(This guide is always up to date, the last updated November 2020.)
But, first things first:
Question: Where should you stay in Vienna as a first time visitor?
Answer: Stay Central!
What does this mean?
The great thing about the capital of Vienna is that it is not very big, and public transport is really efficient. You can get pretty much anywhere in a relatively short period of time.
Also, on the weekends the U-Bahn runs all night, so even in the early hours of the morning, you are never too far from home.
The very city center includes these popular districts:
Innere Stadt (1st District)
Mariahilf (6th District)
Neubau (7th District)
Leopoldstadt (2nd District)
We know it is hard to understand the district name when you have never been there. So we created several maps to help you.
Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.
Please note: Those are not the absolute borders of each district. I just tried to simplify the information.
So Why do I recommend these areas?
Not only are these areas the popular districts in Vienna but as well as they are the most convenient areas to stay. They have direct access to the airport, public transport and many of the major sights nearby.
The very first thing to consider when traveling with the family is that the kids and adults have different priorities while traveling (also in life). Thus, is great to get a commitment.
While the parents would like to experience the food and culture and go around sightseeing, the kids will always love to play (especially the younger ones).
That is why, for families, I recommend to stay in the following districts:
Innere Stadt (1st District)
This map shows you the areas recommended for families:
Handpicked accommodations for families
Let us have a closer look on the best places to stay in Vienna for families. Location plays a big role in a family that is traveling.
Accommodations are best when it is flexible enough for all the members of the family. That is why I highly suggest that the best option is to stay in the city center and be readily accessible to all.
Also, it is better to find an apartment and feel more at home during your vacation. Prepare your own food as you do at your home.
Find Parkview Residences just right across the street from Stadtpark which is perfect for the kids to play.
This charming apartment features state-of-the-art types of furniture and extremely comfortable beds you will surely love.
Moreover, the property puts you in a very convenient location. Just 5-minutes’ walk from Vienna’s most important landmark, the St. Stephan’s Cathedral while you can reach the Underground station just across the street.
Insider Tip: The hop-on-hop-off bus (which is included in the must-buy Vienna pass) has a station less than 5 minutes walk from the property.
Get a room with a marvelous view of either the St. Stephens Cathedral or the Vienna Ferris Wheel in SO Vienna.
Aside from the breathtaking view, the hotel offers a very convenient location in Leopoldstad district where the public transport is within your reach and the major tourist destinations are within walking distance.
In particular, you can also get to St. Stephen’s Cathedral in just 10-minutes walk from the property.
Moreover, have a more intimate dinner over its entirely glass-walled Restaurant and Bar Das LOFT with an overlooking view of Vienna that begins to shine when the sunsets from the 18th floor.
Besides, there is also a spa center you can use for free so go ahead and pamper yourself through your stay in the city.
Place yourself close to the Danube River, Sigmund Freud Museum and the Augarten Park just 10-minutes’ walk from Palais Hansen Kempinski.
One of the coolest boutique hotels in Vienna City, you should expect your rooms to be decorated with high-quality fabrics and carpets. The rooms offer either a unique view of its surrounding historic buildings or the inner courtyard.
Personally, I preferred the historical buildings.
Also, you can choose between their two restaurants which serve the cuisines of Vienna and other parts of the world. Plus, watch your food get prepared through their show kitchen.
Palais Hansen Kempinski also offers a pool and fitness center that can add a more intimate bonding experience for couples.
Just like the other cities in Europe, Vienna has everything you’ll ever need for a luxury trip. There is many great luxury hotels in Vienna.
From Michelin-Star restaurants with the best cooks in the world, luxury shops, culture, sightseeing, you got yourself a handful in Vienna.
For luxury travelers, I would recommend staying in the following areas:
This map shows you the areas recommended for the luxury traveler:
Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler
Vienna is famous for its architecture and history, being the capital of the old Austria-Hungarian Empire and center for classical music.
So, for the true classical Austrian experience, stay at some of the most famous hotels in Vienna listed below.
Hotel Sacher Wien
Steeped in history and oozing luxury, you can’t get any more Viennese than Hotel Sacher Wien.
Particularly, you can find valuable antiques, elegant furniture, and a famous collection of paintings around the property.
Located in the heart of the City Centre, directly opposite the City Opera Theatre and right next to the Kärntner Straße, it is as central as it gets. The Sacher was opened in the 1870s and yet it is still filled with all its royal grace. For us, this is the best luxury hotel in Vienna Center!
Moreover, it is also home to the famous ‘Sacher-Torte’, which you can have in the luxurious café on-site partnered with a traditional Viennese Coffee.
Even more, just a 2-minutes walk from the hotel is Karlsplatz Transportation Hub which connects you to all parts of Viena. Putting you in great access to travel around the city.
Enjoy luxurious rooms and suites. And all with a minibar and a Geneva sound system with an iPod docking station.
Moreover, get to enjoy the hotel’s The Atmosphere Rooftop Bar. More than a place to grab your drinks, it certainly does offer one of the best panoramic views of Vienna.
Furthermore, the hotel also offers The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Indulge yourself at the largest indoor pool in the center of Vienna with underwater music. Plus a fitness room, separate saunas and steam baths for men and women, and six spa suites for unforgettable spa treatments.
The Ritz-Carlton also offers a Club Lounge with private check-in and an exclusive concierge service.
Undeniably one of Europe’s most inviting and underrated capitals, Vienna has something to offer visitors of all types – even those who love art and design.
And to better give a more appreciating stay, here are the best neighborhoods if you’re into the design:
Visit and stay at the seventh district (Neubau) which is often referred to by locals as ‘hipster’ or ‘bohemian’. You’ll witness the streets filled with indie boutiques, alternative art shops, and concept cafe’s in this area.
Here is a map with the following districts and hotels for design lovers:
Handpicked accommodations for design lovers
More than just design hotels, these accommodations will give you an excellent quality of stay that offers amazing amenities and services.
Check out these properties, located in the very artistic and design-filled neighborhoods, that can give your stay a highlight of the Vienna-art feel.
It is relatively new (renovated in 2013), and every room is unique, with its own design combined with circus elements.
Furthermore, some rooms and suites come with a fully equipped kitchenette, a microwave, and a tea/coffee maker.
Aside from its unique circus designs, the hotel boasts a rooftop bar that offers a breathtaking view of the city. Sober up with a cocktail and meet new friends from all over the world. Also, enjoy live music evenings that are organized weekly.
In particular, staying at 25Hours Hotel means being close to all the public transport including the trams, buses and underground lines. And if you’re into shopping, reach Mariahilfer Straße Shopping Street in 15-minutes by foot.