Christmas is the glorious time of great too-much. James Henry Leigh Hunt
The Goldenes Quartier’s advent calendar: new gift ideas every day. Today: Park Hyatt Vienna Today the building at Am Hof 2 is exactly 100 years old. It was the first reinforced concrete building to have a classical façade in Vienna. The former home of the Länderbank has housed the Park Hyatt Vienna hotel since 2014. The elaborately designed coffee table book Am Hof 2 ¬– The Pearl of Vienna (published by TeNeues) tells the building’s eventful history with numerous of historical pictures and photos of the restoration of the former bank, which makes it quite a good item to wrap up and place under the Christmas tree. The same can be said of the hotel’s cosmetics line, including the fragrance featuring notes of pomelo and a touch of lemon that was developed by star perfumer Blaise Mautin especially for the Park Hyatt Vienna. The best present of all would be an invitation to the Park Hyatt Vienna itself. In the form of a gift voucher for a traditional Viennese Gabelfrühstück, served on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the restaurant The Bank, or for a The Bank Business Lunch, served from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. Enthusiastic cooks would be delighted with a cookery course with Executive Sous Chef Felix Petrucco. A la Carte recently named him as one of the top climbers of the year. He is happy to share his know-how. And for the latest trend – your very own in-house bar – we recommend vouchers for cocktail courses with mixologist Michaela Beier. One surprise that is bound to be greeted with a huge “thank you” after the stressful pre-Christmas period is a massage or a cosmetic treatment at the Arany Spa. Whether a Detox Body Treatment, Gentle Men Facial or a Radiant Foot Therapy, these feel-good vouchers also include three hours in the spa – located in the former bank’s vault.