VIENNA -- At Das Triest, the modernist design is based on the
philosophy that "less is more," and the aim is to differentiate the
small property from better-known hotel chains.
Management likes to boast that Das Triest recently made a list
of the 10 hippest hotels in the world and is eager to note that
celebrities such as Diana Ross, David Bowie and actor Johnny Depp
Stars aside (or perhaps included), business travelers account for
80% of the hotel's sales, said general manager Manfred
Daily rates range from $152 for a single room to as high as $429
for the top suite. Breakfast is included.
The building now occupied by Das Triest originally was used as
the main station and stable for horses pulling stagecoaches between
Vienna and Triest.
It later became the Stadt Triest Hotel, but was redesigned and
reopened as the Das Triest in December 1995, featuring an interior
designed by British architect Terence Conran.
Specially commissioned pieces of minimalist modern furniture and
art give the place a flavor that the hotel itself describes as
"quirky," but it still tries to be somewhat cozy.
Walk through the hall, for example, and you'll discover coves
with a single chair, lamp and small table nestled by the
The hotel is intimate in another way: There are only 72 rooms.
Eleven of them are suites. Be aware that three of the rooms are not
Das Triest is located on Weidner Haupstrasse, an extension of
Vienna's main shopping street, Karntner Strasse. That puts it at
about a five- to 15-minute walk to some of the city's most famous
sites, but there are also trams and buses close by.
To make bookings from the U.S., agents should call Design Hotels
at (800) 337-4685.