Whether in the middle of the city or just outside, Graz inspires with a multifaceted hotel landscape.
Many people in Graz still remember the year 2003 when their home town was cultural capital.
In 2018, 1,129,209 guests stayed overnight in the Styrian capital. Mayor Siegfried Nagel has set himself an ambitious goal. By 2013, this number is to grow to 1.6 million.
Not only guests but also locals benefit from the strategies that lead to this. In the top hotels you will find perfect conditions for private parties, congresses or banquets in elegant surroundings.
Hotels in Graz at a glance
The Hotel Weitzer: tradition has a name
For more than 100 years the Hotel Weitzer has been welcoming its guests directly on the Mur. Florian Weitzer is the fourth generation of the family to run the business.
The chic building was built as early as 1872 by order of Andreas Haring, who opened it as “Hotel Florian”. In 1910 Johann Weitzer leased it and in the same year the name was changed.
After several additions, alterations and renovations, the house now offers 204 elegant rooms in seven different categories. The hotel restaurant “Der Steirer” is no longer an insider tip.
As the restaurant is very popular with both guests and locals, it is worth booking a table. International dishes such as tapas are interpreted by the chefs in Styrian, and classic fried chicken or boiled beef are also well received.
Typical Austrian cosiness brings Weitzer coffee to life. In a relaxed atmosphere, visitors treat themselves to breakfast in the morning or let themselves be spoilt with snacks and homemade cakes during the day. Apple and curd strudel baked at Reindl tastes particularly good. With the Engelrein, a historical hall with vaulted ceilings, the hotel offers a perfect setting for celebrations.
The Wiesler: Hotel with an eventful history
When Carl Wiesler bought five inns in 1870 in order to reach a hotel, he probably had no idea that the Wiesler would remain the only 5-star hotel in Graz until 2010. At first the house was known as “Hotel zum Goldenen Engel”.
In 1897, the building was gradually rebuilt in Viennese Art Nouveau style. The building owes the typical features of this architecture, such as the angular bay windows, to the architect Marcel Kämmerer, who studied with the famous Otto Wagner. During the occupation after the Second World War, the house on Grieskai provided accommodation for British officers.
Today the excellent house skilfully combines nostalgia and modernity.
It is famous for numerous works of art such as the glass mosaic created by Leopold Forster in the 100 square metre Spring Hall. The room offers an extraordinary setting for events of all kinds.
Just as extraordinary as the interior is the kitchen in the Salon Marie. On special occasions, Grazers treat themselves to a delicious breakfast here. Whether the Styrian Breakfast with egg, bacon and other hearty ingredients or the Good Mood Powerbowl, exquisite ingredients ensure the perfect start to the day. On Sundays and public holidays, the roast buffet will delight you.
Schlossberghotel in privilegierter Lage
At the foot of the Schlossberg and only 450 metres from the Graz clock tower is one of the most beautiful art hotels in Europe.
The Schlossberghotel was originally a handicraft business, which from 1596 served as K&K court joinery.
A milestone in the history of the house was the transformation into the “Gasthof Bierstrom” in the 1960s. Since it opened as the Schlossberghotel in 1982, it has been delighting its visitors with its extraordinary flair.
This is ensured by countless works of art, some of which were produced exclusively for the hotel.
With three conference rooms the Schlossberghotel offers a modern event location. Another highlight is the roof terrace, where even external guests can enjoy an excellent breakfast with a view over the roofs of the city when the weather is fine. The light-flooded winter garden is an alternative.
Hotel Erzherzog Johann: sophisticated ambience
The Hotel Erzherzog Johann in Sackstraße is one of the oldest accommodation facilities in Graz. Already in the 16th century travellers stayed here in the middle of the main square of Graz.
The fact that it was already a quarter for the most discerning of tastes is proven by a centuries-old document that certifies that the house was “perfectly suitable for the highest of gentlemen”. During the 18th century, an extensive expansion took place, creating representative rooms and the arcades in today’s café.
At that time, however, the horses of the travellers were accommodated here. Nowadays, anyone wishing to hold a celebration or a conference in imperial charm can book the two conference rooms Leopold and Karl. Both offer daylight and modern technology such as WLAN, beamer and air conditioning.
In the heart of the house, the listed winter garden, is the Café Erzherzog Johann. On Sundays and public holidays, people from Graz like to reserve a place for the breakfast buffet, which lures with fresh pastries, spicy and sweet delicacies until noon. Graz night owls find themselves in the Ernst Fuchs Bar, which was designed by the artist of the same name.
Hotel Novapark: Dining on the plane
The Hotel Novapark is located about 5 kilometers north of the center and can be seen from afar because of the roof-mounted aircraft Boing 727-200. It is the only restaurant in the world that is managed in an aircraft at a height of 22 metres.
By prior reservation, visitors take a seat in comfortable seats and let themselves be taken on a culinary world tour around the globe. Every month the chefs present the culinary delights of a different country.
In the bow of another aircraft, a Russian Ilyushin II-62M, there is a bar that regularly hosts theme nights. In addition, the Novapark Hotel has 22 meeting rooms and a 2,000 square meter conference area. Those arriving by private car can park their car on one of the 350 parking spaces in front of the hotel.