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July 8, 2014
Art & Design, Food & Beverage, Hotel Openings & Development, Park Hyatt

When In Rome…Well Actually, When In Vienna!

Grüß Gott.

That may be one of the only German phrases I learned and could pronounce during my time in Vienna, but boy, was it an important one! It has several meanings, all which are used as a casual, friendly greeting to other Austrian locals. It certainly came in handy for the past five days.

You may be wondering what I was doing in the absolutely beautiful and culturally rich city of Vienna. Well, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to Austria with a group of travel writers to show them around our newest Park Hyatt hotel, Park Hyatt Vienna, as well as talk with them about the exciting new brand initiatives taking place for Park Hyatt.

I arrived to Vienna pretty jet-lagged and cranky from a full day of travel, but the minute I stepped into the hotel, I immediately felt at ease. The hotel occupies an old Austrian bank, and the design details, public spaces, and attentive customer service (and not to mention all of the friendly smiles from my colleagues in Vienna) define what the Park Hyatt brand is all about. From the whiskey and cigar lounge, to the hotel’s restaurant called The Bank, to the spacious and residential-like guestrooms, I really felt right at home.

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Top left: whiskey and cigar lounge; top right: guestroom bathroom; bottom left: studio guestroom; bottom right: The Bank restaurant

During our time in Vienna, we attended the hotel’s opening party, which brought together more than 1,200 influencers and VIPs to celebrate the hotel’s official welcoming to the city. The champagne and local Viennese fare were flowing all night long, and there was definitely excitement in the air. The opening of Park Hyatt Vienna marks the 33rd Park Hyatt hotel and Hyatt’s very first hotel in Austria. Plus, it signifies the start of a very exciting time for the brand with Park Hyatt New York opening this August.

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The hotel’s opening party brought together more than 1,200 influencers and VIPs; left-hand side photo includes Antonia Felgner, Marketing Communications Manager for Park Hyatt Vienna; Gebhard Reinder, Chief Financial Officer for Hyatt and Katherine Melchior Ray, VP of Luxury Brands for Hyatt.

Aside from the amazing opening party that we attended, we did it up just like locals. Instead of “When In Rome,” I adopted the phrase “When In Vienna,” and the journalists and I immersed ourselves in local Viennese culture.

We learned how to do the Viennese Waltz (well, we tried)…

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Learning to do the Viennese Waltz (a much simpler version than the locals do!)

And then we took what we learned and used it at a real Viennese Ball called the Fete Imperiale, which is put on by the city’s Spanish Riding School.

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The Fete Imperiale Ball is one of the biggest and most glamorous in Vienna! It takes place at the Spanish Riding School in the Habsburg Palace.

We ate sausage and pastries just like locals do….

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Sausage from Vienna’s famous sausage stand, Bitzinger

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Famous apfelstrudel from Cafe Central in Vienna

We visited the local Naschmarkt full of great food and finds, which takes place every Saturday and dates back to the 16th century.

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Everything at the Naschmarkt looked delicious!

And we visited the hills of Vienna for a special wine tasting with Vienna native vintner Fritz Wieninr – the view was unbeatable and the wine was pretty delicious, too.

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View from the vineyard atop the hills of Vienna.

Plus, no trip is complete without a signature selfie. This one was taken at Schönbrunn Palace, which is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence in modern Vienna which was inhabited by the Habsburg emperors. 

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Signature selfie in Vienna!

All in all, it was an absolutely unforgettable trip and Park Hyatt Vienna truly defines what the brand is all about – great food, great wine, great art, and great service that makes you feel right at home. A huge congratulations to the entire Park Hyatt Vienna staff on their opening and hugely successful opening party. I can’t wait to return soon!

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