What was once a dour, old-fashioned, and not particularly enjoyable hotel was transformed in 2010 into a highly recommendable middle-market design-led hotel that's perfectly located a few hundred meters from Viktualienmarkt and the Gärtnerplatz quarter. The lobby is now dominated by large windows, oozing with natural light. Breakfast is good, served in a stylish couple of adjoining areas, with neat tables and high-back chairs. The impressive five-person apartment is remarkably just €170 a night. Next door is a small cupcake store and there's a decent Thai restaurant at the end of the street (Utzschneiderstrasse 6). Free Wi-Fi throughout, and thankfully the hotel now has an elevator.