Lendhotel, Graz: hotel with an initial spark
Text by Martin Novak
If there was a rating in Graz for the best combination of hotel, art and location, then the Lendhotel would certainly be one of the favourites.
This is not at all surprising, as the patron Helmut Marko is not only an experienced hotelier, but also a passionate art collector and, in any case, a Red Bull racing legend: With the Lendhotel, Helmut Marko hotels opened their third hotel in Graz in 2017. Fresh, bold and urban on the outside, over 100 contemporary exhibits from all over the world are collected inside. The art and the stylish furniture give the entire hotel an open and free sense of space – pep and inspiration in 53 rooms. With their classification into standard, medium and large, all with king-size beds, they are favourably located – also proven by the Cultural, Lend and Extended packages.
Baked goods, fruits and vegetables are freshly acquired from the legendary farmer’s market barely 100 m away. So breakfast, either as a starter pack or à-la-carte, provides the energy boost you need for a quick start to your day. In The Lend – Kitchen and Bar you can have a bite to eat until 10:30 a.m. during the week and until 12:00 p.m. at weekends. Gourmet food can be found in the restaurant of the Lendhotel, which serves the traditional Danish dish Smørrebrød or quinoa bowls to guests and onlookers. From 12 to 9 p.m., 7 dishes from salmon to beef tartar to loveshock are pure delight – under giant butterfly lampshades. Those who want to keep fit can elegantly burn calories in the gym on the top floor. Or you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Schlossberg (castle hill), the Schöckl or the Plabutsch from the roof terrace. You can tell by the vibrant life around the hotel, that it is situated in one of the most charming spots of Graz. The motto for the Lendhotel goes:
Take a stroll, the city is near!
Photos: Gregor Titze