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!