During a recent press trip to Vienna, I was invited to stay at the beautiful Ruby Marie Hotel. A former department store that became a trendy hotel in the heart of Vienna’s creative Seventh District, this very creative boutique hotel concept is both comfortable and entertaining. Everywhere you look, you will discover something that will make you smile from arrival to departure. I am a huge fan of hotels that break the mold and set new standards for accommodations. The Ruby Marie is just such a property. It is located in a busy shopping area near the west train station (a five-minute walk) and about a 30-minute walk from the museum district and center of Vienna.
The check-in counter is located on the fifth floor and is entirely self-service. It consists of little screens where you check yourself in, while disposable room key cards are dispensed like candies in a candy machine. The floors are styled quite dark but with small, fun details everywhere. The helpful and friendly staff is within reach if you need help or have questions.
The bar is the center of attention and is located right across from the check-in counter. Behind it, you will find a relaxing wooden terrace filled with colorful garden/beach furniture such as tables, chairs, and crates. The cocktails and drinks are creative. Weather and time permitting, you can go crash on any of the chaise lounge chairs and relax for as long as you want, in the sun or shade. You will also notice plenty of greenery and tech-friendly details around the hotel. This is one of the trademarks of Ruby Marie as the hotel is LEED certified, which means it’s sustainable, water efficient, and uses eco-friendly energy
The way to your room will be filled with funny messages and sayings written on walls, elevators, doors, and props. You enter your room and the hotel tradition continues. In the center of your room is a glass shower (yes, be sure not to share a room with somebody you are not comfortable with because they will see you shower). Your heavenly bed is wrapped and sealed like a gift with a red silk ribbon. Your nightstand is a huge Marshall speaker which you are free to use with either your own music-playing device or you can borrow an electric guitar from the lobby area and have a blast in your room. Your room also has a tablet, a flat-screen TV, a safe, and many different quality toiletries, family size! I must say that the room was pretty clean as well.
Breakfast was included and entirely organic, high quality, and served in the 24/7 bar and lounge. It consisted of a nice variety of items, something for every taste and all of it super healthy. If you are into tea, your head will spin when you see the variety offered. All so delicious and organic. The decor is modern and uplifting.
What really sets this hotel apart from the others are the amenities. It has a yoga room that can be used at any time and even offers a few mats. But if group yoga is more your thing, Ruby Marie will occasionally host yoga events on the rooftop terrace. It also has a movie theatre with tiered seating that shows three movies per night, free of charge for hotel guests! Another great feature is that next to the vending machine on each floor was an ironing board. I thought this was amazing and creative. It gave us the option of using an ironing board if someone needed it. Lastly, if you want to simply enjoy some peace while you read, head over to the hotel’s library with complimentary tea.
This is a moderately priced hotel in a good location in Vienna. The many positives are the clean room, comfortable bed, and awesome rooftop terrace that is a bar at night and serves breakfast in the morning. Not only is this one of Vienna’s best hotels, but it’s also one of the coolest hotels I’ve stayed in during all my press trips around the world!! It’s an oasis in this busy neighborhood.
For more information:
To plan a trip to Austria, contact the Austrian National Tourist Office or log on to https://www.austria.info/us.
For hotel reservations, go to http://www.ruby-hotels.com/marie.
Story & photography by Meyer Harroch – New York Jewish Travel Guide & New York Jewish Guide.com
The author took part in a press trip sponsored by the Austrian National Tourist Office.