For easy access to Vienna’s most popular sites, the inner city neighborhood and being Old University Quarter are the ideal place to find shelter. More reasonable prices can be found in the surrounding neighborhoods, which also have their own attractions and restaurants. The Neubau, Mariahilfand Meadows districts, which stretch from the city center to the southwest, are good places to look. Though more distant, Hietzing is also a lovely option, home to Schönbrunn Palace and its extensive grounds, as well as the zoo. Northeast of the city center, Leopoldstadt stretches along the Danube and has an abundance of natural areas. All these neighborhoods are connected by both the metro and the tram, both of which are exceptionally efficient and safe.
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Where to stay for luxury
One of Vienna’s top luxury destinations is Hotel Sans Souci Wien in the Neubau district, but just a few blocks from the fun shops and cafes of downtown’s Spittelberg district. This five-star hotel has a fully equipped gym and 20-metre swimming pool, as well as a holistic spa with a range of treatments.
Across the street from the State Opera in the inner city, Hotel Sacher Wien is conveniently located to the popular shopping area around Kaerntnerstrasse and offers city views from the upper suites. This opulent hotel is known for its chic spa and classical grandeur, characterized by antique furniture and authentic décor. Modern rooms offer the highest comfort, with amenities such as underfloor heating in the marble bathrooms and televisions integrated into the mirrors. The hotel’s stylish café serves the famous Sacher Torte.
Nearby, just two blocks from Park Burggarten and the Mozart Statue and opposite the Albertina Museum, is The Guesthouse Vienna. Modern elegance permeates the spacious apartment-style rooms, which are equipped with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and an espresso machine. For those who want to sleep in, the on-site bakery serves breakfast all day.
Park Hyatt Vienna overlooks Am Hof Square on the north side of downtown and offers spacious rooms, a full spa with fitness center and pool, as well as special children’s activities for traveling families. Fashionistas will love the proximity to Vienna’s luxurious shopping district, where Armani, Prada and Vuitton showcase their latest styles. It is also within a ten-minute walk to some of the city’s main historical sights, including the Imperial Palace and Treasury, the Jewish Museum, Karlsplatz, Stephansplatz and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Where to stay for the best value
Despite its incredibly central location overlooking St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the heart of the inner city, Hotel Am Stephansplatz has quiet rooms and reasonable prices, while offering free breakfast, a business center and airport transfers. This 4-star boutique hotel is just steps away from the Kohlmarkt shopping area, St. Peter’s Cathedral and Mozarthaus Vienna.
Although the Small Luxury Hotel Das Tyrol is located in the Mariahilf districtIt is ideally located near the luxury shops and cafés of the Mariahilfer Straße pedestrian zone, and just a few steps from Vienna’s Museum Quarter. This small hotel has vibrant art-inspired décor, spacious rooms and a unique charm. Just a few blocks away, the Hotel Beethoven Vienna has rooms that are modern and fun, accented with vibrant colors. Guests can enjoy coffee and pastries all day long and enjoy the fresh fruit and specialties sold at the Naschmarkt.
In the Wieden neighborhood close to Karlsplatz Station, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and several opera houses, the Best Western Premier Kaiserhof Wien exceeds expectations. In addition to a good selection of gluten- and lactose-free breakfast options, they also offer rooms that are allergy-friendly, specially equipped to reduce exposure to irritants.
On the other side of town in the Leopoldstadt and just a few minutes from the metro stop, Der Wilhelmshof is ideal for families traveling with children. It is close to the Praterstern water park and Riesenrad amusement park, as well as other attractions such as Madame Tussauds Vienna, the chocolate museum and a planetarium.
Where to Stay on a Budget
Located a few blocks east of the Wieden neighborhoodThe Hotel Pension Bosch is located next to the Belvedere Palace & Museum and large nature reserves, such as the Alpengarten and the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna, and is conveniently located close to several tram stops. Accented with beautiful wooden cabinets and classic touches, the rooms have high ceilings and are located in a quiet area of the city center.
Ideal for longer stays, the practical Pension Pharmador offers recently updated suites with kitchens, laundry and secure parking. Located in Vienna’s arts district, the Neubau districtIt is close to tram stops, restaurants, two shopping centers and many art galleries and museums.
The Star Inn Hotel Wien Schonbrunn, a Comfort hotel is located a little further from the city districts, but is easily accessible from the metro station. It has clean, efficient rooms with refrigerators and a supermarket next door. In the even more removed Hietzingwijkthe Austria Trend Parkhotel Schoenbrunn Vienna is a good choice for travelers with young children. Once a guest house for the Schonbrunn Palace, the bright, well-appointed rooms overlook the palace and the extensive park, with a maze and a labyrinth and the Vienna Zoo, home to several happy pandas.
Where to stay for romance
The five-star service at the luxurious Hotel Imperial Vienna offers butler service with a stay in one of their enormous suites. Everything about the architecture and design of the building is grand, with truly beautiful inlaid marble floors, high ceilings with chandeliers and even a red carpet. This restored Venetian-style palace is located in the inner city close to several performance venues, as well as the Giesswein shopping center and several art galleries.
The Palais Hansen Kempinski is just two blocks from beautiful Hermann-Gmeiner Park, where couples can enjoy a quiet afternoon or the excitement of the zipline. This hotel has been in operation since 1873, when it was built, but it has the best in modern amenities and updated styles, with a fitness center, pool and spa, as well as a full range of services including babysitting and airport transportation.
Hidden in the historic Old university center, the Hollmann Beletage is just two blocks from the Anker Clock and less than a ten-minute walk to St. Stephen’s, Mozarthaus and Karlsplatz. Located in a vibrant neighborhood yet tucked away on a quiet side street, this romantic boutique hotel features open and spacious rooms with unique and whimsical touches. Breakfast is made to order, free afternoon snacks are available and there is a stylish games lounge with chess, checkers, backgammon and many more choices.