I asked my travel agents to find me a hotel in Vienna - near the city centre, not too expensive, and close to a place where I could go ice-skating. As usual, they came up trumps.
Hotel Stadthalle is close to the Stadthalle, which is a huge complex that includes an indoor skating rink and an Olympic-sized (i.e. 50 m long) swimming pool. Sheer heaven.
It is also close to the Westbahnhof. This means you can catch the bus that travels to and from the airport every half an hour in winter (every 20 minutes in the summer) for just EUR 6 for one way. The journey takes 35 minutes.
The Westbahnhof is also a junction point for trains, the underground trains, trams and buses. Very convenient.
The hotel and station are also close to Mariahilferstrasse - one of the main shopping streets there - with lots of bookshops including a British bookshop and an English-speaking cinema (Cinema Haydn - [--]).
At the end of Mariahilferstrasse, there are the main museums, the opera house, the beautiful Ring Street including the Town Hall and parliament building and the old central part of town.
The hotel itself was clean. The staff was young and friendly, pleasant, polite and helpful. The breakfast buffet was plentiful - nothing cooked, however. Very quiet - no piped music. Free Internet access in the lobby for the guests. No lifts because the hotel is in an old town house.
There were some nice little touches over Christmas and New Year. One cute feature was that the hotel has a lavender garden on a flat roof. This can only be viewed from the second and third floors, however. I came back home with a quite different souvenir from the norm - a jar containing 30 g of lavender harvested from the hotel's own garden.
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- A trendsetting combination of sustainability, design, and a touch of luxury: the world’s first hotel with a net zero energy balance is located in the heart of Vienna. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boutiquehotel Stadthalle Hotel Vienna
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