We arrived at the Hotel Altstadt by cab and took the elevator up to the Reception area on the second floor. The hotel is in the Spittleburg area, maybe a half mile or so from the Kunsthistorisches Museum and Hofburg complex. With the email help of the staff, I had selected Room 33, a bright and spacious room with a view of the church across the way.
The hotel is in a beautiful 1902 building with high ceilings and moldings. Our room was on the fourth US floor. As you entered the room through a double set of doors (one locking exterior, one interior, so very little sound transmission), there was a bathroom with a tub/shower on the left, a large armoire on the right, a desk and sofa, and a king size bed with night tables. The lighting at the bedside was good for reading, but I do need to say that I would have appreciated a little more ambient lighting in the room - there was one up-light, but the others had metal shades that were more for tasks than overall lighting. Whatever, we were fine with it!
There were at least four spaces on the reception floor for lounging or eating: one with a fireplace, sofas, and lounging chairs, and three others with tables and banquettes or chairs. We went down on the first evening for cakes and coffee, and met a lovely couple from England. Breakfast, included in the room rate, was great! A selection of meats, cheeses, breads, juices, cereals, cooked eggs, fruit, coffee, tea...exceptional. One day we were too tired to venture out for dinner and opted to have a light meal in the lounge. It was great! Lucas the bartender served us lentil soup, a fabulous zucchini soup, a Caprese bagel sandwich, and toasted bread with Brie and mango chutney. And wine, of course! It was like being in someone's home and relaxing, with the breeze coming in the window and the candles lit. We liked dinner so much we enjoyed it again on our last night, with our new friends from England.
Lots of hotels have nice staff, but I thought that the Altstadt's staff went above and beyond. Cosima helped with our room, Michelle with info about tickets on the Bradner line for our short Danube cruise, and all of the breakfast staff were SO nice. In addition, when there was a mix-up on their end and we were charged Euros instead of Dollars on check-out, the hotel manager, Alexandra, responded quickly and graciously, crediting our account for the difference.
That to me is the sign of a great hotel, and I would recommend it without reservation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the middle of the city’s 7th district and next to Vienna's Museumsquarter, 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, design aficionados and cultural insiders. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Altstadt Vienna Hotel Vienna
- Altstadt Hotel Vienna
- Vienna Altstadt Hotel