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Reviewed 29 August 2016

If you are looking for an incredibly well-located place to stay in Vienna, that won't cost you a fortune, then definitely give Pension Geissler a look. On the other hand, if you need a typical hotel experience, then this may not be the place for you.

First, the location: a two-minute walk from the Schwedenplatz U-bahn (Metro) stop, and an easy 5-10 minute walk from Stephansplatz and the heart of the old-town tourist area. We liked being able to walk back to the room mid-day to refresh, drop off stuff, etc.

There are a plethora of restaurants in the area around Schwedenplatz, including a "Subway" sub shop, a take-out doner kebab and pizza shop, Chinese food, Italian, Spanish, Austrian/German, etc. The ice-cream shop at Schwedenplatz has great Eis, too, too. Schwedenplatz station has great connections; the Prater park (Risenrad Ferris wheel, etc.) is two stops away via the U-bahn (about 10 minutes at most); Stephansplatz is 1 stop away if your feet are hurting at the end of the day. From the Hauptbahnof it's a 10-minute ride on the U-1 (red) line without having to change trains. Schoenbrunn Palace is on the U-4 line, which also goes through Schwedenplatz (although I think the line is under construction until later in Fall 2016).

We stayed for two nights on a recent weekend, booking a "family room" for my wife, son and I. When we opened the door to the room, we were shocked to find a huge suite of two large rooms with it's own hallway. Enormous! Basically an apartment/flat, not a hotel room. For a family of three it provided a lot of space to relax, and at 150 Euros/night was fairly priced. A nice flat-screen TV, very large windows that opened out to a quiet side road (no view, really, except for some buildings), and comfortable beds. No AC is available, but each room had a large fan that kept us cool even though it was pretty warm outside.

Yes, it can be a challenge to find, as the pension shares a building with regular apartments. If you are coming up from the U-bahn at Schwedenplatz, walk past the "Subway" resturant to the next street (Postgasse) and turn right. The pension is in a nondescript, grey building on the left. You'll see a small sign and an intercom to get buzzed in (one you are checked in, your room keycard gets you in the front door, too). We didn't have a car, but I heard the desk staff saying that they offer discount parking rates at a nearby garage.

There is one (very) small elevator that serves the entire building, and it can be slow at busy times (e.g., breakfast, check out). Also, if you are mobility limited, be aware that you must walk up a small flight of stairs to get to the lift from the front door. The reception and breakfast area is on the 8th floor, and rooms are scattered throughout the building (our room was on the second floor). I think the smaller, single and double, rooms are on the 8th floor near the front desk.

Breakfast was your normal Austrian/German spread of rolls, cold cuts, yogurt and cereal, hard-cooked eggs, jam, juices, etc. It was constantly replenished, and there was adequate seating. The attendant will bring you your hot drinks (coffee, tea, cocoa) and was very pleasant. The front desk staff was efficient, albeit not overly friendly. They also offer drinks and small snacks at the front desk when it was staffed (they close the desk at 10 p.m.). It is possible to leave your bags before/after check-in, but be aware that they do NOT have a secure baggage room in which to store the bags, but rather will just tell you to leave them in the hallway near the desk (if you have valuables in your bag this may not be a great option).

WiFi was good, but not great, in the room, and strong in the breakfast area.

Room tip: Our family room was huge, and would be great for multiple people traveling together or two couples, as it had two bedrooms.
Date of stay: August 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
7  Thank BriPhilly
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

Great location- coach stop only 3 mins away!
Continental Breakfast included
Many restaurants and bars nearby
Tourist information available at reception
Room quite small with no air conditioning but bathroom is clean

Date of stay: July 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank Piatrice H
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Reviewed 17 June 2016

This is a wonderful little pension in a great location very close to the center of Vienna. It's probably a 10 minute walk to the cathedral and less than 5 minutes to the U-Bahn or tram. Our family room was big, clean, and nicely decorated. The toilet was a little weird and the elevator was tiny, but those were the only downsides to the place (and at least there was an elevator - not always guaranteed here). The friendly staff served a tasty included breakfast up on the 8th floor. A great value hotel!

Date of stay: February 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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3  Thank 274beckyk
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Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

What an absolute find. This place was the best budget hotel I've stayed in. A little challenging to find but totally worth it. We had a room with en suite bathroom and it even had a balcony. Place was spotless. Agree with other travellers that the towels were tired and had certainly seen better days, but we were only there for the one night so it wasn't really an issue. Plenty of bars nearby and the centre of Vienna is only 10 minutes away. Highly recommended!

Date of stay: March 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
4  Thank mandie c
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Reviewed 13 March 2016

A uniquely set out hotel. Its reception and dining area is on the 8th floor with the rooms on the floors below it. Access is up a flight of steps to the lift. The lift states it’s a 3 person capacity. This would be a snug arrangement, two is better. You can have to wait a while for an empty lift as it frequently stopped with two persons already in it.
The hotel is very clean as was our room. The room had daily service. There is an on-suite shower, but a bathroom and wc is communal, it served the whole floor. It is ideally situated near to the underground and red line of the hop on/hop off bus service. This makes getting around very easy. There are a lot of restaurants and fast food outlets nearby.
The staff were very helpful. In the breakfast room, the staff asked if we wanted tea or coffee, which was served in a pot along with milk, sugar and obviously a cup. You can get a cup of tea or coffee from the reception area up to 10pm. This can be very useful as there are no tea making facilities in your room. However if you arrive back after 10pm in need of a cuppa, you can’t have one.
Breakfast is of the continental type, albeit a little restricted. There is no toast machine. That’s a pity as it would increase the options greatly. I am not sure as to why there is no toaster in many EU hotels, although I have seen references to hotel insurance issues. Other hotels have overcome this issue, not sure why some hotels are too reluctant to accommodate.
Tip: if you book directly with the hotel, they give discounts on any other Vienna services you book with them; such as entrance tickets, Vienna sightseeing tickets etc. The amount of discount depends on your length of stay.

Date of stay: January 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Derrick F M
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