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Where to Stay in Vienna – Editor’s Pick
This guide will make it easy for you to decide where to stay in Vienna. Every hotel in each of Vienna’s neighborhoods (Bezirke) has its own personality and price. The most expensive isn’t necessarily the best because in Vienna it’s all about character and style. Sometimes, you might get a good deal by booking your flight and hotel together.
We designed this guide to help you choose a hotel based on your unique needs and what you want to get out of your visit to Vienna.
Where to Stay in Vienna – Depending on Your Travel Style
For example, many of the city’s most important children’s museums are in the 7th District, Neubau, which is a great place to stay if you’re traveling to Vienna with kids. If you’re more into dive bars and the university scene, you might want to stay in the Spittelberg Neighborhood.
Along with neighborhood descriptions, here’s our selection of handpicked hotel recommendations and we hope this article helps you to decide where to stay in Vienna.
Vienna’s districts (neighborhoods) are called Bezirke, and there are 23 in total. In general, the lower the number of the district, the nearer it is to the city center.
District 1 is Innere Stadt, or Inner City, and it is the most central neighborhood. Districts 2-9 surround Innere Stadt. Districts 3-9 are known as The Vorstadt, or Inner Suburbs, and many of these districts are as bustling as the Innere Stadt and great areas to stay in Vienna.
Map of Vienna’s Bezirke
- Innere Stadt-Wien Mitte (city center, many functions, few residents)
- Leopoldstadt (on the island between Danube and Danube Canal, with Praterstern, Vienna’s most frequented traffic spot, and Giant Wheel)
- Landstraße (on the right bank of the Danube Canal, Belvedere Palace)
- Wieden (tiny district south of the city center)
- Margareten (separated from Wieden in 1861)
- Mariahilf (small district on main shopping lane leading to Westbahnhof)
- Neubau (small district on main shopping lane leading to Westbahnhof, with MuseumsQuartier, sizeable cultural complex)
- Josefstadt (small district very close to City Hall, Parliament, and University)
- Alsergrund (General Hospital district)
- Favoriten (in the south of Vienna, largest district by population, building site of new central train station)
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Where to Stay in Vienna’s Innere Stadt Neighborhood
The Innere Stadt, central Vienna, is surrounded by the Ringstrasse and is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. It takes less than an hour to walk from one side of the 1st District to the other, but the picturesque cobblestone streets, historic buildings and the accompanying restaurants, bars, and cafes can keep you occupied for years. It is the perfect spot, if this is your first time in the city and you want to visit the main tourist sights.
Top Tip: To save some money, we highly recommend the Vienna City Pass. It gives you free entrance to many of the Vienna’s top attractions (over 60) with Fast Pass access, so you don’t waste any time waiting in line. You can also use the Hop on Hop off buses to get to the top sights of Vienna. You can read more about the pros and cons of the Vienna Pass here.
Begin your exploration at Stephansplatz, the main square. To heighten your experience, picture the city in 1683 when city walls stood in place of the Ringstrasse: They were the only thing between you and the charging armies of the Ottoman Empire during the Battle of Vienna, one of the most critical struggles in European history.
The Golden U shopping neighborhood is also found in Innere Stadt. If you continue along the Golden U’s Kärntner Strasse, you’ll soon reach the Wieden district, which is also home to great shopping.
Hotels in Central Vienna
Hotel Sacher Wien – 5-Star
Featuring Victorian-era décor and bathrooms with heated marble floors, this family-run hotel is a true classic and has all the amenities one might expect from a luxury hotel in Vienna — from 24-hour room service to an in-house gym and spa. It is directly opposite the Staatsoper opera house, so make sure to request a room with a view of this architectural landmark. A top choice in Vienna for sure. Check for best prices here>>
Located next to St Stephan’s Cathedral and within walking distance to The Hofburg, this traditional hotel offers top-notch service and every amenity expected in a 4-star hotel in Vienna. Check for best prices here>>
Hotel Das Tigra – 4-Star
If you are looking to visit Vienna in Winter and have the Christmas Markets on your itinerary, this hotel is perfectly located, but also makes the top sights of Vienna accessible within short walking distance. The rooms are modern and spacious and offer all the amenities you might like, but especially noteworthy is the extensive breakfast buffet that offers many local Viennese dishes. Check for best prices here>>
Where to Stay in Vienna’s Leopoldstadt District
Leopoldstadt and Innere Stadt are separated by the Danube Canal and connected by several of pedestrian-friendly bridges. This neighborhood is home to Vienna’s most abundant green space, Prater Public Park, comprised of nearly 1,500 acres.
The Leopoldstadt district runs from the city center all the way to the Danube River in northeast Vienna. However, other than views of the river, you’ll want to stick to the inner Leopoldstadt, where you’ll find the famous Wiener Riesenrad ferris wheel, great restaurants, and stretches of a sand beach along the Danube Canal.
Hotel City Central – 4-Star
Just across the canal from Innere Stadt, this hotel excels at providing astute service, delicious breakfast, and good value in the most central location. For the most peace and quiet, ask for a room that doesn’t overlook Taborstraße street. Free WiFi. Check for best prices here>>
Kunsthof Hotel – 3-star
The Kunsthof Hotel is conveniently located near the well known Prater and the Vienna Exhibition Centre. At the Kunsthof Hotel, you’ll enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet, hotel bar, concierge services, meeting facilities, complimentary newspapers, and laundry facilities.
Additional amenities include business services, coffee in the lobby and tour assistance. An underground station is located just 300 meters from the Kunsthof Vienna, making it easy for guests to reach nearby attractions. Check for best prices here>>
Where to Stay in Vienna’s Landstrasse District
The 3rd District, Landstrasse is home to the Wien Mitte train station and the sprawling Belvedere Palace and Gardens. It borders the Wieden district, and both are great for shopping and strolling.
Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen Vienna – 4-Star
Located right next to the Belvedere Palace, this 4 Star Hotel in Vienna has a 9.0 rating from over 4000 travelers. And for a good reason. The location could not be better. You will reach the city center in just 10 minutes (or 2 Tram stops), the Tram to the airport is only a 2-minute walk away. This hotel is especially popular for couples. Check for best prices here>>
Hotel Am Konzerthaus – 4-Star
This hotel is comfortable and quiet with spacious rooms and friendly staff. The 4-star Vienna hotel provides a concierge, a hair salon and a 24-hour reception. You can reach the city center is a 10-15 minute walk. Check for best prices here>>
Where to Stay in Vienna’s Schleifmühlgasse District
Located just south of Innere Stadt, the Schleifmuhlgasse is one of Vienna’s hippest neighborhoods. Art galleries jump out of their spaces and onto the street during the summer openings.
Along with the galleries, you’ll find everything from whiskey bars and excellent restaurants to flower shops and boutique stores operated by leading fashion designers. Nearby, you’ll find the famous shopping street Mariahilferstrasse, the outdoor marketplace Naschmarkt, and Vienna’s main train station, Wien Westbahnhof.
Best Western Premier Hotel Kaiserhof – 4-star
With attentive service, a top-notch breakfast, a sauna, free Wifi, and a mid-range price, the Hotel Kaiserhof is highly recommended. Lots of restaurants are nearby, and it’s a 10-minute walk to the city center. Check for best prices here>>
Ruby Marie Hotel – 3.5-star
This hotel has excellent reviews and is perfect for people who like museums, shopping, and the main sights of Vienna. Recently renovated, this hotel offers top amenities, including free guitar rental, hand-picked design and antique furniture, a tablet, and a luxurious rain shower. Check for best prices here>>
Where to Stay in Vienna’s Spittelberg Neighborhood and Neubau District
Known for its nightlife and budget accommodations, the Spittelberg neighborhood vies with the Schleifmühlgasse neighborhood for the hippest in Vienna.
Its university vibe is pervasive, with cafes, dive bars, street vendors, and loads of budget-friendly restaurants. You can find inexpensive accommodations in this area, but they come with a 20-minute walk to the city center. Still, if you’re looking to find a nightlife just outside of your hotel, this is your scene.
Spittelberg is within the Neubau District, and the inner Neubau is home to the Museumsquartier. The Museumsquartier is an awesome unified front of Viennese museums, and there is tons to do around here, including a visit to the ZOOM Children’s Museum. It is another great neighborhood for aimless strolling on a sunny day.
The K+K Hotel Maria Theresia Vienna – 4-star
Located near the Museum Quarter and shopping zone, the K+K Hotel Maria Theresia Vienna is a short walk to the central pedestrian shopping zone and the Stephanzplatz. Check for photos and best prices here>>
Boutique Hotel Kugel – 3-star
This family-run hotel is a good option for budget travelers. It has a friendly atmosphere, and it is near to bus and tram stops, though the metro station is a bit of a hike. Museumsquartier and Mariahilferstrasse shopping aren’t far away. Walking to the city center takes around 25 minutes. No Wifi, just an internet station. Check for more photos, reviews, and best prices here>>
Other Hotel Recommendations in Vienna:
Pension Schottentor – 3-star
Located in the 9th District, Alsergrund, this hotel is exceptionally inexpensive and just a 15-minute walk into the city center. It is a good option if you want to do Vienna on the cheap and don’t mind sacrificing a few amenities.
It is located across the street from the Votive Church and a short walk from the Ringstraße boulevard and the Schottentor Underground Station. Check for best prices here>>
Art Hotel Vienna 3-star
In Vienna’s 5th district, the Art Hotel Vienna is near the Schönbrunn Palace and the Naschmarkt. It is decorated in a contemporary style and offers an Internet station that supports business travelers. The breakfast room serves as an art gallery, offering a rotating exhibition of local and regional artists. Parking is available. Book your room here>>
Where to Stay in Vienna – Written by Mattie Bamman for EuropeUpClose.com