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... excellent care at a very reasonable price is worth the inconvenience.
So, enjoy the photo essay of various shots taken mostly in our neighborhood. The Prater Park is across town, it's a huge park, like Central Park in NYC. It used to be the Emperor's hunting grounds. It is also home to an amusement park which includes the Riesenrad Ferris Wheel.
The city of Vienna built an ice skating rink in front of the Rathaus ...
... but where there’s a will there’s a way and I snap happily away managing to grab moments when the crowds of fellow tourists part to allow a clear view here and there, without alerting the security guards. Well, I don’t fancy paying €30 for a guidebook…
By the time we leave, the snow is coming down *************e of the gentle, soft beauty that would make it bearable, but with the cold wetness of urban flakes, seeping through ...
... semitism that was already rife in Vienna when Hitler studied there in his early years and likely fed his developing ideas. Our guide made the point that Austria and Germany started and lost two world wars, and that a country doesn't leave that shame behind easily. The tour finished at about 8.30pm and I took off back to my room at that point, exhausted. I stopped at a pub on they way for a quick dish of schnitzel though. I think the schnitzel we make at home is ...
... br> The overnight train was a bit mad, there wasn't a lot of space and we were in a carriage with 4 loud Italians babbling rapidly. They were very lovely though and happily let us go to sleep when we finally dropped. Sadly all we saw of Verona was a car park, although I am sure it is very nice.
Must enjoy views now on this train, we decided to have a Rome day trip so am very excited! Will try and update later.
Over night Lauren had planned to do the Spanish dancing horses, while Gregg, Will and I planned the "Vienna Woods Tour", 4 hour round bus trip with a couple of stops, and then to the "Seegrotte", some subterranean lake for a boat ride ! Will might like that!
Well that sounded different! We had seen lots of mountains, a waterfall,
ice caves and many cities with cobblestones ...
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My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Bristol in Vienna for 4 nights at the end of August. I have to say that the location was key (directly across from the Opera with major bus and subway lines right outside the hotel, as well as a taxi stand). Also, the place had an old charm to it that we really enjoyed - there was a lot of marble in our bathroom, a huge closet and a separate sitting area with a nice leather chair for TV viewing. The bed was very comfortable and the room was practically soundproof. The room was also VERY big.
Like previous reviewer, we too had a "heated" room during our stay in April. The heat was necessary but the heat in our room was intolerable. Lucky we only had to stay for one night. We also slept with open windows and the street noise. Now that we know other guests had the same "heat" experience, we are not sure moving to another room would have made any difference. Something is very wrong with hotel's heating system. Should the hotel fix its problem, the room can be very comfortable. It is centrally located. Thanks to the room being "hot" and "cold" at the same time, my wife ended up with a bad cold for rest of our trip in Europe.
Not worth it!
After hours on the internet researching hotels in Vienna. We booked this hotel. Most reviews were glowing. Don't believe everything you read. We have been traveling to Europe for the past ten years and have had only one bad experince in Rome. This was our second. Not really sure if our room was a closet or storage area. Payed too much money for such terrible accomodations. Would not recommend this hotel.
Beware if you are a woman traveling alone. They first try to give you the worse in the hotel, including an air conditioner that "warms" at best. When I complained, there was a very snide remark made, "Oh, you're American, you need air conditioning".
Old World Splendour Old World Lack of Air Conditioning
The Hotel is beautiful, the rooms are wonderful, like mini suites, with gorgeous fireplaces, huge bathrooms and closets, and a great location. BUT, I found the lobby rather dirty and more importantly don't stay there in the summer if it's hot because even though they say there's air conditioning there isn't. When I complained, first they told me it was working, they they brought me a fan, they they showed me two other rooms, where they said the air conditioning was better. It wasn't. If I was staying more than one night I would have checked out. Also the breakfast is extremely expensive.
We had a lovely stay in the Hotel Bristol. It is truly one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in. The rooms are furnished with lovely antiques and have marble bathrooms. Ourroom had a lovely view of The Opera House. The buffet breakfast was the best one we had while in Austria. It is pricey at 30 euros a person if you do not opt for a room package that includes the buffet. The location is perfect as it is set right in the middle of all of the main tourist attractions. Our stay at Hotel Bristol certainly made our stay in Vienna that much more special.
The Bristol seems to be a classic old-world hotel, with very grand public areas furnished with antiques, wide corridors, and a 19th century ambiance yet with modern conveniences. Our deluxe room had no view, but there was a convention in town and we were happy to get the room. The bathroom (tub with shower) had two sinks,and plenty of counterspace; the w.c. was separate. The bedroom was large and had a king bed that was actually two smaller beds combined. Lovely down comforters were provided, plenty of thick white towels and plush terry robes. Still, it seemed to me that the room d?cor could be updated, not made modern in d?cor, just refreshed a bit (though it was not in the least shabby.) Service was all we could ask for. If they didnt anticipate our every need, they surely responded quickly and efficiently to our requests. The concierge efficiently made dinner arrangements for us. In our arrangement the breakfast buffet was included in our room rate. The offerings included cold meats, pastries and rolls, juices, fruit,cereals, hot scrambled eggs, bacon and cooked sausages.Quite frankly by the third day we would have liked some new hot choices, but thats quibbling. This is a sister hotel to the Imperial. Excellent location, really couldnt be better
Our room at the Bristol was large and elegant with a marble entry hall, large marble bath, and walk in closet. I think we got an upgrade as SPG members. During a walk around the hotel one morning I came across a small dark courtyard room so be careful with standard rooms. I was not impressed however with the public spaces. The hallways and other common areas were on the dark side and could use a little upgrading. We passed on breakfast because at 28 euros per person it was the most expensive of the eight hotels we stayed at on this trip including several more expensive hotels. But our wonderful room combined with a friendly staff and a nice location made for a plesant stay.
We spent three nights at the Bristol during the blisteringly hot June 2003. Our room was the coolest place in the city and a welcome retreat from the unrelenting heat in the rest of the inadequately air conditioned city. The hotel is full of old world charm and the staff is helpful and eager to please while maintaining a proper formality. Our room was small but not terribly so by European standards (we elected the lowest price option) but it was elegantly appointed in what I would describe as a Biedermeier fashion. The location is right across the street from the opera--the perfect spot. The last time we were in Vienna we stayed at the ANA Grand, which seems to cater to more of a business clientele and was less friendly and helpful although the room was quite beautiful. The Bristol seems to cater to an aristocatic European crowd. While we were in Vienna, we paid a visit to the elegant Imperial Hotel, which seemed to be overrun with Japanese tourists. I think of the three, I prefer the Bristol.
We spent three days at the Bristol during March 2002; although the concierge had made reservations at the Vienna State Opera, other services were hardly what we think we deserved for a great deal of money. The worst thing was the heat: when we checked in, the room was unbearably hot and the window could not be opened. A worker from the hotel told us that nothing could be done but to turn the thermostat up to the maximum and open the window (it was a French window which he opened by unscrewing a lock). With the window open, things cooled down slightly but the noise and light made sleep difficult.
We complained, but the staff made no conspicuous effort to improve things or compensate us for the unsatisfactory conditions.