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MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi
Ranked #99 of 361 Hotels in Vienna
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Oslo, Norway
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“Nice, clean, affordable”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Vienna is an expensive city. When I was choosing a hotel close to city center, most were either expensive, or had bad reviews. Since I was booking late, I didn't have much to choose from. And suddenly I came across Meininger Sissi that had both price and reviews that looked satisfying to me! And the stay in this hotel didn't disappoint me. For the price I paid, I think I got good value.

It's located in a quiet area which is close to Schwedenplatz - the spot where airport buses arrive. Around 10 minutes of walking. That's handy when you have a huge bag with you! If you're coming from another part of the city, it's also convenient: Schottenring metro station is just 5 minutes away. If you're not lazy, you can reach Stepahnsdom by foot in about 20-25 minutes.

We stayed in a double room on the 5th (last) floor with "attic" windows. I think it was renovated very recently. I liked that it had some space next to the door. In some hotels, you stumble right upon the bed as you enter... But here, there was no such problem. The room was clean (daily room service). The bathroom was spacious enough.

The beds weren't big, but they were comfortable. Overall, the room is rational, but very minimalistic: beds, bedside tables, flat screen TV, a desk, a chair, a small closet, coat hangers near the door. I didn't expect much for that budget, but probably they could add some accessories that would make it a tiny bit cozier... Say, a floor lamp or some simple wall decoration.

There was free wifi in the room, and the signal was good.

Probably, it wasn't the "hot season" when I stayed, but I never saw the crowds of young backpackers some of the reviewers described. Most of the visitors I saw were 40+.

Never tried the hotel breakfast, so can't rate it. However, I'd like to point out that beverages and snacks are available to by in the lobby. Btw, the staff was always friendly.

Disadvantages:
- the one thing that bugged me is that the light in the room was very dim! The room had dark grey walls, which emphasized the weak light. The room would benefit from stronger lamps!
- noisy construction works in the neighbor buildings... But that's definitely not the hotels fault!

Summary: I'd recommend Meininger Sissi to those who don't expect luxury in a budget hotel :)

Room Tip: Before construction works end, better get a room facing Schiffamtsgasse. It might be a tiny bit quie...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Meininger H, Reception at MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Hello Ruby R,

thank you very much for your review.

We are very happy that you have enjoyed your stay at MEININGER Hotel Wien Sissi.

We are working on a new lightning-concept that the lights will be brighter in the romms

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

The hotel is within walking distance to downtown. It is functional and clean, but not pretty or glamorous. In many design questions you have the impression that it was designed for men. Pleasant, is that the rooms are well shielded from each other, so you really do not hear anything from the other guests. Unfortunately during our stay was the house next door was built and the builders have made a joke of it, as early as possible to rumble with unnecessary noise. But that will certainly be over soon ...

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

This chain hotel is great for those looking for an inexpensive place to stay in an expensive city that also has a bit of style. The whole place looks newly renovated so, despite it's thoroughly 1960's looking exterior, its modern and quirky inside. Situated not far from Schottenring U-bahn station across the canal, it is a prime position for walking out into the city or going out to Schonnbrun (The two U-bahn stations are on the same line and it takes about 20minutes to get there).
The staff are lovely and particularly helpful. There are two computers in the lobby with internet time being inexpensive. Downstairs there is also a luggage room which is handy.
Though only two of us were staying, we were put in a family room which was huge. A shower room and separate bathroom were very useful. Everything is of a good quality from the thick wood-laminate flooring to the stone tiles in the bathrooms.
Our only criticisms were that currently there is building work going on at the back of the building and that the room was dark. As you can see from the pictures, the rooms are painted a variety of colours but ours was painted chocolate brown (ceiling included) and thus was gloomy at night. Reading was a struggle.

Room Tip: At present, go for a front facing room due to building work. If you are an early riser like me howev...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Meininger H, Reception at MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 5, 2012 via mobile

Not too bad for the centre of town and all the sites and sounds of this beautiful city. The rooms are basic but good sizes with shower, toilet etc.
It can be a little noisy as it is in a residential area so aim for floor 4 or 5.
The staff are friendly and very helpful
Not much in the way of luxuries, it's literally a room and breakfast to make the most of the city

I wouldn't use it for a romantic trip

Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2012

A great base for discovering Vienna for few days. The hotel is newly renovated. The rooms are very clean (and quite small), and the breakfast is very good. The hotel is a bit difficult to find, but is very close to the metro station. The hotel staff is very helpful.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dear YR2008Ott,


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We are very happy that you have enjoyed your stay at MEININGER Hotel Wien Sissi.

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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Finding decent accommodation in Vienna in a busy time like August can be an expensive affair and as a young couple with a slightly restrained budget we found it a difficult to find a hotel which was not very far from the centre and was in our budget. We finally chose Meininger Hotel Downtown Sissi and we were not let down at all. We did not find it easily but that is because we got off at the wrong metro station. The nearest metro station to the hotel is Schoetterling and the hotel is just a two minute walk from there. It is well connected by metro and tram and not too far from the centre of the city (about 5-10mins by tram or train). Everyone at the reception was extremely polite and helpful and cheerfully greeted us each time we walked in and out. The room was basic- sparse though clean and comfortable, not too small and had a well-equipped bathroom which was on the smaller side. The only problem we had was that the windows would not open more than an inch and it was extremely stuffy in the room (this is a problem that one may face only in the peak summer). Nevertheless, we wouldn’t have been able to sleep well if we were not dead tired from all the travelling.

There is no wifi in the room unless you pay for it (I don’t remember the price but it wasn’t cheap). However, there is free wifi available in the lobby. Also, breakfast is not included in the price. You have to pay 5.95 euros for it. We opted not to eat in the hotel. There are many cafes nearby and it works out cheaper. Moreover, we got a chance to sleep in a bit and not rush to make it to breakfast in time. Also, the hotel has a well-equipped vending machine so you can grab a beer or snack whenever you want at a fairly reasonable price.

I’d recommend the hotel to anyone who is looking for decent accommodation at a decent price.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Meininger H, Reception at MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Hello Aditi_k88,

thank you very much for your review.

We are very happy that you have enjoyed your stay at MEININGER Hotel Wien Sissi.

The WIFI in the whole building is for free.

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

First of all there are three in Vienna so make sure your going to right one. We got upgraded to a 4 bedroom dorm for our 2 night stay which was nice but as there were 3 of us its like being in a hotel(ps i know its a hotel but you know what it mean) an part of going to a hostel is to meet people so I would give it a miss if you want to meet other traveler types. I would recomend it if you want to wind down because it is very relaxed but be warned they charge for everything. The facitities are good, and hostel is central.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Meininger H, Reception at MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Hello Ralph W,

thank you very much for your review.

We are very happy that you have enjoyed your stay at MEININGER Hotel Wien Sissi.

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Property: MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi
Address: Schiffamtsgasse 15, Vienna 1020, Austria
Location: Austria > Vienna Region > Vienna > Leopoldstadt
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Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #99 of 361 Hotels in Vienna
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Hotel Class:3 star — MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi 3*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi has its own unique allure and is a must for all Empress Sissi fans. Amusing little details radiate contemporary Viennese charm. The hotel is situated in the second district, and the city centre is within walking distance. The colourful Karmeliter market with cafes and restaurants is just around the corner. With its guest kitchen, lounge, bar, gaming area and free WiFi, our Sissi hotel offers much more than just low-cost accommodation. ... more   less 
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