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grätzlhotel is managed by Theresia, architect.
90 - 180/night
Suitable for 2-3 people

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grätzlhotel Artist loft - grätzlhotel, in Vienna, Austria
— Theresia: “Our guests will feel less like tourists and more like they are staying with friends and getting a taste of their personal recommendations.”
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— How would you describe grätzlhotel in a nutshell?

Theresia: “grätzlhotel suites are former retail shops that were refurbished into ‘suites’ to create a small luxury hotel. All loft rentals are located within the same neighbourhood in the fourth district of Vienna, Austria. The services we offer are all provided by places close-by, such as a café around the corner, which serves as the breakfast room. Our network also offers a spa and several restaurants in the area.

We did all of the hotel lofts’ interior design. Based on what historical surfaces we found, such as walls, ceilings, and floors we then added furniture that is customised to fit the style of grätzlhotel. So while the furniture is typical grätzl style, you can still see the traces of what the rooms were originally used for.”
grätzlhotel Artist loft - grätzlhotel, in Vienna, Austria
— grätzlhotel Artist loft

— What was your inspiration for such a unique hotel concept?

Theresia: “During our architectural studies we started thinking about how to reuse urban spaces in European cities such as Vienna. With the current trend of moving from the cities into the suburbs, many buildings were abandoned and the shops on the ground levels became vacant. Using these empty shops as hotel rooms was an entirely new concept which we decided to try out. In 2008/09 we then received support from the local government to help develop our first prototype, a room in a former tailor shop.”
Gallerist / Der Galerist - grätzlhotel, in Vienna, Austria
— Gallerist / Der Galerist

— Please tell us a bit more about the grätzlhotel hotel network.

Theresia: “We have a network of shops, restaurants, etc., which we recommend to our guests. As we also frequent these places ourselves, we have gotten to know the owners really well and often go there for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks.

We provide our guests with a map of all of them. These are all additional services that our guests did not pay us for but instead do so directly at the shops, cafés, etc. Our guests can always expect a very special experience with grätzlhotel and our network of friends in different parts of our neighbourhood.”
 - grätzlhotel, in Vienna, Austria

— Which of the lofts is your favourite?

Theresia: “The hotel rooms or suites are all named according to the former use of the shop — the tailoress, the blacksmith, the gallerist, the artist, and the tobacconist. The tailoress is very cozy and our smallest room with 25 square metres. The biggest room is the lampshade maker with 48 square meters and which also has a very beautiful bathroom.

As the tailoress was our prototype, it will always be our baby.”
Gallerist / Der Galerist - grätzlhotel, in Vienna, Austria
— Gallerist / Der Galerist

— What facilities are available at the hotel?

Theresia: “All rentals come with a flat TV and a music player as well as a mini bar and coffee station. We provide organic body care products and there are two bikes in front of the suites for the guests to use.

Each apartment has one of our grätzlhotel maps that direct guests to all the restaurants and places to go in the neighbourhood where they can go to get breakfast, dinner and drinks, and much more.”
Gallerist / Der Galerist - grätzlhotel, in Vienna, Austria
— Gallerist / Der Galerist

— What is so special about the experience of renting one of the lofts?

Theresia: “The best way to experience a city is to live and spend time with the people living there. Our breakfast room is a typical Viennese café room, and therefore offers a much more local atmosphere than any breakfast room of a 4-star hotel. Our guests will feel less like tourists and more like they are staying with friends and getting a taste of their personal recommendations.

While these services enable our guests to feel much more at home, at the same time we are a professional hotel organisation that provides you with whatever you may need. grätzlhotel offers the perfect base to go out and explore the city with some special recommendations by us.”
 - grätzlhotel, in Vienna, Austria
 
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