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The best places to stay in Vienna range in form from tiny pensions to multi-level, palatial suites fit for kings. Decide what kind of Vienna hotel experience you want: modern design, uber-luxe or cheap and friendly, and you're sure to find a perfect match for your taste and budget. While it's most convenient to stay right in The Ring, it's expensive there. Keep in mind that the Vienna public transportation system is excellent. It's okay to stay further out as long as you're near a tram or subway stop.
Neighborhood: On the south side of The Ring. Price Range: Expensive
Opulence, character and history are all rolled into this one top Vienna hotel. The Hotel Imperial was originally completed in 1873 as a home for the Duke of Württemberg to give to his wife. It later turned into a hotel that has hosted composers, princesses and kings (and American presidents and Walt Disney). During World War II it was occupied by the Russians, who used it as their headquarters. The hotel has been through massive restorations and is now actually part of Starwood's Luxury Hotels Collection, so you can even rack up SPG points for staying in its tastefully extravagant, palace-like rooms. Awesome.
Neighborhood: Behind the State Opera, in The Ring Price Range: Expensive
Another hotel option for your best Vienna hotels list is located right behind the State Opera House is the Hotel Sacher, one of Vienna's most beloved landmarks and home of the famous Original Sacher Torte. Not only will a stay here ensure that you have unlimited Sacher cake and Sacher torte access (yes, it's that good), but you will have luxurious 5-star accommodations furnished with antiques and the finest fabrics, as well as the latest addition: a 3,229-square-foot spa area with a salt steam bath, an herbal sauna and a fitness center.
Neighborhood: On The Ring Price Range: Expensive
Named for its enviable location, The Ring is known as "Vienna's Casual Luxury Hotel." The lobby is like a living room, with a mirror-finished front desk, a grand fireplace and comfortable seating, and the rooms and other interiors feature sensual, tactile modern design. You'll find the entire historic building equipped with Wifi, a bar, a restaurant and a full day spa. If your idea of luxury is less about antiques and more about the height of fashion and brilliant, attractive design, this is your hotel.
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Neighborhood: Spittelberg Price Range: Moderate
This friendly, lovely hotel is located in a residential building in Vienna's 7th district. You walk up the stairs to reception, the lobby, and the breakfast area and take the elevator or stairs to your room -- but you'll notice the stairways, elevators and hallways are not limited to hotel guests. There's nothing like walking down to breakfast and seeing a local carrying their groceries—or the moment you open the door to the hallway of your accommodations seeing the decor shift from commonplace to red velvet grandeur. The Alstadt has eight particularly sought-after rooms by Italian designer Matteo Thun. Do not be surprised to stare up from your bed and see a naked lady (tasteful) on the ceiling.
Neighborhood: West of The Ring Price Range: Moderate
This 4-star "design hotel" focuses on wine themes in all its decor. Each of the 39 suites was designed by working closely with a different Austrian vintner, and you'll find the respective wines stocked in your mini-fridge. This elegantly conceived hotel is a favorite among vinophiles, of course, but also has a well-loved buffet breakfast for 15 euros for hotel guests and 19 euros for visitors. The hotel is happy to host tastings and immerse you in wine in any way you like—even the toiletries here are made with wine.
Neighborhood: The Ring Price Range: Moderate
Hollmann Beletage is the brainchild of Robert Hollmann, a well-traveled Austrian who was a chef and patissier, a successful actor, and now, a hotelier. There are three types of rooms here: Beletege (airy but intimate; "designed for communication," whatever that means to you), Residenz (roomier and modern, with vast closets) and Mezzanine (top tier; modern, romantic, huge showers). The hotel has a gourmet restaurant and spa, and goes above and beyond with cooking classes, a cinema, a garden and a game room decked in orange and black. How theatrical.
Neighborhood: West of The Ring on the U3 and U6 lines Price Range: Budget
Located near the intersection of two subway lines just a quick ride west of The Ring, Lucia is a family-owned, budget-friendly hotel—you'll have to walk by a few sex shops to get there, but don't be alarmed; the residential neighborhood is safe and relatively quiet. This 3-star property has 37 en-suite guestrooms, breakfast, an airport shuttle (fee applies) and a courtyard/garden where you can relax with a cup of coffee. This hotel is particularly convenient to Schoenbrunn Palace.
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Neighborhood: Next to St. Stephen's Cathedral in The Ring Price Range: Budget
If staying in the city center is important to you, Lerner is your best bet for a budget hotel. For the uninitiated, a "pension" is a small hotel, usually located in a block of apartments or offices, with the cozy atmosphere of a B&B—just don't come expecting a bar or a big restaurant (though they do serve a perfectly good breakfast here). If you're looking for a place to relax and kick back after a long day of sightseeing, this is probably not the right fit for you—this is more of a home base (aka "crash pad") for a power traveler.
Neighborhood: West of The Ring Price Range: Budget
You may meet a lot of foreigners at Hotel Carina, which has rock-bottom prices for singles, a bar, a (tiny) sauna, and all the basics—including hairdryers—in the rooms. Pets are welcome and bicycle storage is complimentary. The hotel, sometimes referred to as the Anno Hof , is located a fair ways west of The Ring, but offers free parking and, with the exception of church bells, peace and quiet. Its 278 rooms, originally built in 1890, were just remodeled in 2001 and the family who runs the property is friendly and helpful, whether it's greeting guests or organizing theater tickets.
Neighborhood: West of The Ring
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Price Range: Budget
Rooms at Hotel Hadrigan each have one to four beds, a restroom (with toilet and shower) and a TV. Beds here come with free Wifi in the lobby and free access to a safe. An iron, a tea kettle, and power adapters can be borrowed from reception. This is the kind of place that still lists "colour tv" as one of its assets, but the furnishings have an odd charm in their simplicity. To get from here to the city center takes about 20 minutes on the subway. Light sleepers will appreciate the quiet neighborhood—as will people who came by car, as there is free parking in the area. A breakfast buffet is available for 5 euros.