Art-loving owner Helena Ramsbacher has loaded the lodging with contemporary art by mostly Viennese artists. Given that most of the city’s art museums are less than a mile away, this should serve as inspiration to guests. The hotel is located on the city’s longest shopping street, Mariahilferstrasse, now a pedestrian-only thoroughfare
YOU SHOULD KNOW It is an old building and not easy to navigate for a person in a wheelchair.
Contemporary style with soft tones, rooms are either accented in subdued greens or orange against a yellow wall. The furnishings are a nod to mid-Century modern. Each room is equipped with a coffee machine.
Rooms vary greatly in size, so it’s a good idea to have a look at them before settling on one.
Some have tubs, while others have only showers, though all are generous in size. Bathrobes and slippers are waiting for you.
A Finnish sauna, a steam bath, and a light therapy shower are offered as relaxation therapies and are free to guests. Thee is also a massive saltwater aquarium to meditate on while you relax in a chaise longue. If you want exclusivity, you can book the spa for private use during your stay.
Breakfast, a full affair, is served in the small cafe.
Best bet is on foot or by Ubahn. The MuseumsQuartier is a short walk from the hotel, and the Neubaugasse Ubahn station is close to the hotel for sites farther afield.
The Naschmarkt (7-minute walk) is probably the city’s most famous (and most beautiful) outdoor market, and there are a plethora of great eateries located there. Among them are Do An, which serves mostly Mediterranean fare, and Tewa, which uses only organic ingredients. Go to Neni’s for their Lebanese salad.
Lutz (1-minute walk) is trendy dinner bar, with views from above onto the street below. Barfly’s (12-minute walk) serves excellent cocktails and has a wide variety of drinks choices. Billiard’s Cafe (2-minute walk) is no frills, but a good place to have a tall glass of Austrian (Gösser) Beer and shoot some pool.
WHY WE LIKE IT
There is a strong youth vibe on Mariahilferstrasse that you can’t get in the Innere Stadt. It is close to the MuseumsQuartier, and the staff is friendly and accommodating.