where have you stayed in Vienna?

Aug 1st, 2007, 03:24 PM
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We stayed at the Pertschy on our first trip to Vienna many moons ago.. was very reasonable then .. I second Great Location. Second time we were at the end of a river cruise and stayed at the Marriott... just because... Nothing special... a Marriott... but I had the best weiner schnitzel I've ever had there. It wasn't as centrral as the Pertschy but still well within the mainstream.
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Aug 1st, 2007, 03:57 PM
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Stayed at the Mercure about a ten minute walk to the city center. Very nice, free internet.
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Aug 1st, 2007, 05:27 PM
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calla-

Priceline uses chain hotels - so what you'll get will be a business-type hotel like the Marriott. There's nothing wrong about it, but I find these chain hotels lack certain charm or flair.

As I've said in my post, Pension Suzanne is nothing fancy. Definitely not as nice as a Marriott. But the breakfast is good and location is great.

The following is pasted from my trip report last year on the Hotel Review:
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Author: yk
Date: 11/30/2006, 06:46 pm
Hotel Review

Vienna - Pension Suzanne
Walfischgasse 4
http://www.pension-suzanne.at/index.htm

Okay. Let me say this one more time: the location of Pension Suzanne is perfect! It is half a block from Opera House/Hotel Sacher, 10 minutes to Stephensdom, 10 minutes to Hofburg, 15 minutes to KHM. 3 minutes to Tram station (at Opera).

The Pension actually is located inside a residential building. It is on the 1st floor (aka 2nd floor for us folks in the US). The remaining floors of the building are apartments where locals live. I found that a bit odd.

There is a lift to get to the "1st" floor. We actually only used it once, on our arrival. We didn't bother when we left with our luggage.

When I emailed the Pension to request a room, I was offered the rate posted on their website. Later, I found a cheaper rate via the Vienna Tourist website: http://www.wien.info/
So, I emailed Pension Suzanne back and asked if they could match the rate, and they did.

They have 2 sizes for double rooms, and I chose the cheaper one. Our rates came out to €87 for first 2 nights (Wed/Thurs) and €96 for 3rd night (Fri).
[They initially quoted me €96 for all 3 nights.]

The smaller double comes with twin beds only. It is small, but not as small as some other European hotels I've stayed in. The bathroom only has a shower stall, no bathtub. The heat in our room doesn't work too well, but the duvets in the room are adequate. Our room faces the back, so it is extremely quiet.

Amenities are very basic: soap, hairdryer, and an in-room safe. There's also a TV (2 English channels: CNN & BBC) and telephone. [Fortunately, I had packed some travel-size shampoo and conditioner.]

Breakfast starts at 7:30am. Selection is ok: 2 kinds of cold cuts, 3 kinds of cheese. Various kinds of bread. OJ, water, milk. Coffee or tea. 3 kinds of cereal/museli. Hard-boiled eggs.

Staff is friendly and helpful, but not the kind that is overly friendly. There is a computer terminal in the office for guests to go online. DH used it once, I didn't at all.

All-in-all, I'd say it's more like a 2.5* instead of 3* (like they advertise on their website). I'm sure one can find a similar pension for lower rate elsewhere, but we're happy to pay their price for its prime location. It is just extremely convenient - especially for us to go to Staatsoper & Musikverein, and easy to go back for a nap.
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Aug 4th, 2007, 08:36 AM
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thank you all so much. it looks like pension Suzanne might be the place.. $199 was their response and that is within my budget. i think i have some time to check around a bit more.. but this really gave me a great start. i'll report when i get back --Oct 4. thanks again - k
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Aug 4th, 2007, 01:59 PM
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$199 for Pension Suzanne? Is that for 1 or 2 nights? What type of room are you requesting? That seems to be a lot for a regular double room (if it's $199/room/night).
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Aug 4th, 2007, 03:07 PM
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hmm.. well, there are three adults.. i'm sure that is why the price is higher. (couch sleeper?) checking sept 26, 27. they said they are very full those dates.
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Aug 4th, 2007, 03:49 PM
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I was very pleasantly surprised by Hotel Austria, having arrived from Germany without a reservation last October. I tagged on one night in Vienna at the last minute because my return flight from Berlin (through Vienna) was cancelled. I had them route me through Vienna anyway and took a flight home the next day.

The tourist information booked it for me.

Rate was 87 euros plus 2.90 (?) booking fee for a single. yk's rec wanted 102 euros for that night (I walked to the hotel and asked).


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Aug 4th, 2007, 03:52 PM
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And you know what, the ranking for Hotel Austria has gone up to #13 on Tripadvisor.

As I said, I was really pleasantly surprised. I didn't see the hotel mentioned in any guidebook and was expecting a dumpy hotel. The hotel seemed very quiet when I stayed there.
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Aug 4th, 2007, 04:16 PM
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Just to ease your mind, I third your stay at Pensione Suzanne. I found it to be quite nice and have recommended it on many occasions.

Have stayed there twice in the past. Very convenient to U-bahn which goes to Schonnbrunn and Opera, St. Stephen, Graben Street and pleasant walk to the Hofburg Apartments.



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Aug 21st, 2007, 08:26 PM
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helloooo... well, im resurecting my own thread with an update in plans. my friend and i have been talking budget and we are now (really budgeting!) looking at hostels. Are there any areas we should stay away from? or any hostels that you know of in a great location? i have never resurrected (sp?) a thread with a new question.. we'll see how this works.
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Aug 21st, 2007, 08:49 PM
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My experience with Vienna hostels is from 1969 and a bit dated. However, I talked to some kids staying in one when I was there in July and they told me the hostel they were staying in, for a rock bottom price, was great. The Austrians operate spotlessly clean hostels.

By the way, I stayed in a home exchange apartment and paid nothing. The Austrians were staying in my house at the same time. The beauty of home exchange!
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Aug 21st, 2007, 11:33 PM
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thanks FauxSteMarie... its good to know they are clean. thats really all that matters. that, and location. i'm looking at Wombats right now. it looks fine and a great price.
just wondering.. How do you get involved with home exchange?
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 02:32 AM
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I liked the Schweizer Hof Pension, just out beyond the Graben area, near Schottentor U-bahn station. Rock-bottom prices and very homey, if that doesn't turn you off. It's ideal for single women. A mom and son run it. Its like staying in their house. It's private, spotlessly clean and dead-quiet.
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 02:37 AM
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By the way Callalili, I've also tried Wombats. It's a bit like staying in a crowded refugee camp, although it's very organized, well run with great breakfast and hopping bar scene. I wouldnt stay there again, just too cramped. I was there in December. My room packed in about 8 girls like sardines, our windows were dripping in humidity by morning, ugh!
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Aug 23rd, 2007, 02:11 PM
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well, i did it.. reserved at Wombats. we're very much looking forward to the experience... and really really hoping we're not packed in like sardines.. but o well... we'll have a blast, i know.
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Oct 10th, 2007, 11:59 PM
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great surprise !! we booked Wombats for a room for 6. When we arrived there were only 4 beds.. lots of room for 4 and we met some great new friends. it was $26 USD per night pp. Really nice, clean room ensuite. The staff are excellent, friendly, helpful. and place was spotless. we loved it. It was about a 30 minute walk to the town center.. but weather was great - even the rainy times - and it was a beautiful walk. just thought i'd let y'all know. thanks again for your help! k
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Oct 11th, 2007, 06:58 AM
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The Kaiserin Elizabeth is a very good hotel in an excellent location.
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Oct 11th, 2007, 07:22 AM
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I'm confused. You booked a room for 6 but there were only four beds...I hope that at least two of those beds held more than one person... Or did one person sleep in the bathtub and another in the hall?
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Oct 12th, 2007, 10:32 AM
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>< the happy suprise was that it was a room for 4. not sure why. k
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Oct 12th, 2007, 11:09 AM
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callalilli, thanks so much for doing an update. it is always nice to hear how the accomodations worked out! any other details you care to share? restuarants etc?.....lynda
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