Ritz-Carlton Vienna Makes Its Debut in Austria

This Decem­ber I’m head­ing to Vienna, Aus­tria, so—of course—I’m work­ing up my list of must-visit restau­rants and Christ­mas mar­kets. (If you’ve got some favorite places, please let me know!) While I won’t need overnight accommodations—I’ll instead make my home base aboard a riverboat—I do hope I can carve out some time to visit the new Ritz-Carlton Vienna on Schubertring.

The hotel com­plex, which opened its doors on August 27, 2012, is com­prised of four 19th–cen­tury palaces. These land­mark build­ings now hold 159 guest rooms and 43 suites, includ­ing the expan­sive Pres­i­den­tial Suite. The property’s Club Lounge is on the sev­enth floor and offers pri­vate check-in, five lus­cious food pre­sen­ta­tions each day, and an open bar. Club level is just one of the things that I love about Ritz-Carlton hotels. It’s nice to have a lounge to retreat to for a drink before din­ner and to enjoy the per­son­al­ized ser­vice from the club atten­dants and concierge staff.

In addi­tion to lovely accom­mo­da­tions, Ritz-Carlton Vienna fea­tures Dstrikt restau­rant, a lobby lounge, D-bar, Atmos­phere Rooftop Bar and Lounge, and The Spa.

Ritz-Carlton says Restau­rant Dstrikt is “upscale casual” with indoor/outdoor seat­ing. The menu high­lights Aus­trian cui­sine made with local and sus­tain­able products.

The Spa offers six treat­ment rooms—two of which are meant for couples—as well as a gym and heated indoor swim­ming pool com­plete with under­wa­ter music.

Matthias Vogt, for­merly hotel man­ager of The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya in China, is now GM of Ritz-Carlton Vienna. Vogt says, “it’s a great honor for me to open a hotel in a city full of cul­ture and his­tory and many tra­di­tional Grand Hotels. We will offer our guests a warm and cor­dial ser­vice with the well-being of the guests as our high­est priority.”

I’m look­ing for­ward to hear­ing more about this hotel!

Silversea Silver Cloud in London for the Olympics

Don’t you wish you were sail­ing aboard this ship as it sailed under London’s Tower Bridge, where the 2012 Olympic Rings are promi­nently dis­played! This is Silversea’s Sil­ver Cloud at the tail end of a 16-day voy­age from Copen­hagen to London.

Upon arrival to Tower Bridge, port author­i­ties needed to raise the Olympic Rings so Sil­ver Cloud could safely sail beneath the bridge (see photo at left).

Guests were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime sail-in with spec­tac­u­lar views as the city of Lon­don read­ied itself for the Olympic Games.

In the pic­ture below, the ship is tied up along­side the HMS Belfast.

Sil­ver Cloud departed Lon­don last night for a 9-day sold-out voy­age from Lon­don to Reyk­javik, Iceland.

Four Seasons Milan Opens Spa In A Convent

There are spas, and there are spas—places so spe­cial that you can’t help but want to visit. The new spa at the Four Sea­sons Hotel Milano is one of those. Now open to hotel guests, the hotel has con­verted a 15th cen­tury for­mer con­vent with the help of renowned designer Patri­cia Urquiola, craft­ing a unique city retreat amidst 200-year-old vaulted ceil­ings and brick walls.

The design is all Ital­ian, using native mate­ri­als, warm col­ors and ameni­ties like warm­ing stones to cre­ate a relax­ing ambiance for guests.

The spa fea­tures just seven treat­ment rooms but boasts ameni­ties like a Turk­ish bath, sauna, Scot­tish shower, Techn­o­gym fit­ness stu­dio and sig­na­ture hair salon by Rossano Fer­etti. Guests enjoy treat­ments branded by names like La Prairie and Sodashi, a com­bi­na­tion of the ultra-luxe and the natural.

Right now, the hotel is open only to hotel guests, but will open to the pub­lic in the fall. We can’t wait to visit.