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... inside the cathedral and do a bit of shopping before walking us back to the coach. I had been to Vienna twice before and had completely different experiences in every visit. The city really needs a few days to walk around and see all the interesting bits but we only had a morning to get an over view.
In the evening the staff sang Happy Birthday to Stefan and gave him a cake.We were also sitting on a lovely table of people so ...
So, today I am living the life in the GORGEOUS town of Vienna (Vienne in French). I have just finished watching one and a half football games-for all you American's out there, this means Soccar. And yes you heard me right I am watching TV sports-and enjoying it LOL.
I just got into Vienna today after having a huge adventure trying to get there. The strike on the train system in France has pretty much disrupted everything. So my train ...
... into the mountains and was then driving us to Vienna. We were near the front of the bus and could see him rubbing his eyes and shuffling in his seat. We pulled over at one of the super petrol stations off the freeway. The toilets cost 50cents but if you buy something it is deducted from the cost. These stops often have a fast food restaurant and also a very nice cafe with nice looking meals and of course coffee and all the other bits and pieces you ...
... at first, but we were soon all pros. The first day around Vienna involved A LOT of walking around, which was to be expected. We visited some five or six different churches, climbed a bell tower and saw the sunset over the city, visited a very pricey cafe, and walked around the city at night. On Saturday we began once again with Mass, and then some more free time around the city (see pictures for more information). ...
... lunch at an Italian Restaurant.
Returning to the cold, we decided that walking was no longer an option and found shelter on a sightseeing bus for two hours! We started off at the Opera House which is in the Inner circle of Vienna and gradually worked our way out to the outer circle crossing the Danube as we went. So, 10 mins out of the Inner circle we weren't surprised to see that there were patches of Snow scattered around the ground.....brrrrrr!
We ended ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Stefanie Vienna
Best Best Western
On arrival at the Stephanie my wife and I were greeted with a WOW-factor of 11, on a scale of 1 - 10, as we entered through two sets of automatic double-doors. I had the impression I had done my maths wrong as this hotel seems too exclusive for the price quoted. The room was like a junior suite and the cleanliness was almost beyond belief. The only downside was the outlook from our windows - what could be taken as council flats, but the lights on the tower block offices at night made up for that. The breakfast was the finest we have ever had and was in a most charming dining room with such attentive staff. Being situated across the Kanal means the hotel is just outside the city centre but the visitor benefits from the 'not city centre' prices yet is only 10 minute walk from Shwedenplatz or 15 from Stephansplatz right in the centre.
Thank you all at the Stephanie we hope to visit you again one day.
Schön und stilvoll bescheiden
Ich möchte zuerst einmal sagen, dass Wien einer der schönsten und freundlichsten Städte ist, die ich bisher besucht habe. Diese Meinung hat sich durch unseren 3-tägigen Aufenthalt im Hotel Stefanie erhärtet. Ich habe dort wie selten zuvor freundliches und effizientes Personal kennen gelernt, das selbst mit dem Personal in einigen Luxushotels dieser Welt leicht mithalten kann. Wir hatten ein dreijähriges Kind mit dabei. Für meine Frau und mich war die Lage ideal. Zur U-Bahnstation und zur Straßenbahn musste man nur 5 Minuten laufen, trotzdem war es in und um das Hotel herum sehr ruhig. Ich kann hier endlos lange über die vielen positiven Attribute des Hotels berichten, aber zwei Sachen haben herausgestochen. Das sehr üppige (und im Preis enthaltene) Frühstück (mit einer Auswahl an Obst, Kuchen, Wurst, Käse und einem Glas Sekt) und die Größe des Badezimmers. Nicht wie sonst üblich in Europa findet man im Stefanie ein voll ausgerüstetes, helles, sauberes und vor allem geräumiges Badezimmer vor. Wien wird mit Sicherheit wieder zu unseren Urlaubszielen gehören und wir würden in keinem anderen Hotel als dem Stefanie übernachten wollen.
Fast makellos. Die Hotel hat viel Stil und einen überragenden Service. Das Frühstück war sehr anständig und das Personal sehr hilfsbereit. Was mich gestört hat war nur, dass man über die Brücke gehen musste, um in die Stadt zu kommen. Das hat aber auch nur gerade mal 3 Minuten gebraucht und man kann es eigentlich nicht wirklich als Makel deklarieren, oder?!
Unassumingly beautiful & classy
I would like to start by saying that Vienna is one of the most beautiful & friendly cities that I have visited across all continents. This pleasure was compounded by our 3 night stay at the Stefanie which had some of the friendliest and most efficient staff I have come across even in comparison with some well known luxury hotels.
Despite having a 3 year old in tow, my wife & I found the property ideally located within a 5 minute walking reach of the subway and the street cars yet away from the noise & bustle of the city.
While there is much praise that we can heap all around, the 2 outstanding features for us were their lavish complimentary breakfast spread (which included a variety of fruits, pastries, meats & cheese & a bubbly to boot!) & the size of their bathrooms. Unlike normal European hotel bathrooms which are little more than holes in the wall, the Stefanie had a fully equipped, bright, clean and spacious one.
Vienna is definitely on our future holiday plans & we would choose none other than the Stefanie as our host.
Good location but smokey and dated rooms
The price and location are right, but the rooms are dated and small. I found bugs in my shoes in the morning and it was really smokey. BUT, we could walk everywhere we wanted to go from the hotel and I felt completely safe staying there as a woman by myself.
A little gem.
We booked as part of a flight plus hotel package, so I can't comment on the price of the hotel alone. The package was remarkable value for money and the hotel was almost faultless.
I asked for a non-smoking room so why the ashtray? As the room didn't reek of smoke, we stayed with it. The room décor was 'traditional' but everything worked flawlessly. The bathroom was modern and vast with a great shower. The room safe (free) was easy to operate and the Austrian style double bed (individual mattresses) was very comfortable.
Desk staff were friendly and informative, as were the waitresses at the excellent breakfast. We did not use the restaurant in the evening. The bar is small but welcoming, it did not have draught beer otherwise I would have tarried longer.
I can only assume that the hotel is such a bargain due to its situation in the 'unfashionable' 2nd district. In practical terms, the hotel is as well placed as some on the Ring. Schwedenplatz, with it's myriad transport options is a mere stroll away, or you can jump on a 21 tram almost outside the hotel, if you are particularly lazy.
The only (slightly) sour note came on the day of departure. The hotel advertises an airport shuttle service (taxi) for twenty four Euros, a regular cab costs about thirty. We booked the service, which arrived on time and was very comfortable (a Mercedes S-Class no less) but this final bit of luxury cost thirty seven Euros. Not much more for a limo but if they advertise twenty four, perhaps it should mean twenty four?
If only all hotels gave this price/quality/situation compromise I would be a very happy tourist.
Virtually faultless. This hotel is full of class with superior service. Breakfast was very decent and staff very helpful. The only fault is that you have to cross the bridge to the city...seen as that takes 3 minutes it could hardly be an inconvenience!?!
Excellent Breakfast, Excellent Stay
I booked this hotel on Orbitz and got the same rate they offer on the Best Western site, about 79 euros a night. At that price, this is a great hotel. I booked a single, so the room was small, but modern and pretty well-equipped. The older rooms might have more "character." Public areas are beautiful and tasteful. The location is very convenient as previous reviews have noted. The staff were very professional and courteous.
The breakfast buffet is incredible for a hotel in this price range. Some hot items including scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, but just about every type of bread and roll known to man, fresh fruit including strawberries and cherries, pastries, and champagne.
If I were to go to Vienna again and got a similar rate, I would definitely return. And it looked like many people are of the same opinion. At breakfast, the multi-lingual staff were greeting some guests like long-lost family members.
Good hotel, rooms a little bit dated
Just returned from a 4-day stay in Vienna, Hotel Stefanie.
Very good location, near to Schwedenplatz with easy access to underground etc.
Rooms are clean, but they look al little bit dated. The same for the bathroom (equipped with hair dryer, kleenex, ..) which hopefully will be renewed shortly.
Breakfast is outstanding, diner was less good but vienna counts quite a lot of restaurants, so no problem.
Staff was helpfull, not too friendly.
Very good hotel with small rooms
Just returned from a three-night stay at the Hotel Stefanie in Vienna. This is a well-maintained hotel, just a short walk across the Danube Canal from the Schwedenplatz subway and inner-ring tram stop. The hotel was clean and comfortable, the staff thoroughly professional. A very good breakfast is served in a beautiful, large dining room. Our guest room was attractive with lots of dark wood, although rather small in area and with a very small bathroom. Although we had reserved two single beds -- you can book online through Best Western -- this turned out to be one double bed with two single mattresses. (We had to drag one of the mattresses to the floor every night, so as not to sleep on top of each other.) Perhaps they had overbooked the rooms with twin beds and just didn't want to admit it. To sum up, this would be a nice hotel for a couple used to sleeping in the same bed; however, two singles looking for more space might want to look elsewhere.