In my inexperience of Vienna, I made the mistake of walking from Westbanhof. It took about half an hour and, when I eventually got to Josefstädter Straße, I found the hotel was at the other end of the street. I would have been better off taking the underground to Rathaus.
Check-in was simple and efficient. On the way to my room, my heart sank walking the cheerless corridor, with a carpet obviously in need of cleaning or replacing. But once in my room I was pleasantly surprised: clean, well furnished and, for a single room, reasonably spacious. Two windows facing a back street allowed plenty of natural light in. The curtains were thick enough to exclude the light as required. The bed and bedding seemed of good quality, and I soon confirmed this when I lay in the bed for a good nap.
The breakfast buffet was simple but decent. I particularly enjoyed the slices of smoked salmon. Throughout the hotel the service was fine, without any fuss but correct.
Of particular importance for me was the WiFi connection. I had checked beforehand that this was available throughout the hotel and that it was free. This was indeed the case, but the connection was unstable and, strangely, it went off every time my iPad went to sleep. This means that each time I awakened the iPad I would have to re-enter the username and password, neither of which were particularly intuitive or memorable. I therefore found myself disconnected many times, and unable to reconnect if I didn't have the piece of paper on me with the login information. I am a seasoned iPad user, so I know this was not my device's foible, but the connection's. At such times my mobile phone's WiFi could have been the obvious alternative, but I found that the login details were only valid for one device, so connection was refused from the phone.
Another draw for me had been the gym and sauna. The gym proved very basic, with only a few aerobic machines and one multi-gym machine which was not enough for a thorough workout. The sauna, alas, was closed in daytime; it only opens from 1700 onwards, which for me was no use.
Staff at reception were helpful with directions and taxi orders, and they were happy to lend me an umbrella. Check-out was as efficient as check-in had been.
I would go back to the Fleming's Deluxe, but I hope they do something about the WiFi. And it would be more honest to specify in the description of facilities that the sauna is only open in the evenings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are laying Vienna at your feet: You will reside in the city center in the beautiful "Josefstadt" quarter, directly behind City Hall and only a short walk from the Hofburg and Parliament. You can easily reach all landmarks and highlights of the emperor's city by foot. Our Fleming's delights for you: excellent service, comfortable Deluxe living, and an incomparable design concept. In addition, you will find services such as shoe shining, limousine, room, and secretary services. The first step to a successful event is selecting the right location. Our conference hotel in Vienna provides 4 fully air-conditioned conference rooms with daylight and 2 boardrooms in our conference center. These can be individually connected, thus giving you a customizable venue for symposiums, banquets, or conferences in Vienna. The technical equipment, with power window blinds, free Internet access via WLAN, ceiling beamer, centrally controlled media technology for various preprogrammed technical scenarios, and a network interface, leaves nothing to be desired. ... more less
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