FORBES: From an Austrian Bank to an International Luxury Hotel: The Park Hyatt Vienna

“What would you like to drink today: US Dollar, Russian Ruble, Yen or Swiss Franc?” This is one of the questions you are asked when sitting inside the former Bank of Austria’s counter hall, which today is one of Vienna’s top hotspots, “The Bank Brasserie & Bar”, located at the Park Hyatt Vienna.

The Bank Bar at Park Hyatt Vienna

The Bank Bar at Park Hyatt Vienna, the former counter hall of Bank Austria Credit: Park Hyatt Vienna

The bar offers tasty signature cocktails, which are named after 11 different currencies: The “Yen” cocktail is reminiscent of a Japanese sushi dinner thanks to its special Japanese ingredients, such as wasabi or ginger mixed with sweet plum wine, rice milk, algae tincture and yuzu juice.

Park Hyatt Vienna Signature Cocktail "Yen"

Park Hyatt Vienna Signature Cocktail “Yen”

The “Euro” cocktail represents the diversity of Europe with its unique combination of tastes. The cocktail consists of red wine, dark beer liquor, rosemary sirup and wormwood.

Park Hyatt Vienna Signature Cocktail "Euro"

Park Hyatt Vienna Signature Cocktail “Euro”

All cocktails come with matching banknotes for an extra special experience.

Park Hyatt Vienna Signature Cocktail Swedish Krona, Credit: Park Hyatt Vienna

Park Hyatt Vienna Signature Cocktail Swedish Krona,
Credit: Park Hyatt Vienna

At “The Bank” Brasserie, where the busy counter hall once welcomed customers of the bank, hotel guests now dine in a stylish interior. During the reconstruction of the building, most of the original elements were preserved with an extraordinary eye for details. This accounts for an ambiance that highlights, rather than hides, its history. You can indulge in delicious and freshly made dishes at The Bank’s show kitchen, from European Brasserie classics to traditional Austrian delights.

Bank Austria's former counter hall turns into "The Bank Brasserie & Bar" at Park Hyatt Vienna

Bank Austria’s former counter hall turns into “The Bank Brasserie & Bar” at Park Hyatt Vienna

For those who have always wanted to feel like Scrooge McDuck at least once, at Park Hyatt Vienna, they can! Swimming inside a golden vault at the hotel’s luxurious Arany Spa (“Arany” is Hungarian for gold) is a highlight for every guest. You can’t bathe in money, but you can plunge into the 15 meter long pool located in the former bank vault to relax after a long day. The pool, which is decorated with gold leaves, is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to indulgences to discover at the Arany Spa. To mention a few, there are also vitality showers, steam baths and saunas available for stressed visitors. Treatments for body and soul, with one of Europe’s latest and hottest Hungarian spa brands “Omorovicza”, are also at top of the golden menu.

A former bank vault transformed into a spa area with a golden plated swimming pool at Park Hyatt Vienna. Credit: Park Hyatt Vienna

A former bank vault transformed into a spa area with a golden plated swimming pool at Park Hyatt Vienna.
Credit: Park Hyatt Vienna

A mix of traditional and contemporary design, paired with 5 star luxury service, awaits each guest at the hotel. Behind the over a century old and secure walls of a former bank, guests can sleep safe and sound. Those who awaken here in the morning feel rested and energized to begin a day of successful business.

100 year old Bank Austria Building turns into a luxury hotel: Park Hyatt Vienna Credit: Park Hyatt Vienna

100 year old Bank Austria Building turns into a luxury hotel: Park Hyatt Vienna
Credit: Park Hyatt Vienna

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