Picture of Andy Warhol with a sleeping hand above it
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A night with Andy Warhol

One of the pioneers in the art hotel segment was the Altstadt Vienna, which was established by Otto E. Wiesenthal in 1991. The magdas in Leopoldstadt helps people with a refugee background to find their feet in Vienna and also provides a platform for young artists from Vienna and abroad. And at the Sans Souci, as the name suggests, you can enjoy art without a care right next to the MuseumsQuartier. Three hotels, three different concepts.

Bed & art feast – at the Altstadt Vienna

A hotel so special, so individual, that you'll sense it the moment you step inside: art is at home here. And you'll feel at home here right away, too, as a guest of the Altstadt Vienna. The recipe for success of the founder Otto E. Wiesenthal is: "Creativity combined with the Viennese attitude toward life." And you'll sense this immediately, staying right next door to the real Vienna – in the middle of the 7th district.

The "Altstadt" offers 62 uniquely designed suites and rooms and you'll find a love of detail in every one of them. But above all the love of art. Over 350 artworks are distributed throughout the hotel. In the breakfast room, guest rooms, corridors, reception and even in the lobby. The art collection is as diverse as the hotel itself: from paintings and photographs to sculptures and specially designed fixtures and fittings. Big international names (Niki de Saint Phalle and Andy Warhol) meet well-known Austrian artists here (Markus Prachensky, Alexander Ruthner and Clemens Ascher). Young artists like Elisa Alberti and Kirsten Borchert are also a part of the Altstadt Vienna family. The hotel has its own story connected to each artwork, each artist, which you can hear about on the private guided tours offered every week (also available for external guests). So, do you fancy spending a night with Andy Warhol? The Altstadt Vienna is a place where a vacation in Vienna is guaranteed to be an overall art experience.

Art likes it – at the magdas

The magdas in the 2nd district shows us how to turn an old senior citizens' home into a hip hotel. The employees of this social business not only speak 20 languages but also have an eventful story to tell. Because the magdas gives former refugees the chance to learn a trade and so find their feet in Vienna.

In collaboration with the Viennese architecture bureau "Alleswirdgut" and the artist Daniel Büchel, a unique concept was developed in 2015: the focus here was on upcycling, and so you immediately sense that creative and diversity are paramount at the magdas. Young artists from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna not only designed the hotel's façade but also provided their works for exhibition in the rooms. For the magdas, however, art isn't static but living and therefore constantly changing, too. The "magdas Salon" holds four curated exhibitions of young artists each year. An international installation has also moved into the magdas in the form of the Israeli street art duo Maya Gelfman and Roie Avidan. The artwork "be here now" receives guests at the entrance and invites them to live Viennese gemütlichkeit.

Kunstsalon 2.0 – at the Sans Souci 

Right next to the MuseumsQuartier is a hotel that accommodates big names. But we're not talking about the guests. The stars here are hanging on the walls. Above all Pop Art stars like Roy Lichtenstein, Steve Kaufmann and James Rizzi. Austrian artists like Herbert Brandl and Hildegard Joos can also be discovered at the Sans Souci.

In 2014, the Sans Souci also revived an old Viennese tradition: in the "Kunstsalon", 24 guests have the possibility to exclusively view an exhibition in a Viennese museum with the respective curator after the museum closes for the day. Afterwards, the guests can chat at length over dinner in the museum's own restaurant about what they've experienced. The "Kunstsalon" – a place of encounter in the heart of the city's art scene.

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