I was starting my trip to Johannesburg from Vienna, and so I flew in the night before on the last BA flight of the day from Heathrow. Austrian Airlines operates a cab service from the airport to most parts of the City for a fixed fee. At EUR29 I thought it was good value. After clearing Customs I looked for my driver, but could not locate him. The service seems very popular and there were several other drivers about. Just I was about to call the reservations number he appeared and I happened to notice my name. The driver was grumpy as we stomped off to the bowels of a car park to pick up his vehicle.
Another passenger from the same row on the plane was there and both drivers left at the same time.
I arrived after the other passenger for some odd reason. The trip took 20-25 minutes even at 11pm!
The hotel has 8 floors and is on a nice wide roadway.
After a couple of minutes I was checked in and they confirmed that they had upgraded me a Intercontinental Ambassador member. I went off to my room on the 5th floor and discovered that they had upgraded me to a suite. Coupled with check-in confirming that I could the Club Intercontinental this really was a super upgrade.
The Ambassador Programme gives water and fruit as a welcome amenity and mine was in my room waiting for me:
The next morning I woke after a good nights sleep to some spectacular views over the roofs of Vienna from the windows. The suite faced in two different directions giving a panorama over the city:
There is a large skating rink next to the hotel where a whole range of skaters and Ice Hockey players were using the ice:
For breakfast I went up to the Club Intercontinental which is on the 8th floor. A nice range of breads, juices, and standard items were available as well as scrambled eggs, two types of sausage and some bacon:
The hotel were happy to extend me a late check-out until 4pm as an elite member, and so when I was ready to go to the airport, I checked-out and popped across the road to the subway station for one stop to the CAT train to the airport. More on that tomorrow.
So a great stay, and certainly a property I will be back to in the future.