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“Hygienic rooms, good location”
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Academia
Ranked #315 of 362 Hotels in Vienna
UK
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19 reviews
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“Hygienic rooms, good location”
Reviewed 14 September 2011

Was in Vienna for a conference, stayed for a week. The hotel is 5-10 minutes walk from Volkstheater and Rathaus U-Bahn stations, easily found. Service was very prompt and good. Rooms were clean and basic, with a hot shower. Breakfast was perfectly adequate - cereal, bread, ham & cheese, yoghurt, spreads, hot and cold drinks, (though no real juice, which was disappointing...). No luxury experience, but all in all, great value for money!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2010

We had been to Austria last year for 4 days to see around the places there. We booked Hotel ‎‎Academia as it was very cheap. And by the fact we did not have many expectations from the hotel. ‎‎But the hotel lived up to our expectations.‎
The hotel was located quite far from the city centre but there was a tram stop (7 minutes walk) ‎from ‎the hotel. This tram ran into the city centre. Also there were buses which connected into the ‎city so ‎commuting was not a problem at all.‎
Travellers must understand that this is a hostel converted into a hotel during off peak season. So ‎the ‎rooms were quite small and bathrooms were small even. Rooms were hot; they did not have air ‎conditioning or fan. TV was not available from ‎rooms but there was one in the reception. But since it ‎is only 4 days we could live with it. But no ‎one could expect more for the money that these people ‎charge. I would say it was handsome for ‎the money we paid.‎
Breakfast did not have much of bread options. it was hard bread. But they had cereals and milk. ‎‎There was a lot of meat. They provide you with packed breakfast if you have to leave early for a ‎day ‎tour or any other arranged tours. ‎
Staff were helpful in giving directions, local knowledge and arranging conducted tours. Also most of ‎‎the tours voluntarily pick you up from the hotel so touring is not at all difficult if you choose to stay ‎‎here.‎
Overall there are some pros and cons of this hotel but as I stated earlier it is a good bargain.‎

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2010

If you are expecting to stay in a conventional hotel you will be disappointed. The building is a student hall of residence that is used as a hotel during the holidays. If want accommodation to take you back on a nostalgic trip back to your university days this is the place for you!

  • Stayed September 2010
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Reviewed 2 September 2009

Our stay here was very pleasant. the staff were very friendly and aimed to please. The breakfast was nice and the bar opened til late. The room was a little small and the bed was not great, but it was what I expected for the price. It is within walking distance of the main city.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Porto, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2009

I enjoyed the hotel and the room (although it was small and had no tv).
The staff was very nice and helpful.
It was well located, with a bus line directly from Sudbanhof, where you drop off from the airport bus.
Shopping streets and restaurants nearby.
I would definitely stay there if I go back.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 December 2008

Where do I begin?

We booked the room with the expectation that it would be small, we didn't realize it would look absolutely NOTHING like the picture.

Getting there was only half the battle. Even with a GPS the hotel was very difficult to find and not in a very savory location. The street is covered in graffiti and people were openly snorting cocaine on the next street over.

At Check-In the gentleman informed us that there was only one key and it must be turned in everytime we leave the hotel, even if we were just going out to eat.

The hallways are old and dirty and are very reminscent of an aging insane asylum. On each floor there is a common room with a shared kitchen and tv that is blasting 24/7. Enjoy the tv, because you won't find one in your room... or much of anything else.

The room for 2 came with 2 single beds, no doubles or queens but we were told we could push them together, too bad they were on the opposite side of the room. There were four closets with keys however the locks didn't actually lock. The beds did come with a pillow and set of sheets each but no actual blankets. There was a coat rack next to the door, but once again no actual hooks to hang your coats on. The bathroom came with no ammenities except 4 shot glasses in front of the sink and an assortment of miss-matched assortment of hand towels, no actual body size towels.

You could open the windows at night for air however the area has a lot of clubs and bars and there are people walking and screaming outside at 3 in the morning. If that isn't bad enough, the building is very old without any major rennovations so the floors squeak and you can easily hear people above, below and outside your room.

If you haven't had your shots i would recommend having them before coming, the bathroom floor and showers are covered in mold.

The hotel also advertised free continental breakfast with omelets. You have to cross the street to another wing to get to the dining hall. At the first station they only had 2 types of meet with 1 type of cheese and rolls. There were 3 other stations but they all served the same thing and there were no omelets.

You cannot get parking in advance its a day by day process and its first come first serve. We didn't arrive until later in the day and they were out of spots. The area was so dangerous we parked in a garage but that was 5 euro an hour! We finally found a spot later but in the morning found someone had puked all over the passenger side door and of course covering the entire handle. I'm not saying this is the hotel's fault but the area is very ceedy.

about 4 or 5 blocks over you'll come across the Palace and all the other attractions but its literally the differance between night and day from where you are staying.

Stay here at you're own risk, I wouldn't be suprised if they were operating a crystal meth lab out of here.

  • Liked — It was located in the city of Vienna
  • Disliked — Everything
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Academia
Address: Pfeilgasse 3a, Vienna 1080, Austria
Region: Austria > Vienna Region > Vienna > Josefstadt
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Ranked #315 of 362 Hotels in Vienna
Hotel Class:2 star — Academia 2*
Number of rooms: 368
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