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120 years of Viennese charm


The history of our establishment — leading the way, then and now

When the Kaiserhof was erected on the grounds of Vienna’s glacis in 1896, it was considered one of the most state-of-the-art hotels of its time. Novelties such as a lift, central heating, electricity and running water in all rooms were truly luxurious sensations at the time. Archduchess Marie Thèrese, a close friend of the constructor, lobbied her brother-in-law Emperor Franz Joseph I to grant permission to name the hotel “KAISERHOF” (Imperial Court). In the year 1913, the Kaiserhof was recommended by “Baedeker Austria-Hungary”, one of the first travel guides.

vienna at the turn of the century: the founding years of hotel kaiserhof

Our history


1896

Built on Vienna’s glacis grounds

1913

Mention in the "Baedeker Austria-Hungary" travel guide

1974

Takeover by Councillor of Commerce Dr. Ludwig and Ms. Elisabeth Richard

1975—76

Renovation and hotel expansion to 146 beds

1983

The Kaiserhof becomes a member of the world’s biggest hotel cooperation, BEST WESTERN

1990—91

Expansion from 4 to 6 floors, creating space for 11 double rooms and 3 suites

1994

Takeover by Andrea Hofer, daughter of KR Dr. Ludwig and Elisabeth Richard

1996

Christian Hofer, Andrea Hofer’s son, assumes management

1998—2002

Extensive renovation and expansion, adding a wellness & spa area, as well as generous seminar rooms

2009

Conversion of the former breakfast hall to the Admiral Suite and expansion of the hotel with a winter garden as well as the Salon Imperial as the new breakfast restaurant

2012

Creation of five specially designed rooms tailored to the needs of those suffering from allergies

2014—2016

Redesign of the Romantic Rooms

2018

New approach to the Kaiserhof brand, strong emphasis on our lived values and careful return to our roots, withdrawal from the BEST WESTERN brand, new brand design

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