In 1993 the Viennese architect Boris Podrecca faced an enormous challenge: to completely renovate Hotel Greif while respecting its centuries-old foundation walls. The grounds of Greif extended to encompass four houses over various levels and with different facades including parts of listed buildings. The task was to redesign Hotel Greif’s interiors and rooms and to integrate all areas in an ideal manner.
The result is impressive: traditional and modern elements harmonise perfectly, each room has been furnished with loving attention to detail and individually designed to feature works of art. Each exudes the charm of a cosy apartment. Soft, hand-woven Iranian Gabbeh carpets are placed on oiled and waxed dark brown Wengé wood flooring. The modern furnishing made from local maple or burr walnut blends pleasingly with original furniture from the old Hotel Greif which has been lovingly restored, often incurring great expense.
The best Italian weaving mills supplied custom-made fabrics and silk curtains in the appropriate matching colours. The individual bathrooms executed in seven different types of marble vary in size, design and furnishings. A sojourn at Hotel Greif becomes a very personal experience.