Steigenberger Group, Amisola Immobilien AG, Karl Wlaschek, Austrian commerce chain Billa
The Steigenberger Group’s four-star superior hotel which was opened in Vienna on 1 December 2008. The hotel was constructed from the shell of an existing hotel building on the site, which was first built in 1913. The new hotel uses the neoclassical façade of the old building to retain some of the old world character of the historic city of Vienna.
The new Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof was constructed in the Old Town district and has 186 guestrooms with an average floor space of 31m² (333ft²).
The hotel features six suites, each with an area of 60-70m² (646-753ft²), two suites equipped with roof terrace and two combinable suites with area of 184m² (1,980ft²).
The hotel conference facilities consist of ten seminar rooms that can be linked together in a modular fashion as required for larger meetings with a total floor space of 600m² or smaller focus or fringe groups. The largest of these meeting rooms has a capacity for 220 delegates.
Extensive renovation work has resulted in the creation of a modern business hotel. The new Steigenberger hotel offers 196 rooms (including one room for the disabled) and suites, with outlooks over the rooftops of Vienna’s historic Old Town.
Rooms are classified as superior rooms with an area of 30m², deluxe rooms with an area of 38m² and suites.
The Steigenberger Spa Comfort offers all the latest treatments and has a sauna, steam room, relaxation room and juice bar as well as a plunge pool, swimming pool and an open gallery area for relaxation.
The hotel has restaurants and bars offering a tempting range of culinary delights. Creative Show Cooking may be enjoyed at the buffet of the main restaurant, which adjoins an individual a la carte restaurant. The Café / Bistro represents the traditional Viennese coffee house while the Lobby Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink in a comfortable quiet ambience.
The hotel offers Wi-Fi internet throughout its premises. In-room amenities include a coffee and tea bar and a flatscreen TV.
The Steigenberger Spa is based around three ‘columns’ – Aqua (water), Corpus (body) and Venus.
Guests can choose their own package of treatments according to their requirements. Someone choosing ‘Aqua’ has full use of all the pool facilities, spa and Jacuzzi tubs. Corpus refers to a programme of treatments centred on the body, such as massage, packs and heat / cold treatments. Venus offers beauty treatments including hair and nail treatments.
The location of the hotel is quiet but central in the Palais district, close to the Hofburg. The hotel forms the perfect base for many excursions. Cultural monuments such as the gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral and shopping areas such as the Kohlmarkt are all just a few minutes walk away.
Investors and refurbishment
The main investor in the project is Amisola Immobilien of Vienna, a private foundation owned by Karl Wlaschek, founder of the Austrian commerce chain Billa. The hotel itself is managed by Steigenberger Hotels AG. Steigenberger have four other hotels in Austria and in 2006 it showed a turnover of €17m and a profit increase of 1.7%.
In 2006, six Steigenberger hotels opened. March saw the opening of the first Steigenberger hotel in Italy, the Steigenberger Hotel Therme Meran, fashioned by the Italian designer Matteo Thun. This was followed in early April by the opening of the Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe, opposite the Frauenkirche in Dresden.
At the beginning of June, the Steigenberger Strandhotel in Zingst opened on the Baltic coast, with the Steigenberger Hotel Treudelberg in Hamburg following suit in October.
Finally, in December, two new operations in the Egyptian resort of Hurghada – the five-star Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel and the all-inclusive Steigenberger Al Dau Club – received their first guests.
2008 saw three new InterCityHotels opening their doors in Dresden, Essen and Mainz, while December 2008 saw the four-star Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof in Vienna open for business.
teigenberger Hotels and Resorts sees further expansion opportunities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and in a variety of mountain and seaside locations.