Best Up-and-Coming Hotels 2012
Courtesy of Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom
Hotel Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, Austria
Vienna hotels have long scored top spots on our World’s Best Awards for their Old World charms. But the 2010 opening of the Jean Nouvel–designed Sofitel tells an entirely different hypermodern story. Impressive 21st-century design elements include projected video installations by avant-garde Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, a living wall of plants by notable landscape architect Patrick Blanc, and the buzzy Le Loft, a French-Austrian rooftop restaurant with 360-degree views of the city.
From $362 per night; sofitel.com.