Best location to stay in Vienna? A Complete Overview (with insider knowledge)

Where to stay in Vienna for a first time visit? An insider’s guide 2020

Looking for the top place where to stay in Vienna and a few handpicked hotels? Congratulations! You just landed on the right page.

We know the city first-hand, with all its districts, hotels and restaurants. Oh, you will enjoy this guide, I promise!

On this guide, you will find the best areas to stay in Vienna Austria for the first time visitor, families, couples or groups.

We even included a big map with all the neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all types of travelers. That includes couples, families, and even those traveling solo.

Make sure you read our guide to 3 to 7 days in Vienna. It covers all the must-sees in the city, tickets you have to pre-book and an itinerary.

Where to stay in ViennaRead: 18 fun things to do in Vienna – outside the tourist box

(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.

Only interested in staying in the city center? Read the section on best hotels in Vienna center.

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for …

Just like what I mentioned earlier, the perfect place for a first-time visitor is in the city center of Vienna.

However, I did consider the different needs of different travel styles. You will find an overview of this as you read on.

Also, as a token of our generosity, I would like to include an amazing discount for your stay:

Here you have 35€ off your Airbnb

Now, let’s see handpicked hotels.

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

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)
  • Landstrasse
  • Favoriten
  • Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus

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.

Parkview Residences

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.

Book Parkview Residences here

Find Parkview Residences just right across the street from Stadtpark which is perfect for the kids to play

Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof

Expect to have access to a sauna and fitness center during your stay at Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof.

Very ideal for families. Plus, rooms are installed with a flat-screen TV and have children’s television networks. Even more, there is also an indoor play area for the kids.

Furthermore, the hotel offers a bike rental so you could cycle around the city. Another thing, kids will also appreciate the game room.

Unquestionably, your one week in Vienna would be easier through your stay in Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof.

Good to know: Hauptbahnof means central station. Try to pronounce it!

Tip: The hotel is wheelchair friendly. Thus, they offer auditory guidance, visual aids in tactile signs and braille. There is also an emergency cord in the bathroom.

Book Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof here

Expect to have access to a sauna and fitness center during your stay at Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof

Eddie’s Design Apartments

Boasting an amazing overlooking view of Vienna from the roof terrace is Eddie’s Design Apartments.

The apartment offers spacious and well-equipped rooms that come with free WiFi and TV. And the kids will appreciate the children’s television networks.

Also, you will find the kitchenette will all the necessary utilities you will need to prepare your food and have a wonderful mealtime just like at home.

Moreover, you can reach the old center in a 7-minutes stroll and the public station in 10-minutes.

On the other hand, you can find various cafes and restaurants around the property with just a few walks.

Book Eddie’s Design Apartments here

Boasting an amazing overlooking view of Vienna from the roof terrace is Eddie's Design Apartments

1.2 Couples

There are many romantic things that await lovers in Vienna. Hence, you got a long list of things to do for couples that will truly make your trip a sweet and memorable one.

The best areas for couples to stay in Vienna are:

  • Innere Stadt
  • Leopoldstadt

This map shows you the areas recommended for couples:

Handpicked accommodations for couples

A traveling couple definitely needs an intimate accommodation.

Here are hotel suggestions to make your trip more romantic without having to worry about anything.

Grand Hotel Wien

Go intimate and enjoy the free sauna and a steam bath from the Grand Spa N°605 and enjoy its wellness facilities at Grand Hotel Wien.

The hotel also boasts beauty and massage treatments that you can avail at an extra cost.

However, you will find other free amenities that you can fully take advantage of which includes the following:

  • Free WiFi
  • Free Shoe-shine service
  • Use the Wellness Center for free

Furthermore, rooms and suites are luxuriously furnished and are equipped with elegant pieces of furniture. You will also find 2 bars and 5 restaurants on-site.

Location wise, you will be able to reach the Vienna State Opera and the famous Kärntner Straße Shopping Street with just a 5-minute walk from the property.

Book Grand Hotel Wien here

Go intimate with Grand Hotel Wien's restaurant and enjoy the beauty of the outdoor

SO Vienna

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.

Book SO Vienna here

Dine in SO Vienna's restaurant that boasts an amazing view of St. Stephen's Cathedral

Palais Hansen Kempinski

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.

Book Palais Hansen Kempinski here

Place yourself close to the Danube River, Sigmund Freud Museum and the Augarten Park just 10-minutes' walk from Palais Hansen Kempinski

1.3 Luxury traveler

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:

  • Innere Stadt
  • Leapoldstadt

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.

Book Hotel Sacher Wien here

Steeped in history and oozing luxury, you can’t get any more Viennese than Hotel Sacher Wien

Hotel Bristol

Opened in the 1890s, Hotel Bristol has retained all of its traditional charms through the years as a Luxury Collection Hotel.

Expect to be served by the best team as the hotel offers an awarded concierge service that will be with you throughout your hotel stay.

Even more, get the best insider tips about the city as well as get your tours and tickets reserved and organized by the team for your worry-free trip in Vienna.

Also, try their hotel bar, which has great cocktails. It is the perfect place to unwind and…

Escape the bustle of the City outside

And as for the location, it is ideally located to explore the major tourist destinations of the city and find Karlsplatz Metro Stop just opposite the hotel.

Book Hotel Bristol here

Opened in the 1890s, Hotel Bristol has retained all of its traditional charms through the years as a Luxury Collection Hotel

Hotel Imperial

Frequented by celebrities and royals, Hotel Imperial is the height of traditional Viennese charm.

Originally built as a residence for an Austrian Prince in the 1860s, it was converted into a hotel for 10 years after, and remains one of the most luxurious hotels in Vienna today.

Lavishly decorated with authentic antiques and the finest materials, this hotel is perfect for those who want to spoil themselves in luxury, whilst still being able to stay in the hear of the city.

Moreover, don’t forget to try dining in its award-winning Restaurant Opus as well as have a taste of a classic Viennese coffee and the famous Imperial cake (Imperialtorte) at the Café Imperial.

On the other hand, fire your night with a wide range of cocktails and other drinks at the 1873 Hallensalon and get to listen to live piano music.

Book Hotel Imperial here

Frequented by celebrities and royals, Hotel Imperial is the height of traditional Viennese charm

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

Stay in luxury with a 5-Star Hotel, stay in The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna.

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.

Book The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna here

Enjoy luxurious rooms and suites in The Ritz Carlton, Vienna

1.4 Design-lovers

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:

  • Neubau
  • Josefstadt

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.

25Hours Hotel Beim MuseumsQuartier

25Hours Hotel Beim Museums Quartier is personally my favorite hotel in Vienna.

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.