Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel
Very Nice Stay
We stayed at the Renaissance Feb. 27- March 3rd of this year. Just got back! We found it on Expedia and from the reviews on this site, it looked pretty decent. It did not disappoint us. However, the rooms were pretty basic (although I am now wondering if they were above average for Vienna and the price we paid). Probably comparable to like a Hampton Inn here. We had a queen bed and the mattress was pretty flat and somewhat hard. That would probably be our only complaint. Everything in the room was nice and clean, which was important to me. We wished this hotel had a complementary breakfast though! That would have been really nice. If we go back, will most likely not stay here again, and try and find a place with breakfast included- really nice when you can start the day with that! We thought this hotel was in a good location, about 1-2 miles from the city center, but transportation was very very easy. We would walk from the hotel to the tram stop, and hop on a tram for about 4 blocks. There was another one that would take you into the city center, or a really nice walk along a beautiful street (Kartner) with shops and places to eat. Also very easy to take the subway- metro system. The maps are found at all the "U" Stations and it is very easy to navigate around. This hotel is within walking distance to The Belvedere, if you need a point of reference on a map. Would be about a 5 min. walk. Vienna is beautiful!! Highly recommended!! We loved it!!
An excellent hotel!
An excellent hotel with perfect service. It's on very good location and I truly recommended to visit this hotel if you are in the city.
Good hotel with average location
The hotel is somewhat out of the main area of Vienna but is very close to the Belvedere Museum, a major attraction by any standards. There are inexpensive and decent restaurants in the area, a must because the Renaissance itself is a trifle expensive.
The rooms were clean and a bit Spartan for the price but still OK. The hotel staff is helpful and the hotel is above average.
The one complaint is that a lot of tour groups seem to be booked and the entrance is often polluted by diesel fumes and noise, more than a bit distracting if you are at the outside restaurant.
All in all, a good hotel but get a deal. The rack rates are terrible.
Attack of the ice machine!
The Renaissance is a curious mix - stately and elegant facade, concrete box main building (where the guest rooms are). The excellent first impression caused by the friendly and engaging reception staff and the atmospheric old fixtures and fittings of the Arsenal bar were blunted by our room.
We'd asked for somewhere quiet, so were put near the elevators (the Renaissance is heavily used by groups) and adjacent to an ice machine, which rumbled and burped 24/7. By the time we'd realised all this, we couldn't face packing up and moving room, so deadened the noise by turning on the AC full blast, which at least gave a constant drone.
The presence of (always open) fire doors outside the room and the tell tale thump as the porter's trolleys negotiated the doorway was another irritant. I wonder if receptionists ever actually use the rooms they allocate to guests?
The hotel offers good food and excellent Austrian beer, though. It's handy for public transport (tram stop is just yards from the lobby), and if the hotel restaurants are not for you, the traditional brasserie called "Seidl" located just across the street serves tasty local food at reasonable prices.
Excellent Hotel Stay
Went to Vienna for a meeting held in the conference center at the hotel. Stayed for three nights.....excellent hotel from the the staff, who bend over to accommodate you, to the cleanliness of the room and bathrooms, to the food and presentation, to the conference center facilities. The location is right on one of the city tramlines, and there is a SchnelBahn station right next door (very convenient to/from airport and only 3 Euro). Only downside was that there did not seem to be an abundance of restaurants or bars in and around the immediate area. Highly Recommend.
Great Hotel, Great Location, First Class Service
Stayed here when I attended the 2004 European Congress of Radiology.
Nice clean hotel, friendly staff, nice (and relatively cheap) souvenir shop, good buffet breakfast spread. Nice swimming pool although I felt that the water was a tad too cold...perhaps it should be made warmer especially during the winter months. Requested for an iron and ironing board to iron my shirts but was told this was not available due to "fire hazard". This facility is still advertised on the website and perhaps it should be removed. Nice selection of channels, but only news channels in English. Would be good if they could add some sports/entertainment channels in English. Reasonably priced in house movies. Good location...very near Renweg Schnellbahn train station (less than a minute walking distance)-good connections to the metro stations all over the city and even to the inter-city train that takes you to the Wien Swechat(Vienna International) Airport in less than half an hour for just 3 Euros. Lovely hotel to complement a lovely stay in a beautiful city-Vienna.
Silence in the City
An excellent hotel with perfect service. And with the nearby Metro station anywhere around Vienna is not more than 20 min. The Restaurant is a perfect example of international cusine. A silent hotel very near to Schloss Belvedere.
Very pleasant stay at this hotel.
We had a very pleasant stay in June 2003 at the Renaissance Penta hotel. We found an interesting rate of 99 Euros on Expedia available for weekend stays. What a bargain considering that in Vienna, small pensions sometimes charges higher rates. The Renaissance has not the best location in town: you have to walk at least ten minutes to go to the closest subway station. A 20 minutes walk brings you to the town center. You'll probably want to take a cab at night to get back to the hotel. This is the only negative thing about this place. The hotel has magnificent public areas located in an ancient imperial military riding school beautifully converted with classicism and grandeur. A modern building was erected behind to house the rooms. Our room was large even by North American standard, well-maintained and quiet. Richly decorated in a contemporary style, it had the usual anemities of a four stars hotel. The staff at the front desk was efficient and welcoming.
Excellent service from the sympathetic bar tender as well. We didn't try the restaurant. Buffet breakfast is interesting but not the best we had in our trip. We'll definitively consider this hotel for our next trip to Vienna if the rate is competitive. It worths your attention too.
Chaos in the Arsenal Bar.
The room and general atmosphere of the hotel were good with easy check-in/out etc. Strange things started to occur when having a meal in the Arsenal Bar there. First of all myself and a colleague ordered 2 courses each from a waitress and a bottle each of wine and mineral water from a second waiter. The first course arrived OK and then the wine. Some time passed and I reminded the second waiter that our mineral water had not arrived. We finished the first course and our plates were cleared away. Around this time I reminded the second waiter again that our mineral water hadn't yet arrived. So, we waited, and whilst waiting noticed a few heated debates between customers and the amounts on their food bills; one even called the duty manager from the front desk. So, we waited... and on the 3rd reminder we managed to get our mineral water 50 minutes after we had ordered it. Things seemed to be picking up until 2 large coaches pulled into the parking area, flooding the al-fresco diners with diesel fumes; some got up and left.
Five minutes later, the loudest group of americans I've ever encountered entered the outdoor dining area and proceeded to take over the place in volume and furniture arranging. They were so loud in conversation, I could barely hear my colleague sitting 3ft away....
then they started to sing... more european diners vacated the area. I suddenly noticed that we'd finished our bottle of wine and no 2nd course had arrived... 1 hour 35 mins after ordering. Our first waitress suddenly appeared after disappearing for over an hour and asked us if things were OK... I asked if she knew what had happened to our food, and she immediately apologised and rushed to the kitchen. At the same time we decided to move inside as the gaggle of americans were still swelling in number (at least 20), and the volume seemed to increase logarithmically. We got a table inside and our main course arrived 1 hour 50 minutes after ordering it. My colleague's dish of a chicken breast was the first one I had seen with a thigh bone in it, and my Schnitzels were adequate. We ate and then sat reflecting on the previous episodes when a new waitress asked us to leave and go to the bar next door as the Arsenal was closed. I have never had such service in a 4 star establishment, and I know these things are generally one-off happenings due to multiple circumstances, but I don't expect to pay good money to be more or less ignored as a paying guest with a privilege card to boot.
Luxury and value!
Getting the right hotel can be a minefield-especially over New Years Eve when hotels are fully booked months in advance. We struck gold with the Penta-room rates were only 125 Euros per night, with no hike in prices for NYE. Breakfast wasn't included, but the room we got was fantastic-quite spacious, clean, well furnished and quiet with a bath, too! Only complaint was no coffee making facilities in room. There's a swimming pool on site and the luxurious lobby has a busy bar to hang out. We didn't check out the hotel's restuarants, but they looked pretty good, but not cheap. All in all, a five star hotel at three star prices, if you shop around on the net. Location is OK if you don't mind a 10 minute walk into the centre. City Air Terminal is only a 6 or 7 Euro taxi ride from the hotel and the street the hotel is on, Ungargasse, has a good tram service plus a few good restaurants, especially Bierteufl Beethovenhaus at number 5, a trad Austrian bar with great beer and fantastic local food! Can also recommend spending NYE in Vienna- great atmosphere and above all, a really safe feeling on the streets. Trust me, you'll love it!