It isn’t often that you can book into an ex–secret service agency for the night, but Vienna’s Grand Ferdinand allows you to do just that. The 188-room boutique hotel, open since October, served as the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution before its contemporary iteration was developed under hotelier Florian Weitzer. The property shines among fierce competition on the Ringstrasse, and refinement runs through the Grand Ferdinand’s veins: think Lobmeyr crystal chandeliers and a rooftop pool with city views. A stay is not complete without ducking into the snug Gulasch & Champagne eatery next door for some late-night Viennese gluttony—gulasch and Debreziner sausages make for a fine nightcap.
Grand Ferdinand, Schubertring 10–12, 1010, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 91 880 400.