Park Hyatt Clips October 10.10

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Should your travel plans include Vi- enna, Austria, or anywhere near that wonderful city, you owe it to yourself to splurge by staying at the Park Hyatt Vienna Hotel. While I didn’t stay at this magnificent hotel, Mar- keting Communications Manager An- tonia Felgner invited me by for lunch on the day I was visiting Vienna from the Viking River Cruise I was traveling on. Felgner is a de- lightful young pro- fessional from Germany. She has just spent several years in Dubai working at the Park Hyatt in that city. Europe was a welcome change for her and as it turns out her home town in Germany is only about a five- hour drive from Vienna. She tells me that guests can reach the slopes in Austria in an hour by car from Vi- enna. Being a native German herself, she was quick to add that the chef at this Park Hyatt was also German and from Berlin. I recruited another guest for the lunch and tour, my good friend Vic- tor Neal with Prime Time Travel here in Edmond. He loves good food as much as I do and he was interested in seeing the hotel to determine if it was a good match for some of his clients. I like using Prime Time Travel for that very reason. They try to see places they send their clients to, in Europe especially. Let’s face it folks. Every hotel looks great on the Inter- net but when you know someone who has actually been there, it makes a huge difference. This is Park Hyatt’s newest hotel and it is located in Am Hoff Square just a few blocks from St. Stephens Church and Plaza in Vienna, so the location is excellent. It also is right next to what they call in Vienna “Fashion Street” with so many great shops on it. Naturally, Victor and I, who are fiercely loyal to shopping lo- cally, passed all those shops without a single purchase. We are also both pretty frugal or as some might say we are darn right cheap. However, lunch was a great idea after a long morning of an excellent guided tour of Vi- enna. Felgner was a gracious host. She took us on an extensive tour of this beautiful property. There are a couple of other hotels close by that have long been a Vienna tradition for a luxury stay. They need to just move over because the new kid in town has them beat hands down from my observation. Park Hyatt Vienna opened this last June and is housed in a 100 year old building that was formerly the Aus- trian Hungarian Monarchy Bank. The 143-room hotel, which has 35 suites, is the only hotel in Vienna’s Golden Quarter, the new pedestrian-only, ex- clusive shopping district. The hotel combines modern technology and amenities with Viennese tradition and the building’s Art Nouveau style. It features four food and beverage options: Austrian and international cuisine at The Bank, the main restau- rant, which has an open kitchen; Wiener schnitzel and tapas at The Pearl; afternoon tea and pastries in The Lounge; and single-malt whiskeys and cigars in The Living Room. The pièce de résistance of the Arany Spa is the swimming pool - located in what was the original bank vault, the pool is tiled in a gleaming metallic gold reminiscent of the gold bars once kept there. The Golden Quarter also forms part of Vienna’s First District which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are some additional highlights of the hotel: n The Arany Spa: six treatment rooms, Technogym-equipped fitness center, and separate wet area with steam bath, sauna, sanarium (a com- bination sauna and steam room), and vitality shower. n The pool, located in the original bank vault, is tiled in golden-colored stone, an allusion to the gold bars once stored there. n Guest rooms, 430 to 1,830 square feet and many with 14-foot- high ceilings, are among the largest in the city. n Employee uniforms designed by local fashion designers enVie Heart- work and MB Design, who are also on-call to create custom ball gowns for guests attending one of Vienna’s many balls. The hotel opened just as the spot- light was turning on Vienna. It is the 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse which is the boulevard that runs around the historic center. It is also the 75th anniversary of Sigmund Freud’s death. The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I was commemorated this year with special exhibits. It is also the 200th anniver- sary since the city’s ball culture took root. Last July marked the launch of the European Peace Walk, the new permanent walkway between Vienna and Trieste, Italy, created to celebrate Europe’s culture of peace. Vienna is more accessible than ever for U.S. travelers. In July, Austrian Airways added a new route, Newark Liberty-Vienna International, with five non-stop flights weekly. In May, Aus- trian Airways will increase frequency on Chicago O’Hare-Vienna to daily non-stops. In addition, the Vienna Main Railway Station is slated for completion in 2015. Two floors were destroyed by fire when they began construction in 2011 but they have done a wonder- ful job returning it to a very similar look of the original decor. The design of the hotel is to be inclusive for lo- cals as well. One of the restaurants opens up to the street with outdoor seating. The Bank Restaurant where we had lunch is inviting to local busi- ness folks including a business lunch special. Speaking of lunch, it was amazing. Probably the best roasted chicken I have tasted in my life and that is no lie my friends. The restaurant is beau- tiful and is completely open, even the kitchen. It has been worked into the layout so you see your meal being prepared. The chicken was roasted and not with the typical over season- ing you get so many times. It had a delicate lemon flavor with perfect crispy skin that was to die for. My friend Victor went all out. He had a root vegetable soup to start and then had roasted lamb for the main course. I am guessing it was good since I did all the talking and writing with Victor not saying a word but en- joying his meal. Felgner offered dessert but we just did not have room. If you find yourself in Vienna, stop by the Park Hyatt even if you don’t stay there. Have lunch or dinner and you will be amazed at how beautiful this place is. If you don’t have plans to visit Vienna, make them. It is a beautiful city with a rich history. Contact your favorite Edmond travel agent to book or go to www.vienna.park.hyatt.com to make your reservation or learn more about the hotel. (Ray Hibbard may be reached at ray@edmondpaper.com) Page 4• October 9, 2014 • Edmond Life & Leisure Publisher Ray Hibbard Jr. Partner Christopher T. 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Park Hyatt Vienna is the best of the best PHOTOS PROVIDED The elegance of the Bank Restaurant. Below is the spa pool in Vienna.