News - Sans Souci breathes new lifestyle into Vienna
The city of Vienna, the world's most liveable according to the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey, has become even more desirable with the launch of Sans Souci Hotel and Residences, a landmark residential and hotel development designed by YOO and developed by Sans Souci Group.
Located in the heart of Vienna’s cultural district, near the renowned Museum Quarter, Sans Souci Hotel and Residences offers a 62 key hotel and 14 exclusive residences, marking the first YOO designed project in Austria.
The design is themed around a sense of eclectic luxury, offering exquisite finishes and a modern take on traditional Viennese design.
The five-star luxury boutique hotel features the La Veranda restaurant, a Lobby Bar, and the Sans Souci Spa and Fitness Club, all situated opposite the Museum of Modern Art, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace.
The high-end apartments, which range in price from €9 500m2 to €17 500m2, span the building’s top three floors and boast breathtaking views of Vienna. In addition to the chic style and luxury fittings by YOO, hotel services are available to residents.
The shared lobby has been arranged within a central rotunda with a marble floor that lifts its inspiration from the Pantheon in Rome. This is reached via a 15 metre gallery which will house four contemporary sculptures of muses, inspired by baroque architecture, and displayed within elegant facetted mirrors.
The hotel bar is inspired by the interiors of the Belvedere; timber lined walls are covered with gilded carving and mirrors reflecting candlelight with a gold lined fireplace at its centre.
The restaurant takes a calmer tone, providing a backdrop for the client’s collection of contemporary art. Furnishings are eclectic and include many 20th century favourites including pieces by Gaudi, Molino and Jacobsen, which complement the grand surrounds of the existing building and architecture.
It was no surprise that Vienna topped the 2011 Quality of Living Survey, run by Mercer. With its lively restaurant and bar scene and the MariahilferStrasse shopping street where over-familiar brands are replaced by interesting boutiques; and the Vienna State Opera, arguably the best opera house in the world – it’s a city that has silently become a wonderful alternative to the European giants.
And if you just want to read the paper, Vienna is the café capital of the world. It was the first city in Europe to have cafés and places such as Café Central (on the corner of Herrengasse and Strauchgasse), with its newspapers hanging from the walls – are historical monuments.
Since 1999, London-based YOO, founded by John Hitchcox, has created living and hotel spaces that help people to live better through inspiring design and everything about Sans Souci Hotel and Residences underpins this mission.
From entering the hotel through the stunning lobby to taking in views on the roof terrace, the generously spaced rooms and sumptuously designed public spaces impress throughout.
Relaxation and invigoration is also a large part of the offering. The Sans Souci Spa is an intimate wellness oasis with two treatment rooms, three saunas including a ladies‘ spa, a steambath, relaxation rooms and a fitness area including cardiac and power training as well as kinesics. The spa extends over an area of 450 square metres along with a 21-metre lap pool.
Norbert Winkelmayer, CEO of the Sans Souci Group, said:
“We are the Viennese interpretation of the international boutique hotel. By enlisting the design of YOO we have introduced a completely new lifestyle offering to Vienna. Sans Souci Vienna is also affiliated with Preferred Boutique – a brand that has rapidly emerged as the one that defines the boutique hotel experience for discerning travellers.”
John Hitchcox, chairman of YOO, said:
“The design of Sans Souci fills me with immense pride, because what we have created here is something truly unique in one of the world’s most culturally rich cities. From inventing the café as we know it, to hosting magnificent operas and some of Europe’s most wonderful architecture, Vienna really does have it all, and I know that San Souci will set new benchmarks for lifestyle while offering travellers a remarkably individual hotel experience.”