Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel
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Yesterday we traveled from Rome to Vienna on Alitalia. These european airlines are awesome--we were already cleared for a seat when we first checked in at the airport! Granted the flight was open, but it was still about an hour and a half before the plane left and we were even able to select our seats! Also, they give you great snacks, which of …
Well, we started our day early - woke up at 8:00 and managed to get a late check-out at 15:00, plus the ability to return to the Club lounge and have food and Internet until we leave for the airport at 19:00.
We started the day with Maria Treu church, the new town hall, the AMAZING Votivkirche, the Burgtheater, the Parliament, Voksgarten and …
Today, after accidentally meeting a friend on the train, we went to see Shonbrunn palace, and yeah, it IS as stunning as they say it is. We got the entire 40 room audio tour, the gardens, the maze and the lovely monument on the hill.
We then continued to a mall for some choclates.
Later on I went into the city by foot and saw a part of the …
After an OK breakfast at the Club, we started our day by going to Vienna's major attraction, the Stephansdom. It was very impressive and beautifully lit inside.
We then continued to see a couple of more churches in the same quarter, and walked towards the Jewish quarter where we visited the Holocaust memorial.
From there, due to a sickness …
After a horrible flight (thank you, Niki), we landed in Vienna and checked-in our hotel at 9:00, which was nice.
However, we were so tired, we spent a couple of hours in the room, though we were too tired to sleep.
The hotel is a nice 4* hotel and our Club room is nice. Not the luxury hotels we're used to from Asia, but decent. :)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel
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.
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.
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.
Stayed here when I attended the 2004 European Congress of Radiology.
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.
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.
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.
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!