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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 cafés 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. If it's an apartment you're after, check out the choice with our online partner, Booking.com.
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.
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. The city becomes a magical destination at this time of year and the best places to stay in Vienna get booked up well in advance, so get organised and plan well ahead.
What not to miss
- Visit St Stephen's Cathedral towering above the streets of the Innere Stadt, this massive cathedral is the true centerpiece of Vienna
- Enjoy numerous works by the European Masters at the Museum of Fine Art including the likes of Titian, Velasquez, Van Dyke and Rubens
- Explore the majestic and imposing Schonbrunn Palace
- Get a true sense of the city at the bustling Naschmarkt
- Watch a suitably grand performance at the State Opera House
Its popularity has continued to grow and now, with budget airlines flying directly to the city, and 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.
For Central location
- The Grand Hotel Wien has been a Viennese hub since the early 20th century and still exudes class and style.
- The Hotel Imperial, Vienna's grand dame, opened its doors in 1873 and is still in fantastic condition with massive suites and marble everywhere!
- An alternative to these old faithfuls would have to be The Ring a new "casual luxury" hotel, all slick style and cool unfussy rooms.
Best for contemporary
- Our pick of the best contemporary places to stay in Vienna includes the Hollman Beletage - hard to find, but persevere, it's worth it!
- Do&Co a chic property with the best location in town and fresh modern architecture and design.
- Alternatively check in to the Altstadt. This hotel is just outside the Ring, but offers a great mix of styles from classic to avant-garde and houses the owner's stunning art collection.
Best for budget
- A good choice for those trying to save their Euros is the Pension Nossek, a traditional and great value guesthouse with a superb central location. Take note it's hugely popular, so book well in advance!
- Boutique, budget and very central the charming Saint Shermin is a real catch.
- For something a little different from Vienna's usual grand interiors try Hotel Daniel, Vienna; it's chic, minimalist and environmentally conscious.
- Hotel Kartnerhof is a great central choice for those on a budget. Small doubles or twin rooms start from as little as €109.
Best for Christmas Markets
- Das Triest, a Conran designed property, one of Vienna's first "boutique" hotels
- Konig Von Ungarn, a classical style hotel ideally located very close to St Stephens Cathedral in a 16th century building.
Best for Luxury
- Palais Hansen's traditional neoclassical facade encases modern architecture and contemporary comforts at the very highest level
- Check into the Ritz Carlton, Vienna for some serious pampering. Find palatial rooms and suites, state of the art spa, excellent restaurants, and a roof top bar with panoramic views over Vienna's skyline
- Formerly Prince of Württemberg's Palace now uber luxury hotel, the Imperial is a hard one to beat
Best for foodies
- Das Triest offers up both a fashionable location and superb Northern Italian restaurant complete with atmospheric courtyard
- Palais Hansen plays host to a lavish Michelin starred restaurant, ideal for some true indulgence
- Palais Coburg is another good foodie choice. It's a five-star establishment with two Michelin starred fine dining at Silvio Nickol.
Best for spa breaks
- The contemporary Sans Souci offers a fabulous state of the art spa that includes an indoor pool bedecked with chandeliers
For a city centre apartment
- If you've decided that you'd prefer a city centre apartment, then we recommend you check out the wide range with our online partner, Booking.com.
- Fly to Vienna International Airport located just 18km from the city centre.
- Vienna is well connected by train, so easily reachable from many major European cities and numerous destinations across Austria.
- Vienna is warm and moist in summer, but come winter it dries out and drops below freezing. This variation of temperature is apparent during a single day too, with summer maximum temperatures around 30°C during the day, but dropping to around 14°C at night. June is wet, but the showers are short, with July and August still expecting some rainy days. But summer is also the sunniest time to visit, so it’s still the most popular. Autumn is fresh and mild and very pleasant, and spring tends to warm up quite quickly. It’s cold, but visiting during the Christkindlmärkte, which runs from the end of November until Christmas, is quite magical!
- If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.
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Best Hotels in Vienna
Saint Shermin 10 rooms from £52Vienna
A boutique bed and breakfast hotel in the heart of Vienna with a personal atmosphere and welcoming staff. A home away from home with large rooms and everyday comforts. Close to lots of local bars and restaurants, a good spot to explore this culture filled city and great value too.Great walks - Spend a day in the Vienna WoodsSights nearby - Belvedere Palace
Hotel Daniel, Vienna 116 rooms from £61Vienna
A refreshing hotel. Minimalist, earthy, and focused on saving the environment. All white rooms speckled with neutral colours, fantastic bakery and restaurant, lovely terrace, beehives on the rooftop and vespas to rent. A modern traveller's dream and great value - but think Green Peace hip.Sit-out TerraceValue chicCity StyleSights nearby - 15 mins walk to the city centre. Schloss Belvedere and the Botanical Gardens are close by.
Magdas Hotel 88 rooms from £70Vienna
A trendy hotel and social enterprise in leafy Prater park. Staffed by 2/3s refugees you'll be sure of a fascinating cultural blend. Contemporary design throughout with an emphasis on art. A chic salon is perfect for meetings both business and social. Easy access to the city centre. Inspirational!City Style - Both an exciting and innovative social enteprise and a uber-trendy hangout hotel!Local exploring - Located just 15-minutes from the city centre and its many attractions.Sights nearby - Be sure to check out the impressive Baroque Schönbrunn Palace.Quirky - An experience!
Ruby Marie Hotel 186 rooms from £78Vienna
A sleek, modern hotel in Vienna's trendy 7th district. The bright white rooms are spacious and comfortable and those with attached balconies have beautiful views over Vienna. Enjoy a drink at the bar before heading out to explore the fantastic restaurants and hip bars that litter this area.City Style - An achingly cool rooftop bar acts as the heart and sole of this hip bolthole, augmented by sleek modern rooms.Sights nearby - Just a 15 minute walk from the Hofburg and the Spanish Riding School.Local markets - Ten minutes from the Naschmarkt, an excellent food market in Vienna.Lively - Hip and happening.
Ruby Sofie Hotel 77 rooms from £87Vienna
Excellent city centre hotel set in a former concert hall. Keeping with its original exterior, its interior has had a modern makeover with urbane rooms and a hip bar. Ideally placed for exploring Vienna's wealth of culture and history.Local markets - Twenty minutes from Naschmarkt, an excellent local food market.Sights nearby - 15 minutes walk from St Stephen's Dome and Karlsplatz.
Hotel am Brillantengrund 34 rooms from £87Vienna
Hotel am Brillantengrund is situated in a Biedermer-style building in Vienna's 7th district. It offers shabby chic accommodation with plenty of vintage furniture and the restaurant specialises in Philippine specialities. Relax with a drink in the courtyard under the palm trees! A charming city stay.Local exploring - Make the most out of your location to truly see all that the city has to offerSights nearby - Wander along Graben, Vienna's main street, or go visit the absolutely stunning Belvedere PalaceFull of character
Hotel Karntnerhof 44 rooms from £96Vienna
A lovely bright hotel with classical elegance. Airy rooms and suites in ice blues and white with elegant furniture and pretty paintings. Library filled with oil paintings and antique furniture. A crisp hotel in a great location.Sights nearby - 3 minutes walk from St Stephens CathedralLocal markets - Good for local colour.Traditional
Pension Suzanne 25 rooms from £101Vienna
A charming family run pension with impeccable service in a good central location. Cosy and relaxed, with charming 19th century atmosphere. Lavish breakfast spread. An ideal base for exploring the city.Local exploring - A historic property located in the heart of Vienna within walking distance of the main sights.Sights nearby - Just a short walk from Saint Stephen's Cathedral, Hofburg Palace and the Spanish Riding School.Lively - Hip and happening.TraditionalRecommended by - Frommers
25 Hours Hotel, Vienna 219 rooms from £103Vienna
Quirky, contemporary, playful hotel. Contemporary bedrooms have funky wall murals, light wood floors and private balconies. A large sitting room or study area, restaurant and a lively bar. A young person's choice for fun in the city.Sights nearby - In the heart of the Museums QuartierViews - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.SpaRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Rathaus - Wein & Design 39 rooms from £114Vienna
A stunning boutique hotel in the city centre. A historic building with unique contemporary interiors. Enormous rooms and family suites have lots of natural light, sloping ceilings, and big bath tubs. City style for couples and families.City StyleQuirky - The theme that runs through the hotel is wine! Everything hints at wine, from the room products to the shape of your plate!Traditional - A traditional house with wonderfully modern interiors.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Das Tyrol 30 rooms from £125Vienna
A chic contemporary renovation of century-old house, in the heart of Vienna. Elegant interiors by top local designers, meet stunning works by renowned artists and original features such as the wrought-iron lift door. The helpful staff and small but lovely spa complete the picture.Local exploring - Ideally situated for making the most of Vienna, everything is within walking distance, and the staff are full of advice.City Style - A stylish choice with interiors by Wittmann, Backhausen and Thonet, Prosecco breakfast and private spa!Great walks - This section of the city has recently been pedestrianised making it the ideal for exploring on foot.Local markets - The Museums Quartier (MQ) is right across the road and is packed with eateries, museums and shops.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Levante Parliament 67 rooms from £127Vienna
Behind a traditional facade sit contemporary designed spaces with Air, Fire, Water, and Earth themes. Modern bedrooms and suites in browns, creams and oranges. Excellent restaurant and large terrace, gym, and wellness. Ideal for large groups or weddings.Local markets - A stone's throw from Rathausplatz which hosts Vienna's Christmas Market and much more.Sights nearby - Close to the Austrian parliament and Vienna city hallDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.SpaRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Beethoven 47 rooms from £145Vienna
The traditional Hotel Beethoven is fantastically located in Vienna's cultural corner. Charming rooms with parquet floors and big white beds. Sweet bistro 'Ludwig' and open plan sitting room. A typically Viennese gem.Value chic - Lovely traditional accommodation, in a top location at a great price-what more could you ask for?Local exploring - Head off sightseeing during the day to see all that the city has to offerShort fly break - Located just ten minutes away from Vienna International Airport!Sights nearby - Be sure to see the historic St Stephen's Cathedral and Belvedere Palace
Pension Nossek 30 rooms from £145Vienna
A Family-run pension with character and traditional charm. The rooms are airy with large windows, antique style furniture and polished parquet floors. The great locality and reasonable price makes this the ideal base for a Viennese adventure.Local exploring - Right in the thick of Vienna's premier cultural district, perfect for exploring on foot or two wheels.Sights nearby - Saint Stephens Cathedral is within a 5 minute walk and well worth checking out.TraditionalRecommended by - Fodors
Schreiners Essen und Wohnen 5 rooms from £156Vienna
A chic boutique property in the centre of Vienna yet boasting a quiet garden location. Smart rooms are simply designed with pine furniture, whitewashed walls and large sash windows. A central courtyard is the perfect spot to unwind with a regional tipple. The ideal inner city hideaway.Local exploring - Well located for easy access to many of the city's main attractions.Sights nearby - Be sure not to miss the impressive Baroque Schonbrunn Palace.Romantic - Good for couples.Traditional
Hotel Grand Ferdinand 188 rooms from £164Vienna
A chic boutique hotel on the bustling Ringstrabe boulevard, in the heart of the city. Uniquely designed rooms, high end furnishings and open bathrooms with tubs. There are three gourmet restaurants to choose from and the rooftop pool offers great views of the city. An understated glamorous choice.Romantic Break - Deep soaking tubs, plush bedding, spectacular views and fantastic food combine to make this a couples paradise.City Style - Sleek, smooth and achingly cool- this hotel exudes an elegance and refined charm like no other!Local markets - Located in the heart of the city, easy to explore important sights, restaurants and shopsSights nearby - The Vienna State Opera and the City park are moments away.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Altstadt Vienna 45 rooms from £166Vienna
A thoroughly contemporary hotel encased in a traditional shell. Each room is entirely unique and individually designed by designers and architects. The owner's adorned the walls with contemporary art including Warhole's and Prachensky's. The food is excellent and locally inspired. A chic option.Romantic Break - Couples should pick one of the Boudoir-inspired suites- decked out with mural-sized photographic nudes and sultry red velvet.City Style - A renovated townhouse nestled in the arty district of Spittelberg, with chic modern interiors.Great walks - Get out and explore the hip young district of Spittelberg on foot.SpaRecommended by - Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
Topazz 33 rooms from £172Vienna
Modern, uncluttered, no frills attached. Simple contemporary rooms and suites with clean lines and funky oval windows. Open plan living areas, a good bistro, and access to its sister hotel's excellent restaurant across the street. Refreshingly simple.Sights nearby - Superb location right in the heart of the city. Walking distance to most major attractions.City StyleLively - Hip and happening.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Tablet
Hollmann Beletage 25 rooms from £182Vienna
A stylish modern boutique hotel in a converted townhouse. Rooms are minimalistic with quirky features. Think bathrooms found in cupboards. The owner is a professional chef so expect to dine well. The location is central and the rates affordable. An excellent find.City Style - Nestled in a quiet quarter of the old city centre, full of character and charm with orginal artwork and quirky details.Sights nearby - The nearby Hofburg Palace complex houses the National Library and the Presidential Office amongst other sites.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of characterRecommended by - Tablet
König von Ungarn 33 rooms from £193Vienna
16th-century building transformed into a classical hotel with charming traditional style. Large rooms, antiques, plenty of atmosphere in central position. Good value.Sights nearby - Only 50 m away from the beautiful Saint Stephen's Cathedral.Full of characterViews - Great views from hotelQuirky - An experience!Recommended by - Frommers, Fodors
Sans Souci 63 rooms from £201Vienna
A stylish contemporary hotel in the heart of Vienna's art district. Slick modern design with traditional, exceptional service. Beautiful breakfasts and bar and state of the art spa. This five star hotel is perfect for romantics and art lovers.Spa breaksCity StyleLuxurySights nearby - Opposite the Museum QuarterRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Lamée 32 rooms from £205Vienna (01. Innere Stadt)
Sumptous 5* hotel in city centre. Interiors have stunning views from full length windows, enormous dark marble bathrooms and luxurious fabrics. Roof terrace for panoramic cocktails. Restaurant offers Austrian specialities in glamorous dining room. Romantic, intimate and superb location.Romantic Break - Dark veneers, taupe silks, velvet furniture and marble bathrooms, enjoy returning to hotel after wandering this glorious citySights nearby - St. Stephen's CathedralGreat walks - In Viennese City ParkDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.
The Guest House 39 rooms from £206Vienna
Contemporary 5* hotel. Large bedrooms have modern furniture, Bang & Olufsen electronics, stunning city views and big grey marble bathrooms. Delightful brasserie designed by Sir Terence Conran offers updated traditional dishes. Private, chic and central.Local exploring - With the feel of a private apartment, but with 5* hotel service, a chic base to explore Vienna's streetsSights nearby - Hofburg Imperial Palace & St Stephen's CathedralGreat walks - Five minute walk from Burggarten ParkViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
The Ring 68 rooms from £216Vienna
Casual luxury on Ringstrasse, a younger sibling to the Grand, with pared down facilities and a chic intimacy. Cool, sophisticated rooms range in size but all offer luxuries of a 5*. Lively bar to start the evening and an award winning restaurant. Enjoy the spa, sauna and gym. Great downtown locationCity Style - Antique furnishings, rainfall showers, trendy bars and extensive wine cellar- right in the centre of the city.Total relaxation - Revive with unique spa treatments, plush bedding and warm attentive service, you won't want to leave!Sights nearby - Vienna State Opera is around the corner, be sure to check out what is on during your stay.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection
Das Triest 72 rooms from £223Vienna
A Conran-designed boutique hotel. The minimalist design has striking architectural features. Rooms are simple, crisp and clean with state of the art mod cons. Excellent Italian cuisine is on offer. Placed in the trendy Fourth district makes this one ideal for a city break.City Style - Individully styled rooms with furnishings by Philippe Starck, Wittmann, and Minotti achieve effortless elegance and style.Foodies - Enjoy award winning cuisine in the inner courtyard garden, mouthwatering Italian flavours crafted from local produce.Sights nearby - The fourth district holds St Charles's Church with the Karlsplatz Square which has an enchanting Christmas market.Local markets - A short walk from the famous Naschmarkt, a haven for foodlovers.Recommended by - Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Palais Hansen 152 rooms from £246Vienna
An exquisite Five Star hotel. A traditional neoclassical facade encases modern architecture and contemporary comforts at the highest level. Beautiful rooms and suites, Michelin starred restaurant, lively bars, and a state of the art spa. A great choice for the luxury traveller.Foodies - Michelin starred restaurant.Spa breaks - Sate of the art spa.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.City Style
Grand Hotel Wien 205 rooms from £289Vienna
This luxurious five star is truly the Grand Dame of Vienna. The sumptuous rooms feature classic interiors, oozing elegance and opulence. The dining is second to none, with everything from traditional Viennese to Japanese. A one of a kind experience.Foodies - Foodie heaven from the traditional Japanese restaurant Unkai to the the Michelin-starred Le Ciel by Toni Mörwald.Total relaxation - With a sauna, steam bath and spa treatments plus relaxation zone and knockout cocktails its hard not to realax.Full of character5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Recommended by - Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Ritz Carlton, Vienna 202 rooms from £311Vienna
A stunning Five Star hotel with a neoclassical facade and mid-century modernist interiors. Palatial rooms and suites, Art Deco in style, with all the mod cons. State of the art spa, excellent restaurants, and a roof top bar with panoramic views over Vienna's skyline.Roof terrace - Stunning views from the roof terrace bar.Foodies - Fantastic restaurant options.Romantic BreakCity Style
Do&Co 43 rooms from £329Vienna
A chic contemporary hotel with an unbeatable location. Stunning views from the bar stretch across the city. Impressive glass walled meeting rooms also take advantage of the location. Rooms feature modern open bathrooms. The restaurant follows the contemporary theme. Ideal for a stylish city break.Foodies - The restaurant is sure to knock your socks off with an impressive traditional Austrian fare plus top notch sushi and sashmi bar.City Style - Sleek and understated chic design, impeccable service and unbeatable location with views over Stephansplatz.Local markets - Have a culinary adventure at nearby Vienna Naschmarkt, packed with stalls and restaurants.Sights nearby - Visit the impressive St. Stephens Cathedral or simply admire its facade from the terrace.Recommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Hotel Imperial 138 rooms from £385Vienna
Prince of Württemberg's Palace turned luxury hotel in 1873 offers grandeur, history and comfort. Massive rooms and suites are classic in style. Enjoy the award winning restaurant, the popular bar and the live music entertainment. With metres upon metres of marble, this is a truly majestic stay.Romantic Break - A truly spoiling stay, treat yourselves to champagne breakfast in the ballroom or private dinner in your sumptuous suite.City Style - Location on the Ringstrasse, with suites adorned with chandeliers, swagged fabrics, orginal art and private butlers.Sights nearby - Just down the road from the Vienna State Opera, the Hofburg Imperial Palace, and St. Stephen's Cathedral.Full of characterRecommended by - Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Hotel Sacher 149 rooms from £434Vienna
Old world charm and modern luxury. An 'institution' in the heart of Vienna. Chic white rooms with marble bathrooms and large sash windows. Ornate living rooms and restaurants are the place to be seen. An excellent concierge service. A spa with a wide range of treatments. Pure indulgence.Spa breaks - A luxurious spa using only the best products including including La Prairie, Ligne St. Barth and their unique Time to Chocolate.City Style - Lavishly decorated in damask, silks, gold, brass and marble- this hotel has become and institution of classic style.Sights nearby - Positioned opposite the State Opera and right next to the Kärntner Straße.Full of characterRecommended by - Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Palais Coburg 34 rooms from £610Vienna
Splendour and elegance in Five Star luxury. A grand hotel with magnificent suites, ballrooms, fantastic food, extensive spa and one of the best wine cellars in the world. For the luxury traveller.Foodies - Restaurant Silvio Nickol holds two Michelin stars.City StyleWellbeing5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Recommended by - Relais & Chateaux, CN Traveller