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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Design Guide Austria
A temporary home in Vienna The Hollmann Beletage implements a simple idea: Every guest should feel at home, even when far away from home. Located in the heart of Vienna, the 19th century building is surrounded by centuries of rich history.
fast menu with regional delicacies as well as the combination of timeless design and modern comfort ensure an exceptional stay.
TEXT: MERYEM HAUER | PHOTOS: HOLLMANN BELETAGE DESIGN & BOUTIQUE
Each room provides space to live and enjoy, lean back and relax, even for longer stays. The Hollmann Beletage provides a retreat from the busy city life and could be best described with the words of J.W. von Goethe: “Here I am human here they let me be”.
The timeless architecture of this welltended house, which goes back to the years of rapid industrial expansion in Austria, provides 25 rooms and one suite. The hotel’s charm tributes to the cultural identity of Vienna and was opened in 2003. It developed itself over the years; more rooms were created as well as a spa area, a beautiful green garden terrace and a cosy cinema. Three Austrian movies and theatre plays are shown daily on restored cinema chairs within a charming atmosphere. Robert Hollmann is the spirit behind this unique hotel that is located directly in the centre of Vienna, between St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Schwedenplatz. As a passionate cook, Hollmann worked in New York, Vienna and Honolulu. But these ex-
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periences were certainly not enough for the enthusiastic business man. After completing his education as a confectioner and hotel manager, he studied drama and theatre and played leading roles within theatres in Regensburg and Berlin. With the Hollmann Beletage, Hollmann created the very special atmosphere he always dreamt of while travelling around the world. The name of the hotel derives from the French word bel étage, which translates to beautiful floor. It refers to the preferred floor of each house or the best equipped apartment in the building. Nowadays the Hollmann Beletage has its own philosophy and offers a unique experience for every guest. A cosy living room with a fireplace instead of a lobby, a six-course break-
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