König von Ungarn
Schulerstrasse 10, Vienna, Austria
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Art, History, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of König von Ungarn
I love the fact that, for the most part, this hotel has kept its original state and, as a listed building, remains untouched by the passing of time – almost... Not that long ago an annex was added to offer cutting-edge design for guests wanting contemporary accommodation. For more than 250 years this house has received paying guests. It is Vienna’s oldest hotel, operating as such continuously since 1746. The hotel's name “King of Hungary” was probably a consequence of the many Hungarian nobles that took up long-term residency here, some staying for decades, after the Austrian-Hungarian Compromise “Ausgleich” was signed in 1867. Mozart was, without a doubt, the hotel's most famous neighbour. He lived next door on the first floor and, whilst residing there, composed the score for the fabulous 'Marriage of Figaro.
Do you have difficulty getting your bearings? Just look for the towering cathedral steeple and you can't go wrong. This is what I call the very heart of Vienna. Stephansplatz, teeming with throngs of church-goers and tourist groups and a main underground station, is a stone's throw away and is a great place to go shopping. If you can try and get a room at the rear of the hotel as traffic can be a bit noisy at times.
Sedately-styled rooms have traditional period furnishings and, as in most older buildings, differ greatly in size. Some are fitted with Styrian wood panelling and country antiques; others have Biedermeier style upholstered chairs and sofas (striped fabrics are often green, red, blue and/or pink). Rooms in the modern wing have a completely different aura to those in the original building – sleek and stylish, bold and colourful. There are a few suites that are two-storied, two of which have balconies with rooftop views. Beds have firm mattresses and rooms are fitted with walk-in wardrobes. Bathrooms are quite spacious, well equipped with double sinks and modern fittings. The house is air conditioned throughout.
Entering the charming foyer is like stepping back in time - the low-ceilings and wide doors are reminders of the 18th century. The charming, glass-roofed, inner courtyard is a perfect setting for a quiet, relaxing break after a day's sightseeing. This is an ideal place to enjoy Afternoon Tea or a glass of bubbly before dinner.
A full breakfast, with freshly cooked dishes from 6.30 till 11am, is included in the room rate. I can recommend dining here too – the award-winning chef's culinary creations are well known in the city. Fairly traditional fare is served. If you like hot and spicy go for goulash – this is the “King of Hungary”, remember. If not, there are some equally exciting tasty fish choices.
Front desk staff are most efficient and professional and go to great lengths to help whenever they can.
Although I can safely say this house will appeal to all tastes, the somewhat formal atmosphere may suit the mature traveller more. Business travellers, leisure travellers and culture vultures tend to stay here.
When booking, don't forget to state whether you would like historic or contemporarily-styled accommodation. Free WiFi and a generous buffet breakfast are included in the room rate.
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- Schulerstrasse 10, Vienna, Austria
- 1st District