Vienna, Austria

Grand Ferdinand

Rates from (inc tax)$163.93

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR170.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Viennese world


Right on the Ringstrasse

Grand Ferdinand in Vienna is home to a few of our favorite boutique-hotel things: a rooftop pool, seriously cool design, exhibitionist-pleasing bathtubs in the suites, classic cars to hire for the day, three restaurants (two with bars), and, yes, plenty of schnitzel…

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Need to know


188, including four suites and one lavish Grand Ferdinand Suite.


12 noon; late check-outs (until 4pm) can be arranged subject to availability for a charge of €50. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $163.93 (€150), excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 3.2% per room per night on check-in.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR170.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates generally exclude breakfast (buffet, €29; à la carte, from €8).


Motorheads, take note: in summer, the Jaguar owned by F1 legend Niki Lauda’s grandfather is available for hire. If you’re there in the winter months, you’ll have to make do with the hotel’s Maserati Quattroporte.

At the hotel

Pool, fitness room, sports-car hire, free WiFi throughout and valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Each room has beautifully clean design, an inviting cloud of a bed and an open-plan bathroom. If you’re craving a luxurious soak, spring for a Suite: the claw-foot baths are front and centre and the seventh-floor Vienna views are pretty spectacular, too.


The heated rooftop infinity pool has impressive views over the Ringstrasse; it’s open in summer from 7.30am to midnight. The pool is flanked by wicker chairs and tables for after-swim drinks, and towels and slippers are provided.

Packing tips

Bring gallery-worthy LBDs for a night in Grand Ferdinand’s bars.


Smoking is only permitted on the balconies of suites and on the roof terrace of the Grande Etage.


Pets are welcome for €30 a day, but you’ll need to provide the chow. See more pet-friendly hotels in Vienna.


This boutique bolthole is best suited to grown-ups, but baby cots and extra beds (for a charge) are available on request. Little 'uns are welcome in all restaurants – high chairs can be supplied on request, and meals adapted to suit younger palates.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Nab a window seat in the Grand Ferdinand Restaurant for a side of people-watching with your strudel, or on the balcony of Grand Etage for panoramic city views.

Dress Code

Break out your sultry Helmut Lang threads and bespoke Natalie Rox shoes.

Hotel restaurant

Grand Ferdinand has three eateries, all dishing out Viennese classics. In the mornings, go up to the Grand Etage for buffet breakfast with a view, or to the ground floor Grand Ferdinand Restaurant for à la carte breakfast and picture windows. At stylish Siegfried Wolfram-helmed bar Gulasch & Champagne, Vienna’s most mobile rub shoulders over delicate drinks and snacks including Debreziner sausages, Leberkäse and, natürlich, goulash. Our favourite dishes in Grand Ferdinand are the beef roulade, Wiener Schnitzel and minced meat fritters à la Metternich, but fear not, vegetarians – there’s plenty for you, too, such as the baked pumpkin and spinach dumplings. (Both camps will enjoy the violet ice cream.) 

Hotel bar

Rooftop Grand Etage serves cocktails, wine and beer along with a stunning view over Vienna exclusively for members and guests. At ground-floor bar Gulasch & Champagne, pair Viennese ‘fast food’ with fine fizz or a glass of Velkopopovický beer.

Last orders

Imbibe bubbly in the Grand Etage until 2am or in Gulasch & Champagne until half past midnight. The Grand Etage is open for meals from 6.30am to 11.30pm; Grand Ferdinand Restaurant is open from 7.30am to 11.00pm and Gulasch & Champagne bar opens for snacks

Room service

There’s no in-room dining, but raid your minibar for drinks from water to Champagne, classic Austrian sweets (try a Manner wafer) and an assortment of salty snacks.


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Vienna International Airport is 19 kilometres from the hotel (20 minutes’ drive). The hotel’s car service costs €60 each way; your driver will pick you up in the arrivals hall. The CAT (City Airport Train) will get you from the Flughafen Wien (Vienna Airport) railway station into town in just 16 minutes.


Trains from across the Continent pull into Wien Hauptbahnhof. The Südtiroler Platz metro station is there, too; take line U1 toward Leopoldau and get off at Karlsplatz station, about half a kilometre from Grand Ferdinand.


Valet parking is available for €40 a day; cars are parked at the nearby Corso underground car park. DIY at the same garage for €25 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Vienna is up to its ears in history: you’d have to make a concerted effort to avoid music venues, museums, royal residences and parks named after famous psychoanalysts. Book tickets ahead for a night at the Wiener Staatsoper or the Wiener Konzerthaus. Wien Museum is five minute stroll south of the Ringstrasse, and home to eye-catching works by Klimt and Schiele. Further west, the breathtaking royal summer residence Schönbrunn Palace is worth a detour. 

Local restaurants

Laid-back Ulrich (+43 1961 2782) is good for modern European sharing plates and snacks. For modern farm-to-table fare, Labstelle (+43 1236 2122) is 10 minutes' walk just past the Domkirche St Stephan; it’s open from breakfast to dinner and has a seasonally changing menu. Book ahead for a Michelin-starred meal in the nearby Stadtpark at elegant Steirereck (+43 1713 3168) – the culinary artworks are almost too pretty to eat, and the wine list is impressively diverse. 


Local cafés

Nobody takes coffee and cake as seriously as the Austrians: follow Vienna’s in-crowd for your daily Mélange (somewhat like a cappuccino), and a slice of Guglhupf at a café. From the hotel, take a stroll through the Stadtpark to bakery, patisserie and bistro Joseph Brot von Pheinsten for fluffy ricotta pancakes, healthy smoothies, or a traditional Viennese breakfast of sweet Semmel rolls, boiled eggs and cold cuts. Or, if you’re headed towards the Hofburg palace complex, follow in the footsteps of Austrian royalty and have your Kaffee und Kuchen at Demel pastry shop. Right across the road from Sigmund Freud Park (analyse that), Jonas Reindl’s fresh breads, home-made pastries and cakes cooked in wood-fired ovens by organic bakery Gragger & Cie. Konditerrei Oberlaa’s café on Neuer Markt and its chocolatey Sachertorte and pillowy macaroons will never be far away.

Local bars

Take the glass lift to the top floor of the Steffl department store and Sky Bar; sip on a pink grapefruit Maserati or a violet- and lychee-infused Fleur de Sky cocktail while you enjoy the panoramic view. Step back into the roaring 20s at Kruger's American Bar on nearby Krugerstrasse; it's allegedly the oldest cocktail bar in the city and the perfect place to order Old-fashioneds, Sidecars and Rob Roys.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Austria and unpacked their stash of Sachertorte, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a Klimt-print postcard from Grand Ferdinand in Vienna…

The classic cars parked to the front and crystal Lobmeyr chandeliers hanging in the entrance hall are just the start of the ‘grand’ in the Grand Ferdinand hotel in Vienna. Continue on, and you’ll find sultry rooms with charcoal grey walls and dark-green leather chaises longues, and top-of-the-line rainfall showers behind sleek glass block partitions. Revive yourself with in-room libation, then head up the rooftop and the private Grand Etage bar, where the views across Vienna are stunning and champagne is emperor of all. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Grand Ferdinand’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The terrace - perfect for viewing the classic cars parading right below us whilst sipping prosecco and munching paprika crisps (I know, it should have been caviar, but what can I tell you - we have plebeian tastes). Recommend getting tickets for the Spanish Riding School. Wonderful!

Don’t expect

The staff to leap to do your bidding. It took us four hours to get a second bath-robe, twenty-four hours to get a second duvet (apparently only of us was supposed to be occupying our suite), the waitress at Goulash Champagne had to strong-arm reception to get our vouchers (good goulash though) and we never did see a replacement for a blown light-bulb. All of which made us feel a little... unloved?


Stayed on 26 Aug 2016

We loved

Roof top pool and restaurant and exceptional service from front desk and beyond. Recommend Albertina Museum and Opera

Don’t expect

Separate bathroom ...


Stayed on 23 Jun 2016

We loved

The helpful concierge, the horse in the lobby, the delicious smelling Grand Ferdinand body cream, the beautiful terrace bar and the perfect location. DoCo restaurant for delicious Asian food, great service and amazing views of St Stephens Cathedral. Alloro restaurant for rustic Italian, tucked down a pretty cobbled side street. And take a walk along the Wien - you might just stumble across a man made beach with a great Aperol Spritz-serving bar! 10/10

Don’t expect

To not want to make a repeat visit to Grand Ferdinand.


Stayed on 6 May 2016

We loved

The location and modern room. Easy walking distance to all sites in Vienna.

Don’t expect

Coffee in the room.


Stayed on 1 May 2016

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