I was rather pleasantly surprised by this hotel. The staff was very nice--I had to drop my bag off earlier than expected and leave earlier than they normally did check-out, and they were very accommodating about both aspects and were even concerned about me being able to take some of the breakfast with me when I left the next morning. My room, furthermore, was great--very big, very comfortable, and clean and stylish. Frankly, this was somewhat of a surprise because the common areas of the hotel were almost deceptively run-down. I was quite nervous about what the quality of the room would be like because the elevator, the hallways, and the reception all showed scuff marks and other signs of wear, but the room might as well have been in a 4 or 5 star hotel, it was so nice.
As far as the location is concerned, there are pros and cons. The pro is that there's a bus stop nearby and the Schonbrunn metro station is a 5-10 minute walk away. Schonbrunn Palace is another 5 minutes from there. Personally, I liked this because having been to Vienna several times, I can definitely say Schonbrunn is my favorite place to visit, and you could spend a lot of time there. The cons are that despite the proximity to Schonbrunn, it's not in a typical "touristy" area of town, so if you're coming to Vienna for that long-awaited vacation, it may not be your place. Also, for the single girls, you do pass a sex store on the way from the Schonbrunn metro station to the hotel. If this is something that makes you wary, be aware. The area still felt safe to me, but I could not swear on it because I was not out really late at night, since I make a point to avoid doing that when traveling.
Overall, I think it is a good hotel and I had a pleasant stay. I would recommend it, especially if traveling on a budget. The price is excellent for Vienna.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located near the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, our hotel represents the ideal starting point for exploring Vienna's main tourist attractions. Great infrastructure offers you easy access to the city centre and the most significant historical sites, regardless whether you arrive by car or are planning to use public transportation. Clear lines, deliberately chosen colour contrast and functional elements characterise the architecture and interior design of the Vienna Urban Resort Hotel. Each uniquely designed space shows the special attention to details. ... more less
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