Recent updates and extensions have turned what was long the Pension Zipser into the Hotel Zipser. The building, ornamented with a gilt-trimmed coat-of-arms, began life as Mrs. Zipser’s Home for Young Girls in 1904, and not long afterward was converted into a pension made famous among the Viennese by a local author, who included it in his book Tales from the Vienna Woods. It has been owned by the same family for more than forty five years and is a favorite in the quaint and quiet Josefstadt neighborhood. In addition to the rooms, two private apartments (named Leopold and Ferdinand, after the two most recent additions to the family) are also available.
Spacious and cheerfully decorated, guests will be pleased to know that all rooms come with a coffeemaker. Some rooms have balconies that overlook the leafy courtyard. The newer rooms come with air conditioning, an often hard-to-find perk in Old World Vienna.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Not all of the rooms have been updated, and those are dark and dated.
Airy and sunlit, with plenty of comfortable seating around sturdy tea tables, in case you feel inclined to break out your laptop or Kindle.
A breakfast buffet is served each morning
There is 24 hour bar service, though it is simply an accommodating space to sit and have a drink, with no bar "vibe."
Street parking would be a miracle to find most days, but the hotel arranges parking at a nearby garage. The Rathaus Ubahn stop is a quick, 10-minute walk.
Despite the large space, Zum Moghulhof still manages to be warm and inviting. The Punjab family who owns it serves up authentic Indian food, with a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. Aragwi—named for the river that runs through the Caucasus- is a top-of-the-line, Georgian restuarant serving authentic cuisine. Enjoy the charming decor while eating your Khachapuri and Khinkali. For Austrian fare, head to Boheme for some delicious schnitzel.
Next door to the hotel is one of Vienna’s top jazz cafes. Miles Smiles, named after a Miles Davis album, is a small, no frills venue where you can relax and listen to great live performances while sipping a large Gösser, or even Zipser, beer. For thirty years, the cozy Das Lange pub has served the mixed clientele of Josefstadt -- from actors, to artists, to engineers. Every Tuesday a different beer is featured, and keep an eye out for the whisky of the month. The Weinstube Josefstadt is a great traditional wine tavern in the heart of the city. There is a lovely garden for outdoor seating in winter.