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Deciding on Where to Stay in Vienna Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult!

Looking for the best area to stay in Vienna? You’re not alone! Whether you are travelling to Vienna for the first time or the fourth, finding a place to stay in the Austrian capital can be tricky because there are lots of great districts – called Bezirke – for you to choose from. Yeah, there’s more options than just the Vienna city centre!

We absolutely love Vienna. We’ve been to Vienna twice – once together and Eric went once while on a classic Europe trip. It’s a great city to explore since half of us is German. Of course, English is widely used since the city is visited frequently and very diverse. We like Vienna so much that it made our list of top winter destinations in Europe!

So, whether you are travelling with family or as a couple for one night or more, we have you covered! For this guide, we’ll help you with where to stay in Vienna based on the accommodation style you might be looking for and then we’ll dive into these options in the top neighbourhoods to stay in. Ready to get started? Let’s go!

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Where to Stay in Vienna – Accommodation Options

Vienna is the capital city – and it’s a large city. As such, it’s no surprise that you’ll find a wide variety of accommodation types that suit all different styles, travellers, and budgets. The architecture and history in Vienna can make it feel like an upscale city (which it certainly is) but you can also find several great accommodation options if you are looking for a simpler place to lay your head!

So, below is a breakdown of the different accommodation types you’ll find in Vienna. That way, if you know what you are looking for you can save time by getting started looking in the right category. We mention the Districts in this section and we’ll explain them in the next section of this article. Just know that District 1 is the city centre and the rest are touching it!

Hotels in Vienna

By far the most popular accommodation option in Vienna is hotels. Understandably so – it’s a large city that caters to many different travellers – from couples and families to business travellers and backpackers.

So, if you are looking for a hotel in Vienna, you’ll have loads to pick from. Luckily, we’ve broken down Vienna hotels by style so you can check out the top ones in each category!

Hotels in Vienna City Centre

If you are just looking for a “normal” hotel that is proven to be popular, pleasant, good value for money, and in a great location, then the hotels below fit that description exactly!

Budget/Cheap Hotels in Vienna

Because it’s such a large and sprawling capital city, there are lots of different accommodations to suit all budgets. This is good because you can find cheap hotels in Vienna easier than in other cities (like Oslo).

To compare, however, hotels are not as cheap as in parts of Eastern Europe such as Krakow. That said, your money in Vienna will still get you a quality stay in a good location. We’ve highlighted a couple of great options for cheaper budget hotels in Vienna:

Boutique Hotels in Vienna

Given how trendy the city can be in places, there is no shortage of boutique-style hotels scattered around all areas of the city. While it’s true that many of them are in District 1, you can find unique hotels all over the city. In fact, it might come as no surprise that many boutique hotels can be found in the trendier districts. Here are several great boutique hotels in Vienna:

  • Alma Boutique Hotel – A boutique yet simple hotel located right in the heart of the city centre
  • Das Triest Hotel – A trendy and beautiful hotel in District 4 by the famous Karlskirche
  • Hotel Altstadt ViennaA trendy hotel with great breakfast behind the Rathaus in District 8
  • Hotel Beethoven Wien – A popular modern and trendy hotel located in District 6
  • Hotel Kugel – An elegant boutique hotel with easy access to the city centre and breakfast included located in District 7
  • Hotel Das Tyrol – A bright, boutique hotel on the edge of District 6 and 7

Luxury Hotels in Vienna

Vienna is certainly considered an upscale city in places with a rich cultural history and appreciation for the arts. As such, there are plenty of great luxury hotels to check out all over the city.

While many are in the best areas – and close to the famous Vienna Opera House – you can find luxury hotels where you least expect them. If you are looking for Vienna luxury, you have great options!

Below are a few of the top luxury hotels in Vienna. As with luxury accommodations in larger cities, there hotels are generally located in the city centre (District 1- Inner Stadt) which is a great place to stay!

  • Hotel Bristol – An elegant hotel located in District 1 right beside the Opera House
  • Hotel ImperialAnother elegant and historic 5-star hotel also close to the Vienna Concert Hall (and Opera House)
  • Hotel Sacher ViennaA beautiful and bright 5-star hotel very close to the Opera House
  • The Ring Hotel Vienna  – A more modern and cozy luxury hotel in the city centre
  • SO/ ViennaA super modern 5-star hotel with amazing views of the Inner City from the lounge

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Bed and Breakfasts in Vienna

If you are looking for a traditional bed and breakfast in Vienna, you might have a bit of a hard time finding one. This is because the city is very dependent on hotels and apartments. That said, you CAN find a cozier accommodation in Vienna – they might be called guesthouses or “pension” in German.

These accommodations offer a more quaint, homely feel and generally have breakfast included in the price. We generally like guesthouses in Germany and Austria for the breakfast! Below are a handful of great bed and breakfast/guesthouse-style accommodations in Vienna.

Apartments in Vienna

Apartments are a popular way to stay in Vienna (and in other European cities) if you want your own space, are staying longer than a few days, have a larger group, and/or want to cook your own meals to save a bit of money.

These “self-catered” options are all over the city – with many affordable apartment options actually located in District 1.

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If you want to stay in a lovely apartment and have your own space from which to explore the city, below are a handful of apartment or aparthotel options in Vienna to get you started:

Hostels in Vienna

If you are looking for hostels in Vienna, you will definitely have a few to choose from! Because it’s the capital city, this makes it a popular stop for all travellers from backpackers to couples. As such, there are lots of hostels all around the city for different styles and prices that are sure to suit your needs.

If you are travelling to Vienna in the summer and plan on a hostel, you should book in advance since the best ones will book up.

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Alternatively, here are three great hostels in Vienna you might want to look into booking. Eric stayed in Wombats Naschmarkt and it was a great stay!

Read More: European Hostels we loved to stay in!

Where to Stay in Vienna – By Neighbourhoods/Area

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There’s SO much beautiful history and architecture in Vienna….

Now that we’ve covered the different accommodation styles in Vienna, it’s time to explore the areas that you can stay in! Speaking of areas, Vienna is divided into districts (called Bezirke in German). These districts all have a number and a name. The centre of the city, the Innere Stadt, is also District 1. From there, the numbers (kind of) spiral out up to 23!

As a visitor to Vienna, many of the best attractions/food/tourist spots are in District 1 and the ones closest to the centre of the city. Being able to walk easily also makes these areas popular. That said, you COULD stay farther out than these – often for a quieter, more green or residential feel. Public transport in Vienna is quite good but we think that if you’re low on time your best bet would be to stay in a District with a lower number.

So, below we will dive into a short list of the districts that we would suggest checking out. These are all areas we would stay in if we were booking. We start with a short description of the area and list what you’d find there regarding the vibe, attractions, and more. Then we’ll mention several top choices in each one for you to check out!

Before we head into the best areas to stay, we’ve named a “top pick” for you to check out in each of the featured districts. That way, if you are looking to get started with booking you can click through on an accommodation that offers great value – and ones that we would realistically stay at ourselves.

Vienna is a very safe city with a high quality of living that consistently ranks it among the top liveable cities in the world. As a visitor, you are unlikely to have any real trouble in Vienna – especially in the city centre/districts close to the centre.

That said, as a major touristy city you should definitely be sure to watch your pockets in crowded areas since pickpockets are always on the prowl (similar to all major European cities).

As for places to stay, any of the districts we mention – and the ones adjacent to them – are going to be good places to stay. There aren’t too many areas that you should flat-out avoid in Vienna. Some say that District 10 has a poorer reputation but we have never been so we wouldn’t know.

District 1: Innere Stadt – Attractions/Sights

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You can stay right in the heart of the action if you like!

It almost goes without saying that the centre of Vienna is a popular place to stay. Known as the Innere Stadt, this area is like the heartbeat of the city. It is surrounded by the Ring Road – where the old town fortifications used to be. Innere Stadt includes many of the top attractions, shops, restaurants, opera houses, and hotels.

Some of the top attractions we loved exploring are St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, and the main pedestrian street Goldschmiedgasse. There’s SO much in District 1 – like amazing Wiener Schnitzel at Figlmüller.

The centre is also very walkable – which is also one of the potential downsides to the area: it can get very busy during the day. Evenings are generally quieter though.

Check here for hotels and accommodations in District 1

Keep in mind, the prices for the Inner Stadt are generally higher than the other areas BUT there are exceptions. You can find a hotel at a decent price. Here are three accommodations in the Innere Stadt to check out:

Alma Boutique HotelCheck Now

  • Style: A Boutique Yet Simple Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: In the city centre, close to the Danube Canal
  • Featured Amenities: Great breakfast, rooftop terrace

Hotel Royal – Check Now

  • Style: A Charming and Traditional Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: In the heart of District 1, around the corner from the Cathedral
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite bar/restaurant, really good breakfast, upper glass terrace eating area

Hotel de France Vienna – Check Now

  • Style: A Very Popular Upscale Hotel
  • Price Range: Lower Mid-Range
  • Location: The north end of the Innere Stadt, very close to the Ringstraße (close to transit)
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite sushi bar and bar, very good breakfast

The Ring Hotel Vienna – Check Now

  • Style: A Modern and Trendy Luxury Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range (actually pretty affordable given the amenities and location)
  • Location: South end of the centre, steps from the famous Opera House
  • Featured Amenities: Bar/restaurant onsite, wine cellar, spa and health centre with sauna

District 2: Leopoldstadt – River/Parks

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From across the Canal, you’ll be steps from the famous Cathedral in the Old Town!

Vienna’s District 2 is Leopoldstadt – and it’s huge. This sprawling district shares a border with District 1, 9, and 3 at the Donaukanal (a smaller waterway branching off the main Danube river) and expands northeast towards the Danube.

With green spaces like Prater Park (and all the amusement that goes with it) and access to the Donauinsel, it’s no wonder this district feels like another city. There are also plenty of shops and cafes to keep you interested. Of course, there are loads of hotels in District 2 which are located just a quick walk across the bridge to the heart of the city.

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If Leopoldstadt sounds like it’s for you, here are some great accommodations in District 2 across a few different price ranges and styles:

 Hotel Stefanie – Check Now

  • Style: A Classy and Charming Hotel (very popular)
  • Price Range: Mid-Range (but good value for money)
  • Location: Right on the main street (Taborstrasse) just across the bridge from sights in District 1
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite bar/restaurant, very historic building, great breakfast included

Hotel City Central – Check Now

  • Style: A Traditional and Reliable Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Just across the bridge from District 1, grocery stores and transit close by
  • Featured Amenities: Excellent buffet breakfast, parking available

Hotel IMLAUER Wien – Check Now

  • Style: A Trendy yet Cozy Hotel (also very popular)
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: In the heart of the district, close to shops and restaurants and the metro (U-Bahn) but still a short walk to the sights in District 1
  • Featured Amenities: Bar in glass atrium, sauna/fitness centre available

Hotel SO/ Vienna – Check Now

  • Style: An Ultra Modern Luxury Hotel
  • Price Range: Luxury (But not as much as the traditional luxury hotels near the Opera House)
  • Location: Overlooking the Canal in District 2, a very short walk to the heart of the city
  • Featured Amenities: Gourmet bar/restaurant onsite with amazing city views, spa/wellness centre, free WIFI

District 3: Landstraße – Shopping

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Stay in District 3 and you get this close by – Schloss Belvedere!

Touching District 1 and 4 in the centre of Vienna, District 3 – called Landstraße – actually has a lot going on. We’ve wandered District 3 quite a bit and found that we really liked the area.

There’s plenty to see – like Belvedere Palace (both the gorgeous grounds and the buildings itself) as well as the Museum of Military History. You can also find something called the “Hundertwasserhaus” which is that super colourful apartment complex/museum you see in Vienna photos all the time.

Besides attractions, there’s shopping and food on Landstraßer Hauptstraße which runs right to Wien Mitte (a main station). There is also a massive mall in Wien Mitte if you’re interested in shopping. This station is right beside Stadtpark – another green space that is connected to District 1!

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We really liked the area, so here are a few hotels to check out if you know you want to stay here. Also, we don’t usually go for chain hotels but a number of the chain hotels are located here and are very popular, solid options by the park so just something to consider.

Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier Wien – Check Now

  • Style: A Modern and Trendy Hotel (Very Popular)
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Right on Landstraße, a short walk to Wien Mitte (Station) and the historic centre in District 1
  • Featured Amenities: Bar/restaurant onsite, outdoor courtyard area, lovely breakfast, parking onsite

Hilton Vienna – Check Now

  • Style: A Bright and Reliable Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Right at the Stadtpark between District 1 and 3, closely connected to the CAT (City Airport Train) at Wien Mitte Station for direct train to Vienna Airport
  • Featured Amenities: Great buffet breakfast, parking available, WIFI free in lobby only (that might not matter to you given the location and purpose of trip)

Lindner Hotel Am Belvedere – Check Now

  • Style: An Upscale and Comfortable Hotel (we’ve stayed in a Lindner before – great breakfast)
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Right beside the Schloss Belvedere – many rooms overlooking the beautiful gardens!
  • Featured Amenities: Bar/restaurant onsite, parking available, great breakfast, spa/gym onsite

District 4: Wieden – Alternative

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Stay in Wieden for a short walk to Karlskirche!

One of the smallest of the Districts, in Vienna, District 4 – also known as Wieden – is just south of the city centre. There are a few things to do and see here – like the famous Karlskirche (in the photo above) which is also close to the Opera House in District 1.

Wieden also borders District 6 and shares the territory of the Naschmarkt – a famous open-air market area selling basically any food item you might think of!

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You have to explore the famous Naschmarkt!

Eric stayed in Wieden right near the Market when he visited. The walk from that area  to the city centre was lovely and not too far at all. Of course, there is also public transportation via metro. Generally, accommodations are cheaper here than in District 1.

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Here are a few examples of great hotel options in Wieden. There are a number of them to choose from so don’t overlook this area!

Austria Trend Hotel beim Theresianum – Check Now

  • Style: A Popular, Bright and Simple, Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: In the heart of District 4, very close to Wien Central Train Station and Schloss Belvedere!
  • Featured Amenities: Nice breakfast, garden terrace, private parking available

Hotel Kaiserhof Vienna -– Check Now

  • Style: A Bright and Upscale Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Literally right beside Karlskirche, close to transit, Naschmarkt, and a short walk into the city centre (District 1)
  • Featured Amenities: A historic building, spa with sauna, breakfast buffet included

Das Triest Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Trendy and Beautiful Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Just behind the Karlskirche in the heart of the area, close to transit, Naschmarkt, and walking to the city centre
  • Featured Amenities: Bar/Restaurant/Bistro onsite, outdoor courtyard, parking available

District 7: Neubau – Museums

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One of the many museums you can explore close to District 7!

If you are looking to be one with the “cool kids”, then head for District 7! Jokes aside, Neubau has become the hipster district in recent years. This means that the area has a younger, cool vibe with plenty of cafes, restaurants, and patios for enjoying the Vienna life.

The nice thing about Neubau is that it’s located right behind a popular area that includes the famous MuseumsQuartier. This massive complex is dedicated to the arts and features a number of museums which you can visit.

Close by, this area of the city is also home to two of the top museums – the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Fine Art. This makes Neubau a great option to be very close to the top cultural attractions and a still a short walk to both District 1 and the Naschmarkt area.

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You can also check out these hotel options in various price ranges. The district is pretty compact, so these options aren’t too far from one another:

Hotel Admiral – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple, No-Frills hotel
  • Price Range: Budget (for Vienna)
  • Location: In the heart of the District, in the trendy area known as “Spittelberg” – very convenient location
  • Featured Amenities: Quiet location, simple décor, breakfast included

Hotel Kugel – Check Now

  • Style: A Bright and Elegant Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: In the heart of the District, close to connect to transit
  • Featured Amenities: A great buffet breakfast included, tvs + tea/coffee standard

Hotel Altstadt Vienna– Check Now

  • Style: A Trendy and Boutique-Style Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: On the edge of the districts, close to District 8 – just behind the MuseumsQuartier
  • Featured Amenities: Great buffet breakfast, bar onsite, afternoon tea and cake!

District 8: Josefstadt – Trendy

Squeezed between Districts 7 and 9 and connected to District 1 via the back of the massive Rathaus (Vienna town hall), District 8 – or Josefstadt – has a similar trendy vibe as the districts beside it. It’s certainly more of a normal neighbourhood with nice cafes and hotels to stay at – but no main attractions right IN the area like the other districts feature.

In fact, you might walk from the 7th to the 8th and not even realize you crossed into it! It’s still well connected to the centre and has loads of places to stay because of how close it is to the Rathaus and the Austrian Parliament Building.

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If this area sounds like you perfect neighbourhood, then here are a few top hotels for each price range:

Hotel Graf Stadion – Check Now

  • Style: A Cozy and Simple Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget (for Vienna prices)
  • Location: Right behind the Rathaus (Town Hall) in District 8
  • Featured Amenities: Very good buffet breakfast included, friendly staff

Hotel Josefshof am Rathaus – Check Now

  • Style: A Bright and Charming Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Also right behind the Rathaus – close to transit
  • Featured Amenities: Bar onsite, lovely inner courtyard, very good buffet breakfast, parking available

The Levante Parliament Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Modern and Trendy Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Also right behind the Rathaus – close to transit
  • Featured Amenities: Bar/restaurant onsite, inner courtyard, sauna, breakfast included, parking available

And there you have it – a detailed rundown of where to stay in Vienna! As we’ve mentioned before, Vienna can be a bit more expensive, but you still can definitely find a place that fits your budget. We had a great time in the city, and we hope to get back there to explore it some more very soon!

As always, Happy Vienna Hotel Waddlin’,
-L&E

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    Eric is a Canadian & Hungarian content writer with over 45 countries under his belt. From volunteering in Australia to studying his Master's degree abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, his travel experiences have taken him across the globe. Next to writing on Penguin and Pia, he has been quoted by the BBC, the Travel Channel, USA Today, and Mashable and contributed to companies in the travel space such as Matador, AirHelp, GoOverseas, and Spot.

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