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Vienna is a city full of romance, charm and baroque architecture. Stay in a former palace from the Austro-Hungarian Empire or spend the night in an arty eco-hotel with a rooftop garden. Culture Trip has picked the best boutique hotels to book during your trip to Austria’s capital city. Wherever you stay, make the most of Vienna’s famous culture of gemütlichkeit – cosiness and the pleasures of taking life easy.
This boutique hotel, which faces Theatre an der Wien, is popular for its unique decor – think bright-yellow headboards and geometric wallpaper. It is within walking distance of Vienna’s city centre and close to tourist attractions, such as the Naschmarkt and the MuseumsQuartier. Each floor is decorated with historical wallpaper and colourful seating, plus there’s a pretty outdoor terrace for your morning coffee, alongside the hotel’s resident goldendoodle, Poldi. Don’t miss the classical music salon concerts at weekends.
This elegant, family-friendly hotel is located in the 3rd district, not far from Wien Mitte station, which has quick connections to the airport. Spiess & Spiess is also within walking distance of many of Vienna’s historic landmarks such as the Stadtpark and St Stephen’s Cathedral. The building dates back to the 19th century, but the hotel has modern furnishings – cream, tiled floors complement the white walls and a bright breakfast area leads onto a sunroom. Some rooms have garden views and balconies, while suites offer comfortable sofa areas and rainfall showers. Guests rave about the organic, locally sourced food and freshly squeezed orange juice at the complimentary breakfast buffet. Gluten-free products, lactose-free milk and vegan options are also available.
Located on the hip cobbled streets of Spittelberg, Hotel Kugel is just a short walk from the MuseumsQuartier’s art galleries and museums. This area is also known for its interesting bars and cafes, international restaurants and independent shops. Hotel Kugel was built in the 1860s and has been run as a hotel by the same family ever since. Rooms are decorated in a variety of themes, from patterned bedspreads and sage-coloured curtains in one room to deep-red carpets and draped curtains in another. The owners describe themselves as truly Viennese, and enjoy passing on tips for restaurants and places to buy traditional Austrian crafts. There is also an organic breakfast.
The Ruby Sofie Hotel is located on the site of a former dance hall and baths, the Sofiensäle, which were built in 1838 but burned down during reconstruction in 2001. Now, only the art nouveau frontage and main hall remain. Located in the Landstraße district, close to Hundertwasser House and funfair of Prater park, this hip hotel loans out guitars, bikes and tablets to guests. The sophisticated rooms, with white bed linen and tiled bathrooms in muted tones, feature oak-wood floors and characterful vintage furniture. Free drinks and snacks are offered in a communal kitchen, and there is a 24-hour bar as well as a yoga and meditation area.
A short walk from the wide green spaces of Prater park and its funfair, this inspiring hotel has been set up by the charity Caritas to provide employment and training opportunities for Vienna’s refugees. Situated in lively Leopoldstadt, Vienna’s 2nd district, Magdas Hotel is also close to the Donaukanal (Danube canal) and its summer beach bars. Some rooms have views of the canal and the Riesenrad ferris wheel, immortalised in films such as The Third Man (1949) and Before Sunrise (1995). The rooms have stylish decor in a range of designs and feature upcycled furniture. There is a relaxed lounge and a dining room, as well as a library and a garden terrace, filled with plants and colourful furniture. Breakfast is also available.
Quirky touches – such as a silver caravan trailer parked out front, hammocks in the bedrooms and Vespas to hire – entice visitors to this former office block, a little outside the city centre in the 3rd district. Hotel Daniel is housed in a listed building designed by Georg Lippert in 1962. It was one of the first buildings in Vienna to use Curtain Wall architecture, a style that features non-structural outer walls. Adding to its unusual appearance, draped over the roof of the building is a melted boat by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. Inside, chic interiors are created through dark-wood accents, hanging bulbs and leather headboards. The equally well-designed cafe on the ground floor serves up legendary all-you-can eat breakfasts. The hotel is close to Belvedere Palace, the University of Vienna Botanical Gardens and the capital’s main railway station.
This charming, luxurious hotel is set among the romantic cobbled streets near Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier, an area known for its 19th-century Biedermeier buildings and hip restaurants and cafes. It is a little off the beaten tourist track, but still close to Vienna’s main attractions. Some rooms are lavishly decorated, with dark, patterned wallpaper and chandeliers, while others are light and bright with pared-back furniture. The Altstadt hosts an impressive collection of contemporary art, including works by Andy Warhol, visual artist Cary Leibowitz and Austrian painter Christian Attersee. Some are from the personal collection of hotel owner Otto E Wiesenthal. The building was originally the city palace of an industrialist during the years of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
Emi Eleode contributed additional reporting to this article.