Vienna is a city full of romance, charm and Baroque architecture. And, from suites in the former palaces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to accommodation housed in 1960s buildings covered with funky art and eco-buildings topped by roof gardens, there is a boutique hotel to suit every taste and budget.
Hotels in Vienna range from modern, innovative places to traditional accommodation in historical buildings. There’s new arrival magdas HOTEL, which provides employment for the city’s recently arrived refugees; Hotel Kugel, which is set in the cobbled streets of Spittelberg and has been run by the same family since the 1860s; and Altstadt Hotel, which features original artworks by celebrated contemporary artists. Culture Trip has picked the best boutique hotels to stay in during your trip to the city. But wherever you stay, make the most of Vienna’s famous culture of Gemütlichkeit – cosiness, and the pleasures and comfort of taking life easy.
Hotel Beethoven is popular for its unique, colourful decor | Courtesy of Hotel Beethoven / Hotels.com
This boutique hotel, which faces Theatre an der Wein, is popular for its unique decor – think bright-yellow headboards and geometric wallpaper – warm welcome and central location near Karlsplatz station. 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 papered with historical wallpaper, and colourful seating decorates the communal areas, including a pretty terrace perfect for a moment of relaxation. There are even classical music salon concerts at weekends. And don’t forget to say hi to Leopold, or Poldi, the hotel’s resident goldendoodle.
This chic, centrally located hotel is modern in style with unusual large oval windows that double as seating in many of the rooms. It is just a few minutes’ walk from St Stephen’s Cathedral, whose patterned roof can be seen from some of the suites, and is surrounded by plenty of shops, bars and restaurants as well as other major sights in Vienna’s city centre. The rooms are plushly decorated and feature wall murals. Marble baths and Molton Brown care products in the bathrooms add to the luxurious feel. A modern lounge area serves complimentary drinks and snacks, and the hotel’s sister restaurant and rooftop bar are just across the road.
Boutiquehotel Stadthalle claims to be the first city hotel in Vienna with a zero-energy balance, meaning that it produces as much of its own energy from solar power as it consumes. The rooftop courtyard’s jazzy flooring, patterned cushions in different styles and colourful tables contribute to a creative, fun space to hang out. Honey served as part of the impressive breakfast spread comes from the hotel’s own bees. Located in Vienna’s multicultural 15th district, the ivy-clad hotel is close to Westbahnhof station and the city’s major shopping street, Mariahilfer Straße. Vienna’s main attractions can easily be reached by public transport.
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 the wide green spaces and funfair of the 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.
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 and Spiess is also within walking distance of many of Vienna’s historic landmarks such as the Stadtpark and Stephansdom. The building dates back to the 19th century, but the hotel has modern furnishings, with cream, tiled floors complementing white walls and a bright breakfast area leading 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 cafés, 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 over the beds 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.
This centrally located 18th-century hotel, named after the King of Hungary, has a long history. During the years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, nobles and business magnates lived in the building’s apartments. And it’s still a hotspot for notable figures visiting Vienna, as more recently star pianist Alfred Brendel, poet and playwright Günter Grass and Nobel laureate author Imre Kertész have stayed here. Colourful rooms feature bright details such as hot-pink sofas, floral curtains and chandeliers alongside sleek, tiled bathrooms. The hotel’s restaurant serves classic Viennese cuisine in a room with a vaulted ceiling. There is also a lobby bar in a glass-roofed courtyard with plenty of relaxed seating. A breakfast buffet is available for a fee, and pets are welcome at no charge. The historic centre of Vienna with its shops, restaurants and cathedral are just a few steps away.
A short walk from the wide green spaces of the Prater Park and its famous 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 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). 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. There are also beehives on the roof and plans to extend the hotel’s urban garden to the top of the building. Inside, chic interiors are created through dark-wood accents, hanging bulbs and leather headboards. The equally well-designed café 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, set among the romantic cobbled streets near Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier, in an area known for its 19th-century Biedermeier buildings and hip restaurants and cafés. It is a little off the beaten tourist track, but still close to Vienna’s main attractions. Some of the rooms are lavishly decorated, with dark, patterned wallpaper and chandeliers in one room and artfully distressed walls in another, while others are light, bright and with pared-back furniture and accessories. 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.