In the heart of the historic downtown of Vienna, Austria is situated the DO & CO hotel; happy to offer no competition whatsoever to its neighbouring structures, its architecture holds its own as a futuristic design composed of glass and steel.
The DO & CO hotel is a member of Design HotelsTM and is located in the Haas Haus building in Vienna designed by the famous architect Hans Hollein, directly across the St. Stephen’s Cathedral on the square Stensplatz.
Hans Hollein subsequently renovated the Haas Haus building assisted by the very able team of interior designers FG stijl. With DO & CO, FG stijl, a Pritzker prize-winning firm has created an ultramodern interior that seamlessly blends both high-tech and low-tech accents. The firm DO & CO is well known for its excellent competence in the field of catering and with the opening of the hotel DO & CO it has only succeeded in exceeding those standards.
Four floors of the sparkling glass and metal structure have been transformed into 43 spacious guestrooms and suites that offer luxurious comfort as well as unparalleled views of the city’s most majestic square. Personalised service and plenty of luxurious details are underscored at the DO & CO, such as in addition to a mini-bar, a fully fledged bar too exists in the rooms which are furnished with only high quality natural materials.
Talking about the high tech furnishings, each of the rooms has generous two square metre showers, Bang & Olufsen mega flat screens and even a Nintendo Wiis. Of course the beatific views this hotel offers are a pretty unique bonus in themselves.
Helmed by the gastronomic genius Attila Dogudan, the property’s culinary offerings include dining and bar options that span three floors, including the chic, sixth-storey Onyx Bar and the Temple, a 12-seat private dining pavilion.
From the restaurant on the top floor of the building a magnificent view of the St. Stephen’s cathedral may be enjoyed while one is indulged with a global cuisine created using only the freshest of produce.
The Onyx Bar on the sixth floor is not only the perfect location for a cup of coffee through the day, but also becomes the ideal place for the night birds to hang out as it transforms into a pulsating hot-spot of the town, come evening.
Event rooms on the 7th and 8th floor are ideal for meetings up to 25 guests, who may be spoilt with the hotel’s excellent catering which is part of their forte in any case.
Stephanplatz dominated by the Romanesque and Gothic form of the St. Stephen’s church offers a sizeable car-free zone full of both branded and non-branded stores and several eateries.
A stay at DO & CO allows one to sip, savour and slowdown as it offers a soothing counterpoint to its history laden surroundings. Providing an unforgettably comfortable stay it lets you soak in Vienna’s history contentedly at your own pace.
The historic district and the old city are literally blanketed with historic attractions. You may easily spend your days reveling in the various must-do sights of Vienna such as the Schonbrunn Palace, the Belvedere Palace and the several museums.
The Viennese Opera House, the Hofburg Imperial Castle and the Albertina Museum are conveniently at a mere walking distance from the hotel.
Stay here and you will only be a stone’s throw away from the iconic Sacher Hotel famous for its original recipe of the Sacher-Torte cake. Coming to Vienna and not eating this cake with coffee at their always full cafeteria would be nothing short of blasphemy.
Take advantage of the complimentary entrance to the nearby Holmes Place Health Club, Börseplatz before enjoying a drink at the Onyx Bar and finishing off at the ultra-modern restaurant on the seventh floor which has a wonderful adjoining terrace and the view of St. Stephen’s Cathedral really up close.
This is one of the city’s culinary hotspots and the open kitchen produces Southeast Asian dishes including chicken kaow soy and sushi alongside Austrian classics such as braised calves’ cheeks and goose liver with creamed celery.
American writer and cartoonist once said, “Sometimes you’ll never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” A stay at DO & CO is guaranteed to supply you with ample such moments.
Text By Mala Bajaj
Photographs Courtesy Design Hotels