SPACE FOR FREEDOM
If you are confident about your story, then you do not need hotel stars. At its last renovation, Hotel Wiesler took off the old image and put on a new and cool one that set the hotel among the few real design hotels in the region. Hotel Weitzer is located along the Mura River and right next to Kunsthaus – the new architectural symbol of Graz. This is the area where the old and the new, the tradition and the modernity, intertwine at every step. Due to the city’s compactness, the location is ideal for exploring the city center or simply enjoying one of the friendly cafés in the hotel’s vicinity.
Graz, the second largest Austrian city, is an important transport hub. This makes the city easily accessible for the congress guests. The Graz airport is getting more and more important with its annual increase in the number of regular connections. Particularly exciting is the excellent public transport. Graz is a unified zone of city’s transport which offers one and the same ticket for all the rides either on tram or bus, and also with all of the trains of the national railways that ride in the area. Exemplary traffic certainly presents one of the Graz’s advantages as a meetings destination.
COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics
The classical exterior of the hotel hides a spectacular interior. Hotel lobby, combined from art nouveau base with an upgraded design furniture, works as an art gallery. At the entrance, a guest gets surprised by an installation from a young artist Clemens Hollerer. The renovation of the classical hotel into a completely new story is a demanding process; in the case of this hotel, the process resulted in an excellent success.
WARM APPETIZER - Personnel and cuisine
The staff follows a story set by the hotel’s founding father and owner, Florian Weitzer; namely, the highest level of kindness, professionality, and personal attitude towards the guests. According to expectations, the wonderful buffet breakfast offers a wide selection for all tastes. We were particularly impressed by the selection of regional meat products as well as by original spreads. Maybe also the wide breakfast selection earned the hotel a reputation of one of the best brunch places in the city, particularly popular on weekends. The restaurant’s offer is minimalistic but top-notch; and it looks as a hotel’s reflection offering traditional Austrian dishes along modern classics. Supreme and very creative.
MAIN DISH - The hotel's congress services
The hotel room belongs among those that, due to its wow effect, you first take a photo of it and immediately share it on social networks. Each of the rooms is unique and full of inspiration. The wall that works as an unfinished paint-job makes for an amazing detail. Manually painted Talavera sink from Mexico is an art work. Carefully designed is also the room equipment – from hotel instructions to cute binoculars for observing Schlossberg. And in addition, the rooms are so spacious and so airy that you will hardly find similar ones in comparable hotels. Spacious is also the shower cabin where you are happily using house cosmetics Daniel.
The hotel’s pearl is its conference hall Spring named after Leopold Forstner’s Art Nouveau mosaic. The hall accepts up to 100 participants and it enables a connection with the hotel’s rich history.
DESSERT – Extras
Oriental spa Oasis is minimalistic, but a very close resemblance to ideal spa where one has no problems to »turn off« even during the most boring congress sessions.
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
Hotel design in the rooms is extreme and maybe it is not to everyone’s taste. The owners risked a lot, and for the guests liking classic hotel rooms these rooms might be a bit too radical. On the other hand, though, this is also a big plus.
TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES
As lovers of design and creative hotels, we are thrilled. This is a hotel, reflecting a spirt of Graz which became the Unesco City of Design. The hotel presents a thought out and well-structured story inspiring everyone liking boutique, innovative hotels with a strong author’s mark.
OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
A few years ago, the hotel provoked a little revolution and it shone in its unusualness and individuality. However, the surprises don’t stop here, for pretty much every year the staff makes sure to present novelties while keeping the hotel’s historical soul. This is a hotel for cosmopolitan guests, as well as for hipsters who adore urbanity and combination of vintage details. The hotel rooms are close to the top, if not even totally on top, when it comes to originality and comfort of a hotel room in general.
The boutique hotel is well harmonised with Graz’s soul; and despite the fact that it might not be to everyone’s taste, for us, this is one of the most successful hotel stories in the region. It is essential that it is needless to talk about the quality of the service and the concept. It is all about complementing the classics, design and sophisticated aesthetics. All of it is additionally wrapped into an attractive price, for the hotel prices in Graz have not yet sky rocketed.