Ruby Hotels announces expansion for Vienna property

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Vienna: Plans for Ruby Lissi, located in the city’s first district, will see the addition of 64 guest and RESIDENT rooms, a lounge, and two-storey bar with roof terrace.

The project is scheduled for completion in late 2021, and forms part of a larger expansion plan for Ruby Hotels following the announcement of upcoming properties in Geneva (2022) and Stuttgart (2023).

Ruby Lissi’s RESIDENT rooms will come equipped with a bigger wardrobe, small fridge and a coffee machine. Guests will also have access to the residents’ kitchen and lounge on the top floor of the hotel.

The RESIDENT concept, created for guests in search of a longer stay, was first introduced by Ruby Leni in Dusseldorf last year and has been adapted for Vienna.

"Vienna was the starting signal for Ruby - our first hotel in the famous Sophiensaele theatre opened here," said CEO Michael Struck. “For this very reason, I’m delighted that we can further grow our Vienna offering by expanding Ruby Lissi. We want the new Ruby Bar with its roof terrace to blend seamlessly into the buzz of the first district, which we hope will create a new favourite place for many locals."

"There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic will change travel as we know it,” he continued. “As it becomes increasingly clear that social distancing is here to stay, hotels with a high degree of automation and intelligent use of technology are predicted to come out in front. Ruby Hotels' 'Lean Luxury' model makes use of just that, providing travellers with a safe, luxurious and unique hotel experience at an affordable price point. 

“Thanks to proprietary technical innovations, we plan, build and organise ourselves differently from conventional hotels. We design and structure our properties in a very modular way, centralising and automating processes behind the scenes wherever possible. This means that we can run our hotels on lower staff levels than many of our peers. Plus, we can give our guests the option: how much interaction do you want? The human touch is important to us all. But in times like these, it is good to have the option to minimise social contact.

“For example, a self-check-in system makes use of tablets to reduce check-in time to under one minute, while check-out is eliminated altogether (the guest simply receives an invoice via email at the end of their stay). Further, Ruby Hotels’ galley kitchens and vending machines supply guests with all of their needs, in complete privacy. Large open bars, movie lounges, private yoga rooms and rooftop chill-out spaces replace traditional spa and gym facilities, allowing guests to relax and unwind in a safer way." 

Founded in 2013, Ruby Hotels operates eight properties with 17 additional hotels either under construction or in the planning phase of construction. With the Ruby Asia joint venture, Ruby will expand into this region.

In Munich and Hamburg, Ruby offers Ruby Works: the brand's coworking concept.

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