We were probably the oldest two here at the youth hostel, but all the youngsters made us feel very at home, especially the Aussie that we met shortly after arriving. We had a lovely double room with private bathroom. A shower door/curtain was missing which caused the bathroom floor to be very wet after a shower, but that was not going to dampen our spirits. An extremely clean place, with very friendly and helpful staff. Communal kitchen kept very clean and well equipped.
Unique Quality: Great location. Clean, large rooms
I stayed here for 3 nights although I keep wishing that it was longer. The place was amazing. There is a great lounge area on the ground floor with sofas that are sooo comfortable. On the same level is a large dining area and a kitchen which has FREE PASTA available for guests. Can you guess what I had for 75% of my meals?
The beds and sheets rank up with the best i've stayed in and all the dorms come with en-suite facilities and large lockers.
However, the greatest thing about this hostel has to be the WomBar downstairs. It has a pool table and a fussball table in one room and a large bar with plenty of seating in the other. There were numerous happy hours (6-8 for beer, 9-10 for cocktails, and 12-1 for a special drink every night). The bar was a great place to start three memorable nights.
Vienna. Boring? Not with a stay at Wombats.
I would recommend Wombats , The Lounge, to anyone. We stayed there in April and it was great. The staff were very friendly and the room was en suite and spotless. I would stay there again if I visit this beautiful city again. The breakfast was amazing, only €3.50 for all you could eat.
Unique Quality: Its all in the location. Its minutes from the underground, which takes you just about anywhere.
We stayed at Wombat's The Lounge (there are two Wombat's in town) and it was a great hostel. I was a little concenred about location because on the map it looks a little far from the city center. But metro station is SO close and so easy to use, you barely notice you're not in the city center.
Rooms were totally clean, the staff was friendly and very helpful, and the common areas were well populated with fellow travellers in a social mood. Also, cheap itnernet access, no lock-out times, and a cheap all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Fantastic!
This is a bit of a party hostel but the bar is in the basement, far away from the rooms. Noise mostly stays there. Occassionally we would hear some people stumbling back to their rooms, but noise really wasn't a problem.
Also, if you are booking a private room instead of a dorm, be extra clear about how many beds you want. We thought we booked a two-bedded room but got one double bed instead. The hostel was very booked up so even though they did find a twin room for us, we wound up having to spend one day in a dorm room instead of our private room. Other than this mix-up, we had a fantastic stay at Wombat's!
Unique Quality: Not many hostels manage to offer socializing AND privacy. Wombat's managed to offer both.
Directions: About a block outside of the Westbahnhof train station and metro stop on Mariahilfer Strasse.
A drunken menagerie of kids wandering the streets looking for sausages and kabobs. Oh yeah, you can sleep too!
Unique Quality: happening bar in basement, tasty little fraus working the desk and the bar, well located
Directions: literally two blocks from Westbahnhof.
Spent there 5 days. It was pretty good.
- bathroom has soaps dispensers (good as a shampoo and a soap) in a shower and above the sink - very handy.
- has a kitchen if you want to make your own lunch/dinner and a canteen with a TV. Supermarkets are nearby.
- offers breakfast (3.5 euro per person).
- has a bar downstairs. Discounted beer is served between 7pm and 8pm.
- has Internet (1 euro for 40 minutes or 50 cents for 20 minutes). There are 5 computers.
- close to the subway (U3) and bus #58 (which gets you to Shonbrunn palace).
- only one towel and it is small.
- food is not allowed in the rooms. Have to eat it downstairs.
- windows have no curtains (besides the black shades) and face the office building - easy to see.
- not central (5 metro stops).
- big, so the lounge area is usually crowded and computers are often occupied.
- it is not the cheapest.
PRICE: We payed 51 euros per night for a room with a bathroom.
Directions: Next to the West train station (Westbahnhof).
This place is rightly held up in such esteem as it is. Although it may not be the cheapest hostel in the world it certainly is up there with the most comfortable and all rooms are en-suite. It's within walking distance of an underground and train station (Westbahnhof) and there is a supermarket just around the corner if you want to cook for yourself in the nice kitchen. The bar is also cheap and very social.
This place is crazy. It is so busy in the lobby of this hostel when you walk in, but once you make it to the front desk the staff is so nice you forgot how busy it is.
The rooms are very nice and spacious. We booked a room for 6 even though we were only 5 people. The price was so reasonable!
There was a great bar where you even got a free drink when you checked in.
There did not seem to be an age limit because I saw many families there.
Excellent value for money !!!
dorm beds from 16 euros , cental location , behind the west train station.Extremely Clean , full of travellers from all aroung the world .Internet in the lobby. Billiard , TV , BAR , Loundry
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Directions: West train station , than turn right go to Mariahilferstrasse , about 200m
Wombat's "The Lounge" just opened in June. The building is really nice, hip and modern. It is also very clean throughout. We had a private room which had decent space. The bathroom was decent, nothing special.
The hostel had backpackers, families, couples- all age groups. Wombats isn't just for students with a low budget.
In the basement there is a "Wombar" which was very cool. We went there 2 of our 3 nights to get drinks after dinner. One of the nights it was packed. The drinks were pretty cheap and there was a nice selection.
Unique Quality: The staff was really friendly and helpful. They recommended some really good local restaurants.
The kitchen (which we did not use) looked very clean and lots of people were cooking there.
Internet access was a reasonable price and the computers were pretty new.
The hostel also felt very safe. To get into each corridor where the rooms were, you had to use the electronic key to open a door. So if you aren't staying in a certain section, you don't have access to that hallway.
Directions: Located on Mariahilfer Strab. 50 meters from the railway station Westbahnhof.
This is your typical hostel. Bunk beds, and shared bathrooms (although private baths are available). The people who work there are very friendly and helpful, and there is a very eclectic mix of people staying there. It has a fun atmosphere and is close to the trams to get to the old town and to the Shonebrunn palace.
Unique Quality: If you stay at the Hostel here in Vienna and then the sister Hostel in Munich, you get a free beer (I think -- I can't remember correctly)
I stayed at Wombat's hostel for three nights in August 2006. What a great place! Its best feature definitely is that it's spotless clean. (Voted Cleanest hostel in the world in 2003) I have seen so many hotels which were so dirty. The managers should stay at Wombat's some day. Or even better: How about an internship? ;)
If the lobby wasn't that colourful, the people here weren't that young and the furniture wasn't so basic you would forget easily that you are in a hostel!
Prices are very fair. We paid 24 EUR per person for a bed in an ensuite double room, half the price of the dirty hotel we had to move to for one night. Breakfast is available for 3.50 EUR, sheets and towel are included in the price.
Staff was very friendly and international. There's a bar downstairs which is open from 6pm to 2 am. It's loud and cheap in there. A beer during happy hour costs 1 EUR, and a pizza is available for 3.90. There's a pool table and a table football available in the bar, too.
The location 10 mts away from Westbahnhof is ok. I felt safe around there, the only not-so-nice-area is the Westbahnhof itself. At Mariahilfer Straße only a short walk from the hostel there's a bakery, shops, a supermarket and an excellent ice cream shop!
Unique Quality: We stayed in two different double rooms. One was a handicapped room with a huge bathroom including tub and a double bed. The other one was a room under the roof with a nice view of Vienna by night, two single beds and a colourful bathroom. Both were clean. The only small problem was that the sheets of the double bed didn't really fit. But apart from that: Perfect!
Wombat's have recently opened another hostel in the same area (directly on Äußere Mariahilfer Straße). It looks at least as great, a bit more stylish even.
Directions: From Westbahnhof walk right to Mariahilfer Straße. Walk down this street (or take a tram for one stop) and turn right into Rosinagasse. The Grangasse is 2nd and the last street on the left.
What can I say? The Wombats hostel is perhaps one of the top places in the world to chill out at. I even know locals who come to Wombats just to hang with all the backpackers there. It is far better then any hotel. Why? It is the beautiful backpacking people, the beautiful staff, and the friendliness of the Austrian people. I was dumbfounded by the amount of respect and courtesy I was shown in Vienna by a hostel. Hello, a hostel! When does that happen? It is rare and Wombats is rare. If you are single and looking for a great time, the Vienese will show it to you. Just be yourself and tell it like it is. The Vienese expect the blunt truth and will converse with you on any subject. And then there is the quality of the backpackers who find this place. They did their research well and are rewarded once entering this city. Wombats is like a bar in a college campus where nobody has a boyfriend or girlfriend. Just don't go to sleep, stay up all night, and something will happen.
Unique Quality: Wombats is very close to the train station. WESTBANHOFF. It is about a ten minute walk. Do not take a TAXI!
Facilities are great! It has a nice bar and lounge type atmosphere that includes a pool table and good food. The best way to describe this hostel is in terms of hotels. If a hotel can have five stars then so can a hostel and Wombats gets five stars.
Directions: WESTBANHOFF Train Station and take an Immediate right when exiting, then another right at the main street. It is about a ten mintute walk. Go to the website for more details.
The Wombat hostel is famous in Vienna but is crowded during the summer so book ahead. The Wombat is extremely clean and a great place to meet young travellers in the pool room. The bunkbeds are spotless and the service is great. The only drawback is that they dont allow you to check in until 12pm and most trains arrive early in the city. The staff will allow you to store your bag but after a long night on a bus you want to catch some sleep. Overall , the Wombat was a good experience.
Unique Quality: Staff and youthful vibe.
This is in response to Neanderthal's Tip on Wombats and the unfortunate stay he had there.
I e-mailed Wombats about the situation described by Neanderthal because I am visiting in May and did not want to risk a similar increase after I had arrived. That is a terrible thing that happened to Neanderthal.
Mike, from Wombats, stated in response to my e-mail that "the event never occurred". He said that "of course we cannot adjust our prices after you've made a reservation. This would be a massive contract violation." He further said that "the only change in prices is between winter and summer."
I know nothing about the misfortune Neanderthal had except for what I read on his tip and what Mike just told me. So, I am not commenting on whose version of what happened is correct.
As for myself, I feel reassured from Mike's e-mail (which I am keeping, because I am not THAT reassured) that this will not happen to me, so have decided to keep my reservation for May.
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