60,000 Hotel Beds in 2013: Vienna Expands Dramatically
If everything goes as planned, Vienna will break the 60,000 hotel bed mark by the end of 2013. This would be an increase of about 20% as compared to May 2009. In this was, Vienna can accommodate the growing interest in congresses held in the Austrian capital, as well the numerous vacationers who want to pay a visit to the "most livable city in the world".
Alone in the 5-star category, Vienna can look forward to four new luxury temples. In autumn of this year, the Sofitel Praterstrasse with 360 beds will open its doors in the heart of the city direct on the Danube. When the Shangri-La with its 414 planned beds opens in 2011, a new chapter in the Viennese hotel industry will begin. The luxury hotel chain with headquaters in Hong Kong has just begun its "conquest" of Europe. Vienna can be proud to have one of the first two European Shangri-La hotels. The location of the Shangri-La will be the former headquaters of the Erste Bank on the Schubertring in the 1st district.
Everyone can look forward to true Viennese charm and imperial splendor at the reopening of the Hotel im Palais Schwarzenberg set for 2011. The over 300 year old palace with its 204 beds has a direct entrance to the Belvedere Palace and will be a culture-historical treasure in the Viennese hotel landscape. The opening of the first Four Seasons Hotel in Vienna is being planned for 2013. The Canadian luxury hotel chain, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year, has chosen the Viennese district court building at Riemergasse 7 in the 1st district for its location.
However, Vienna is making sure that all their guests who want to visit Vienna "now or never" (their marketing slogan) have a roof over their heads in other categories as well. In the 4-star category, a Ramada Hotel & Suites Vienna with 265 beds in Floridsdorf and a Fleming's Hotel Wien City with 400 beds in Josefstadt are being constructed. In addition, a Cosmo Fashion Hotel in the 5th District, a reconstruction of the former IMAX cinema in Penzing, as well as new 4-star hotels in Oberlaa, am Rennweg and in the Palais Hansen are being planned.
Several hotel projects are planned in the 3-star category. The largest of these is certainly the Star Inn in the 15th District with its anticipated 566 beds. It is expected to be available to guest by the winter 2011/12. In the 15th District seems to be a favorite location for large projects, even in the 1 and 2-star categories. Alone the Motel One Bahnhof City Wien West currently under construction offers 711 beds. Congress visitors with smaller budgets willl be pleased over the Etap Hotel Wien Messe and its approximately 500 beds as of January 2011; and younger visitors can cross their fingers that the new Jugend and Feriengästehaus in Simmering with its 485 beds opens in June 2011.
If all these hotel projects being planned and discussed are really constructed, then Vienna will have more than 425 hotels with over 31,000 rooms and 60,000 beds by the end of 2013. The Panorama Tours Vienna office is constantly following the current building projects and opening dates. If you want to stay in one of the new Viennese hotels, contact us!