Hotel Altstadt: renovated 19th century patrician house in Vienna

Located in central Vienna’s old quarter, the carefully renovated Hotel Altstadt is meeting place for artists, musicians, and travelers seeking a unique place to stay.  This 42-bedroom, four-star hotel is only seven minutes from the subway, giving it a quiet and relaxing atmosphere but still within walking distance from the central shopping district. Travelers can […]

Guide to super chic ski hotels in Europe and the US

In the deepest, darkest days of winter, all you want to do is go outside and fling yourself off a mountain on skis or a snowboard. Here’s a guide to the most sophisticated hotels where modern design meets superior service. If you are really tired of old-fashioned ski hotels, check out our selection. Switzerland Riffelalp […]

Hotel Aurelio: intimate luxury boutique hotel in Lech, Austria

If you have plans to ski in Lech, Austria, a chic resort that has been popular with European royals for many decades, make sure you check out the Hotel Aurelio, a boutique hotel that caters to people who want a less traditional, more contemporary design. The hotel made it to the “hot list” of Conde […]

Hotel Madlein: luxurious design hotel in Ischgl, Austria

If you are headed to Austria this winter for skiing, make sure you check out the Hotel Madlein in the popular ski resort of Ischgl (Austria), possibly the first truly contemporary design hotel in the Tyrolean Alps. There are no wooden beams here, no half-timbered façades, no antique tables with knitted doilies. Instead, you find […]

The Ring Hotel Vienna: boutique hotel blends modern with traditional

If you are looking for a luxurious place to stay in Vienna, but you want something more hip and modern (without being too sterile), consider The Ring Hotel across the Vienna State Opera. The hotel has 68 rooms, all of which have free Wi-Fi access. The bar and the restaurant are very cool, not at […]

Mapplr’s favorite restaurants in Vienna

A few days ago I posted my favorite boutique hotels in Vienna. Now that you’ve found a place to stay, it’s time to check out a few very good places to eat in the city. Most of the ones I have listed here are Italian. I am not crazy about traditional Austria cuisine, which tends […]

Mapplr’s favorite hotels in Vienna

From the Hundertwasser House (above) to the Schönnbrunn Palace, Vienna is a city that shuffles seamlessly between the past and the present. Hang out in cozy cafes that have been the heart of Vienna life for decades or indulge in a shopping trip among the trendy boutiques of young Austrian designers. The fall of the […]