When we drive up to the Arcotel Hotel Moser Verdino just off a quiet street within walking distance of the Neuer and Alter Platz (the historical heart of Klagenfurt), guests are casually chatting while sipping coffee at the outdoor terrace.
We stayed in a Comfort Double Room. The Art Nouveau building sports a pink façade contrasted by the simple modern rooms, a mix of dark wood punctuated with flashes of brilliant red. The 71 rooms, suites and apartments boast flat screen televisions, DVD players, and Wi-Fi.
You Gotta Eat Here
Joe Radinger, chef at the Cafébar Moser Verdino/ Steak House (which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a bar and lounge) introduced the Steakhouse concept to the city and it is his pride. He is full of energy when talking about the beef that he carefully dry ages in his “Nockgebirge”, the signature of the restaurant. The meat ripens in a specially purchased climate cabinet up to 40 days, where the buttery, intense flavour of the steak is developed. The menu boasts an impressive selection of choices – from Chateaubriand to T-Bone, ribeye to Entrecote and Wagyu on occasion. Non steak eaters will love the simply prepared but delicious baked fish with rosemary and lemon and a must is the Carinthian Kasnudeln (upon special request) soft buttery dumplings filled with fresh cheese and herbs. “I like people and I love this business, I want to work forever [doing this],” says Radinger.
Look out for fittings and original pieces from 1858 when the hotel was built. A cute apple holder in the room bids guests a nice st/day.
Read more hotels in the Fall 2014 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.