In the heart of Graz, the second-largest city in Austria is Grand Hotel Wiesler. What started off as guest houses purchased by the hotel’s founder Carl Wiesler in 1870, transformed into a relaxing haven for vacations by 1909. The historic Grand Hotel Wiesler was Graz’s first hotel to offer an elevator, en-suite bathrooms and telephones. More than a century later, this charming hotel still offers award-winning hospitality along with contemporary art, free Wi-Fi, spacious rooms, and delicious Austrian food and international fare. I had a chance to stay here for four days last Spring while attending a travel blogger conference. If you’re looking for a comfortable Graz hotel where you’ll leave feeling cared for and absolutely pampered, Hotel Wiesler is where you must stay!
Grand Hôtel Wiesler Address:
Grieskai 4-8, 8020 Graz, Austria
Why Stay at Hotel Wiesler
A Combination of Art, Luxury, and Style
Immediately entering the lobby, you are greeted by a striking art installation by Austrian artist Clemens Hollerer. Hollerer creates art that highlights destruction and sparks conversation. This piece, “Jigsaw Falling Into Place”, hangs from the ceiling. It symbolizes the hotel’s long history mixed with contemporary modernization. Hotel Wiesler also includes an Art Nouveau mosaic by Leopold Forstner and street art by Josef Wurm. These original pieces are spectacular and fit the hotel’s overall theme of combining old and new.
Comfort Designed for a Good Night’s Sleep
Grand Hotel Wiesler recently renovated 102 guest rooms. They added hand-painted Talavera sinks from Mexico, free-standing bathtubs, and guitars and typewriters meant to inspire you to create.
There are a total of seven room categories varying from Tiny Independent to Grand Suite. Each category increases in size and some rooms come with wooden floors and cozy fireplaces. Rest easy with flat-screen televisions, air conditioning, and noise-canceling windows. Most rooms accommodate two people, but the larger suites and grand independent rooms can host up to four people. Upgrade and switch between categories for a few euros per night.
I stayed in a Comfort Independent room on the second floor. Starting at €125 a night, this room was original, spacious and had high ceilings. The large insulated windows let in plenty of natural light. With an open rain shower and glass tiles integrated into the room, real hardwood floors, gorgeous unfinished walls, and a comfortable king-size bed, my room felt luxurious. Note that the toilet is off in a separate room by itself.
Although my room faced the busy Grieskai Street, I hardly ever noticed loud noises.
Hotel of Choice for the Rich and Famous
Grand Hotel Wiesler prides itself on being a hotel for tourists, business travelers, and the stars. If you stay here, you would join a list of famous guests like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mick Jagger, Falco, Jennifer Lawrence, and the Dalai Lama.
While the hotel’s long history and art drew some of its high profile guests, others visited for the convenient amenities including a barbershop, a breathtaking spa with sauna, outdoor area, Arabian tea room, and workout equipment.
You also cannot talk about Hotel Wiesler without mentioning the international cuisine served at the restaurant, Salon Marie. Salon Marie opens daily at 6:30 a.m. and the breakfast buffet includes fresh fruit, pastries, jam, cereal, eggs and more. Lunch is available Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m., and dinner is served daily until 11 p.m. Living up to its slogan “Back to the good life,” Salon Marie is patronized by locals and overnight guests gathering to have a good time over a delicious meal.
Check It Out for Yourself
Next time you’re in Austria, it’s worth taking a trip to Graz and staying at Grand Hotel Wiesler. Since it’s centrally located, you’re close to everything you need by foot. This includes shops, cafes, local bars, attractions, and restaurants. Don’t forget that there are plenty of free things to do in Graz and public transportation is within walking distance.
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A special thank you to Graz Tourism and Propel Conference for welcoming me to Graz. All opinions expressed are my own.