Category: European hotels

AccorHotels continues growth in luxury market

The prestigious Raffles, Fairmont and Swissotel brands are now officially part of AccorHotels Group.

The acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, which was mooted early in 2016, boosts AccorHotels standing as a leading player in the global luxury accommodation market.

Newcomers to the management portfolio include the iconic Savoy in London; Raffles Singapore; Fairmont San Francisco; The Plaza New York City; Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec; and Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris.

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Raffles Singapore

AccorHotels said the move “increased long term growth potential and profitability” and “significantly expanded” the company’s footprint in North America, the world’s biggest and most influential consumer market.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sebastien Bazin, said the move lifted the AccorHotels international presence to unprecedented heights.

“We remain committed to providing guests with unparalleled service, while also keeping the ambition to deliver exceptional return on investment for our shareholders and hotel owners.

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“By leveraging the operational synergies between FRHI and AccorHotels, we are well-positioned to accelerate the growth of our luxury brands and offer guests even more exciting hotel choices and destinations to explore.”

Between them, Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel’s has 154 hotels and resorts (of which 40 are under development) across 34 countries and five continents.

They employ more than 45,000 people.

Review: Hotel de France, Vienna

Right in the heart of romantic Vienna on the Danube sits the truly memorable five-star Hotel de France.

Located on the famous Ringstrasse, one of the most striking boulevards in the world, the hotel offers a high standard of luxurious accommodation and facilities close to transport and sightseeing attractions.

With a history that stretches back to the 1873 World Exhibition in Vienna, the Hotel de SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFrance is part of the Gerstner Imperial Hotels and Residences Group, known for providing high quality accommodation in iconic buildings and setting across Austria and the Czech Republic.

Grand foyer

The luxury and elegance of the Hotel de France is obvious the minute you arrive.

Visitors step into a grand foyer, bathed in warm light and exquisite furnishings.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

And the first impressions continue throughout the hotel, which boasts 194 rooms and suites decorated in quality traditional and modern styles.

Efficient and warm welcome

On arrival for our stay, we were greeted warmly by reception staff, who booked us in quickly and efficiently.

Without asking, we were given a map of central Vienna; shown the location of major attractions; and given information about the nearby light rail, metro railway, shopping and banking districts.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESExcellent facilities

Our room contained all the luxury and facilities that you expect at a five-star hotel, wrapped in old world charm.

Bright, large and spacious yet insulated from street noise, the room was perfect for recharging the batteries after a long flight.

A superbly comfortable bed beckoned, preceded by a long soak in the bathtub, which was complete with snuggly bathrobes and slippers.

The room was also fitted with satellite TV and a tea/coffee-maker and there was free wifi and plenty of power points for recharging phones, an electric razor and our iPad.

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One of the highlights of our visit to the Hotel de France was the high quality breakfast included in our room rate.

Rarely have I seen such a variety of food on offer at a buffet breakfast – including a huge range of fresh fruit and cheeses – and the friendly staff were on hand to top-up your coffee cup as often as required.

Location, location, location

The Hotel de France is well located to view the stunning city of Vienna.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Trams glide past the front of the hotel on the city’s efficient light rail network, while there is an underground station almost across the street.

Newcomers to Vienna often marvel at the city’s sparkling clean and modern rail system.

The stations almost shine; rail routes are colour-coded for ease of use and – like many European metro systems – there are remarkably sleek and steep escalators descending to the underground platforms.

 

A short stroll to sights

The Hotel de France is only a short walk to some of Vienna’s most striking buildings, including the city’s university which was inaugurated in 1884 and St Stephen’s Cathedral, widely regarded as Austria’s most eminent Gothic edifice.

An incredible sight in daylight, Stephansdom is lit by brightly-coloured spotlights at night, creating a rippling rainbow effect over the stone towers and walls.

A glass of wine and thee

After a day of sightseeing and dinner in one of the world’s most romantic and inspirational cities, there’s nothing more relaxing than sipping a good wine in the Hotel de France’s  Atrium Bar.

Also stylishly furnished with warm lighting, the bar features piano music and offers views of the glass-covered atrium.

Take a bow Hotel de France for providing classy and luxurious accommodation with more than a dash of traditional Viennese hospitality in one of the most memorable destinations on the planet.

Was the hotel difficult to reach?

No.  Vienna has a highly efficient public transport system and  the Hotel de France is on a major street in the centre of the city.

See how to get there.

Would I return?

Certainly.  I don’t see how anyone could become weary of Vienna – and the quality, professionalism and charm of the Hotel de France only adds to that experience.

Read more about the hotel and see how to make a reservation.

Exterior photo of hotel courtesy of Hotel de France