Hotel Altstadt Vienna
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The saying goes, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." In Vienna's case, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Upon our arrival at Hotel Alstadt (which looked nothing like the pictures on the internet), we were told that Vienna was a “very clean city.” Well if by clean you mean broken bottles and trash …
Via plane we made our way from Dubrovnik to Vienna (after a pretty rough taxi ride in Dubrovnik to the airport). It was good to arrive in Vienna and not only be able to understand the locals again, but also being able to make use of my mother tongue again.
Vienna itself proved to be very nice and relaxed as well. We took it easy to a certain …
... here, from all over the world. The orientation program for the next two weeks allows us to explore Vienna more, so I really haven't gotten around to checking the sites out yet.
I'm pretty tired now, but looking forward to the rest of the day in rainy Vienna.
... was an included dinner as part of the trip, which meant the venue had been chosen for us. We boarded a U-Bahn and headed into the suburbs. We arrived at a restaurant that is probably the closest you'll find to Smorgy's in Austria - but many times better. The food was traditional and served from behind a counter, courtesy of some ruthlessly efficient (and sometimes impatient) staff. The attached pictures give you an indication of our Viennese schnitzel ...
... sound track as he was born in Austria which actually was really funny! Another couple of stops just to stretch legs and toilet break and we were at the hotel, it is huge! It's a pyramid shaped hotel, inside it has a wellness centre with free gym indoor and outdoors pool, squash court, table tennis, sauna and more. Across the road there was a massive shopping centre with all the shops you can think of including IKEA. Pete and I ...
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This was one of the nicest hotels we have stayed in anywhere. It's not much to look at from the outside, but it has been nicely updated inside (modern lighting, eye-catching artwork, modern rooms), the service was friendly and it was great value. There was a lovely lounge for a very reasonably-priced night cap or two, or for the (free) afternoon tea. The location was fine too, just a 10 minute stroll from the Volksteater tube station and a few minutes further to the famous Ringstrasse. Would definitely return.
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Gorgeous hotel; hip, attractive, friendly staff
The Alstadt became our second home during the seven nights we stayed there in June 04. Gorgeous interior decoration with wonderful wall colors and modern art and furnishings. The staff made up of 20-something men and women (college students?) were very warm and friendly. Yummy breakfast that forced us to go light on lunch. Great location not far from public transport and the charming Spittleberg pedestrian area. We will be back! Highly recommended!!!
Aldstadt has unique charm
The Aldstadt is a mixed experience and may not be for everyone. To get to the reception on the second floor and then to climb to the rooms you go up rather cold-feeling public halls and stairs. The hall outside our 3rd floor room was dark and smelled of smoke and was unappealing. That said - the wing containg the sitting room/bar that converted to the breakfast room(s) was warm and inviting and the breakfast was ample and high quality. Our room was large, comfortable and quiet. Staff was delightful and willing to offer many good suggestions. The neighborhood is charming with lots of delightful cafes and restaurants just down the street.
My family and I stayed there to attend a wedding in Vienna. There were 12 of us and we had 6 rooms. Each room had a different decor and personality. The hotel was wonderful and we all enjoyed our stay. It is a very small, home like and charming hotel and I recommend it 100%. It is walking distance to central Vienna, the staff are very helpful, the breakfast is great and the rooms are very pretty.
My 15 year old son and I stayed here in April, 2004, in a lovely, large, well-equipped top-floor room with double casement windows overlooking the rooftops of Vienna. This hotel is a gem. The design of rooms and common areas is (as many reviews already note) worth staying for. The establishment as a whole is spotless, cushy and (if you are a walker, at least) extremely well positioned for shopping, museums, restaurants and Vienna's main sights. The staff is helpful, the breakfasts are excellent, and the clientele is interesting in its own right. Do not let the facade of the building -- which is a bit run down -- deter you. It's an excellent small hotel, up from a pension but not nearly as expensive as what you would pay for similar comfortable rooms inside the ring.
Great hotel, great staff ("Helga" - gorgeous personality!), BUT, if you hauling a lot of bags beware, the hotel is on the top floors of the building and the tiny elevator is likely enough for your bags but that's it.
Everyone is right! This is a wonderful place!
As a travel agent I thought no pension or hotel could be that good after reading the reviews below. Everyone is right! I just stayed there for 4 nights. I loved it! Even though it was not in the Inner Ring I was closer to many attractions than if I had stay in the "Ring." The Spittelberg neighborhood is great. I'll recommend the Altstadt to my Vienna bound clients.
Wonderful and convenient
I just returned from a 3 week European trip, and was delighted and pleased to have stayed at this wonderful little hotel. The people and the atmosphere at the Altstadt Vienna was great. Breakfast was fantastic and the rooms are all decorated differently to give you that bed and breakfast feel. The bathroom was a little small and hard to navigate, but overall it was a great place to stay. It was convenient to the museum area and a two stop ride on the metro to the "ring" where all the shopping and activity is. I would stay here again!
The Very Best
Stayed for two nights early August 2003. We got a great two bedroom suite as we travelled with three kids and I must say it was fantastic. The rooms are very roomy, with all amenities provided. The breakfast room is possibly the most beautiful in Vienna. The buffet offered is top notch. Staff was outstanding, helped me with lost luggage and all. Location is prime, a leisurely walk took us through the close by Museumsquartier, the Hofburg on to the Graben all the way to St. Stephens.STAY THERE!
Very welcoming and helpful staff. The rooms are beautifully appointed, large with lots of light, and very smart art. Quite a walk to Stefandom, but would stay here again. Thankyou
Located in Spittleberg, a charming artists neighborhood, full of cafes, great restaurants and interesting shops. The hotel itself is run by a most friendly and helpful staff. Each guest receives an invalable brochure containing the owner's favorite restaurants, hang-outs and hide-aways in the area. The hotel feels more like a wonderful residence. The rooms are fabulous-we stayed in the Otto Suite with a fabulous sitting room, large windows opening onto the Vienna rooftops and the most heavenly bed. The breakfast buffet was absolutely stallar. We were there during Christmas and the beautiful decorations in the hotel and nighttime open air markets of the neighborhood made stolling in the evening most enjoyable. The hotel is a short 10 minute walk from all the sights and a Metro station is right up the street. I can't think of one bad thing about this hotel and will stay there any time I am in Vienna again.