VIENNA — The Hotel Sacher will never be mistaken for a hip hotel. The elaborate gilt trim in public rooms, the old-school celebrity photos that adorn the walls and the tourists in line to sample Sacher torte — all evidence that guests are unlikely to think of Philippe Starck or Shawn Hausman as they explore the place.
What's more, everything about the hotel is expensive — overpriced some might say. It's easy to imagine the Sacher's halcyon days are over.
The fin de siècle charm of the place is undeniable. Spend some time in the Blaue (Blue) Bar, a jewel box of a room with brocade walls, chinoiserie, crystal chandeliers and lushly upholstered couches,...