I stayed at the Ibis to attend a conference at the Messe Wien. As a result, the price was extortionate – EUR89 for a single, EUR113 double, but have read it’s normally much more economical than this.
The hotel is about ½ hour’s taxi ride from the airport, and cost EUR40 in taxi fare. It is possible to get there more economically by taking the CAT train from Vienna International airport to Landstrasse (½ hour), then the metro line U3 directly to Westbanhof (6 stops). From Westbanhof, it is just 5 minutes’ walk to the hotel, or you can take the tram which stops directly in front of the hotel.
The Ibis is situated on a main road, just a few minutes away from the Mariahilf strasse shopping area. As already commented on by other reviewers, checking in was a quick and painless process. The Reception staff are plenty, prompt and helpful, and it was never necessary to queue for very long. There is a large lobby area with internet and toilet facilities, and a spacious secure luggage room where you could leave luggage for as long as you like if you need to check out early and have a late flight.
I was not given much information about how to get around etc., but there were plenty of maps and guides, and it did not take long to suss out the Metro system. I had brought along ‘Top 10 Vienna’, which was a mine of useful practical information in very compact readable form.
The rooms are basic, but clean and functional. The single bed was quite narrow, with only one pillow and a thin quilt, but these were sufficient. No fridge, safe, kettle or tea / coffee were provided. The bathroom was quite small, and only 2 large rough towels were provided, no face towels. Nor were there any of the usual niceties such as toiletries, shower cap. Instead there was a wall dispenser containing shower gel / shampoo. There was a hairdryer, however. The shower pressure was excellent, as was water temperature control.
The room was air-conditioned, but only from 7am – 10pm, and there was little control over room temperature. Even though I visited Vienna in early October, the room still became very stuffy when the AC went off, and I had to ask for a fan (thanks to a previous reviewer’s helpful tip, I knew this was available on request!). I do wonder what it will be like in the summer, and whether AC will still be turned off at night. Opening the window was not really an option, due to the traffic noise from the roads. It was very quiet when the window was closed, however, so noise was not really a problem (I was on the 3rd floor).
Breakfast was from 6 – 10am and was plentiful, as were seating places. There was a good selection of cold meat, fruit and fruit salad, yogurt, bread, scrambled eggs and turkey hot dogs. Breakfast was included in the EUR89 I paid for a single room, but otherwise there are plenty of other good eating places including at the Westbanhof station, where 2 small quite expensive supermarkets could also be found.
As already mentioned above & by other reviewers, the Ibis is in a fantastic location, just a few minutes away from the Westbanhof station, through which lines U3 & U6 run. Museum quarters are 4 stops away. And Stephansplatz (Mozart house, Hofburg palace & Stephansdom cathedral) is 5 stops away on the U3. The metro system in Vienna is so fantastically fast it took only 20 minutes to reach my conference venue, even though this looks like it is at the other end of Vienna and involved 9 stops & one line change to get there. The area around the hotel itself feels safe and cheerful, with plenty to offer on those days you do not feel like sightseeing.
Overall I had a positive experience staying at the Ibis, and would be happy to stay again, but will need to check whether air conditioning is turned off at night in the summer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ibis Wien Messe Hotel is conveniently located in the center of Vienna, near the Prater. The Reed Messe congress center, Austria Center Vienna, Donauinsel (Danube Island), Praterstern train station, (direct train to Vienna airport) Prater park, UNO City and the center of Vienna can all be reached easily via the U-Bahn. Sporty types can visit the neighboring Donauinsel or the Prater Hauptallee. Whether you're here for business or pleasure, you can start the day with an inexpensive, hearty breakfast.100% non-smoking hotel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Hotel Vienna
- Ibis Hotel Wien Mariahilf