Grand Hotel Wien – Vienna, Austria (English)

Grand Hotel Wien – Vienna, Austria (English)



over 160 historic and contemporary phrotographs and illustrations

Leather-bound edition







120 x 210 mm, 190 g

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In 1870, the Grand Hotel in Vienna was the first hotel on the Ringstrasse. We are sorry but this book about the oldest of all Viennese (famous) hotels is currently out of print! But no fear – help is near: we have the hard-cover of the GRAND HOTEL VIENNA still in store.

In 1870, the Grand Hotel in Vienna was the first hotel on the Ringstrasse. It set modern standards, comprising all the elements of a hotel as we would know it today: restaurants, bars, a wide variety of salons, an inhouse laundry and some we wouldn't consider standard – such as a carpenter's workshop and its own stables!

Until late into the 19th century, a hotel of international standards was often no more than a maison meublée, a house that rented out furnished rooms. Any extra services such as lighting (candles), delivery of the luggageto the room (bell boy services) or even heating (logs for the fireplace), – all standard today – were separate sservices for which the hotel charged extra.

Offten restaurants were not part of the hotel but leased to somebody from outside. When the tradition of the table d’hôte came into fashion, the money-losing restaurants finally started to show a profit (everybody ate at the same time in one dining room, served from large trays). Taking at least one meal a day at the hotel was part of the hotel's terms.

The Grand Hotel deserved its name. It soon had over 300 rooms and was, by the way, the first hotel to be called ‘Grand’ in the entire Austro-Hungarian Empire and one of the first in Europe. Others, such as the fabled Grand in Oslo and Stockholm were opened many years later. Accompany us on a stroll through the history of Vienna and its first and only Grand Hotel. Join us on a walk down memory lane, where more than 150 years of an exciting past pave the way of this unique hotel, which has survived two world wars. When the hotel reopened its doors in 1994, after a major face-lift within its original historc façade, it had a long story to tell. Here it is: ...

Andreas Augustin
The Grand Hotel Treasury
based on “Grand Hotel Vienna” by Andreas Augustin (1994)
First Edition 2002

We are indebted to Franz Donhauser, general manager of the Grand Hotel, who so well understands the value of the hotel’s rich past.
Hans Turnovszky must be mentioned as the father of this project and as strong support of The Most Famous Hotels in the World idea.
Many thanks go to Silvia Kahler, director of PR who helped so much in the compilation of this book. Otto Scheiner, doyen of the Austrian hospitality businessremembered his days at the Grand Hotel in the 1930s.
Copy Editor: Carola E. Augustin
English Language editor: Francesca Brizi
Photographs: Grand Hotel archives, Famous Hotels Archives, BIldarchiv der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Imperial War Museum London.

German edition under the title: Grand Hotel Wien Treasury

Design: Ramazotti Michelangelo
© Andreas Augustn, Famous Hotels

Publisher's recommendations

Dear wonderful Readers; 

Days like this lead to endless hours at home, time for books, time to read and to prepare our next journeys. 

I recommend the new edition of HOTEL METROPOLE HANOI.

The first copies of THE HALF MOON TREASURY are being released – exclusively to our readers (and before its official launching date). 

We have released a reprint of our successful book THE WESTIN EXCLESIOR ROME, the most famous hotel on Via Veneto. 

The new edition of THE STRAND (Yangon,Myanmar) receives wonderful readers' feedback — thank you for your notes and mails. 

There is a hotel in Seefeld, Tyrol, Austria, which stands for all the fables and legends this little olympic village has to tell. It is called ASTORIA, and run by legendary hotelier Elisabeth Gürtler. Our new book SEEFELDER MINIATUREN - ASTORIA - A STORY - A LEGEND is available now – in this store. It is in German, only (for the time being).

Upon request, we dispatch all our books personally autographed (as you know).

Have a save journey!

Andreas Augustin

aa at famoushotels dot org

‘Wherever you go, try to stay at the most famous hotel, even if you can only afford the smallest room!'

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