Deals: Where to Sleep in Vienna

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.

Tell us about your favorite hotel in Vienna in the comments section below.

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  1. Barbara Cacao
    October 25, 2011, 5:27 pm

    When we are back in my home town Vienna, my husband and I sometimes take a night off from family and kids and stay in nice Vienna hotels. Next on our list will be the Altstadt as it must be truly fabulous. Other than the Hollman Beletage are also quite a lot of other design hotels in old Viennese buildings:
    Have also heard good things about the Tyrol, and will check that out, thanks for the tip!

  2. Janet
    October 19, 2011, 3:50 pm

    I love Vienna! My husband is in the military and the last time we went we stayed at the Hotel Ambassador. It was a wonderful trip. We got a great deal through they really helped us out. Love the blog, always really interesting posts.

  3. Alexander
    October 19, 2011, 9:27 am

    The capital of Austria is one of the nicest european cities. I suggest 5 stars “Grand Hotel Wien” ( 300€) near Vienna State Opera, and Hotel Ambassador for € 165 (5 stars) which is behind Vienna’s Town Hall… Find more at )

  4. Stella Mari C. Vosotros
    Cebu, Philippines
    October 19, 2011, 1:03 am

    I stayed in a small hotel called Tabor Hotel when we were in Vienna a few years ago. Since it was my first time in Vienna, some new friends from a Filipino-run office in Schwedenplatz (where the Philippine embassy is located) recommended the hotel to us.There were many Filipinos in the hotel staff so we felt very much at home there.