Grease – the musical that has been popular for 40 years is back. It will be staged in Vienna’s Stadthalle from the 6th until the 25th of March 2012. The first “high school musical” of the 50ies is all about Cadillacs, Petticoats, parties, rebellion and of course love!
The musical was successful when it was first performed and relived another hype in the 90s in London’s West End. Now its German version has been revised by the successful director David Gilmore and is travelling through German speaking countries. Even though it will be shown in German, the musical’s songs and music remains international and will definitely bring back the emotions one can live through when listening to songs like “You are the one that I want” or “Summer nights”.
And this is to get into the mood:
Yesterday the press conference of fabulous hotels “Fabelhafte Hotels” took place in Vienna. A press conference that was anything but ordinary. The actress Gigga Neunteufel presented 8 very fabulous Austrian hotels in a very fabulous way.
An energy-independent hotel in the middle of the metropolis Vienna (Boutiquehotel Stadthalle), hotel rooms high above the trees (Baumhotel), a farm that offers dinner in the extravagant stable (Kleinsasserhof), living in an arts gallery in Carinthia (art-Lodge), a castle of knights (Schloss Altenhof), a hotel designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Rogner Bad Blumau), living like an earl in apartments in a castle (Schlosshotel Mailberg) or enjoy a large playroom that became a hotel (Spiele-Buchhotel Tschitscher). Isn’t this fabulous?
These unique hotels founded the group “Fabelhafte Hotels” in order to show Austria’s creativity and diversity in the hotel industry. The group’s hotels do not have anything in common except that they are all individual and exceptional. Each of the hotels offers special experiences and inspiring moments. Holidays in one of the Fabelhafte Hotels means holidays to tell stories about.
Enjoy a few photos of the hotels. The photos of the press conference will be posted soon!
2012 is dedicated to Klimt due to his 150th birthday celebration. On the 24th of February a new exhibition “Klimt: up close and personal” started at Leopold Museum. The collection reveals images, letters and insights around Klimt. It will show masterpieces owned by Leopold Museum, but also national and international loans.
On Tuesday the 28th of February 2012 Donna Leon will be in Vienna reading from her new book Venetian Curiosities. She recounts amazing stories of the Venetian past and its unique history. Who knows whether these tales are myths or pure history? No-one does and this is what makes these episodes and tales so special and fascinating.
Her readings are rare and popular, so you will have to be fast to get some tickets! Don’t miss the chance. The reading will take place in English and it will be supported by I Solisti del Complesso Barocco and conductor: Dimitry Sinkovsky.
Starting at 8pm at the Wiener Musikverein, tickets are available at prices of 5-29€.
We still have rooms available at Boutiquehotel Stadthalle!
Today is Shrove Tuesday – the last day of carnival! It is part of the Austrian tradition that people dress up in funny costumes and celebrate. Cabarets are popular on this day as well as gatherings (mostly in villages) and processions where different carnival groups present their costumes. School children celebrate carnival parties at school and in general you might happen to see people dressed up like clowns, animals, pirates and the like on the street.
Vienna’s night life is also special on Shrove Tuesday!
Our team at Boutiquehotel Stadthalle donated money to the RED NOSES Clowndoctors on this special day. As a small present we offer red noses to all our guests today to make the last day of carnival a special one! Here is a picture of our receptionists:
Since January 29th the musical CATS is back in Vienna. It will be staged in Neu Marx until the 28th of May 2012. It is going to be the first time in Europe that this musical will be staged in a large theatre-tent built only for the musical. The production from London will be translated into German, nevertheless, the music will remain the same; popular and well known.
Ms Reitterer, the hotel owner, invited her team to an extended and delayed Christmas party. First, the team went to Güssing, a town in Burgenland, which became famous for its policy on renewable energy. Using local resources to cover the demand on energy in the area was the simple and clear plan of Güssing two decades ago. Today it has become a European showcase. Since 2001 Güssing has been producing energy through a biomass power station very successfully. The European Centre for Renewable Energy, located in Güssing, continues research & development in this field and hopes to be able to pass its success story on to other regions and areas in Europe and around the world!
On the last weekend of January our hotel was run by 22 international hotel management students of MODUL Tourism College. The students took over the entire hotel, managing all the departments including housekeeping, front office, service as well as the technical department, while the hotel staff followed the invitation of Ms Reitterer, the hotel owner, and enjoyed a relaxing wellness weekend at Falkensteiner Balance Resort in Stegersbach.
Sting celebrates his 25th anniversary of his solo career with the “Back to Bass” tour. It was a huge success in North America and this spring Sting will be touring through Europe. He is accompanied by his guitarist Dominic Miller as well as guitarist Rufus Miller, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Peter Tickell (electric violin) and for vocals Jo Lawry.
This is our last presentation of individual students who will be part of the team running our hotel this weekend. Only one more day to go, quite a bit of preparation to handle and a lot of excitement to deal with…. All the students have practised hard and learnt well. Let us present Simon to you, he is one of the 2 project leaders!