Vienna, Austria

Grand Ferdinand

Rates per night from$154.43

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR142.92), 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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A serving of goulash each at the hotel's restaurant Gulasch & Soehne


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Need to know


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


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


Double rooms from £142.25 (€161), including 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.

More details

Rates generally exclude breakfast. You can choose between a buffet (€32 a person) or à la carte breakfast at Gulasch & Soehne.

At the hotel

Pool, fitness room, 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 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

Photos Grand Ferdinand food and drink

Top Table

Nab a window seat in the Meissl & Schadn 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 Meissl & Schadn for à la carte breakfast and picture windows. At stylish Siegfried Wolfram-helmed bar Gulasch & Soehne, Vienna’s most mobile rub shoulders over delicate drinks and snacks including Debreziner sausages, Leberkäse and, natürlich, goulash. Our favourite dishes in Meissl & Schadn 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 & Soehne, 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 & Soehne until half past midnight. The Grand Etage is open for meals from 6.30am to 11.30pm; Meissl & Schadn 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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Grand Ferdinand
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You’ll find the Grand Ferdinand on the Schubertring section of the Unesco-listed ring road encircling Vienna’s historic centre, close to the city’s most famous museums and galleries.


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 Central Station. 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 €29 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 a five-minute stroll south of the Ringstrasse, and home to eye-catching works by noted native creatives Klimt and Schiele. Further west, the breathtaking royal summer residence Schönbrunn Palace is worth a detour. 

Local restaurants

Laid-back Ulrich is good for modern European sharing plates and snacks. For modern farm-to-table fare, Labstelle 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 – 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 Gugelhupf (a type of Bundt cake) at a café. From the hotel, take a stroll through the Stadtpark to bakery, pâtisserie 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. Stop by Jonas Reindl’s fresh breads, homemade 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 Twenties 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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Luke Batchelor

Anonymous review

By Luke Batchelor , Interiors whizz

Gustav Klimt once said,true relaxation, which would do me the world of good, does not exist for me’. Perhaps this Viennese artist would have changed his mind, had he been able to stay at Vienna’s glittering modern masterpiece, the Grand Ferdinand hotel: a granite- and stone-clad 1950s affair, situated on none other than the infamous Ringstrasse (the main road circulating the heart of the city). Transformed by hotelier Florian Weitzer into a contemporary hub of unparalleled cool, the hotel’s slick design showcases works by leading names in the interiors business: Lobmeyr, Gubi, Augarten Porzellan…  

On arrival we’re greeted by the hearty smell of Viennese cuisine wafting in from Gulasch & Soehne, one of the hotel’s three restaurants. This small eatery, which serves authentic goulash and enough champagne to fill the Danube, is ideal for a quick lunch during a busy day of sightseeing or a welcome retreat after a spending spree in Dior. 

‘More is more’ has always been Vienna’s philosophy, so if ever there was a time to show off and pack your finest wares, this is it. The marble-clad, candlelit foyer is strewn with Vuitton luggage, guarded by the hotel’s resident stallion… not a member of the hotel’s team, I hasten to add, rather a handsome life-size statue. We decide (after surviving a very dry January) to stay in one of the hotel’s suites. It’s a large, elegant room with the obligatory cast-iron roll-top bath tub, which is crowned with a sparkling chandelier evoking the jewels worn by Vienna’s ill-fated Empress Sisi. The bed is obscenely big: a cloud-like affair dressed in white linen, which starkly contrasts with the masculine slightly Germanic freemason-lodge – furniture. A leather chaise-longue reminds us that Sigmund Freud’s office and apartments happen to be a short walk away and are well worth a visit. A private balcony, the same length as our suite, lets you admire the gold statue-anointed rooftops of old-world imperial Vienna. If you’re visiting in summertime, raid the room’s champagne fridge for an alfresco apéritif, then wander around the corner to the city’s opera house when the wind blows, you can almost hear it carrying the notes of one of Beethoven’s many masterpieces.

The next morning, after coming to terms with the hotel’s lack of room service (my fancy Instagram shot of an eggs Benedict breakfast-in-bed totally goes out of the window), we haul ourselves out of bed, pull on our cashmere roll necks and take the epic journey up one whole floor up to the hotel’s Grand Étage restaurant. Here, we sample a delicious European buffet; those interested in the hangover-curing Grand Ferdinand omelette can find it on the à la carte. The staff are a patient bunch who – a little later on in the day – are happy to suggest a delicious wine (or wines, in our case – hey, it is a holiday…) from a vineyard located in the heart of Vienna. They also direct us to the must-see sights, such as the Secession Building on the edge of the city’s trendy Naschmarkt district – it’s a bit rough around the edges but home to an array of interior-design emporiums and after-dark haunts where Grüner Veltliner flows till the early hours of the morning.

Whether you’re an art lover or not, you’ll find it hard not to be inspired and moved by the sheer number of outstanding galleries to be visited. And even if the bath tub and champagne in your suite threatens to keep you hostage, you must visit the Belvedere; it’s home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Klimt paintings, displayed in breathtakingly opulent surroundings. Top tip: make a beeline for the Klimt rooms as soon as the gallery opens, as they’re one of the tourist hotspots and you may find yourself forced into battle with a sea of selfie sticks otherwise.

When it all gets a bit too much and you need to sit down and think about the sheer wealth in those artworks, take yourself off to one of the many local cafés for a restorative slice of Austria’s pride and joy, Sachertorte, and a steaming cup of Melange coffee. After a long day spent embracing Viennese culture it’s time for a quick snooze before heading to the bar, where we discuss how much we’ve fallen in love with this beautiful hotel and extravagant city, a place where the burden of modern everyday life seems to disappear. 

Sadly, our four-day love affair with Vienna comes to an end and, as we struggle to roll our arty, coffee table-book-filled suitcases down the hall, we catch a glimpse of another suite through an open door, and an intense, fiery burst of red meets our eyes. A floor-length Valentino gown with matching fur stole hangs in waiting like a beautiful phoenix, ready to be worn that evening. Could the owner be off to the opera we wonder, or perhaps a visit to one of many award-winning restaurants? Maybe she is just going to stroll the illustrious streets of this magnificent city, where style is essential and love is inevitable… it is home to the world’s most famous kiss, after all.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, 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 attention to detail at the Grand Ferdinand is exceptional. The room was beautiful, our suite had a balcony looking over Vienna. The restaurants and bars were excellent and the staff are really attentive.


Stayed on 9 Dec 2019

We loved

How vibey the hotel was, the various restaurants and the view from the top.

Don’t expect

A cheap breakfast.


Stayed on 6 Dec 2019

We loved

The restaurant, but beware, the free goulash is only available at the rather dismal small adjacent cafe and not in the main restaurant. The main restaurant is really very good. Book ahead! We couldn't get in the first night. Had a great Sunday lunch there. The schnitzel was perfect.

Don’t expect

Much space! The room (well mine, but it was probably only a standard room - I don't remember what I booked) was small but it had everything I needed. I was glad I was on my own though...


Stayed on 9 Nov 2019

We loved

The location - very central. It's not expensive. All the facilities in the room - comfortable room, basic but suitable for one or two nights. The helpful concierge.

Don’t expect

Quick check-in. My name was listed at QWERTY! When I saw it written I realized it was a mistake either by Mr and Mrs Smith or the hotel so it was somewhat annoying as it took ten minutes to find.


Stayed on 9 Nov 2019

We loved

The great central location, so easy to walk everywhere. The reception staff were charming and helpful. The Wiener schnitzel in the hotel's restaurant was delicious. Wonderful cocktails on the rooftop terrace with fabulous views of the city.

Don’t expect

Privacy with the shower! It was a bit disconcerting to open one's eyes first thing in the morning and see straight into the shower! Arguably, this could be erotic/romantic...or not! Room service; they don't do it. It would have been nice if breakfast had been included. A small niggle but there was no conditioner or bar of soap. We were given one free bottle of water and not allowed anymore unless you paid for it. This isn't a huge problem but as the tap water was safe, why bother in the first place? Why did they take our bathrobes away 24 hours before we actually left? Again, not a deal-breaker, but with the other 'niggles', it did slightly irritate me. The rooftop pool is tiny! If I had visited in the summer, and to be honest, one doesn't go to Vienna for lazing around a pool, but still, there would be little chance of doing any serious swimming! Our last 3 hotels have been small and intimate so the anonymity of a large hotel is not for everyone.


Stayed on 22 Oct 2019

We loved

We loved the location of the hotel, which is within walking distance of many important tourist sites in Vienna. Our room was neat and made really good use of the space. The roof top bar and pool were added bonuses. The staff were really friendly and helpful.


Stayed on 10 Jun 2019

We loved

Friendly and attentive staff; clean and well equiped rooms; superb restaurant; great cocktail bar!


Stayed on 21 May 2019

We loved

The super comfy beds, the delicious schnitzel, the horse in the lobby and the generally gorgeous decor.

Don’t expect

Lots of light in the bedrooms.


Stayed on 15 May 2019

We loved

Great location. You can walk (or metro, bus) almost anywhere. The rooftop restaurant (one of three) had lovely food, good service, great views. Rooms were comfortable, the higher-up ones were nice and light.

Don’t expect

Interestingly, there was no tea/coffee provision in room, so we asked for a kettle and "borrowed" tea bags and coffee at breakfast. No movie channels on TV, but so much to see outside, not a big deal.


Stayed on 22 Feb 2019

We loved

The decor and the bathrooms. Plus an amazing schnitzel restaurant in the lobby. The hotel had great customer service - they helped us track down a handbag I left in a taxi!

Don’t expect

A huge swimming pool - it is a small but lovely rooftop pool.


Stayed on 7 Dec 2018

We loved

The glamour and quirkiness of the hotel; not to mention amazing location. The roof top bar and pool were also a highlight and had gorgeous sunrise views.

Don’t expect

Privacy whilst you shower (in the middle of the room!).


Stayed on 4 Dec 2018

We loved

That the hotel is in a great location that makes it convenient to reach all of Vienna's attractions and restaurant. The staff is very helpful. The room was clean, well-designed, and well-lit.

Don’t expect

To enjoy the gym, as it is extremely small – small as in 'small yet OK, if you are the only person in it' but 'uncomfortably small if even one other person is at the gym at the same time as you'.


Stayed on 16 Nov 2018

We loved

The rooftop pool. Breakfast. The location.

Don’t expect

Budget-friendly anything or over-the-top service at the pool.


Stayed on 29 Aug 2018

We loved

The location is excellent and the staff really helpful. The breakfast was delicious and the restaurant in the hotel was good too. Lovely décor. The suite with the balcony was lovely.

Don’t expect

English TV channels. Only had news channels. Would have been good to have a film channel.


Stayed on 29 Aug 2018

We loved

Outstanding rooftop terrace bar! Serving breakfast and lunch as well. Super service, lovely staff and great cuisine. A nice wine card and Austrian wines mix with excellent others!

Don’t expect

Space: rooms were little small and shower is next to the bed!


Stayed on 24 Aug 2018

We loved

Great location, great food (I can recommend the Weiner Schnitzel) and a very comfortable bed. Plus a bit of glitz and glamour! We dined at the nearby Paul Restaurant. Food, wine and service were excellent.

Don’t expect

A large swimming pool. The rooftop pool is small but there is a powerful jet that you can swim against if you are so inclined!


Stayed on 24 Jul 2018

We loved

Modern boutique hotel. The rooms were open plan including wash basin and the toilet and shower were cubicles in a studio-type layout. Unlike other hotels, we were not disturbed by sounds in the corridor or from adjacent rooms. The hotel was also quick to change our original room when the air conditioner did not work (without any hesitation). Very well located for tourist sights and in an excellent area. Both its restaurants were very good too - one more formal with excellent Weiner Schnitzel and the other a goulash and champagne bar. Would recommend.


Stayed on 20 Jul 2018

We loved

We loved the location, gorgeous very practical hotel room, beautifully designed hotel and a splendid roof bar.


Stayed on 12 Jul 2018

We loved

We loved the hotel location, it is within a short walk of fabulous restaurants, shops, Spanish Horses and The Opera House. Lovely rooftop dining and bar area was great for breakfast and late night drinks. We also enjoyed the roof terrace deckchairs for a few sunny hours. Favourite restaurant was without a doubt Fabios. We also loved Figlmuller for schnitzel, the restaurant speciality was enormous. A visit to the Summer Palace is really worth while and if they have a concert on it is a must see. We were truly blessed to find the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra were holding a free concert (on my birthday! ) so we along with 105,000 others had a brilliant evening in beautiful surrounds and sunshine.

Don’t expect

Wardrobes or your own deck chair space on the roof top on a sunny day.


Stayed on 28 May 2018