The Regina Hotel is a cool addition to Bad Gastein's hip hotel scene with furnishings reminiscent of the old Baroque and a bit of irony.
How would you describe grätzlhotel in a nutshell?
grätzlhotel suites are former retail shops that were refurbished into ‘suites’ to create a small luxury hotel. All loft rentals are located within the same neighbourhood in the fourth district of Vienna, Austria. The services we offer are all provided by places close-by, such as a café around the corner, which serves as the breakfast room. Our network also offers a spa and several restaurants in the area.
We did all of the hotel lofts’ interior design. Based on what historical surfaces we found, such as walls, ceilings, and floors we then added furniture that is customised to fit the style of grätzlhotel. So while the furniture is typical grätzl style, you can still see the traces of what the rooms were originally used for.
What was your inspiration for such a unique hotel concept?
During our architectural studies we started thinking about how to reuse urban spaces in European cities such as Vienna. With the current trend of moving from the cities into the suburbs, many buildings were abandoned and the shops on the ground levels became vacant. Using these empty shops as hotel rooms was an entirely new concept which we decided to try out. In 2008/09 we then received support from the local government to help develop our first prototype, a room in a former tailor shop.
What is so special about the experience of renting one of the lofts?
The best way to experience a city is to live and spend time with the people living there. Our breakfast room is a typical Viennese café room, and therefore offers a much more local atmosphere than any breakfast room of a 4-star hotel. Our guests will feel less like tourists and more like they are staying with friends and getting a taste of their personal recommendations.
While these services enable our guests to feel much more at home, at the same time we are a professional hotel organisation that provides you with whatever you may need. grätzlhotel offers the perfect base to go out and explore the city with some special recommendations by us.