PHOTO: https://www.facebook.com/hotelamstephansplatz/

Fodor's Expert Review Am Stephansplatz

Stephansplatz 9, Vienna, Vienna, A-1010, Austria See on Map

Overhauled a few years ago, the Am Stephansplatz is an oasis of calm in the middle of the busiest square in Austria. It's rather bland facade is in homage to the majesty of the Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral, which sits directly across from it.

For nearly 1,000 years, Stephansplatz is has been a thriving square filled with people. Request a room on a higher floor to get a quieter space.

room

The rooms are designed to be tranquil, which can offset the bustling vibe on the square below. All have light, hardwood floors, and warm, buttery or beige walls. Furnishings are elegantly simple and contemporary. Some rooms have views directly onto the Cathedral, which is so close you feel like you can reach out and touch it. Suites on higher floors include a terrace with a spectacular Cathedral view. The windows are triple-glazed to keep out the noise. There is a coffee and tea maker in eavery room, and all are air-conditioned, not always the case in this Old World city.


bathroom

Guests will appreciate the heated floors and fair-trade toiletries. Slippers and bathrobes are waiting for you.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Not every bathroom has a tub.

lobby

Cheerful colors of yellow and blue make this truly a bright space. There are sitting areas with sofas and chairs, which gives it the feel of a living room.

gym

There is a small workout area, sauna and chaise longues to relax on. No frills, but a good way to unwind after seeing the sites.

dining

Continental breakfast is served in the ground floor cafe, and offers light snacks throughout the day for guests who come back to the hotel for a break.

LOCATION

Getting Around

You are quite literally within walking distance of major sites. For places farther afield, the Stephansplatz Ubahn stations is steps from the front door.

Restaurants

Haas & Haas (1-minute walk) is probably the most beloved and most authentic teahouse in the city. Right on the Stephansplatz, it also has a surprisingly extensive menu. There is a quiet courtyard for dining in warm weather. Head back to the Blue Mustard for some excellent fare (the eatery has already earned a Michelin star). For traditional fare in a traditional, charming setting, go to Zum Weissen Rauchfangkehrer (3-minute walk). "The White Chimney Sweeps has a clientele of both curious tourists and devoted locals.

Bars

Onyx (1-minute walk) is just across the square, where you can sip a cocktail and enjoy the other side of the Cathedral. Blue Mustard (3-minute walk) is the new kid in town and making a big splash--trendy setting and great cocktails. Head to the Lamee Rooftop (2-minute walk) for a great vibe and more wonderful views.

WHY WE LIKE IT

It is located at the center of the soul of the city, yet the lodging's simplicity offers a calm balance to the throbbing square. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the views from the top balconies are unrivaled.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
BusinessViews
Casual
Central
Local Flavor
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01-534–050

What’s Nearby

People also liked

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

$$$$ | The Eastern City Center: Stephansdom and Medieval Vienna | Schottenring, 24, Vienna, Vienna, 1010, Austria

A commanding presence on the quieter part of Ring, the opulent edifice... Read More

Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

$$$$ | Across the Danube: the Second District | Praterstrasse 1, Vienna, Vienna, 1020, Austria

In a city flush with Imperial architecture, the rousing modernist skys... Read More

The Hotel Ring, Relais & Chateaux

$$$$ | East of the Ringstrasse: Stadtpark and Karlsplatz | Kärntner Ring 8, Vienna, Vienna, A-1010, Austria

Commanding a corner on the Vienna's famed Ringstrasse, this 19th Centu... Read More

Topazz

$$$ | The Eastern City Center: Stephansdom and Medieval Vienna | Lichtensteg 3, Vienna, Vienna, 1010, Austria

This 33-room boutique hotel in the heart of Vienna's Innere Stadt is a... Read More

Rathaus Wine & Design

$$ | West of the Ringstrasse: Parlament and City Hall | Langegasse 13, Vienna, Vienna, A-1080, Austria

This exclusive, family-run boutique hotel and its celebration of all t... Read More

Pension Zipser

$$ | West of the Ringstrasse: Parlament and City Hall | Langegasse 49, Vienna, Vienna, A-1080, Austria

Recent updates and extensions have turned what was long the Pension Zi... Read More