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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hollmann Beletage - Design And Boutique
- Hollmann Beletage - Design & Boutique Hotel Vienna
- Hollmann Beletage Design Boutique Vienna