The Most Budget-Friendly Hotels in Vienna

A room at the minimalist Graetzlhotel Karmelitermarkt
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21 January 2021

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.

Joyn Vienna

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Joyn Vienna
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Centrally located in the 10th district, Joyn is more than just a hotel. The modern and sleek apartments are not only suited to business travellers on extended stays, but also great for a quick weekend in the city. Rooms contain a private bathroom and shower, dining area, free toiletries and a fully equipped kitchenette with a microwave, dishwasher, cooker, cupboards and high quality utensils. Breakfast and a device charging station can be found in reception.
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Hotel Zeitgeist Vienna

Hotel, Budget Hotel
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Hotel Vienna Zeitgeist
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You can easily reach the Zeitgeist by public transport and is only 15 minutes from the airport. Relax after a long day of working or sightseeing in one of the saunas, play mini golf or badminton or even hire a bike, all free of charge. Enticing dishes – such as the chocolate casserole with homemade mascarpone cherry ice cream – is available to try in the organic, locally-produced restaurant, Pergola.
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Magdas Hotel

Budget Hotel, Independent Hotel
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Magdas’ moto, “stay open minded”, is evident throughout the hotel. This social enterprise welcomes people from all walks of life. Upcycled furniture such as the coat racks made from old ÖBB trains add a personality to the 1970s inspired, individually designed rooms. The hotel is conveniently situated near the Prater amusement park and Danube Canal.
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Hotel Columbia

Boutique Hotel
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Hotel Columbia
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Existing for more than 120 years, Hotel Columbia has been transformed from its 19th century hostel beginnings into a modern, elegant 10-bedroom boutique. With an intimate feel, the rooms are large and airy, featuring eye-catching artworks and some have chandeliers. A much welcome sight in the morning is the self-service breakfast, displaying an enticing array of dishes, including pastries from the local bakery and traditional Viennese spreads and honey.

K+K Hotel Maria Theresia

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K+K Hotel Maria Theresia
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Centrally located in a quiet corner in the Spittelberg district, it’s five minutes away from the Volkstheater metro station and a 10-minute walk to Naschmarkt, one of the world’s oldest markets. Uncomplicated in design, the ensuite rooms have cosy beds and thoughtful amenities, such as underfloor heating and a laptop-sized safe. You also have free use of the sauna, spa and fitness centre. The multilingual staff on hand will ensure you have a pleasant stay during your trip.
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Graetzlhotel Karmelitermarkt

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel
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Grätzlhotel Karmelitermarkt
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Experience living like a Viennese local at the minimalist Graetzlhotel. The immaculate and bright rooms have been remodelled from former shops and bakeries. Each one has a kitchenette equipped with vintage tableware. There’s a Samova tea selection and bathroom stocked with Saint Charles apothecary products. Zur Rezeption serves as the hotel’s shop, reception and delightful cafe, offering a changing menu with Viennese dishes.
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Max Brown 7th District

Boutique Hotel
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Max Brown 7th District
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Designed to echo the vibrant, easy going nature of the neighbourhood, Max Brown’s ensuite rooms have a tasteful, retro look in four different sizes. Each room has the added perk of a record player. Situated at the heart of the arts and culture district, the hotel pays attention to the smallest of details. Fresh bread from local bakeries are delivered, ready for breakfast each morning.
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Hotel Beethoven

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Hotel Beethoven
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Hotel Beethoven is situated minutes away from Vienna’s traditional coffeehouses, shopping streets, Theater an der Wien and the Vienna State Opera. This family-owned hotel epitomises the Viennese personality. Each floor is designed with a theme, representing the history, culture and art of the city. Relax in the ground floor lobby or Papageno lounge on the mezzanine level. Every weekend, the hotel organises concerts where you can listen to piano music, accompanied by the cello or vocals, with a glass of wine.
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Kolping Wien Zentral

Budget Hotel, Hotel
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Kolping Wien Zentral
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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.

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Austria Classic Hotel Wien

Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
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Austria Classic Hotel Wien
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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.

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  • Hotel Lucia

    Budget Hotel, Hotel
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    Hotel Lucia
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    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.

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    Hotel Caroline

    Independent Hotel, Hotel
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    Hotel Caroline
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    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.

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    Hotel City Central

    Budget Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
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    Hotel City Central
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    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.

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    Ruby Sofie Hotel

    Budget Hotel, Hotel
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    Ruby Sofie Hotel
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    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.

    The Art Hotel Vienna

    Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
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    The Art Hotel Vienna
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    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.

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    These recommendations were updated on January 21, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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