I want to put some time into a decent review instead of a one paragraph throw away which I do not understand especially those that say 'nothing special' or 'lacks character'. I completely disagree wholeheartedly, there's everything special about this Hotel!!!
This hotel is one of the best romantic getaway hotels in a culturally rich European City. At first you will be greeted with a discreet entrance to the building with nary a soul in sight except to a large and spacious staircase up to the second level - the grand red carpet, large enclossed collosal candles and unusual mirror-shined steel plate on the side of wall give you a hint for the design epic that you will eventually step into. But don't let the less than grand side entrance and walkup to reception fool you, this hotel is as boutique and design as they get.
Each hallway had a theme and it was fun just exploring around and taking pictures of the different floors and rooms around the hotel (ranging from dark wood/maroon velvet, to playful light alice and wonderland style colors). The common dining/lounge area was exceptionally designed with a different theme for each room, high quality furnishing, you definitely feel the luxe and attention to detail that is infused into the design. We stayed in the "Felix" room (named from the floor carpet with a huge cursive felix inscribed into it - booked a standard design room and got upgraded - Thank you Aldstadt!) which we recommend to couples or soon to be coupling ;) The room is very large, dark, shape is odd with long hall and 1/2 nude prints on the wall and one on the ceiling above the bed, which got a good laugh but was very tastefully done per my girlfriend. Here is my stream of thoughts on the design deatils: the room is dark dark dark, dark wood trim, open air sink, second bathroom (with door) for toilet was a little odd off on the side, has an elevated corner with open bathtub illuminated from above (it looks amazing), the ceilings are extremely high, mini couch/coffee corner, illy espresso machine (with 4 complementary shots), super tall windows (with roll down darkening shades) facing interior courtyard (and opposite other voyeurs), really grand chandelier and exceptional mood lighting with a million unmarked 'figure me out' switches, needs more outlets for gadgets, odd mini TV standing on trip in middle of room, sheer curtained off area for hanging clothes (not exactly a closed closet), and walk-in dark tiled shower big enough to fit 10 (would not try it). This hotel definitely turned an intially questionable trip into a memorable and enjoyable one :)
The staff were exceptionally friendly. I can't stress this enough as an incredible value, esp. after somewhat of an abusive experience we foreigners experience in some Viennese dining facilities. The waitress during the morning breakfast was so friendly and helpful (always smiling - seems to be having the best day of her life working in the Aldstadt) she really made out day. The breakfast itself, mostly continental, and huge variety of cold cuts/dishes, tasty and filling (and included!) rounded out this stay.
I recommended this to my European Friends as well as any Americans who want to have a unique boutique romantic experience/getaway.
Location: ***** (by walking:8 minutes to the subway, 12 minutes to museum quarter, 20 to Karzplatz Church)
Service: ***** (Uber friendly, see review)
Food: **** (plenty, big spread, but more warm food options would be nice)
Price: **** (you get what you pay for, it's definitly a splurge but worth it)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the middle of the city’s 7th district, behind the splendid façade of an old patrician house, one finds the Hotel Altstadt Vienna. Since its opening in 1991 the stylish 4-star hotel has been a favourite hideaway for art-lovers, musicians, and non-group travellers from all over the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Altstadt Vienna Hotel Vienna
- Altstadt Hotel Vienna
- Vienna Altstadt Hotel