Conveniently located right alongside the Schottenring metro and staffed by some of the nicest people in the whole of Vienna, Radisson RED hotel is arty and a little eccentric, and wild child friendly, we couldn’t have loved it more.
In a city famed for old-world charm, baroque palaces and 19th-century architectural confections, Vienna’s Radisson RED hotel is something of an anomaly. Having opened in March 2022, just a month before our visit, it’s one of the city’s newest hotels, but despite a few cheeky artistic nods to Vienna’s classical heritage, this super slick new-build hotel is anything but conventional. And we are utterly smitten.
With its white metal façade, gold-tinted windows and roof-top glass house, the hotel, is perched on the graffiti and mural-splashed banks of the Danube Canal in Vienna’s second district, Leopoldstadt.
It’s an area that’s a magnet for young creatives who not only know about art but most definitely know what they like. And for our family the location couldn’t be more perfect or convenient. Surrounded by trendy coffee shops and restaurants, it’s just a 15-minute stroll to the city centre and, even better, Schottenring Metro Station is just five metres from the hotel entrance. I mean we could literally trip out the door and into the metro lift.
Inside, the hotel’s walls are strewn with irreverent artworks and lurid splashes of colour – red, of course.
The effect is crazy cool – not unlike Leopoldstadt itself. There are 172 rooms and seven suites and while there are no family rooms as such, our two river view rooms (located alongside each other) though petit are big on comfort. Large bay windows invite in views of the Danube, and double as seating.
There’s a deliciously comfortable queen-sized bed, coffee station, ample storage and art-driven décor that cleverly fuses the concrete ceilings with the contemporary artworks. Fun touches like a red retro rotary phone and a bathroom that’s the epitome of industrial chic, complete the very enticing picture.
Within the hotel’s funky fold, you’ll also find Sarāī, a social hub located on the ground floor that encompasses a bar, restaurant, lounge and co-working space. The area is a clever concoction of velvet, stone and leather, scattered with an eccentric assembly of collectables and loads of greenery, and opens on to an alfresco courtyard with an awesome multi-story mural by artist David Leitner.
At breakfast Sarāī hosts a buffet breakfast that seriously has to be amongst the best in Vienna. Which in a city with so much great food is saying something. Along with heaving with platters of crispy pastries, oven-fresh croissants and local specialties, the buffet includes made-to-order à la carte menu offerings from decadent eggs Benedict to sticky banana and walnut smothered French Toast.
As the sun goes down the cool kids (and us) head up to Istros, the hotel’s buzzing Rooftop Terrace Bar, for stunning views of Vienna and to sip on European wines and signature cocktails, including a mean habanero salted margherita that gets me seriously squiffy.
But not so squiffy that I forget to leave room to nosh on what has to be the ultimate bar snack, spätzle kim cheese, the hotel’s kimchee-loaded take on classic Austrian mac and cheese.
High-energy, funky and friendly, the Radisson RED Hotel might just be our new favourite hotel.
Radisson RED Hotel, Vienna
Obere Donaustrasse 61,
Tel: +43 1 4360050
Disclosure: The EatsWorlds were guests of Radisson RED Vienna but all art appreciating, buffet binging and opinions are our own.