Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna

Luxury Collection Hotels

The Bristol, Creating History Since 1892

For 130 years now, the Bristol has been a popular meeting place for Vienna’s cultural and business life - and still is. Artists, stars, monarchs, and business travelers appreciated the comfort, delightful service, and cosmopolitan flair of the hotel since the beginning. The Bristol Vienna was founded at the end of the 19th century and gradually expanded along the Ringstrasse until it reached its present location. Between 1916 and 1945, the hotel took up the entire front of Kärntner Ring 1-7. Author Andreas Augustin describes this elaborate process to “real-life-monopoly”.

A Place With a Captivating Story to Tell

The first on the field was Andreas Kuehrer, owner of the Restaurant Monopole at Kärntner Ring 10, who converted a residential building on the corner of Kärntner Ring 7 and turned it into a hotel. On June 26th, 1892, the former called Hotel am Ring, opened its doors to the public and was sold to Karl Wolf, a beer brewer from Pilsen, two years later.

Ball Season At The Hotel Bristol
Bristol Bar
Bristol Bar

Bristol Bar & Bristol Lounge

Enjoy superb hospitality over a leisurely breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, and let us treat you to the culinary delicacies that Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and Enrico Caruso also enjoyed. The list of famous guests at the Hotel Bristol and the oldest American bar in Vienna is as long and as legendary as its cocktails.

Bristol Lounge Historic Open Fireplace

Vis-á-vis the Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera is just a stone’s throw away and as a musical vis-à-vis is omnipresent in Hotel Bristol. Ever since the early 1900s, artists and audiences have come to the hotel after their performances to unwind in fitting style. Richard Tauber loved to stay at The Bristol and Arturo Toscanini was a regular guest.

Guest Room - Vienna State Opera View

Nightly Supper of the Archduke Salvator

Dating from 1910, the artist Hans Stalzer immortalized the archduke Franz Salvator´s party in the K.-u.-K. period, which dined in The Bristol twice per month. The dining room shown in the picture is inspired by the Grill-Room on the Titanic. This painting not only depicts Salvator but many other famous personalities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Franz Salvator was the son-in-law of Emperor Franz Joseph, and his group included statesmen, musicians, actors, and society ladies with ties to various European courts - the usual high-class clientele of The Bristol. The painting can still be viewed at the hotel today.

Mezzanine Floor

World War II and Its Traces

The hotel part Altes Bristol was destroyed by bombs in 1945, when Russian, American, British, and French troops occupied Vienna. For a short period of time, Russian officers lived at the remaining part of The Bristol, in Neues Bristol. Afterwards the American forces used it as their headquarters, followed by the location of the Embassy of the United States from 1951 until 1955. After the withdrawal of the occupying forces, the banqueting hall in the basement and the oval Biedermeier salon were redesigned by the architect Otto Mayr. The living history of The Bristol is still a big part of the building. There are some tiny reminders of those days, including indentions in the brass stair railings left behind by soldiers with their rifles as they energetically exited the hotel.

Historic Staircase
Prince of Wales Suite - Entrance
Prince of Wales Suite - Entrance

Prince of Wales Suite

Of the total 150 rooms, one stands out, the Prince of Wales Suite, which is one of the largest suites in the country. It is located at the famous Sirkcorner vis-á-vis the Opera on the first floor. The corner was named after the German August Sirk, who used to run a shop for leather goods, sports, and hunting equipment here.

Prince of Wales Suite - Living Room