Hotel de France
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We arrived in Vienna or Wien as the locals call it, to a rainy overcast morning after a three hour trip from Budapest. A highlight of the trip was a roadhouse stop for a toilet break and coffee where we were instructed to use the last of our Hungarian money...it being pretty much worthless after reaching 'junk' status while we were there. …
... s remixed album's...who would have thought that would happen!
We were met by big gates, hordes of people and horse carriages, this has to be a palace. The Schönbrunn Palace is huge and consists of many parts, the palace itself, gardens, the Gloriette, labyrinth, zoo, sculptures and more.
Our tour of the Royal apartments was what we expected and more. We got to walk through the palace and experience the lavish living of the royal family of Austria, the Hofburgs. The ...
... idea that it is untouched and does so in a clever fashion. Unfortunately there are no pictures of this on the Albertina website.
Katherine and I wanted to share this particular one of Joel's because it is just hilarious: click here
Later in that gallery we saw both pottery and paintings from Pablo Picasso as well as other artists I can´t remember. We also saw another imperial apartment that was only 6 rooms or so of ...
... the recommendation of my hostel (Wombat City), I found a really cozy cafe that served breakfast well into the evening. Having received no sleep in the past 48 hours I decided to head back home after my meal, and hit the hay.
The following morning was miserable. Rain, rain, and more rain. Most of you know that, when you are traveling you try and bear through the mess, for the sake of "traveling". But let's face it, NO ONE ...
... was quite good – I had calzone.
We went home, before Cat and I ventured out for a night on the town! We first went to the hostel bar to have our free welcome drinks, and then we also had cheap jaeger bombs there which required shooting the shots into the glasses with a super soaker! We then went out to the area of Vienna called "Bermuda" which is where there are a lot of bars. We met a gay couple – German Andy, and Austrian Sebastian ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel de France Vienna
Nice, quite grand hotel
I stayed here one night on a business trip. For some reason I was upgraded to a suite, so I can't give a review of the rooms themselves.
The suite had six rooms, two bathrooms (one with a shower with a huge fixed head, the other with a bath and twin sinks), and various other features. Everything was impeccable; even the laundry bags were wrapped in floral paper with bows at either end. My one huge bedroom had a king-size bed with large and small cushions, perfectly-made sheets, which was very comfortable.
The areas downstairs are over various levels, a few steps up here, and down there, meaning they're large but it's easy to find your own space to read, chat, or have a drink. Service was always fast, professional, and courteous.
There's also a 24-hour bistro as part of the hotel, which is again very convenient, and with excellent service.
Hotel de France was wonderful!
My husband and I found Hotel de France to be an exceptional hotel with a very attentive staff. The breakfast was superb. The staff was always ready to assist. Our room was small (the bathroom was huge and well designed) but very clean and comfortable. The hallways and rooms were very quiet and we had no idea there were other visitors nearby. The location next to the Underground made getting around the city very easy. Overall, I found it worth the money and will return next year.
Decent hotel, great location
My wife and I stayed at this hotel in October 2003. The rooms and facilities were adequate, but the real draw was the location. It was the perfect base from which to explore the many sights and tastes that Vienna has to offer. Buses, trams and the underground were all a stone's throw away, and many sights were no further than a relatively short, pleasant walk. I would definitely stay there again.
Nothing spectacular, but will do.
I agree with the other reviews that this hotel offers location and nothing else extraordinary. I booked a "superior single" and was shown to a room with a miserable view, bad paint, worn furniture, and scuff marks on the walls. I immediately returned to the front desk and asked for another, and management politely complied by booking me into a double for the same price. This was much better, but didn't overcome my first impression of being taken advantage of. I cannot comment on the food, but I did have coffee sent up to my room--and that was excellent. At risk of sounding a prude, the TV seemed to have several channels of adult programming that were shocking, even though they were just ads for those who wanted to pay extra.
Location is good but this is not a 5 star hotel
The hotel de france is located directly at the famous "Ringstrasse" and also directly at a underground and bus station.
The hotel and the breakfast would be perfect for a 3 star hotel but not for 5 stars. Additionally when you think of the price you will be disappointed.
For less money you will find better 4 star hotels which are also in the city centre.
In a nutshell I would not recommend the hotel
Not a 5 star hotel in the least!
Hotel de France claims it's a five star hotel but in reality the level of services it offers are closer to a 3 or possibly a 4 star on a good day. The price of the room is high and though they claim to have king size beds in reality they are simply two single beds put beside each other with sheets that do not fit the entire bed, making sleep uncomfortable.
As for the bathtub, it continually plugged up and the room did not even have a CD player. I don't know about you but when I pay 225 Euros for a hotel room I want a comfortable room. Though the staff appear to try management seems more interested in making a short term profit than in taking care of its clients. Even the toilet paper, if you'll excuse the expression, rubbed me the wrong way. It was cheap and rough, the type of paper you'd find in a third world country, not the kind you'd expect to find in a "5 star" hotel. Frankly speaking, if I had to visit Vienna again and wanted a nice place, I'd check into the Imperial Hotel or the Briston Hotel.
Glory past and present
Stayed for a business trip. Both pleasantly surprised and some mixed feelings. Very pleasant is the whole atmosphere, real 19th century, and the excellent breakfast restaurant and friendly staff.
Less excellent are aspects of the rooms. (Un)locking my room door wasn't that easy due to the old fashioned iron locks, and the tapestry and curtains were a bit too ''classic" --> a bit stained. Link that with small elevators and long corridors, and you have the typical disadvantages of a monumental building where they are not allowed or not in the financial position to change THAT much.
Anyway, also due to excellent central location still worth another stay!
Location, location, location.......
Stayed for three nights in October 2004. Great location! Right on the Ring and next to large public transportation station....street cars and underground. Just cross the street and your in the inner city and can walk to any major site or event. Very handy self-parking at large, secure underground parking facility.
Rooms are small and some open only to interior air spaces, but ours looked right out on the Ring and had very solid double-paned glass to keep out the noise. Room very clean, but it was taller than it was wide or long, so it felt even smaller than it was. Bathroom spotless. Amenities probably typical of this type of mid-range tourist/quick business establishment.
Concierge was very helpful, but not very knowledgable. Breakfast spread is most generous, but very crowded if you get there when several busloads of guests are eating before their departure.
Nothing exceptional in the hotel itself... the interior doesn't live up to the classic exterior, but things are done well and the location is just super.