Happy Birthday – Hotel Erzherzog Rainer
Hotel Erzherzog Rainer: 100th Anniversary
In 1913, exactly 100 years ago, the Hotel Erzherzog Rainer was opened in a prime location, namely the Wiedner Hauptstrasse close to the Vienna State Opera and the Kärntner Strasse. The builder, Leopold Nedomansky, was an official purveyor of picture frames to the Austro-Hungarian court. He is said to have sought to switch to the hotel business due to being annoyed by the poor payment ethics of his picture frame customers. According to him, “A hotel is one of the only businesses where you immediately receive payment for your service.”
The hotel was named after His Imperial Majesty Archduke Rainer, who had his town house in the immediate vicinity. Permission was granted by the archduke personally, with stamp and seal; moreover, the hotel was also permitted to display the archduke’s emblem. The charter by the office of the high court continues to be on display in the hotel lounge to this day.
The hotel was a well-known meeting place of Viennese society, due not least of all to its restaurant Rainer Diele. Destroyed at the end of the Second World War and used subsequently for housing high Russian officers, the hotel soon accommodated private guests once again. Among them were personalities such as “Hollywood gossip aunt” Heda Hopper, nuclear physicist “Madame” Curie, and Russian author Ilya Ehrenburg.
In 1994, the Nedomansky family sold the hotel to its friends, the Schick family. The Schick family already operated four other hotels in Vienna – the Schick Hotels – Vienna’s charming private hotels.
Today, guests find modern 4-star comfort combined with history and plenty of “Viennese charm” at the Hotel Erzherzog Rainer. Continuing the personal atmosphere of this traditional building is of utmost concern to the Schick family and all employees.