I do agree with all the good things said about this place, and there is no real need to re-iterate them her again. Fabulous location, very friendly staff, good breakfast, spotless rooms… the list goes on and on. The facade of the hotel and entrance in the first floor looks like every apartment complex in Vienna rather than a hotel which may be a bit of a surprise, but don’t let the first impression put you off. You would miss the best value for money in Vienna.
We stayed in room 61 on the sixth floor. It is a clean room with not the most precious old furniture which is great if you are there with a 5 year old as we were. It is a recently renovated and specious room with a kitchenette. The kitchenette is in a separate small room and equipped with a tiny table in the corner, a gas stove with two fields (no oven), a small fridge with a small built in freezer, a coffee maker of the sort where you need ground coffee beans and a filter bag, a sink, and dishes, cutlery, pots and pans. You’ll find everything needed to cook simple meals.
The bedroom has a double bed with two brand new (16 July 2013) rather firm mattresses, a good sized TV with many local stations plus the Italian RAI and CNN. We had a single bed for our son at the end of the room. There is a large wardrobe which was big enough to accommodate all our cloth as well as our 3 large suitcases, and it also has a small safe with a key lock.
We were there in summer and the weather was glorious. As the room has no air-condition, we first thought it may be an issue, but the temperature fell during the evening to cool the room and it was a pleasure to sleep with open windows. The room gets rather warm during sunny summer days which may be an issue if your child still needs a nap. This room faces away from the road into a courtyard. While this may spoil the view a bit, it makes this room very quiet for a hotel in the middle of it all.
The bathroom is newly renovated and the toilet in a separate room. Shower and toilet are neat and clean.
This brings me to the great location of this hotel. It is literally across the road from the State Opera and just around the corner (50meter) from the main shopping mile. The underground trains U1, U2, and U4 at station ‘Karlsplatz’ are c. 200 meters away which connects you to virtually every corner of the city within minutes. A weekly pass for ALL public transport in Vienna city for a week costs as little as 16 EUR and is valid from one Monday to the next. Just ask at Pension Suzanne where to get them.
Food shopping: A ‘Spar’ – a small grocery shopping centre - is on the same road as your underground train, approximately 250 meters from Suzanne. Again ask for directions at the Suzanne if you did not see it on your stroll around the block. The logo of the ‘Spar’ looks like a green Christmas tree in a circle. You’ll find that beer is ridiculously cheap there: 500ml wheat beer is 79 cent and can be bought there as well.
If you are after more reasonable priced shops than what you will find in the touristic epicentre, go to Mariahillferstrasse. This is a shopping street which offers everything you can wish for. If you ask yourself where the people of Vienna go shopping, this is the spot. Take the U2 from station Karlsplatz in direction ‘Aspernstrasse’ to station ‘Volkstheater’ (5 minutes). Now change underground trains at station ‘Volkstheater’ to U3, direction ‘Ottakring’. Two stations later you can leave at station ‘Zieglergasse’ and you are at Mariahilferstrasse. It sounds a bit complicated, but ask for a map of the underground route in the Pension Suzanne and you’ll see it is no worry at all.
If you are in Vienna with kids, there are good playgrounds in the Stadtpark which is a 15 minutes walk or one station from station ‘Karlsplatz’with the underground U4 to ‘Stadtpark’ direction ‘Heiligenstadt’. Pretty much every park has a good play ground which was a positive surprise for us. If it is getting hot and you are looking to cool down, go to the Gänsehäufel which is a lido at an island in Donau river. It takes about 30 minutes by public transport to get there and is well worth it, especially if you have kids. It only costs EUR 5 entrance fee and features a nice water play pool for all age groups, a wave pool and other pools as well as beaches at Donau river. To get there, take U1 from Karlsplatz in direction Leopoldau to station Kaisermühlen-VIC. Then follow all other traveller to the bus station 200 meters from the U1 station. Take any of the busses 90A, 91A or 92A until station ‘Schüttauplatz’. In the bus is a digital display at the front of the bus showing the next station. Press the stop button to signal the driver that you want to leave. Don’t be shy to ask for directions, everyone speaks English, but you will probably not need it.
And a last one for the kids, the Naturhistorische Museum has a nice dinosaur exhibition. Getting there: U2 from your very familiar station Karlsplatz to station Volkstheater (two stations). Well… I told you Pension Suzanne is in the middle of it.
And yes, if you ask yourself where we will stay in Vienna next time and where we will send all our friends and family, it is the Pension Suzanne, our little place in the hearth of this fantastic city. I sit in the kitchenette as I type this report and I am sad that our stay here nears the end.
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