This was our 62nd hotel stay on an extended around-the-world trip. We stayed three nights in a double room booked through booking.com two days prior to our stay, for an average of EUR105/night (USD/AUD approx. $123/night). We found hotel prices in central Vienna to be very expensive, and this was a reasonably priced alternative, close to efficient and cheap transport.
What’s good: Our room (#313) was clean, modern and comfortable, and average size with a desk, lounge chair and clothes hanging space. Room did not face the street. Window opened for fresh air. Breakfast was one of the best quality (not the largest selection though) in a European hotel so far – medium selection of hot dishes, cereals, yoghurts, quality fresh fruit & juices, breads, jams and sweet buns, cold meat and cheeses - lots of organic choices too.
Visitors from North America should be aware it’s common for European hotels to have twin beds pushed together to make a double, with individual duvets (doonas) for each side (including in summer), and no top sheet. There’s also no coffee machine or ice machine. Bedding comfort is a personal thing although we found ours soft with flat pillows (also common in Europe).
Staff had good english, and were polite and efficient.
Minor issues: Wifi whilst free, is one of those annoying ‘collect a voucher only good for 24 hours and re-enter your code each time you use it’ arrangements. Experienced a little noise from the room above, and despite double-glazed windows, noise from the ground floor courtyard is amplified upwards from the city streets, so sleeping with earplugs was required.
Nearby: For great local food (authentic weiner schniztel and good local beer) at reasonable prices, try Gasthaus Nestroy – 2.5 blocks walk left on exiting the hotel, along Weintraubengasse. The area has a large Middle-Eastern population and nearby are pharmacies, a post office (although we found postage costs in Vienna amongst some of the most expensive on out travels so far), a kebab shop and plenty of other stores and cafes along Praterstraße. Note though that most stores and cafes nearb are closed on Sundays. We felt fairly safe walking back to the hotel from the train station up to around 9:30pm, although you’ll see quite a bit of homelessness and alcohol drinkers regularly hanging around outside the Prasterstern train station (like any train station in the world really).
Transport: The very large Praterstern tram/metro station (U-bahn, red line U1) is around 2 blocks/200 metres walk from the hotel and makes this hotel a convenient alternative to expensive inner-city ones. We were able to catch the metro daily into the city and most other tourist places quite easily. A single ticket is EUR 2/person/trip although 24/48/72 hour and longer passes are also available. There is also the S-bahn line for more surburban areas. You can also catch the U1 from Praterstern to Wien Mitte station, and transfer to the S7 for a much cheaper trip to/from the airport than the direct CAT (City Airport Train).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Der Wilhelmshof - the arthotel between the city center of Vienna and the famous PraterIn the immediate vicinity of one of the main attractions of Vienna, the Ferris wheel in Vienna's Prater, our arthotel «Der Wilhelmshof» is located in a quiet side alley.The interior of the family-run 4-star hotel impresses by its warm, artistic atmosphere, which, together with the modern technical equipment and personal service, is thoroughly tailored to the needs and the well-being of our guests. We are a special hotel, since art accompanies our guests throughout the hotel – from the elegant entrance hall through the artistically staged mezzanines up to the stylish guest rooms that are individually designed. Besides the WLAN access which is available for our hotel guests, free of charge, there is also a hotel-owned garage. Please note that Der Wilhelmshof a non- smoking hotel.Our professionalism, the comfortable and cozy atmosphere and our passion for details rank among our strengths. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Der Wilhelmshof Hotel Vienna
- Wilhelmshof Hotel Vienna