I booked 6 nights direct with the hotel and thought the price very reasonable (about £63/night). Throughout our stay the staff were excellent, very polite and helpful and seemed to genuinely want to make it a pleasant stay. The only problem we had was our safe didn't work but the staff were straight up to the room to fix it so couldn't ask better than that. The room itself was a good size, the beds were super comfy and there is an electric metal shutter on the window to help keep out light and noise. However, like others have said, we had a roadside room and the noise wasn't intrusive. I did request a high up floor though so that maybe helped. There wasn't really any traffic in the night anyway. The only noise problem was the hotel air conditioning and the lift which was outside our room. I'm a very light sleeper and had I not had ear-plugs it would've bothered me but my husband is 'normal' and slept fine. I'm sure it's switched off at some point but as I had my ear-plugs in I don't know what time. The bathroom was well equipped (my husband appreciated the pull out shaving mirror) and clean. And the air-conditioning was most appreciated!!
We ate in the restaurant a couple of times for dinner (first and last nights), the food was delicious and the service again was excellent. (although I wasn't impressed with adding a service charge onto the bill AND expecting a tip!) We didn't stay in for breakfast but instead caught the underground to the next stop (Hietzing) as there were numerous places to eat. Our favourite was on the corner of AmPlatz (head towards the entrance to the palace park) where you could sit outside under the trees in a partitioned off area. They had a menu in English if needed (actually many places did), very nice. A word of warning about Viennese coffee it comes in tiny cups so don't expect much of a drink!
The underground is brilliant, we bought a weekly ticket for 14 euros seeing as we were there so long which you could use on the trams and busses as well. Excellent value, we didn't have to wait more than a few minutes anywhere either (puts our transport to shame!) If it's a nice sunny day I'd recommend getting the tube to the Alte Donau (U1 I think), turn left and head over the road, there are lots of bars and eating places along the waterside which makes for a relaxing afternoon! If you turn right it takes you to the park where the tower is with a revolving cafe & restaurant.
All in all Vienna is a fantastic beautiful city and this hotel is ideally situated. Because of the transport links (literally 3 mins walk away but you can't hear it from the hotel, don't worry!) you can get anywhere you want easily. The palace grounds are lovely as well so you can have a pleasant wander through them on the way to get your breakfast rather than getting the tram as we did. I'd also recommend the zoo, I've never been anywhere you get so close to the animals, amazing! I don't know how they don't escape! And wonderful to see pandas as I'd never seen them before.
I would also suggest getting the no's 1 and 2 trams round the ringstrasse (rather than the expensive ringtram) using your travel card. You get a good view of the city and it's a good way of getting your bearings.
We will be going back some year and will definitely stay at this hotel again when we do.
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