By Raphael Kadushin
From the October issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Alstadt › Museum Quarter
Staying at the 42-room Alstadt is like moving in with your rich, urbane uncle. The five-story, circa 1902 town house, anchored by a wrought iron central staircase and a serious collection of contemporary art (Warhol, et al), features an eclectic range of guest rooms. You can choose between streamlined, modern rooms or the ornate (and pricier) Matteo Thun-designed cocoons with crystal chandeliers and damask wallpaper. Everyone, though, comes together for the complimentary breakfast buffet and an afternoon tea in the homey salon, warmed by an open fireplace. From $197.
Das Tyrol › Museum Quarter
A “small luxury” hotel on Vienna’s longest shopping street, Das Tyrol offers 30 refurbished, warm-toned guest rooms punctuated by a selection of paintings by leading Austrian artists. Indulge in the bountiful breakfast spread, then head to the wellness center, where a light-therapy shower overlooks a saltwater aquarium filled with neon-colored fish. From $154.
The Hollman Beletage › Historic Quarter
Situated in a renovated art nouveau beauty of a town house in the center of the old town, this intimate hotel has 25 airy, white-painted guest rooms with built-in surprises such as bathrooms popping out of closets. But it’s the hotel’s motto, “Every guest should feel at home,” that defines the cozy, bohemian retreat. The communal house-party approach translates into an eight-seat cinema, a CD of Viennese cabaret songs, daily fresh fruit bowls in each room, bright orange bikes for rent, and a central living room stocked with games, art books, and a piano everyone can play. From $200.
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