I’m a sucker for rooftop bars (as seen here and here) and before a recent trip to Vienna I decided visiting the roof terrace at 25hours Hotel would be the perfect opportunity to see the capital while sipping a refreshing glass of Austrian wine. But before we even arrived the hotel turned out to offer so much more than just a roof bar; it was a quirky, unique, and well thought out hotel in the MuseumsQuartier of Vienna, and a place where arty and creative people would feel right at home.
Der dachboden (the attic) had both an inside and outside area and was decked out like a warehouse with huge wooden tables, industrial sized hanging lights, and mix matched furniture. The DJ played Eurodance music while the waiting staff moved around the floor collecting glasses and delivering drinks. It was a really casual spot and a bar which wouldn’t have been out of place in a relaxed LA suburb.
Along the right hand side of the bar when walking in was the outside terrace which ran the length of the building, where heaters and a canopy kept the chill at bay and wooden chairs and tables faced out towards the city.
The website states the hotel “draws upon the dreams and sensations of the circus world and presents elements from the big top in a new environment.” That being said there was nothing pretentious about 25hours Hotel and every part of the decor seemed effortless. It’s the kind of place you’d discover something new and off beat on each visit and definitely the kind of place I’d visit again and recommend to friends.
We didn’t stay for food but to get to the roof you had to walk through the restaurant which on this occasion was packed. There was a big dining bar in the middle of the room with wooden and zinc tables occupying the perimeter. The restaurant had a similar warehouse feel to the bar but without the Eurodance in the background and chilled LA vibe.
We visited 25hours Hotel on a Friday evening at around 7:00pm fully aware we might not get in as CNN’s insider guide to Vienna said it’s a popular spot and bookings aren’t taken. Luckily we did and as we were leaving at 8:30pm streams of people exited the lift on the top floor making their way to the attic only to be greeted with another warning that their access might be denied.
I love this hotel and roof bar and I’m eager to see if the bedrooms and overnight experience are as creative and memorable as the parts of the hotel I have seen. A definite must when in Vienna, even if it’s just for a nose around and a go in the photo booth.