The last leg of of our Europe trip, we decided to splurge and stay at a good hotel, and this was a great hotel, although its located pretty far from Inner Stadt and city center. But the Metro is just 10 mins walk from the hotel and it brings you to city center in minutes. The trains are moderately fast, clean and has free magazines for you to browse through.
We reached the hotel quite late, from the Vienna Airport we were told that there are infrequent trains at night (later we realized this is just airport taxi gimmick to gullible tourists to pay more, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the trains in all over Vienna operate all night, THROUGHOUT the night, YES!) If you don't believe me ask your hotel
Anyhow the taxi cost us 35 euros. We had booked the hotel in advance and we got a nice room on a high floor with not much of a view (since this hotel is in a business area, our room faced the office opposite us) However within walking distance there is a McDonalds but its best you take the Metro to downtown for food and drinks
From the Flughafen Wein airport, you take the S7 (blue) metro and get down at Praterstein. From there, take the U2 line (purple) heading towards Aspenstr and get down at Krieau station. The hotel is 10 mins walk from the train station
To get to city center from the Krieau station, take the U2 heading towards Karlplatz and get down at Praterstein. From there, get the U1 in the direction of Reumannpl. and get down at Stephanplatz. where St Stephan's cathredal is. You can get down here or take the U3, in the directions towards Ottakring that will bring you to the main tourists attractions (Volkstheather stations for Musuem Quartier, Natural History Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Parliament)
Now I know some of you will be wondering why not take the high-speed train (CAT) from the airport to city center? Simply because it's overpriced, it has more stops than the Metro and for less the cost and time you can reach the hotel anyways. Also bear in mind that the CAT stops at Lanstrabe/Wien Mitte so from there you HAVE to take the S7, get down at Praterstein, change to to U2 to get to Krieau. See what I meant?
If you have time, you can walk from the hotel to the Danube and New Danube rivers, its right behind it.
The hotel had:
2 face towels (they didn't replace with new ones the next day)
2 hand towels
2 bath towels
shower + toilet
one reading chair
one office chair
writing pad + pen
room service menu
miniature shower, conditioner, hair shampoo and facial soap
Breakfast was especially good, they had slightly different buffet food for both days and they had extensive selection of teabags, cheeses and dry fruits for breakfast
On every floor, they have water and ice dispenser but on our floor, the machine only dispensed ice so I filled up bucketful of it with ice
I know someone mentioned about her laptop being stolen and I suspect its probably the guests because I had my eyes on all the servers and from where we sat for breakfast our luggage was within eyesight. I got to admit that we were extra cautious during our Europe trip and never travelled anywhere with our passports. We used our photo ID for all checks (in SBBs, TrenItalia, Thalys) and kept money locked in the safe box if available in hotel room
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Minutes from Vienna's lively center stands the Courtyard Vienna Prater/Messe. Ideally located in the business quarter "Viertel 2", our modern hotel sits near the Vienna fairgrounds, Reed Exhibition Messe Wien, the green Prater and the Ernst Happel stadium. The city center can be reached within 10 minutes as the hotel offers direct access to the underground U2. All major highways and the airport are within immediate reach away by car. All guest rooms offer individual air condition, comfortable Courtyard beds, laptop safe, W-LAN, flat screen with satellite TV, coffee & tea making facilities, refrigerator, iron and ironing board and hair dryer. On the 8th floor we provide on 430 m2 of fitness and wellness overlooking Vienna. Work-out in our cardio and strength training area with professional support and then relax in our panorama sauna, steam bath, solarium and relaxation room. At our restaurant, allow us to make you feel comfortable by experiencing the traditional flair of Viennese hospitality together with our modern and contemporary interpretation of culinary art. Experience real treat by tasting local products combined with fresh herbs, luscious and crisp vegetables and a drink of fantastic, high quality Austrian wine. Savor fresh seasonal specialties, popular Viennese classics or American delicacies of our international hotel cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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