Fairly central: it’s only a short walk from the nearby tube station Volkstheater (U2, U3 - exit Lerchenfelderstrasse) to the very quiet Lange Gasse. Josefstadt, Vienna’s 8th district (the smallest of 23), is the preferred home to the bourgeois, artists, actors and the President of the Austrian Republic, who lives around the corner and sometimes walks to his office in the Hofburg. Parliament, City Hall (Rathaus), Spittelberg with its arts and crafts market, quirky bars and restaurants, and the tremendously popular MuseumsQuartier (MQ) are all within walking distance.
All rooms are spacious with high ceilings, polished wooden floors and warm ocher, cream or white coloured walls. They have huge heavenly beds and bathrooms that are, in a few cases, an integral part of the room - some of them with large tubs which are a feature in themselves, others with walk-in showers. Each double room is dedicated to one of the 39 best Austrian vintners (eg Krutzler, Heinrich or Sattlerhof). Their wines (not included in the room price, unfortunately) are found in the exceptional minibars – try a Blaufränkischer, St. Laurent or have a glass of Vienna's most popular fruity, light Grüner Veltliner downstairs at the bar (between 3 – 5 euros a glass). There is one huge top-floor suite "Atelier" that has its very own terrace.
There's a computer terminal available next to reception. The restaurant, bar and small outdoor patio offer cosy seating for breakfast and evening snacks.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast, which is not included in the room rate (two variations on offer), is a major feature here: go for the full spread and enjoy one of the best buffets in town; including regional specialities ie wine, cheese, hams, homemade pies and over thirty (!!!) different jams, savory spreads, delicious anti-pasti Vienna style, cereals, yogurts, typical Austrian pastries, cakes and more. For those of you not wishing to indulge in such hearty fare there’s the “light” alternative, and fortunately you can make that choice on a daily basis, depending on the size of your appetite when you go down for breakfast. No lunch is served but, from 4 till 10pm every day, small snacks (soups, pasta and salad dishes) are served – mainly to accompany the wine-tastings.
I was very impressed with the so-called “wash and go” room on the fifth floor. There's a well-equipped bathroom and toilet available for guests to change or freshen up in. This room also has a couple of very good fitness machines with TV screens in front of them, so if you haven't done enough walking in the city or you think you've had too many pastries, pedal away!
Whenever I've visited the hotel, the courtesy of the director and staff has been exemplary, everyone being very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.
Who stays there
On occasion I've spotted small German groups, business travellers, honeymooning couples and leisure travellers.
Room rates can be slightly lower when staying more than just a couple of nights.
- Business travellers
- First-time travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Great for wine lovers
- Quiet area
- There are ten steps to climb to reception