Looking for a place to stay in Vienna? The Austrian capital is packed with hotels including a wide selection of five star hotels located mainly in the city centre. In this guide you will find my selection of the 10 best hotels in Vienna.
The 10 Best hotels in Vienna
1. Hotel Sans Souci Wien
A spectacular boutique hotel, this beautiful and elegant building begins to impress the moment you simply see it from the outside, on Burggasse 2!
With 63 rooms, the hotelier would be forgiven for decorating many of the rooms in an identical fashion – but this has not happened. Instead, each room is decorated and furnished in a manner that makes the most of the room’s unique features.
The well-appointed rooms – the art on the walls is genuine, by artists of such high calibre as Roy Lichtenstein’s – range from standard rooms, to luxury rooms and junior suites, to very high-end suites.
Amenities include a small swimming pool and fully equipped spa, the use of which is included in the price. For working visits, there is a fully equipped conference suite that you can book some time in.
The property is a historic building, so it will come as no surprise to find the tempting beauties of the Museum Quarter just over the road.
Not only that, but the heart of the city is a comfortable walk away, so you can explore the beautiful city without exhausting yourself.
This romantic hotel – often claimed as one of the best hotels in Vienna – is a firm favourite with couples – and is proudly LGBT friendly – but welcomes singles and families too.
2. Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof
A large hotel, boasting 186 rooms, the Steigenberger is located on Herrengasse 10, close to a subway station and many local attractions – restaurants, bars and delightful little shops – are within easy walking distance.
It is close enough to the city centre for you to feel in the thick of it and boasts an on-site restaurant and small spa and fitness suite for those days when you just want to stay in and chill.
Don’t be fooled by the slightly clinical appearance of the minimalist reception area: the lounge area just beyond is bursting with all the comfort, warmth and welcome that you could desire and the rooms are beautifully decorated and have all the mod cons you might need during your stay.
The Deluxe rooms, Superior rooms and Suites are all spacious with elegant bathrooms, and those on the higher floors offer a spectacular view over the city.
The Herrenhof Bar, onsite, doubles as a cosy coffee and patisserie café during the day, morphing into a stylish piano bar in the evenings.
There are seven conference rooms for working trips with a small business nook featuring computer, printer, fax that are free for guests to use. On-site parking is available but requires a fee.
3. Park Hyatt Vienna
A magnificent five-star hotel located in a renovated bank on Am Hof 2, this hotel is pet-friendly, offers a laundry service, fitness suite and spa – the latter to be found in the former vault of the bank.
As well as these amenities the hotel is home to the Rossano Ferretti Hairspa, a diverse and welcoming stylist whose only desire is to perfect your natural hair – by appointment only.
It is a popular wedding destination and promises a unique event to each happy couple and their guests. There is also a suite of celebration rooms perfect for any event: from a significant birthday to graduations to a baptism.
There are 143 guest rooms, of which 41 are suites, and all are elegantly furnished in earth tones with hints of metallic bronze, gold and copper which adds an inviting warmth to the effortlessly comfortable rooms.
You can also enjoy the use of the hotel’s pool as well as ordering from the 24-hour room service, should your swim make you a bit peckish.
The Vienna State Opera and the historic Cathedral are a short walk away from the hotel.
4. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
This gorgeous hotel has a name recognised all over the world, and Vienna adds a further touch of luxurious yet casual elegance to the name.
Located on the central Ringstrasse, the hotel offers a host of amenities, including a choice of four or five bars and restaurants at which you can spend your time and relax, enjoying world-class food and drink.
Of particular note is the Atmosphere Rooftop Bar, which is open during the summer months and offers stupendous views across the historic city.
Despite its city central position, the hotel has a sheltered air offering the best of both worlds: a tranquil escape from it all and handy access to the sites and sounds of Vienna.
For those stay-in-house days, there is a fitness suite as well as a pampering spa where you can treat yourself to a range of self-caring treatments.
5. Grand Hotel Wien
The grandest dame of all, this hotel is the oldest of the grand hotels in Vienna, dating all the way back to 1870.
At the time it offered a tremendous 300 rooms, 200 bathrooms, a steam room and – for those all important business communications – a telegraph room, the latter of which was quite a modern sensation of the time!
But don’t worry that the hotel might be a little old-fashioned: regular renovations, updates and innovations have ensured that this wonderful hotel – which proudly bears the designation of one of the ‘leading hotels in the world’ – has remained up-to-date and ready to meet the demands of even the fussiest guest.
The hotel sits on the famous Weiner Ringstrasse, which makes it extremely convenient for the city centre.
There is a choice of seven bars and restaurants to choose between for your meals or a quick drink, meaning that you are unlikely to tire of dining in and enjoying the international standard cuisine that is on offer.
And for those nights when you want to push out the boat, you can make use of the hotel’s limousine service – perhaps to carry you in style to the nearby Opera House for an evening of culture and genteel company?
6. Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
As the name implies, this hotel is housed in a former palace, right in the heart of historic Vienna. Few of the hotels in Vienna are listed buildings, but this one is, its exterior carefully maintained to keep it looking as gloriously elegant as it always has done.
There are 152 rooms and suites and they are catered to by a choice of four restaurants and bars, of which the restaurant EDVARD demands mention as it holds a Michelin star.
Relax or work out in the spa, and for social occasions or special events, such as weddings, you can choose one of the eight event rooms or, perhaps, the ballroom, to play host to the cream of society in the most luxurious surroundings.
7. Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
Of all the best hotels in Vienna, this one perhaps feels closest to the rich musical history of the city, boasting of the works of Mozart, Strauss, Schubert and Beethoven.
Stepping into the sleek foyer is like stepping – not back in time precisely – but perhaps into an alternate future, where style and elegance are rated higher than clinical minimalism.
Marble bathroom floors, silked lined walls, and genuine antiques array the hotel’s décor – and when you learn the original owner of the building, this becomes much more understandable.
The hotel was built as the residence of the Prince, Philipp of Wuerttemberg, and was transformed into a hotel when Vienna held its trade fair in 1873 and needed the extra accommodation for the many visitors who poured into the city.
Today, guests are just as welcome as they were then, and can choose from 79 rooms or 59 suites, all beautifully decorated and more comfortable than you could imagine.
Two restaurants: one more casual coffeeshop, the other an international cuisine offer that would delight the palate of any gourmand, and one bar service the hotel’s guests, while Vienna’s bustling nightlife and cultural scene is mere steps away from the hotel.
8. Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
Next to the Vienna State Opera and handy for the delights of the city centre, the Bristol, as it is affectionately known, is an art-deco hotel built in 1892.
The staff are the epitome of Viennese charm and will make your stay even more of a pleasure – hard to believe given the luxurious comfort of the rooms, the excellent cuisine on offer, and the stupendous views that many of the hotel’s windows offer.
There are 150 rooms and 24 suites all of which offer fin-de-siecle charm alongside 21st century mod-cons: a combination sure to delight and comfort you. Rather than ‘event rooms,’ the Bristol offers ‘salons’ instead, a choice of six rooms which can accommodate a snug party of ten or a large gathering of 200 or so, depending on your needs!
9. Hotel Sacher Wien
Gleaming lights, smooth polished parquet floors, and sturdy floral fabric upholstery are just one example of the exquisite décor of this hotel.
Perhaps one of the most important hotels in Vienna, this hotel has accommodated heads of state such as Queen Elizabeth II and John F Kennedy, as well as celebrities as diverse as Justin Bieber, operatic star Anna Netrebko, and actor Sharon Stone – as well as many others since its opening in 1876.
With a range of six or seven restaurants and bars, as well as a pre-order take-out menu, you are sure to find something to satisfy your tastes without ever leaving the building.
Events from business meetings to weddings are no problem to the hotel, and the 152 rooms and suites are all welcoming, sophisticated and packed with everything you might possibly need on your stay – and if it isn’t there, just ask, one of the friendly and welcoming staff will soon sort out your needs.
10. The Guesthouse Vienna
Trendy, comfortable and at home – that is how the hotelier wants you to feel in this more casual of hotels in Vienna, even to the point of allowing guests to invite friends and family over to hang out for a while!
The 39 rooms and suites don’t feel like a hotel room, giving more of a private apartment vibe that is great for those who feel uncomfortable in overly elegant accommodation!
British interior designer, Sir Terence Conran, has laid out the rooms to capture a stylish novelty that is refreshing and elegant without ever tipping over into the intimidating.
On the ground floor you will find the Brasserie and Bakery which produces baked goods of such high calibre you will be quite unable to resist sampling at least some of the favourites – but don’t worry, there are healthy options on offer too: light meals available seven days a week so you can stick to your eating regimen if you need to.
But, perhaps best of all, the hotel is pet-friendly, with your dog sleeping in your room on a suitably sized dog bed and range of treats ready and waiting for them on your arrival.
Your pooch will have such a good time in pet-friendly hotels in Vienna as well as the city’s many green parks and walkways that they will not want to return home at the end of your visit! But then, nor will you!