I’ve got a ton of posts to crank out on our family vacation to Sicily and Salzburg. I’m hoping to get my butt in gear. Here’s a quick peek at what I expect to cover:
- Getting There. Connecting In Rome And Using Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points Overseas
- Hotel Review: Sheraton Catania, Sicily
- A Return To Taormina, A Beautiful City On A Hill
- Our Favorite Part of Taormina
- Exploring Mt. Etna
- Walking And Eating In Downtown Catania
- A Day In Siracusa
- Priority Pass Lounge At Catania Airport
- Mess after Mess. airberlin To Salzburg
- Hotel Review: Sheraton Grand Salzburg
- Sound of Music Tour
- Walking Around Salzburg
- L’Osteria Restaurant
- Salt Mines at Berchtesgaden
- Cable Car at Untersbergbahn
- Tasty Donuts, Salzburg
- Train To Vienna
- Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Vienna, OMG
- Park Hyatt Vienna Review, Part 2
- Riding The U-Bahn Subway In Vienna
- Schmetterlinghaus: The Imperial Butterfly House
- Haus des Meeres: Aqua Terra Zoo
- Austrian Airlines Lounge, Vienna Airport
- Austrian Airlines VIE-IAD, Business Class Review
- Wrapping Up
I’ve already detailed how spectacular the rooms at the Park Hyatt Vienna. My general strategy when I’m in a city is to venture out and try local restaurants. In this case, we were a bit tired when we arrived at the Park Hyatt. And, the hotel restaurant did look good. We made an exception and chose to stay in.
The hotel restaurant is appropriately named The Bank. It’s beautifully appointed and where Globalist members take their free breakfast (you can choose room service as well). I wrote that last sentence as “Diamond” instead of “Globalist”. That’s going to take a while to break myself out of.
There were very few tables occupied for dinner. The restaurant is very striking, especially in the evening.
The dinner menu is a bit of an eclectic mix. There were plenty of choices to satisfy diverse tastes. Basics like rotiserrie chicken are joined with some interesting seafood selections, pasta and various meats prepared to order.
We started with some sparkling wine and some fresh-baked bread while we contemplated our dinner choices.
We ended up sampling the rotisserie chicken, moules frites, bolognese and lobster bisque.
We enjoyed homemade sorbet and souffle along with some pastry treats to wrap up our dinner.
Trying The Bar
We enjoyed The Bank so much, we dined again the second night. We ate some of the same things (Moules Frites) and tried a few new things that I somehow lost the pictures of. Couches in the bar was our first destination this time, which had a different feel than the restaurant. It was “upscale casual”, and equally enjoyable.
Unsurprisingly, the breakfast served in The Bank was exceptional. What really made it special was the staff. There were plenty of buffet stations. The staff preparing food for those stations were cooking nearby. They were very interactive, especially with the kids. They asked the kids what would make breakfast extra special, and then went about doing just that. Special pancakes, fresh omelettes, waffles with special toppings. I’ve never seen a breakfast staff that interactive. I loved that the culinary team was so present, warm and inviting. Here’s a look at some of the buffet offerings:
There was also a sizable juice and smoothie section.
Cocktail And Cigar Lounge
While we didn’t hang out in the other dining outlets, I did snap a couple of pictures. There’s a lounge adjacent to The Bank. A short walk down the hallway will take you to the Living Room, the cigar lounge. It’s a beautiful space, though I don’t smoke cigars. There’s a cafe on the ground floor, another area that I was pretty sure I snapped a picture of, but can’t seem to locate. It was a bustling place to grab a cup of coffee and pastry.
Pool, Spa And Fitness
The pool was part of the old bank vault. The water was chilly, but the space was picturesque.
The spa and locker changing area had some interesting additions to the normal sauna and steam room. There was an ice machine encased in stone for cold showers. I’m not a spa aficionado, but I was duly impressed with how beautiful the space was.
The fitness center was bigger than I originally expected, considering the hotel has less than 150 rooms.
The Final Two Pennies
The Park Hyatt Vienna is just a wonderful hotel. You can see my reviews of the guest rooms in case you missed it. As a reminder, the Park Hyatt Vienna is a Category 6 in the World of Hyatt program. That means you’ll need 25,000 points for a free night or 12,500 points and $150 for a Points & Cash booking.
Being able to stay at hotels like the Park Hyatt Vienna is one of the primary reasons I stay loyal with my business travel. I can’t justify spending many hundreds of dollars a night at properties like this for family vacations. But, it sure feels good to stay there for free!
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