Staying at the Schottenstift Monastery Guesthouse was the single best thing about my trip to Vienna. I can't imagine any hotel which would have pleased me so much or any more perfect location. The Schottenstift was founded in 1155 and while the gueshouse is relatively modern, the entry through the vast door and up the winding staircase is staight out of some medieval knight-templars tale. There is one triple room here and it is worth booking for two, just for the view.
Directly opening on to the street, every morning I could throw open the windows and savour all the sights and sounds of Freyung and the Christmas market. Waking up to pealing bells was a constant pleasure and coming home each evening to this warm, other-worldy haven right in the centre of everything was a thrill every time. Breakfast is included in the price and while it does not include any hot foods ( like bacon and eggs) there are loads of cheese, salami, breads, cereals, fruit etc.
Rates for 2007 are : Single with bath and breakfast, 60 Euro
Double " " " " 90 Euro
Triple " " " " 108
There is a small extra charge for staying just one night. The Benedictushaus is open to all. though not very many people know about it. Bookings through the website.
Firstly it's part of an old Benedictine monastery and you can hear the monks chanting sometimes when coming in or out. Seconly, its location is perfect:right in the centre of the city,close to the Hofburg, Stepandsom and all the other attractions. In short it's different, atmospheric and a completely new experience.
They quoted me 60 euros. I was over the moon. That included breakfast. It was all I could do to not take the next plane out of Oz.
When I actually got there and saw breakfast, I salivated unapologetically. Here a sausage, there a cutlet, pass the eggs please and oh, look at the compote of fruit.
All this inaddition to my usual cereal and toast. It goes without saying that my main meal each day in Wien was breakfast.
It all that wasn't good enough the dining room and its three chandeliers was sumptuous while dining on the enclosed balcony was a delight.
The only thing I didn't want to do was leave.
I stayed here for a couple of weeks when I first arrived in Vienna and was looking for a flat to move into. Back then I paid ATS 2700 for 2 weeks - that was in fact the fee for a month (or part thereof!). The current rate is US$175 per month for summer 2005 - based on spending 3 months there. I had a small room with shower on the sixth floor of the building and shared a communal kitchen with a lot of students. The inhabitants are a mixture of students, immigrants - in particular families - and people on an extended trip to Vienna. For a fortnight it was perfectly comfortable, although on the small side. There was a laundry nearby, supermarkets down the road and it was in a fairly quietish but easy to reach part of Vienna. By purchasing a card for the computer room I had internet access which was essential for finding a flat.
Cheap accommodation - ideal rather than spending a fortune on accommodation in Pensionen and/or hotels.
The Best Home has private rooms very near the city centre. It is a very short U-Bahn ride from all major attractions, although you do have about a 5 minute walk to the nearest station. It is in a safe area with some shops and a few restaurants around.
Prices start from 16 Euro per night per person and you will have to pay up front. Email for details:
Rooms are very small but clean. You can get a room with 2, 3, or 4 beds. Each room also has a bathroom and cable TV. There is a fully-equipped kitchen for every 2 rooms, and a washing machine free of charge.
As the after dawn rays spread across the newly fallen snow people emerged from their dwellings on their morning sabbatical. Some came with animals, as in this picture, some came alone, some came with partners all trudging through the calf deep crystals.
The gardens of the palace are there for all the people, not just those staying at the hotel.
History 2 -
In 1785, in gratitude for the charity of its owner, the people rename the "Predigtstuhl" to "Galitzinberg".
1795 - The duke dies and the count of Romanzow inherits.
1824 - Julius, Duke Montleart, and his wife Maria buy the properties and castle which are in need of restoration.
1838 - The building has two wings added.
1865 - The Duke dies and the property is up for sale. His son wins the bid and hands it to his wife Wilhelmine as a present which is obviously where today's name came from.
As a wintry sun tried desperately to cast an evening glow on the landscape the colours softened in the dull afterglow.
Peering from my window I thought this must be one of the best views in all of Vienna and it was all happening outside my window.
A potted history - part 1
In 1781 Field Marshall Franz Moritz, Count of Lascy, acquired the fields of Ottakring and commenced building a castle.
1784 - The Russian ambassador to Vienna, Demetrius Michalowitsch, Duke of Galitzin buys the property and later adds some other parts of the surrounding forests donated by the local community. He remodels the entire property into a beautiful part with some small ponds, a church and a simulated Roman ruin.
One of the difficult phases while travelling to Vienna is getting a accommodation. There are plenty of beautiful hotels in the city and their prices vary very drastically. One thing you need to remember when travelling to Vienna, nothing is cheap there and hotels are no exclusion.
I didn't stay in this hotel (wasn't overnight in Vienna) but since it's among the best hotels in the world will offer a few tips to those who might be interested.
Hotel Sacher is perfectly located, right opposite to the Staatsoper (the Opera House) and very close to Ringstrasse and Kartnerstarsse, which are the shopping Mecca of Vienna.
Besides usual 5 stars hotel facilities, Hotel Sacher offer this one two:
- facilities for disabled people
- soundproofed rooms
- allergy-free rooms
- airport shuttle
Now, the question is, is it expensive accomadation, or yes definatelly. To me it is very expensive, to some other people maybe it isn't.
The accomodation for two persons is as following:
- superior room € 385
- de luxe room € 480
- top de luxe room € 610
- junior suite € 830
Sticking with the unusual acommodation theme, this time I stayed at the convent of the Deutschen Orden, which is situated in Singerstrasse right next to Stephandsdom. In this building is the order's church, a museum of ecclesiastical treasures, a beautifully decorated hall where Mozart concerts are performed and on the third floor, the guesthouse. Entry from the street is through an arch and the whole complex is built around a large cobbled courtyard.
Guest rooms are bright and comfortable with en-suite and TV and an adequate breakfast is included in the price. This is an excellent choice for a central location but for me it presented some difficulties. As I don't use elevators, climbing 81 steps every time I needed to go back to my room was more than a little exhausting. Getting in at night involved unlocking four different doors before you reached the guest rooms and this I found very tiresome as well - especially on the occasions when the light went out as I fumbled with the keys.
The obviously unique qualities of this accommodation are its wonderful location and its history. Mozart once lived here and as a guest you can sit in the courtyard and enjoy the music from the concerts inside. Lying in bed on weekend mornings you can hear, singing from the cathedral and music from the streets. The roof and spire of Stephandsdom are visible at every turn and everything is right at your doorstep.
The other unique quality of this accommodation is that it is not open to everybody. Traditionally,such places are reserved for pilgrims and penitents but I believe that anyone who would enjoy staying in a place like this ( and let's face it, it's not going to suit that many people ) should ring up and ask if it's possible. It is after all a business and if there are vacancies they would probably be open to negotiation. It's worth a try.
This lovely hotel was about 30 minutes from the city, but it is just off the motorway which makes it easy to go into the city. In fact if you follow the motorway into the city you arrive close by the U bahn by Schonnbrun Palace where you can park and easily get into the centre. Equally it was easy to get to other cities and the surrounding countryside from the hotel.
The buffet breakfasts and evening meals are tasty and everyone is so friendly. There is a sauna and swimming pool. The room was clean and comfortable and we really enjoyed our stay there.
Somebody advised me to stay in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, which is only 50 minutes drive from Vienna, if I wanted a cheap accomodation. It was a great suggestion and I would go ahead to recommend it. Vienna is a very expensive city and you pay not less than 25 euros for a hostel bed per night, while for similar accomodation in Bratislava, you only pay 11 - 15 euros per night. Transportation between the two cities is also very cheap and frequent.
The hostel's divided into 2 buildings, facing each other. It has its own canteen and a disco (teenagers only). Boys/Men and girls/women are separated. Most rooms have 6-8 beds.There's 1 key to all the rooms on the floor! Each floor has 1 bathroom with 3-4 showers (no cabins!), 4 toilets and several washbasins. Don't smoke or use spray in the room if you don't have 350 euros to spare for the arrival of the Fire Brigade.
The service's OK, despite everything.
It's located not far from Mariahilfer Straße, 1 of the famous shopping streets in Vienna.
The hostel is within a 15 minute walking distance to the city centre and 10 minutes from the new museums quarter. You can walk to a lot of sights and shoppingstreets. The subway and the busstation are also near by.
The rooms are not too big only 2-6 beds per room. Each room has their own lockable cabinets for valuable articles. A good thing too is that the reception is open 24/7.
At the end of the street, there`s the famous Haas Haus, a small modern shopping center in the Graben, accross the street from the cathedral. There is no better location in town: lively day and night, surrounded by numerous Konditorei, restaurants, bars, shops, tourist attractions and subway stations. No, I do not work for them... I genuinely love this hotel!
Because of need of a budget accomodation I choose to look on internet. I never was disappointed.By chance , I found this appartement, completely equiped,chep, in good location for our needs,exquisitely clean. Two bedrooms, a large bath ,kitchen and all you need for a comfortable stay.
The view wasn`t so good because of works to a new metro line,but the noise didn`t disturb .
There was a parking place available for 3.7 euro/day.
The owner was cool, very friendly and good english speaker.
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