Had a business trip to Graz that allowed 3-nights in Vienna for touring and work with colleagues. The Renaissance was chosen as a competent brand with an affordable room rate.
The room was fine, non-smoking with two double beds, an upholstered chair and a typical shallow desk and chair. The desk had only one power outlet near by. The staff are friendly and helpful. Overall, nothing especially noteworthy about the room and most of the facilities, competent pretty much describes it for me.
The hotel has wireless Internet service that's available for an extra fee. During my weekday stay, the service became extremely slow, with connectivity starting with Good signal and Good speed and deteriorating to Fair (sometimes Poor) signal and 1Mbps (or worse) speed. Sometimes it would work well, sometimes pages just wouldn't load. Magically on Friday afternoon, signal quality pretty much stayed Good all of the time and transfer speeds stayed around 11Mbps. My conclusion is that the wireless bandwidth is massively oversubscribed. A wired connection is *not* an available option. If you need a reliable connection that can't handle frequent resetting, I'd choose someplace else.
My home is in North America, where significantly fewer people smoke (in my experience). And most of the restaurants (and, indeed, most entire buildings) I frequent are non-smoking. This made many restaurant experiences in Austria (Europe, in general) sometimes challenging. A plus for the Renaissance is that they have a dining room that is non-smoking. The cooking was competent and it was a much needed break after 5 days of eating smoke with every lunch and dinner. I hated the way I'd smell after leaving a restaurant.
As mentioned by others, the hotel is relatively close to downtown by underground public transit. The hotel can sell you a 72-hour transit pass that will help you get downtown and back as well as offering some discounts for tours, cafes, and some shopping. Also, the hotel is quite close by transit to the Meidling Wein intercity train stop. The Graz train stops there, it's about 1km south of the hotel and may be walkable by some.
The hotel will also sell you a tour package, including a driving tour of downtown and a tour of the nearby Schoenbrunn palace. A shuttle picks up from a number of hotels and takes you downtown for a drive around the highspots. Then it brings you all the way back past the hotel for a decent tour of the Schoenbrunn palace. If desired, it will take you back downtown to the Opera House. We ended up walking back to the hotel from the palace (had work to do). If I were to do this again, I'd probably walk to the Palace to do that tour and then take transit downtown and do a walking tour.
Vienna was wonderful, I wish I had more time to explore it in more detail. The Renaissance may, or may not, be my choice for next time around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the Rocking Baroque Hotel near Schönbrunn, Renaissance Wien Hotel. Guest rooms, bathrooms and common areas at our hotel in Vienna, Austria have been completely redesigned and a new restaurant concept was implemented. The well-known pink facade was replaced by a modern and distinctive one, representing the relaunch from outside. Hotel facilities include 305 guest rooms and suites, a fitness centre with sauna, and an innovative restaurant that offers a culinary journey from Paris over Vienna to Constantinopel. The modern function meeting rooms provide the ideal place for meetings and weddings in Vienna. Renaissance Wien Hotel offers the perfect location for exploring Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace is just a short walk away. The subway offers fast access to the city centre, Stadthalle or Westbahnhof train station. Book your stay already today and be one of the first explorers at Renaissance Wien Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Vienna
- Vienna Renaissance