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“Felt like a personal guest instead of a customer. Great place to stay.”
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Pension VITIS
Ranked #7 of 110 Vienna B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Orange, California, United States
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148 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Felt like a personal guest instead of a customer. Great place to stay.”
Reviewed 25 September 2013 via mobile

We really lucked out when we found Pension Vitis and host Karl Gerstl through trip advisor. What a great place and maybe the nicest "landlord" possible. Herr Gerstl was friendly, helpful, professional and so welcoming we felt like old friends even though we had never met. The unit was really cute and comfortable with obvious care given to every detail. It was so homey, we felt at ease immediately and could have spent a month there.

The place includes secure parking in a locked garage plus there is a communal computer for guest use. A large amount of tourist information is provided in a variety of languages and Herr Gerstl helped us obtain a transportation pass for bus, tram and underground at a discount. He also provided city maps and suggestions (at our request) about attractions and the best way to reach them.

In the morning, at the time of our choosing, we were served a fantastic breakfast in our room. It was so pretty, I almost hated to eat it but it was too good to pass up. The main room was large with comfortable bed, couch, table and chairs, and electric blinds on the Windows. The kitchen is very small but adequate for snacks, bathroom also small. It's on the first floor European, which is the second floor in USA but our host helped carry luggage upstairs and back down

Overall, I can't imagine a better place to stay. Price was very reasonable and there are only two rooms, which can be joined together for a larger family unit, so it's a very personalized experience. Just what we needed for our first visit to Vienna.

Public transportation, markets, shopping centers, restaurants, parks and so forth are all nearby but this place is in quiet mixed use area. It took us about 10 min total to get to the main downtown area (museum square) and the bus runs every 5-7 min so that time included our walk to the bus stop and a wait for the next bus. The ride to downtown was about two min by itself.

I highly recommend Pension Vitis if you are looking for a warm personal homey place to stay!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Houston, TX
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

There are two rooms (from what it looked like) that make up the hotel and they are inside of a residential building. In the room, there is a sink, mini fridge (that included drinks for sale), cups, plates, silverware, cork screw, etc. The room was comfortable and Karl was nice.

Pros: Nice room; Karl can pick you up from the airport if you arrange it with him ahead of time (for a fee); air conditioning; free maps and pamphlets provided by Karl; there is a mall a few blocks away that has a grocery store, ATM, Western Union to exchange money, and restaurants;there is a bus stop in front of the mall.

Cons: a little too far from the city center; small variety of bars and restaurants near the hotel

If you want to be away from the touristy part of Vienna, would like to see how real Viennese live, and stay in a residential neighborhood- then this is the place for you!

Room Tip: Arrange a ride with Karl, so you won't have to worry about finding transportation when you arriv...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Cape Coral, Florida
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Karl picked us up and drove us around to get a quick feel for the beautiful city. The Rooms are spotless and are well kept. Maps and brochures are easily available as is knowledge about Karl's great city.We look forward to our return.

Room Tip: Not a bad room to be had.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

The host was most responsive even during the booking stage. He was polite and welcoming. If you are using his pickup service from the airport, you will see how he will get the prime position for you to spot him. The room was spacious, nothing glamourous, but it was what I would call a home away from home. The facilities were all as described by the other reviewers. I did not have his breakfast, but I am sure a thoughtful host like Karl will not let you down on this.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

For our first time in Vienna (August 12 - 16, 2013) what better place to begin from than the Pension Vitis. Karl was the perfect host - excellent breakfast, serviced apartment daily, readily provided information about Vienna - always there but not intrusive. Ideally located for use of public transport and the 3-day special with the 72 hr Travel Pass made visiting the city easy and pleasurable. We loved our stay (4 nights) and would gladly return to this pension. Thanks Karl. Brian and Heather - Melbourne.

Room Tip: Our apartment, first of the two, was excellent.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Finale Ligure, Italy
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

It's 5 minutes walk from the 6 U-Bahn (Thaliastrasse or Burggasse stop), that's to say about 20 minutes from the city center; nearby (Hippgasse) there's a small supermarket.
Pension Vitis is a nice and quiet place; Mr Karl is really very kind and provided us with parking ticket and a 36h ticket for the public means of transport.
We had large breakfasts with bread, butter, ham, cheese, jam, coffee, tea and fruit.
The room was confortable and clean with air conditioner; the wc is separated from the bathroom and is very small; there isn't a bidet.
Mr karl suggested we could have dinner at Panorama Restaurant in Herbststrasse that is 5 minutes walk from Vitis; and it was a good idea.
We really enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2013

We had an excellent week stay with Karl in Vienna at his pension. It was more than we expected with a small kitchenette, hallway and separate rooms for bath and toilet--like a small apartment. Karl was more than helpful with maps, bus tickets, instructions on how to get to Bratislavia, anything we needed. Plus he makes fresh hot rolls every morning for a charming breakfast on the patio.
It is a little farther away from the city center than I had imagined and at times that made it a bit inconvenient to want to go all the way back to the center after you had come home for a shower and rest. However, I think that small inconvenience was more than made up for by the place, by Karl, by the excellent prices and the super air-conditioning. We slept like logs and heard many others (on various jaunts around the city) sleepless from trying to get relief from the heat wave.
It is easy to catch the bus and as long as you are OK with that, I highly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pension VITIS
Address: Herbststrasse 24 | 1160 Vienna, Vienna 1160, Austria
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Region: Austria > Vienna Region > Vienna > Ottakring
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 110 B&Bs / Inns in Vienna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Pension VITIS in Vienna. Apartments, Rooms with bathroom, separate WC and small kitchen.Our little boarding house is located in a quiet area of the 16th district of Vienna, near the Wiener Stadthalle and the Westbahnhof train station, silent and central in the heart of Vienna.Apartment - Rooms:Both apartments have a large comfortable living room (1 - 4 persons) with SAT-TV, bathroom, separate WC, mini-bar, small kitchen with electric stove, dishes, coffee maker, water kettle, toaster, refrigerator, etc. In the central lobby you can use the PC with free Internet. Additionally, each apartment comes with free WLAN connection. ... more   less 

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