As I’ve mentioned in a previous review, the best deals in Vienna are to be had outside of the 1st district, the touristy centre of town where all the sites are. However, if you really do want to stay in the 1st, the Hotel Europa is definitely good value. The location is unbeatable, right on the main shopping street near all the sites. Our room was getting a bit tired, with parts of the carpet fraying and visible wear and tear on the fittings, but everything worked fine so no real complaints - except for the internet which, like with the other reviewers, did not work for us. Yes, the cafes and commotion outside can get a bit noisy, but it really doesn’t last until late; everything shuts down at about 22.00.
If you’re after the ultimate Vienna experience, e.g. it is your honeymoon, I would still go for one of the traditional five stars, simply because the Hotel Europa is modern and doesn’t have the same kind of grandeur. But if you really want to stay in the 1st district at a reasonable price, this hotel is a good choice. Just don't bank on the internet service.
The breakfast buffet is very good but it is expensive – hotels in Austria have generally cottoned on that this is a good way to make money, so it is getting more and more difficult to get a rate with breakfast included. If you are fine with ham, a croissant, and coffee, you can forget breakfast in the hotel and eat at one of the surrounding cafes.
One more tip, since I used to lived in Vienna (and since I see some other reviewers had this issue) – you really don't need to rent a car as a tourist in Vienna, but I had business reasons I needed to do so this time around, giving rise to the obvious parking issues. The hotel has valet parking which is a shocking EUR 30 or so, but there is no need for this – street parking is free after 22.00 and on the weekends, so as long as you come back late on the weekdays you can find parking (going around the block a couple of times should do it).
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