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Luxury stay: Hotel Imperial, Vienna

Once built by the Prince of Wurttemberg as his private residence, now transformed to one of Vienna’s oldest luxury hotels, the beautiful Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna is well worth the stay if you’re still deciding on your accommodation. As our European honeymoon adventure continued, this hotel reminded us of our recent trip at The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace. It mirrored the same feeling on arrival, the opulence and grandeur entrance of a luxury European experience about to unravel. The location is excellent, right next to Karlsplatz Station, less than a 5-minute walk away and within close proximity to other tourist attractions. Upon arrival, we did have a laugh. We turned up with our travel backpacks on (nicely dressed mind you) and instantly, the front desk staff asked if we were after directions. In actual fact, we were checking in for our stay and whilst we probably don’t fit the usual guests that would stay at a hotel like this, it was strange they assumed we were after directions. The concierge took …

Epitome of luxury: The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace

(Edit: Rebranded to San Clemente Palace Kempinski, March 2016) We couldn’t have started our honeymoon any other way. It was a beautiful more than beautiful – I don’t know what words describe this stay – but lets just say I’ve never stayed in such a hotel before in my life. We had flown from Sydney, Australia to start a European adventure like no other. It was our honeymoon and as we promised, there were no real limits on this trip as we had just deposited on a property before we took off and knew holidays weren’t going to be in our pipeline plans any time soon after. It started with our arrival at St Mark’s Square – the main tourist hub of Venice – and boarding of our shuttle boat transfer. I should rephrase this and say a private speedboat transfer.  We had a bit of a laugh, two young guns hopping aboard such a boat with backpacking gear (nicely dressed mind you) and another couple on-board who looked like they’ve just stepped out of a …