Last October, I wrote a long article about luxury and what it denotes and I still feel strongly about it. Luxury is a devised word, for sure. To most, it denotes an exclusivity or privilege enjoyed by some. That’s the traditional approach and maybe to some that’s all it is, but I know a lot of people who can disagree. So what happens to ‘luxury’ when you give it a new meaning?
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The new meaning of luxury is about story telling. It’s not about acquiring things, but more about acquiring experiences. It’s about enjoying the best things in life: A good cup of tea, a good book, silence, comfort, love and care. It’s about an impulse that reminds us on how lucky we are and how we are loved. It’s about taking care of ourselves first, whether it’s health, beauty or mind and a lot of people are realizing this and more are now taking better care of themselves rather than sacrificing their whole income on anything else.
The story of The Ritz Carlton in Vienna is a personal luxury story of time, love and food. That is a luxury on its own. Built on arts and history that celebrates every day the new meaning of luxury, that life should not be lived…it must be enjoyed.
Vienna is a beautiful city. A city of charm, flair, history and architecture. Known as “Wien” by the locals, Vienna served as the cultural, political, and economic capital of Austria with a large population of 1.8 million inhabitants. Vienna holds a very special luxury on its own, for the 6th time in a row, it has been nominated as the world’s most livable city. It has given the luxury of time, nature, serenity to its people and citizens.
I always like to return to Vienna. I remember on my last trip, I sat at the park and did absolutely nothing for an hour. I just stared at…nothing. I had let out a sigh of relief. This is happiness. This is my luxury that I can’t afford in a fast pace moving city that I live in.
We checked into The Ritz Carlton in Vienna on a late afternoon. A first impression from outside was that you are entering a typical Viennese palace. The flags hanging on the walls gave that away and as you enter and you look around, you would get the feeling that this was perhaps a palace and the hotel is now part of it. In fact, In the 19th century, several splendid palaces were built by wealthy citizens and royalty, including the Adels Casino, Palais Ötzehttp, Palais Gutmann and Palais Borkenstein, which were joined together and today, form The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna. It was clear that many past lives once lived here.
The rooms were typical of The Ritz-Carlton, subtle, clean and minimal. We had the luxury of space and light. Most of all, Chloe had borrowed (now hers) a ‘magic’ spoon from the breakfast lounge and every morning, she would wave her ‘magic’ spoon at the windows and the curtains would magically roll up throughout the whole suite. She was convinced of her powers, that was her magic, her luxury to have for her own. In the morning, when my husband and daughter slept in, I had the time to slip into the white tub laid out on the marble floor facing the street view and have some quiet time before the day. It was the luxury of time and peace. I was reading a good book.
Since we had access to the club lounge area, throughout our stay, breakfast was served there, but we took the liberty of having it downstairs so we could slip out quicker. When you stay in a hotel that you like to call ‘home’, breakfast is were it begins. The kitchen had prepared my chia seed pudding and taken account for my lactose and gluten free intolerance without mentioning it to them prior my arrival. Luxury. To have my own comfort food, my own space and most of all with my family, somewhere far away. This kind of luxury is not inaccessible.
The Ritz- Carlton in Vienna is the luxury of living, beauty and time. Dig deep into the architecture and you will find history that surrounds the whole hotel. Dig deeper into it’s people and the team that makes this specific hotel service stand out and you will find a luxury that is immeasurable. The luxury of friendship, love and attention to details.
Recommended: A beautiful place to call home. A familiarity feeling of feeling safe and comfortable. A place for children where everyone calls them by their first name. A great location for first time visitors with close proximity to almost everywhere you need to be in Vienna. A fantastic concierge that you can challenge any day and he will still find answers to everything! A caring reception front desk that would help you remember what ‘fiakr‘ is, by drawing it for you. A hotel with one of the best in rooftop bars and lounge in the city and a famous steak house named Distrikt.
The Ritz- Carlton in Vienna has new meaning of luxury…that life should not be lived…it must be enjoyed and we did, every minute of it!
What Happens to Luxury – A Ritz Carlton Story
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