We made a reservation at Pension Franz via info.wien.at. From the web the photo looks very nice, and it's wihin shouting distance of the Votivkirche. We took our time getting here from Salzburg, even stopping at Schoenbrunn first. When we arrived at the Pension at last, the furniture and decoration indeed were sumptuous. However the clerk said they didn't have a room for us. Why not? Well, some guests decided to stay a few extra days. But not to worry, he contacted a pension right down the street which have availabilities and would actually be cheaper. We were anxious just to check in and go to dinner, so we packed off and tried to find Pension Liechtenstein. Thanks to all the one-way streets, we finally arrived at Pension Liechtenstein, about 8 minutes away on foot, about 45 minutes later. This one was decidedly run-down, and one of the rooms smells of fish with the windows open. We seriously considered driving to a hotel and get a room regardless of the cost. Fortunately after some negotiations we got a different, much nicer room which was supposedly "reserved". We finally settled in around 10pm, and could finally started thinking about dinner. Pension Liechtenstein was indeed cheaper, and is only 2 blocks away from the Votive Church (I can see it by sticking my head out the window). The breakfast bufffet was great and the clerk/owner was very helpful. He made a phone call to Cesky Krumlov for us telling the Pension there that we'd be coming (call it lesson learned). Turned out he and his managing partner were Chinese born in Vietnam and both came to resettle in Vienna many years ago. Interesting. In retrospect we should have persisted at Pension Franz, but everything turned out all right at the end.
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