A newer-built house on a quiet lane outside the city center, this four-bedroom bed and breakfast offers a nice alternative to the hotel experience. The owner, Eva, has thoughtfully decorated the home with charming furniture and ornaments from her many travels abroad. From Israel to India, each piece reflects the traits of its culture, and Eva successfully marries them with her home's own Austrian character. It is located in the fairly residential 22nd District, known as the DonauStadt (Danube City).
Close by is the VIC — Vienna International Centre — where a host of the world's international organizations have their hub. If you need a longer stay, or more space, there are three apartments available to rent not far from the b&b.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The apartments are not tended as closely as the is the b&b.
Each room is themed, with a name to match — Inspiration, Contemplation, Relaxation, and Imagination — and the individualized decor hits the right note for all. Motifs are Asian, North African and Mediterranean-inspired, and the rooms are sizable, with one able to comfortably fit three guests.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Owner is not always on-site, so keep your key handy to come and go as you need.
Unlike many b&b's, each room is an ensuite. The bathrooms are spacious and well-appointed, with both shower and bath options.
The living room is sunlit and airy and looks out onto a delightful garden.
Breakfast is served on an Indonesian teak table, and the fare — prepared by the owner's husband, Joshua — is homemade granola and jams (apricots with rum, strawberry with lavender).
Coffee and tea is offered anytime, and a great place to enjoy it is on the terrace.
There is street parking if you have a car. Otherwise, the U-Bahn is a short walk from the b&b and is a direct line downtown.
Don't let the mall setting turn you off of one of the city's best Indian restaurants. My Indigo inside the Donauzentrum serves authentic cuisine and is a great option for vegetarians. Monsoon is another great choice for south Indian food, but given b&b owner Eva's love of India and the effect it may have on you, two choices may not be enough. The restaurant Akropolis has been a staple on the Austrian restaurant scene for three generations and serves great Greek food.
The Heuriger zum Hunderter is a classic Austrian wine tavern, serving local wines in a cozy, hearty, setting. For a more upscale ambience and some panoramic views, go to the 57 Lounge for cocktails. Few people know that Vienna has a beach, but it has a sweet one, right along the Canal. For a relaxing summer afternoon and evening, head to Vienna City Beach Club for a drink on the water. Lovely and lively at sunset.
WHY WE LIKE IT
There is much to see and do in the 22nd District that most of the Viennese don't even know about, especially the great beach spots along the canal. It is near the VIC (Vienna International Centre), so those with business there can be near work, yet also stay in a homey environment.