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The Sacher family’s famous torte influenced Viennese café culture forever, putting their brand and family name on the map. But it’s the Hotel Sacher Vienna that made them a pillar of Viennese “haute living”. This Austrian Grande Dame’s jewel-tone interiors have been the backdrop of many a ball and cultural gathering of the Austrian nobility. International political elites and artists made it their hotel of choice while in the city. Notable guests include the likes of Queen Elizabeth II and Indira Gandhi who both stayed in the hotel’s aptly named Presidential Suite where sweeping views of the city and a collection of antique furniture add to the hotel’s Old World charm. 21st century charm, on the other hand, comes courtesy of flat screen TVs and iPod docking stations. A prime location, opposite the Vienna State Opera and only minutes from the Kärntnerstrasse shopping strip, also makes it the ideal HQ from which to explore the epicenter of Viennese high culture. For that ultimate guilty pleasure, head to the tables of Café Sacher Wien where you can slice into the cake that started it all, the original Sacher Torte.