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Vienna, the official and cultural capital of Austria, is a city of theatres and opera houses such as the imposing Wiener Staatsoper – many built in a grand baroque style – and it looks like a pricey place to stay. There are many luxury and boutique hotels, but plenty of brilliant budget rooms and modern hostels are available too. Here’s our pick of the best.
The eye-catching, rainbow coloured facade of this two-star hotel is reflective of its trendy, relaxed character. Suitable for families, students, and budget travellers, there is the option of twin or double rooms with a breakfast buffet included. Those with allergies will be pleased to hear that each room has a hypoallergenic mattress and super-clean wooden floors. Affordable onsite parking is also on offer through the hotel.
This traditional hotel is found in the heart of the old Jewish quarter, Leopoldstadt. Comfortable and cosy, there are single rooms, ideal for solo travellers, alongside standard doubles, triples and quads for families or groups. Enjoy the large breakfast buffet – including Viennese coffee, eggs, sausages and pastries – on the terrace in the summer months (for a small fee). Runners will appreciate the hotel’s proximity to Vienna’s large park, Prater, plus the onsite fitness centre and sauna.
Hotel Lucia is a stone’s throw away from the world-famous Schoenbrunn Palace, but within the vibrant 15th district. A warm, welcoming atmosphere greets you on arrival – this hotel has been run by the same family for over 20 years. Choose from single room right up to spacious family suites, each one is simple and clean. Not only does Hotel Lucia offer a daily buffet breakfast, but there is also complimentary tea in the lobby, every day from 3pm.
Inside a peach-coloured 19th-century apartment building, Hotel Caroline is full of elegant Viennese charm. Located in the 10th district, a buzzing part of the city, it is close to the U1 U-Bahn station that will sweep you directly to the main tourist attractions. Rooms are simple and minimalist, not that you’ll be spending much time in there anyway. Tuck into the lavish buffet breakfast. After a day’s sightseeing, you can relax in the hotel’s on-site sauna.
This is a family-run hotel, in the second district close to the lush green park of the Prater. The breakfast buffet is regarded as one of the best in town – a generous spread of home cooked dishes, with a wide selection of sausages and ham, eggs and pastries, and freshly baked traditional Wiener Semmel rolls. The rooms – there are 58 of them – are decked out in traditional Austrian style with wooden frame beds and floral curtains. There are also apartments available to rent with modern kitchens for extended stays.
Rubie Sofie Hotel looks more like a hip bar than a budget-friendly hotel, decked out with vintage record players and photographs of music legends. Locals flock here for Friday night cocktails. Rooms are modern and minimalist with extra-large beds and rainfall showers. There is close attention to detail here, from the iMacs to help you plan your daily itinerary to the e-scooters available to rent. Guitars are on offer in reception to play, while on the fifth floor, there is a yoga and meditation room for your morning sun salutations. Even though the party continues until 4am, rooms are soundproofed for a good night’s sleep.
You won’t be surprised to find an artsy vibe and unusual painting in the foyer at The Art Hotel Vienna. Here, the walls act as a gallery – you can even speak with the staff about displaying your own artwork. Located in the Margareten district, it is perfect for a long weekend in the city. Rooms range from singles and doubles to apartments for larger groups with super modern kitchenettes. A continental breakfast buffet (served from 06.30am to 10am) is also available for a small fee.