Like all other major European cities, Vienna has a full range of hotel options. Despite the expensiveness of some high-end big-city hotels, there is a thriving budget hotel and hostel scene in Vienna. Sleeping cheaply is possible at hostels and smaller, independent hotels and inns. Of course, five-star hotels are also on the menu in Vienna, with some of Central Europe’s finest inns providing luxury services and opulent surroundings for travelers with the desire to enjoy the upscale side of Austria’s largest city.
No matter what your hotel needs, there are numerous choices for you in Vienna. Here are the city’s hotel highlights.
Vienna has more than its share of hostels. These are basic sleeping spots with shared, dorm-style rooms. Yes, the hostels of Vienna are definitely spartan, but some have a few nice features, such as large common areas, kitchens and self-serve laundry rooms. The Hostel Ruthentseiner is a good example of what visitors can expect from Vienna’s hostels. It has dorm rooms, a few double rooms, a patio area, and a self-service kitchen. Extra features like a bar (open nightly) and wi-fi mean that guests do have a few perks to go along with the super-low prices (around €20). Other hostels, such as the Wombat City Hostels (two of which are located in West Vienna), are focused on the social aspects of traveling. These places have a party-like atmosphere and are favored mainly by young travelers.
There are budget hotels in Vienna that provide more privacy and slightly better services than hostels. These hotels are good choices for families on a budget or for people who want more privacy and plan to do their partying in Vienna’s pubs, not in their hotel. One chain, AllYouNeed Hotels, has locations around the city. These inns provide some basic amenities such as cable TV, wi-fi, continental breakfast and large lobby and garden areas. All these features can be had a great price, but there is a catch: Some AllYouNeed locations are open seasonally, so summertime visitors can take advantage of them, but tourists coming to Vienna in the colder seasons will be out of luck. Other budget options include the Meininger Hotel Vienna City Center, a basic inn that offers private rooms as well as hostel-style dorm rooms. The price is right at basic places like this, but amenities are few and far between. However, for less than €40 per night, it’s hard to complain about a lack of cable TV or noisy neighbors.
For people who want a standard hotel experience and like a full menu of amenities, Vienna is a great city. Numerous mid-range hotels carrying three or four star ratings can be found all over the city. These include some famous chains and some independnat local inns that have stood the test of time and provide quality hotel experiences to their guest. A good example of a smaller hotel in this category is the Aviano Pension, a family-friendly spot that offers free breakfasts, complimentary drinks, and a charming atmosphere. Aviano, and other similar inns like it, are good choices for people who value friendly, personalized service, Staff can help you with your itinerary or recommend a good local place to eat or shop. Other venues like the Hotel Rathaus Wein & Design boast a classic atmosphere that some people, especially those coming to experience Austria’s historic sights, enjoy. This hotel offers classically decorated rooms with cable TV, minibar and a complimentary breakfast buffet. A small fitness center is located on the premises as well.
Luxury is easy to find in Vienna. Some of the world’s most recognizable high-end hotel chains have franchises in the city. The Inner South District, for example, is home to the Vienna Hilton, a towering five-star hotel that offers all the amenities that people could possibly want. Other hotels have equally impressive amenities, but also a stronger sense of history. The Hotel Imperial, for example, was built in the mid-1800s. Its world-class service is matched only by the palatial, no-Renaissance interior and the atmosphere of timeless elegance.
No matter what your budget or your hotel needs, you are bound to find a suitable place to stay in Austria’s capital city.