Built in the heart of Vienna in 1873 to house some of the 26,000 exhibitors (!!) doing whatever it is that people do at the World's Fair, the 140-year-old, 152-room Palais Hansen is fresh off a massive renovation that blended the building's storied history with a more contemporary style, and left it with two bars, an indoor spa/pool, and a late-night cigar lounge
Imagine you are arriving in the Spring of 1873 eager to show off your adaptation to the recently invented toilet paper roll. As you enter the lobby, it...probably looked nothing like this, but hey, you know how to use toilet paper, man
After checking in, perhaps a quick cocktail in the lobby bar before settling in to your..
...deluxe room (with Nespresso maker, thank you very much) that's been billed as a "successful melange of harmonic room layout, modern design and classic elegance." So there
Assuming you prefer even more "harmonic room layout", there's always a junior suite
With a quick nap under your belt, head up to the full-service spa, sauna, and indoor pool to continue harnessing your chi. After all, it's going to be hectic at the fair
Feel like locally sourced fish and Alpine cheeses? Then you'll want to eat at house restaurant, Edvard. However, if you're leaning toward more of an atrium-amidst-a-winter-garden vibe, then Die Küche (pictured above) is the move
If that garden isn't doing it, sit front and center at one of two "adventure cooking stations"
Now if it was 1873, you'd probably adjourn to this ballroom to dance the Vienna Waltz, which was basically 1873's Harlem Shake
However, being that it is not, in fact, 1873, you'll instead walk through said ballroom en route to grabbing the first of several after-dinner libations at their comfortable Night Bar
Bring the evening home with a heated debate over the reign of Franz Joseph I while enjoying some brandy and a few stogies in the Cigar Lounge.