For a week onwards I will be covering our trip to Austria and Slovakia. I will reveal my outfits for playing the tourist, climbing a mountain and hanging out with friends in my previous home town and my favourite hoods of Bratislava.
Let’s start the holiday re-cap with the ’first things first’; accommodation.
When I travel, and if that travel includes staying in a hotel, I check if the location has Radisson hotels in their selection. My reason for this is simple: they’ve never disappointed me.
Whenever me and my boyfriend go meet my family in Turku we stay in the Radisson hotel by the river. And here in Estonia, the rooftop bar at Radisson hotel is one of my favourite places for cocktails.
The Radisson chain is of Scandinavian origin, which also makes it quite an obvious option for me to go for when choosing a hotel; we Scandis like to promote our own. But despite being of Northern European origin, they tend to accommodate their interior design in their hotels according to each location.
The Radisson Blu Style hotel in Vienna was a perfect example of this. The furniture was quite chunky and pouffy, big generous pillows and soft sofas and a chaise lounge. The colour scheme was much darker than it would be in their Scandinavian hotels; dark marble, red leather and shades of brown.
I became accustomed to this style of interior design when I lived in Bratislava and visited friends there. They prefer big and chunky shapes and loads of colour (I will never forget one living room where all walls were painted bright orange. I felt like the whole house was on fire.) I have to say that personally I do prefer the clean simplicity of Scandinavian interior design, though.
My boyfriend likes to live comfortably and since his own apartment is so small, he usually goes for a suite when we travel together. Fine by me! The Radisson Blu suites were surprisingly reasonably priced. We paid 700€ for this one instead of the 5k that our suite in Croatia cost.
Radisson Blu has altogether 3 hotels in Vienna, and ours was located in the middle of the ‘Golden Circle’, which basically means that we were surrounded by luxury brand stores from Versaci to Dolce&Gabbana to Cartier. Needless to say I was in heaven.
Everything was within a walking distance but I have to mention that since this is the most popular tourist area, the prices in cafés, restaurants and shops are more expensive than a little bit further down the street.
We didn’t get as much touristing done in Vienna as I would’ve liked. For example the Schmetterlinghaus that I wanted to finally visit successfully eluded us. Literally! The place is in the middle of the city center and despite using a Google map I couldn’t bloody find it! But that’s just me, I am completely and utterly useless when it comes to navigating a map. Even if the map tells me which way to go…
I also remembered (quite wrongly) that the Schönnbrunn castle was a walking distance away from the city center. Not quite. I have successfully pushed it out of my mind that we always took the metro there. This time we went for a taxi and it actually left us behind the huge park so we had to walk for miles to find the gate… FAIL!
But we got there eventually. So, the pictures of the great palace and the amazing garden are in fact not the hotel where we stayed… Although if it was possible to stay in Schönnbrunn I would be the first in line!