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The vice president of operations at Almanac Hotels on which European cities should be on your radar and Vienna’s timeless
yet trendy appeal
What do we have to look forward to from Almanac? Opening our first property in 2018, in Barcelona, was a milestone for Almanac. We’re now focused on introducing an additional three hotels in Vienna, Budapest and Prague in 2019-20. Two more properties in Prague and Zagreb will be added to the portfolio after their renovations are completed in 2020-21.
What put these destinations on your radar? Today’s travellers are looking to go beyond the obvious, not only in the way they experience travel but also in the destinations they choose. Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Zagreb are rarely the first choices for travellers visiting Europe, and when they are, many focus only on the history of the city and overlook the strong cultural changes that these cities are experiencing. We want to offer our guests an immersion in history while participating in the city’s current story.
What makes Vienna so of-the-moment? Vienna is a city of contrasts. Honouring history and traditions continues to be a way of life, but a creative young view is developing in parallel and adapting this to current trends: The MUSEUMSQUARTIER focused on contemporary arts; the Life Ball, a modern take on traditional opera balls; independent stores but with a modern twist. This has all begun attracting a more creative and international crowd, with an influx of start-ups and incubators.
Where in the world has most left an impression on you? Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands was interesting. It’s a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and is a cultural melting pot. But it’s the island’s setting that makes it special: playing golf on cliffs overlooking the Pacific next to the Mariana Trench and diving along underwater walls were incredible experiences.