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The Austrian capital has always been dignified, but there's a thick layer of whipped cream around almost every corner. Its baroque architecture, art galleries and museums, rich musical heritage and café's and cakes have been magnets for tourists since the days of the Grand Tour. Our selection of the best places to stay in Vienna varies from the Hotel Sacher, an institution where old world charm meets modern luxury to the Pension Suzanne, a family run guesthouse with superb service and an unbeatable central location.
Part of the city's appeal is its compact centre ('innere stadt'), which forms the 1st District. All the sights, restaurants and cafés and best places to stay in Vienna are within an easy walk. The medieval city is contained by a broad horseshoe-shaped road of 19th-century palaces, the Ringstrasse, where all the grand old hotels are found.
Although a 1st District address is plum, the neighbouring districts, such as 4th, 7th and 8th, are still convenient and the hotels often better value. Viennese hotels are, almost without exception, well-run and pristine (even the most modest pension has good quality linen), but many are decorated in an oppressive Biedermeier style. We have tried to ferret out the elegant ones, as well as recommending a number of fresh, contemporary boutique hotels.
Its popularity has continued to grow and now, with one budget airline flying directly to the city, and another to nearby Bratislava, Vienna has never been cheaper or easier to get to.
The best places to stay in Vienna reflect this with an increasing number of properties popping up to suit even the strictest of budgets.
The Christkindlmärkte always draw crowds when, from the end of November to Christmas, little huts spring up on streets throughout the city, selling presents, food and warming Glühwein. Vienna becomes a magical destination at this time of year and the best places to stay in our opinion would be:
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Stately palace hotel on the Ring, the premier grand dame in Vienna, opened in 1873 and still in superb condition. Massive suites, top dining, acres of marble.
Old world charm and modern luxury in this 'institution' in the heart of Vienna. Luxurious, gourmet dining, THE place to be seen. Ideal honeymoon treat.
Conran-designed boutique hotel, one of the first in Vienna - not as central but better value than others. Minimalist design and cool interiors.
Chic contemporary hotel with an unbeatable location, with stunning views from top floor bar. Cool designer architecture, great food, ideal for a stylish romantic break.
A Viennese hub since the turn of the 20th century, this grand hotel on the Ring is a dependable 5 star hotel with sumptuous rooms and extensive business facilities.
Eclectic hotel of mixed designer styles housing a stunning art collection. Full of atmosphere and character, a good value design hotel just outside the Ring.
Family-run pension with character and traditional charm. Good value and very central so always booked months in advance. Super quiet as on pedestrian street. Cosy.
Charming family run pension with impeccable service in a good central location. Cosy and relaxed, with charming 19th century atmosphere, though the building is drab 50s.