Originally, we booked a room in the B&B by e-mail which worked very smoothly. Barbara Lenz reacted nearly immediately and provided us with helpful information how to reach the B&B by public transport. Some time afterwards, she contacted us to ask if we would mind to switch to one of the self-catering apartments so 4 Canadians could book both B&B rooms. That was okay for us, so we ended up in the Apartment, but had breakfast in the B&B as a bonus. Thus, I can comment on both types of accommodation.
B&B and apartments are only 3 min walk just around the corner from each other. It is an easy 5-10 min walk to the Westbahnhof, one of the nodal points of Vienna’s public transport (which is actually as good as its reputation – nearly all tubes go every 5 min or less) where e.g. the airport shuttle bus has a stop, too. Alternatively, you can just walk along the shopping street Mariahilfer Straße to reach the city centre.
There are plenty of restaurants and supermarkets in walking distance.
The residential neighbourhood made a safe impression on me. It should be no problem to walk there at night.
To stay in a B&B is completely different than staying in an anonymous hotel. Barbara Lenz was full of helpful information what to see and do, how to get there etc. She provided us every morning with up-to-date news about concerts, flea markets, free entrance to museums and other attractions of the day. It was definitely not all typical tourist staff – we actually met her by chance on the flea market. In the rooms you will find travel books and a big folder with her personal recommendations for sights, guided tours, cafes and restaurants (all in German and English). She even provided a mobile phone for free calls within Vienna and to reach her in case of an emergency. We could leave our luggage in the apartment after check-out which was very welcome.
We stayed in Apartment Top 1 which was very well equipped, especially the kitchen. I have been to so many self-catering equipments without even salt, so I highly appreciated not only salt and pepper but also herbs, tea, spreads for breakfast and an odd assortment of further groceries. You have a fridge, microwave, oven, cooker, enough dishes…. as well as a corner seat and a TV. As far as I remember they even plan to add a dishwasher.
The bathroom is very small and without a window, but it was perfectly okay for a few days.
The double bed was extremely comfy, and I slept like a log. The computer with free internet access was a nice treat.
There was no time to use the offered bench in the small inner courtyard.
In general, the apartment is in a typical Vienna old building, but furniture etc. was very modern (IKEA charm). Oh, yes, I nearly forgot: It is on the ground floor, so you don’t have to haul your trunk up any stairs.
The B&B is in a typical and charming old building, too. It is located in the 3rd floor (which is 4th floor for Americans), but there is a lift which reaches the landing between 2nd and 3rd floor, so you only have to carry the luggage for half a storey.
The 2 B&B rooms share a tiny vestibule with a computer table and a kitchen. I’m not sure about the rooms themselves, but space seemed to be restricted (no surprise – renovated Vienna old buildings in the heart of the city have a goodly price per square metre).
Breakfast was very good, although it was not as extensive as hot breakfast in some Canadian or US B&Bs. You order from a list of possible dishes the day before. Barbara Lenz offers mainly organic or fair-trade products. Her jam is home-made and especially the home-made rolls were delicious.
Thank you for everything, Barbara! :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family run B&B and self-catering Apartments in central location, off Vienna's biggest shopping street. Nice residential neighbourhood close to all sights. Non-smoking. Full B&B service at B&B location (organic food). Self-catering at Apartments. Free Internet access (Wifi and ether net). B&B access with elevator to third floor. Apartments on ground floor and first floor. Your hosts look forward to meeting you! ... more less
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