I'm seeing everyone rave about this hotel, and I wouldn't say it was terrible, but there are some drawbacks in your stay that make the hotel mediocre.
- The hotel is not very far from the underground station, making it pretty easy to get to and leave. Basically it's two blocks off a main street where right on the corner is the subway station. It's kind of a pain that the trip to the main street is uphill - not that I mind the exercise, but having to do the walk in the morning was just irritating. But, very convenient.
- The room was clean and comfortable. While there was no air conditioning, you could have the window open that let in enough air to make it tenable.
- Free wifi (more to come). Glad I didn't have to pay for the wifi, it was fast enough and easily accessed.
- First, this hotel is not in the posh area of town. I'm sure you'd pay more for that. The area isn't unsafe, but when you first see it you'll think you're in the 'bad part of town'. You're not, it just looks that way. Ignore that grafitti on the walls of the buildings as you walk there.
- The staff is 'meh'. They didn't seem to want to be particularly helpful, and I was able to get the minimal assistance from them in what I needed. It almost felt as if they were annoyed they worked in a hotel. I didn't really care - but other people might.
- The breakfast. I wouldn't know because I didn't include that in my stay, but probably because it was 15 EURO PER! Holy smokes! A 15 Euro breakfast had better be laced with gold my friend, because that's a pretty heafty bill for what I would expect to be continental fare. To be fair, I didn't see the breakfast, simply because the cost was atrocious. I could grab a buttered roll and coffee at the bakery for 5 euro and call it a day.
- Not sure where one of these reviews (Emmanuel) thinks this is the perfect of everything. The street does have some noise to it - motorcycles, garbage trucks, etc. It's not deafening, and it's not terribly inconvenient, but its there.
- One elevator, 7 floors. You do the math. You'll be fighting with people for the elevator or taking the stairs a few times.
- Pleasant signs on your floor will advise you (as of October 2012) to lock your laptop, wallet, money and passport in your room safe because there have been security 'issues'. I didn't feel very safe after that - given the malaise of the staff and the slightly dingy area. I had no issues, but just the fact that they have to make a general door placard to make sure you get the point tells me there's something going on.
The experience as a whole was average. Nothing that wowed me or pegged this as a place I should stay again. I would stay here if I wanted to see things in the area, but more than likely I'd choose something closer to the heart of town, with a few more amenities and poshness to make my stay delightful rather than a place to crash. I'd recommend this for people on a tight budget - it's pretty austere, and I'm guessing the prices aren't heavy either. If you have a little more money to spend, look for something that is a little higher on the scale.
I will also state that on Webgasse near the main street is a Greek restaurant - Mythos. It has excellent food and I would recommend if you stay at the hotel or are in the area, it's worth a stop in.
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