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Where to Stay in Vienna: Best Areas & Hotels

For convenient access to Vienna's most popular sites, the inner city neighborhood and its Old University Quarter are the ideal place to find lodgings. More reasonable rates can be found in the surrounding neighborhoods, which also have attractions and restaurants of their own. The Neubau, Mariahilf, and Weiden districts, which extend from the city center to the southwest, are good places to look. Although more removed, Hietzing is a lovely option as well, home to the Schönbrunn Palace and its expansive grounds, as well as the zoo. To the northeast of the city center, Leopoldstadt stretches along the Danube and has an abundance of natural areas. All of these neighborhoods are connected by both subway and tram, both of which are exceptionally efficient and safe.

Where to Stay for Luxury

Spittelberg Quarter of the inner city
Spittelberg Quarter of the inner city
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One of Vienna's top luxury destinations is the Hotel Sans Souci Wien in the Neubau neighborhood, but just a few blocks from the cute shops and cafes in the Spittelberg Quarter of the inner city. This five-star hotel has a fully-equipped fitness room and 20-meter pool as well as a holistic spa that offers a range of treatments.

Sitting across from the State Opera House in the inner city, the Hotel Sacher Wien is convenient to the popular Kaerntnerstrasse shopping district and has views over the city from its upper suites. This opulent hotel is well known for its chic spa, as well as its classic grandeur, characterized by antique furnishings and authentic décor. Modern rooms offer the height of comfort, with amenities like radiant floor heating in the marble bathrooms and televisions integrated into the mirrors. The hotel's stylish café serves the famous Sacher Torte.

Nearby, only two blocks from Park Burggarten and the Mozart Statue and across the street from the Albertina Museum, is The Guesthouse Vienna. Modern elegance permeates the spacious apartment-like rooms, which come equipped with complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and an espresso machine. For those who want to sleep in, the in-house bakery serves breakfast all day long.

Overlooking Am Hof square on the north side of the inner city, the Park Hyatt Vienna has spacious rooms, a full spa with a fitness center and pool, as well as special children's activities for traveling families. Fashionistas will love its proximity to Vienna's high-end shopping district, where Armani, Prada, and Vuitton display their latest styles. It is also within a ten-minute walk to some of the city's most significant historic sights, including the Imperial Palace and Treasury, the Jewish Museum, Karlsplatz, Stephansplatz, and St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Where to Stay for the Best Value

St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral
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Despite its incredibly central location overlooking St. Stephen's Cathedral in the heart of the inner city, Hotel Am Stephansplatz has quiet rooms and reasonable rates while offering complimentary breakfast, a business center, and airport transportation. This four-star boutique hotel is just a block from the Kohlmarkt shopping district, St. Peter's Cathedral, and Mozarthaus Vienna.

Although the Small Luxury Hotel Das Tyrol is located in the Mariahilf neighborhood, it is in an ideal location by the high-end shops and cafes of the Mariahilfer Strasse pedestrian zone, as well as just a few steps from Vienna's museum quarter. This small hotel has lively art-inspired décor, spacious rooms, and a unique charm. Just a few blocks away, the Hotel Beethoven Vienna has rooms that are modern and fun, accented with vibrant colors. Guests can help themselves to coffee and baked goodies all day, and enjoy the fresh fruit and specialties sold at the Naschmarkt.

In the Wieden neighborhood near Karlsplatz Station, the Vienna Philharmonic, and several opera houses, the Best Western Premier Kaiserhof Wien exceeds expectations. In addition to having a good selection of gluten- and lactose-free breakfast options, they also offer rooms that are allergy-friendly, specifically outfitted to help reduce exposure to irritants.

On the opposite side of the city in the Leopoldstadt neighborhood and just a few minutes from the underground stop, Der Wilhelmshof is ideal for families traveling with children. It is close to the Praterstern water park and Riesenrad amusement park, as well as other attractions like Madame Tussauds Vienna, the chocolate museum, and a planetarium.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Schonbrunn Palace
Schonbrunn Palace
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Located a few blocks to the east of the Wieden neighborhood, next to Belvedere Palace & Museum and large natural areas, like the Alpengarten and the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna, the Hotel Pension Bosch is convenient to several tram stops. Rooms, accented with lovely wooden armoires and classic touches, have high ceilings and are a peaceful respite from the city center.

The practical Pension Pharmador is ideal for longer stays, offering newly updated suites with kitchens, laundry, and secure parking. Located in Vienna's art district, the Neubau neighborhood, it is close to tram stops as well as restaurants, two shopping centers, and many art galleries and museums.

A bit farther out from the city neighborhoods but convenient to the metro station for easy access, the Star Inn Hotel Wien Schonbrunn, a Comfort hotel, has clean, efficient rooms with refrigerators and a supermarket next door. In the even more removed Hietzing neighborhood, the Austria Trend Parkhotel Schoenbrunn Vienna is a good choice for those traveling with young children. Once a guesthouse for the Schonbrunn Palace, the bright, well-appointed rooms overlook the palace and expansive park, which includes a maze and labyrinth as well as the Vienna Zoo, home to several happy pandas.

Where to Stay for Romance

Horse and carriage in Vienna
Horse and carriage in Vienna
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The five-star service at the luxury Hotel Imperial Vienna includes butler service with a stay in one of their enormous suites. Everything about the building's architecture and design is grand, with truly stunning inlaid marble floors, soaring ceilings with chandeliers, and even a red carpet. This restored Venetian-style palace is located in the inner city close to several performance venues as well as the Giesswein shopping center and several art galleries.

The Palais Hansen Kempinski is just two blocks from the lovely Hermann-Gmeiner Park, where couples can enjoy a peaceful afternoon or the excitement of the zipline. This hotel has been in operation since 1873, when it was built, but it has the best in modern amenities and updated styles, offering a fitness center, pool, and spa, as well as a full range of services, including babysitting and airport transportation.

Tucked in the historic Old University Center, the Hollmann Beletage is just two blocks from the Anker Clock and less than a ten-minute walk to St. Stephen's, Mozarthaus, and Karlsplatz. This romantic boutique hotel is in a lively area, but tucked away on a quiet side street, and has open and spacious rooms that have unique and whimsical touches. Breakfast is made to order, free snacks are available in the afternoon, and there is a stylish game lounge with chess, checkers, backgammon, and many more choices.

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