Hotels and Baths.
As I mentioned earlier, we came to Austria with a 1900 edition of Baedeker’s. Here, with some help from Erika, we look at the hotels and, believe it to not, baths listed in that guide which are still here.
The other posts, slightly out of order from Baedeker’s, are
These are the First Class hotels listed in Baedeker’s. The rates were not published. The cost of a cab to them from the train in 1900 was 1 florin, 10 kroner.
Hotel Imperial, Kärntner Ring 16. Currently, a Starwood Hotel, rates: € 287 – ~€ 2,000, butler service and separate living room from ~ € 700.
Hotel Imperial 1908
Grand Hotel, Kärntner Ring 9. After respectful renovation by All Nippron Airways, the Grand is now owned by JJW Hotels. Rates: ~€ 280 – ~€ 2000, suites start at € 475.
|Grand Hotel, ca. 1900.|
Hotel Bristol, Kärntner Ring 5. Across from the Opera House. Also owned by Starwood, rates from ~€ 280 – ~€ 1450, suites from € 990.
Hotel Bristol 1916
Hotel Metropol, Franz-Josef Quai 9. Sadly, stolen and used as the headquarters of the Gestapo in Vienna, heavily bombed; demolished in 1945. The site of the hotel now contains a memorial to the victims of the Gestapo.
Hotel Metropol 1916
Hotel Sacher, Augustiner Strasse 4, now Philharmonikerstraße No. 4 (behind Opera House). Family owned, home of the Sacher-Torte, it has come up in the world since 1900, now a 5 star, rates: ~€ 600 – ~€ 7400, suites from ~€ 1000.
Hotel Sacher, 1907
Residenz Hotel, Teinfalt-Strasse 6. No longer a hotel; the address is now the site of an Irish Pub, listed as one of the best places for nightlife in Vienna.
Erzherzog Carl Hotel, Kärntnerstrasse 29-31. The building has now been demolished, replaced by a particularly uninspiring Peek & Cloppenburg department store.
Hotel Erzherzog Karl, 1912.
Kärntnerstrasse 27-31 today.
Meissl and Schadn Hotel, Kärntnerstrasse 16. Burnt down in 1945, but they did save the mosaic.
Hotel de France, Schottenring 3. Owned by Gerstner, rates: ~€ 120 – ~€ 400, suites from ~€ 200.
Hotel de France, 1905
Kaiserin Elizabeth, Weihburggasse 1. Now a rather modest hotel, named for the much liked Sisi, daughter-in-law of the dragon Sophie, and friend of Hungary, rates € 127 – 180.
Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth, brochure from the 1920s
The British newspaper The Telegraph recently listed the following as the best hotels currently: Ritz Carlton (£470), Sacher (£354), Imperial (£321), Park Hyatt (£300).
We’ll leave off the suburban hotels, pensions and private apartments for now.
A major category in the old days of Baedeker’s, these were both baths where one went to get clean, and also Schwimmbaeder, swimming pools and outdoor bathing/swimming facilities along the Danube in this case.
Central Bad, Weihburgasse 20. A bath was at this site in the 14th century! In the 19th century, this was considered the most elegant bath in the entire Western world. Perhaps needless to say, this Bad has an intriguing history in the story of gay Vienna (look it up).
|Central Bad, ca. 1910||
Diana-Erlebnisbad, across the Donau Canal near StefanieStrasse. Fourth incarnation, similar location, changed address, Lilienbrunngasse 7-9, 1020.
Römisches Bad. Kleinstadtgutgasse 9. Closed 1953.
Sophien Bad, Marxergasse 13. This wonderful ballroom, home to the originating Ball Season. From Baedecker’s: “During the Carnival public Masked Balls take place in the Sophien Saloons…More select Assemblies (‘Redouts’; adm. only by invitation cards) are held at the Rathhaus…and in the Kunstlerhaus.” For its acoustics, it was the Decca recording studio in the 1990’s. It burnt down in 2001. Now the Sophiaiensale, but no evidence of a bath or recording studio in the luxurious new digs.
Josefs Bad, Markergasse 13, now Sophienbruchenstrasse 12. Not found.
Beatrix Bad, Linke Bahngasse 5. Re-opened as Beatrix Spa, but not a bath.
Floria Bad, Floriagasse 7. No evidence.
Margarethen Bad, Wildemanngasse 5, closed in 2004 after 15 years as Rogeners at Strobachgasse 9.
Esterhazybad, Gumpendorf Strasse 69, above Kron Prinz Rudolf Brücke. Closed 1982.
Russian Vapor Bad, Liniengasse 6, probably a banya sauna. No evidence of it.
Martin Bad, Schottenfeldgasse 94. No evidence.
Städisches Bad, in the river on the far side at Gumpendorf Strasse 69. No evidence.