Artsy, eclectic, and deliriously Bohemian, the clever circus-themed walls by Olaf Hajek are sure to charm. Each room contains extraordinary and exceptionally-illustrated wallpaper of old-time, big top themes by the German artist and deliciously quirky vintage furnishings. This is the hipster's hip. You know you've entered fly before you even walk in, tipped off by the gigantic "We're All Mad Here" sign.
Hajek's wallpaper is marvelously weird and wonderful and vintage furnishings have been adapted to his vision. There are knitted lampshades and hula hoops, too. Every room has a yoga mat and larger rooms have kitchenettes and statement tubs. Amenities are boundless, including Freitag bags to use for shopping.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no closets.
Some are a bit small, but all well-appointed and the white subway tiles are pleasing to the eye. Rainforest showers.
Casual vibe, but so much to look at. There's an old-time photo booth, and a couple of separate sitting areas.
"The Mermaid's Cave" is in the basement, with a sauna, steam bath and lounging area.
1500 Foodmakers serves top of the line Italian food, and has become very popular among the Viennese. There is a food trailer outside with seating around; If you'd prefer a picnic, laze in the large green space that abuts the front of the hotel.
There is a public playground on the far end if you have kiddies with you.
If all the freebies offered aren't enough, the hotel offers free Mini Coopers (though supply is limited) to tool around town in. They also offer free bikes. If you'd prefer to use your feet, that's also a good option. You're near the MuseumsQuartier and a couple of Ubahn Stations.
Pizzeria Minante (7seven-minute walk) has a charming ambience and top-rated, Italian-style pizza. There are also great salad options, and good wine to complement the meal. Glacis Beisl (6-minute walk) is tucked inside the MuseumsQuartier serving Austrian fare. Be sure to sit in the lovely garden during the summer months. The Halle, (7-minute walk) also part of the museum complex, serves takes on Austrian fare, and serves international cuisine as well. If you’re planning on a weekend brunch, call ahead for reservations.
DonauTechno (7-minute walk) is a bit run-down, but wonderfully quirky with good techno, and a hot dog stand inside. Non-smokers will appreciate that smokers must go into a “smoke cabin” to get their nico fix. Head to Meeru’s (9-minute walk) for one of the best cocktails in the Neubau district. If Dogs Run Free (13-minute walk) is worth the extra distance just to get a look at the inside.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The hotel is über hip, but utterly unpretentious. The vibe is friendly and creative, yet in typical Austrian stye, every detail has been attended to. The location just outside the Ring is ideal for sightseeing.