Austria’s capital is relatively small and easy to navigate, but it’s difficult to know where the best places to stay are. Planning a short visit? Traveling with kids? Looking for underground nightlife? Our local expert gives you insight into the best hotels and districts based on your interests and budget. Read on to find out where to stay in Vienna.
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Where To Stay in Vienna: Best Hotels and Neighborhoods
Every year Vienna ranks as one of the most livable cities in the world. This is also thanks to the size of the city and the exceptional public transport system. You can basically get anywhere in less than 30 minutes, which makes it ideal for tourists.
Vienna is divided into 23 districts. District 1 or Innere Stadt is the historic city center. It’s surrounded by the 3.2-mile-long Ringstrasse, which serves also as the tramway. All the other districts spiral outwards from the center. You’ll find tourist attractions in the first nine districts, except for the Schönbrunn Palace, which is in District 13.
I highly recommend staying in the Innere Stadt (city center) to soak up the imperial atmosphere the city is known for. As you’d expect, staying in hotels surrounded by historic sights and dining out in the old town comes with premium prices and larger crowds.
Venturing out of the city center, on the other hand, will give you more opportunities to get off the beaten track and get a taste of local life. Where you stay in Vienna will depend on your style, budget, and the experience you’re after.
In this guide, we’ve picked our top three districts, plus what you can expect and hotel recommendations at every price point. So, here’s where to stay in Vienna.
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District 1: Innere Stadt
If you’re visiting Vienna for just a day or two, staying in the city center or Innere Stadt is a great option. You won’t miss out on the top sights or the unique atmosphere of this historic city. Plus it’s convenient for getting everywhere quickly, so parents with kids might also like staying here if you don’t want to venture far.
All the top attractions are within easy reach. You’ll have churches, castles, museums, and shopping avenues at your fingertips such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben, the Hofburg, and the Albertina Museum are just some of the highlights in this area.
You’ll get to enjoy the charming coffee houses and the historic theaters and concert halls, which hold events every day. There’s no doubt you’ll experience the best that the city has to offer.
It does, however, come with some downsides to consider. The area is packed with people, especially over the weekend and the Christmas season. Innere Stadt is also generally more expensive than anywhere else. There are some narrow streets that offer a more secluded and quiet stay and, if you choose wisely, you can still have a good local meal and nice accommodation at an affordable price.
Why I love Innere Stadt:
- Lots of top attractions
- Baroque architecture
- Viennese coffee houses
Attractions near Innere Stadt:
- Hofburg complex (Imperial apartments, Sisi Museum, National Library, Spanish Riding School)
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- Albertina Museum
- Vienna State Opera
- Art Museum
- Natural History Museum
- Rathaus (City Hall)
Best restaurants in Innere Stadt:
- Plachutta Wollzeile
- Reinthaler’s Beisl
- Gosser Bierklinik
- Kleines Cafe
- A’ Frisella
- All Reis Bangkok Street Food
Best hotels in Innere Stadt:
Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth
€€ | 4 Star | Viennese Style | Top location | Delicious Breakfast
If you want to stay right in the city center without breaking the bank, look no further. Enjoy imperial elegance with modern facilities just a few steps away from Stephansplatz. I recommend staying for breakfast, since they serve delicious Kaiserschmarrn, the famous scrambled pancake Vienna is famous for.
Hotel Am Parkring
€€ | 4 Star | Panoramic Views | Great Location | Restaurant with Views
Located on the Ringstrasse, this hotel occupies the 11th to 13th floors of the highest building on the boulevard. The rooms are tastefully furnished with flat-screen cable TVs and a Nespresso coffee machine with a tablet PC in every room that kids will appreciate! Dine at the hotel’s Das Schick gourmet restaurant serving Austrian and Spanish cuisine with incredible views for a couple’s cozy night in.
Hotel Sacher Wien
€€€ | 5 Star | Luxury | Iconic | Baroque Style | Great Location
Love the opera? Then you have to stay in Hotel Sacher Wien since it’s just across the street from the Vienna State Opera. It’s famous for Sachertorte, a chocolate cake filled with apricot jam. From deluxe rooms to signature suites, each room offers a true taste of luxury for the couple looking for luxury hotels in Vienna.
€€ | 3 Star | Rooftop Terrace | Art Noveau Touches | Great Location
Prefer a more affordable hotel in the center of Vienna? On a quiet side street only a 5-minute walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral, you will find this lovely boutique hotel. The timeless design combines the art nouveau style with a twist of Italian elegance. The hotel’s rooftop terrace is an oasis of calm in the city center of Vienna, so enjoy a quiet evening of drinks here.
District 3: Landstrasse
If you’re traveling to Vienna with kids, Landstrasse is definitely where you should stay. Vienna’s District 3 or Landstrasse is an elegant and quieter area, located within walking distance of the city center. Home to many embassies and beautifully decorated residential blocks, the area is popular for the whimsical Hundertwasser complex of uneven floors and bright colors.
This residential area also boasts many green parks and playgrounds, so it’s a convenient and budget-friendly area, especially for families traveling with kids. You won’t find a very lively nightlife here, but it is home to some of the top attractions in Vienna.
Landstrasse enjoys the benefit of a central location and a direct connection to the airport through the Wien Mitte transport hub. Less expensive than the city center and away from the tourist crowds, this area is the perfect compromise for a relaxing stay without being isolated. You’ll definitely get the feeling of an authentic neighborhood with markets, bakeries, and lunch spots.
Why I love Landstrasse:
- Relaxing atmosphere away from the crowds
- Central, but cheaper than Innere Stadt
- Well connected
- Playgrounds for kids
- Elegant architecture
- Danube Canal path
Attractions near Landstrasse:
- Belvedere Palace
- Hundertwasser Haus
Best restaurants in Landstrasse:
Best hotels in Landstrasse:
Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier Wien
€€ | 4 Star | Terrace | Two Restaurants | Spa | Near Train Station
Ideal for families, this Biedermeier-style hotel is located in the old Sünnhof Viennese passageway, steps from Wien Mitte train station. Each room has cable TV and, in many cases, a comfortable sitting area for extra space. There are two restaurants, offering international dishes and Austrian specialties. I recommend enjoying the breakfast buffet served on the cozy garden terrace.
InterContinental Wien, an IHG Hotel
€€ | 4 Star | Classic | Great Views | Spa | Restaurant
The functional façade of this hotel hides a cozy and elegant interior. Starting with the wood-panelled lobby, each space is a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary furnishings. The classic rooms have nice views of either the Vienna Concert Hall or the Stadtpark. The hotel houses a gym, a Viennese Café, and a stylish intermezzo Bar. There’s also a Spa, a hairdresser, and a Restaurant Parlor. What more could you need?
magdas HOTEL Vienna City
€€ | 4 Star | Social Business | Green Hotel
This social business hotel offers people who have fled their countries training and a real chance to get a job in the hospitality industry. You’ll be supporting this wonderful purpose and enjoy a cosmopolitan atmosphere. From the creatively upcycled furnishings to the photovoltaics on the roof, the water-saving fittings, and the organic toiletries, you’ll love the eco-friendly details. There’s even a vegan-friendly restaurant.
District 7: Neubau
Trendy, hip, and vibrant. This is the area for young travelers and night life seekers who want to roam through the more modern areas of Vienna. Here, you’ll find artisanal hipster roasters instead of the luxurious coffee houses and ethnic, and fusion restaurants instead of the traditional beisl. The street art offers a change from the baroque pomp of the city center, and the underground nightlife is buzzing.
The Neubau neighborhood is bustling with off-the-beaten-track cultural spots, like the independent art galleries or the historic theaters and cinemas. And lovers of all things vintage will find plenty of shops with handcrafted gifts and treasures.
Foodies will also love staying here in Nebau! You’ll find specialties from everywhere, all concentrated in a few streets (Zollergasse, Kirchengasse, and Lindengasse), plus many great vegetarian and vegan eateries. Staying in Nebau is a must if you’re looking for a fresh take on Viennese food on vacation.
Look out for Spittelberg, a picturesque village with narrow cobbled streets where students and artists love to hang out at funky bars and tiny cafés with gardens and courtyards. Here are our favorite hotels for young travelers and artists coming to Vienna.
Why I love Neubau:
- Hipster vibe
- Off the beaten track
- Multicultural dining scene
Attractions near Neubau:
- MuseumsQuartier (Leopold Museum, MUMOK, Kunsthalle, Zoom Kinder Museum)
- Mariahilfer Straße
- Spittelberg Quartier
- Art History Museum
- Natural History Museum
Best restaurants in Neubau:
- Glacis Beisl
- 7Stern Bräu
- Santos Neubau I Mexican Grill & Bar
- Lolo & Lola
- Tian Bistro am Spittelberg
Best hotels in Neubau:
Hotel am Brillantengrund
€ | 3 Star | Trendy | Vintage Chic | Family Run
This family-run hotel has a Mediterranean-style courtyard where there’s always a lot going on like exhibitions, readings, and concerts. More active guests will love renting bicycles at the small workshop space or joining one of the cycling tours to explore Vienna. The Westbahnhof, one of the biggest transport hubs in town, and the MuseumsQuartier are just 1 km away.
€€ | 4 Star | Stylish | Family Run | Green Hotel | Good Location
If you’re a nature lover or environmentally conscious, stay at the greenery filled Hotel Gilbert. This pioneering project in sustainable building features a façade covered in evergreen perennials. The green inner courtyard with its Scandinavian flair is open to the public and is home to &flora, a restaurant-café resembling a flower shop. You’ll also appreciate being across from the MuseumsQuartier and the metro station.
Ruby Marie Hotel Vienna
€€ | 4 Star | Stylish | Lean Luxury | For Music Lovers
This hotel is about “Lean Luxury,” which is laid-back comfort in spaces with character. Featuring a bar with a rooftop terrace, the hotel is located on the corner of Mariahilfer Straße, Vienna’s main shopping street. If you’re a music lover, this is the spot! There is free onsite guitar rental, every room features a sound system with Marshall amplifiers, and the hotel has its own online playlist you can enjoy.