Like most capitals in the world, Vienna can get a bit pricey. For those who don’t want to stay in a hostel or break the bank on a five-star hotel, these are the cheap hotels in Vienna that will give you the most bang for your buck.
Once home to some of the most famous composers in the world, including Mozart, Schubert and Haydn, Vienna still has a reputation for glamour and tradition. But that doesn’t mean that a stay in the capital of classical music needs to be expensive, as the city has a great range of hotels to suit every budget. So save your pennies for an extra glass of Viennese wine because whether you feel like waking up with a view of the Schönbrunn or sleeping near Belvedere Palace, Culture Trip has the right hotel for you.
Hotel Viktoria's rooms are decorated with plush carpets and glass chandeliers | Courtesy Hotel Viktoria Vienna / Hotels.com
The Hotel Viktoria will have you feeling like royalty, without requiring a regal budget. The rooms are lined with red carpets and decorated with chandeliers and dark-wood furniture, giving them an imperial Viennese look, while the bathrooms are sleek and modern. And you’ll find the famous Schönbrunn Palace only a five-minute walk from the front door. Though the hotel is located in a quiet neighbourhood, the next subway station is right around the corner, so you’ll still be able to get into town quickly. For a small extra fee, they serve a continental breakfast and coffee in the mornings. The location, spacious rooms and the friendly employees make this place great for families.
Located in Vienna's Leopoldstadt neighbourhood, Hotel Resonanz offers style and individuality without the cost of an expensive boutique hotel | Courtesy Hotel Resonanz Vienna / Hotels.com
Each room in the Hotel Resonanz is decorated uniquely with funky artwork and quirky wallpaper, meaning this hotel will give you style and individuality without the cost of an expensive boutique hotel. An impressive breakfast spread with fresh fruit and vegetables, cakes, cheese, sandwich meats and freshly baked bread is included with your stay. The hotel is located in Leopoldstadt, on an island right in the middle of Vienna. This area, surrounded by the Danube, is the historic Jewish quarter. It’s well connected to the city, which is only a 15-minute subway ride away, yet still in a quiet area so you get a good night’s sleep. If you’re visiting in the summer, make sure to ask the front desk for a fan on hot nights, as there’s no air conditioning.
As you’ll have guessed from the name, the Art Hotel Vienna is centred around all things artistic. The entire outside facade of the building is covered in an impressive mural and it’s decorated inside with various artworks. Each room features a unique piece of art, and some even have their own balcony or direct access to the courtyard. The hotel also offers a number of different cultural events, including wine tastings and art expositions. The in-house gallery is rented by various artists – call in advance if you want to know whose work is being showcased during your stay. They offer a breakfast buffet with something for everyone: fresh fruit, fried eggs, bread with ham and cheese or muesli. This hotel is only a 30-minute subway ride into the city and in a safe residential area, making it great for families.
The Hotel Liechtenstein building is hard to miss, with its pink facade and typical Viennese architecture. This hotel oozes typical vintage Viennese style, with wood panelling and burgundy-coloured walls giving it a classical Austrian feel. The hotel’s apartments feature bedrooms and kitchenettes that are spread over two floors, providing a good amount of space and flexibility for families. Each room is also hooked up with cable TV and internet. Located in the vibrant Karmeliter district, restaurants and contemporary art galleries are right on your doorstep here.
Hotel Allegro is in the perfect location for quick connections to the main train station in Vienna, which is only one tram stop away, and for transfers to the airport. The spacious rooms are great for families. The hotel has a homely, retro style with colourful carpeting and wooden furniture. There’s even guest access to a simple rooftop terrace with seating and a view over the roofs of Vienna. They offer a continental breakfast spread that includes fresh bread and croissants, jams, cheeses and fresh fruits, as well as tea and coffee.
The Altbau (‘old building’) style of this hotel, distinguished by its tall ceilings and hardwood flooring, is typical of Viennese apartments built before World War II. The large windows provide plenty of natural lighting, and it’s only a short walk away from the famous shopping street of Mariahilferstraße – it doesn’t get much more central than this. The MuseumsQuartier is just a 10-minute walk away, while the Parliament, the Hofburg and the vibrant Mariahilf and Neubau districts are all within walking distance. The light, bright rooms are set up with seating areas and comfortable beds; some rooms have shared bathrooms. The hotel is pet- and family-friendly and even has a spa and wellness centre that offers massages and has a Jacuzzi. Start the day with breakfast in the café downstairs, which serves cakes, fresh bread and other essentials like muesli and fresh fruits.
The clean and quiet rooms at Hotel Ekazent Schönbrunn have everything you need for a good night's sleep | Courtesy Hotel Ekazent Schönbrunn / Hotels.com
As the name indicates, the Hotel Ekazent Schönbrunn is located right next to the famous Schönbrunn Palace. Only a few minutes’ walk out of the front door and you’ll be strolling the parks of imperial Austria. This hotel has a charming ’70s look, with wall-to-wall carpeting and wood panelling. The large, clean and quiet rooms have everything you need for a good night’s sleep. There’s also a sprawling rooftop terrace so you can have breakfast on the deck and enjoy the view over Vienna. A simple continental breakfast spread is served each morning with baked goods, fruit, cheese and ham. Only five minutes from a subway station, this hotel is well connected to the centre. It’s also pet- and family-friendly.
A more modern option than many of Vienna’s hotels, though still not overly pricey, the Best Western Plus Amedia is located right next to the famous Belvedere Palace. The brightly decorated and spacious rooms have the option of extra pull-out beds, an ideal feature for young families. The hotel can also organise a babysitter for the little ones. If you feel like staying in for a relaxing day, there is a spa with a steam room, sauna and massages. The hotel serves an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, cheese and ham for breakfast in a modern and sleek breakfast room. Their staff are multilingual and speak anything from English or German to Spanish or Korean. For guests with disabilities, this hotel also offers rooms that are wheelchair-accessible and have walk-in showers.
The artistic, modern and minimalist rooms at City Rooms are perfect for travellers with an interest in design. Each room is decorated with a different, unique piece of art. The hotel is located in the heart of the Josefstadt district, an upper-class neighbourhood where many mayors and former presidents reside. A standard continental morning meal is served in a small breakfast room, though this is not included in the nightly rate. The Josefstadt district is also known for its coffee shops, so you may be tempted to have breakfast elsewhere. Only a short walk to the University of Vienna, the Parliament and Hofburg, you’re right in the centre of all the attractions. They are family-friendly and can offer additional rollaway beds.
This concept hotel intertwines the style of Vienna in the ’50s with a modern aesthetic. “Digital, fair and local” is how the hotel describes the experience they offer, and the entire booking and check-in process are completed via an app, so you don’t have to worry about arriving before the front desk closes. Concept Hotel Liebelei uses only sustainably produced toilet paper and organic soap in its modern and spacious bathrooms. The rooms are painted a dark grey with splashes of colour, giving them a clean-cut look. The hotel has teamed up with local restaurant Hollerei to offer Viennese, Asian and vegan breakfasts every morning. It’s only a short walk to Schönbrunn Palace, so you’ll be well connected to the classic sights.