beer and snacks every afternoon was a very welcome pause in-between discovering Vienna and resting up for dinner. Generous and delicious.

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The whole hotel has a wonderful quirky sense of humour and I am not using that word as a euphemism for kitsch it really was a pleasure to come home to every afternoon.

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WE CANT WAIT TO GO BACK!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

This is a very odd property. It is hard to find, the rooms are configured strangely and there is no management in the hotel after 9 p.m. That said, we had stayed at the Beletage years ago and returned because the location is amazing, the breakfast is incredible and there are extra amenities including sandwiches, prosecco and a garden to enjoy after a day of sightseeing. It is priced well and, in my estimation, an excellent value. When the front desk is staffed, the personnel are extremely friendly and helpful. Once you get used to the idea that this is not a normal tourist hotel, it is a great place to stay. It seemed to be very clean and well maintained.

Room Tip: The smaller, basic rooms are not up to standard. Go for a medium or larger room.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

So new and quirky yet comfortable and traditional all at the same time. The look is spare but colorful with orange splashes of the ferris wheel. A cheerful and helpful staff took care of every request.
We loved breakfast both for the social atmosphere and perfect food and service.
Cozy garden to enjoy afternoon tea
Confortable bed with lovely linens and great bath products too!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

Lovely Sandra on main reception, the helpful friendly face of this establishment, summed up everything about this hotel (when after struggling to find traditional signs of a hotel, I finally stumbled my way to the desk on the second floor) in reply to my "it sure is "different" for any normal boutique hotel I have ever stayed in" with: "yes, it is, we are not a normal hotel, it's a special place for special people". In the next 4 days I was to find out just how right she was, and how special. If you are expecting typical slh.com or wlh.com hotel, with livered footman at the front to collect your bags, you will be disappointed, as the only sign that this beautiful residential building with sweeping staircases and beautiful windows contains a hotel, is bright orange awning sheltering from the rain those who enter through the front door.

There are so many positives to this hotel, one struggles where to start! Which may go to explain the longest hotel review I have ever written anywhere, but to do less would simply not do it justice! Firstly, the location - it's 5min on foot from the centre of town and St Stephen square, it has Gourmet Spar supermarket 2 steps away, and some of the best wine bar/shops where you can have a drink or buy picnic supplies (Der Wein in Riemergasse 6 for instance) just around the corner, that one cannot think of a better place. It is walking distance to everywhere, including Staatsoper, Museum Quarter etc.

Then there is the service, it is spectacularly good, the attention to detail is what captured me, from the carefully written weather status on the blackboard in the dining room each morning, to absolutely spectacular breakfast. We had no room left for any sort of lunch after that offering every morning, with different theme (regions of Austria, seasons, etc), their amazing chef who will be there in the kitchen to greet you, churning out fabulous quality food, with Michelin quality desserts (see photos). Best of all they took such great care of my friend who has special dietary requirements, they had vegan options, various gluten free bread, fabulous coffee, but best of all friendly fabulous service, including by the chef himself, what a jolly fellow!

Everyone on the staff was just fabulous, Sandra, the tireless front of the house, who was always there for you, no matter what you need, always with a smile, and super knowledgeable. She booked us into restaurants, she researched Vegan supermarkets for my friend, she acted above and beyond the call of duty. Marie managed to track down a bootmaker that closed for the weekend, retrieved our wretched boots, and presented them to us when we came down to reception, all without us prompting or asking, all i asked for is for her to track down the phone number and call them. That is truly what I call service. Alessandro googlemap'ed locations of various places Sandra recommended... Truly, I have stayed in hundreds of amazing hotels, but service at this hotel has no comparison.

I booked superior room, where we stayed one night, but since it was my birthday and we had some stuffiness and noise issues in our room as we chose to sleep with opened windows and there was some utilities work being done in the nearby street, we got upgraded to their amazing spa suite. In all honestly, if you have a special occasion, do pay the extra pennies and treat yourself or your special one to this fabulous suite. You will have your own beautiful claw bath, gorgeous sauna, spacious beautiful apartment, kitchen with all the facilities, and total privacy as it is located on separate floor above the main reception. To say that it is splendid would be an understatement. Attention to detail is also evident in all the rooms, be it suite or normal. There is a speaker to your ipod, so bring your music and make yourself comfy, sleep spray, choice of pillows, including hard foam neck shape one, which was fantastic, fresh flowers, beautiful Argan Oil toiletries, bath salts, all the little things that are sadly disappearing even from the best establishments.

Then there is 2-6pm complimentary "cafe" downstairs, with tea boiling happily in silver potbellied samovar, there are freshly baked savoury and sweet goodies on offer, snacks, nuts, fruits, champagne and fresh coffee and loose leaf tea. You can chill out in the little lounges, or if the weather is nice, take it in the beautiful atrium courtyard garden. Then there is little kino cinema, screening vintage movies at 8.15pm with free popcorn, including "The Third Man"... Other gorgeous common areas include, the lounge room, where you can take your snacks or sweets with tea or coffee, or play piano, which comes with variety of sheet music, two sets of headphones for you and whoever may be enamoured with your piano playing. Such fun!

If you are not in the spa suite, you may wish to take advantage of small and cosy and yet cute and effective spa sauna area, which comes with dry sauna, fireplace relaxing area and tropical shower, or if you are fitness minded the solitary treadmill that sits on look alike grass with front screen that makes you feel like you are running down the country lane somewhere. It is such a lovely hotel, with so many positives, I simply cannot see how I could possibly ever stay anywhere else in Vienna again. One could just hang out here, go to dinner to their excellent restaurant Hollman Salon around the corner from the front door in lovely medieval square and be perfectly happy. Or not go very far at all if you happened to be so lucky as to book yourself into their Spa Suite. Fabulous, in capital letters!

Room Tip: If you can, book the Spa Suite
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

My husband and I spent 3 nights at this hotel based on the reviews in Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed. I loved everything about this hotel. There was a little chalkboard right outside of our room with a personal welcome sign. The rooms are modern and spacious. Bed is super comfortable. Rain shower in bathroom a bonus. The hotel is very close to St. Stephen's and there is a metro station nearby. The 2 girls sharing duty at the front desk were so sweet and accommodating. Helped us with directions and restaurant suggestions. When I mentioned we were celebrating my husband's birthday one of them arranged a cake for him (along with staff singing Happy Birthday) at breakfast along with a little note. So thoughtful! Breakfast was included in the room price and it was fabulous. Along with the usual buffet items each morning we were given a choice of 3 egg dishes cooked to order which were always delicious. Champagne served daily. During the day there is a little area on the first floor that is always filled with snacks and the refrigerator stocked with beer and other drinks. A really nice touch. All in a all we had a wonderful experience at this hotel. Would never stay anywhere else. I highly recommend.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Koellnerhofgasse 6, Vienna 1010, Austria
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Region: Austria > Vienna Region > Vienna > Old University Quarter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Vienna
#3 Luxury Hotel in Vienna
#6 Romantic Hotel in Vienna
#6 Family Hotel in Vienna
#6 Business Hotel in Vienna
Price Range: £153 - £303 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hollmann Beletage 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique hotel, design refuge, living room for globetrotters and the pampered jetsetters: the Hollmann Beletage is all this and much more – a Viennese jewel in the truest sense of the word. ... more   less 
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