Where to stay in Vienna: lodging tips
Vienna (and Austria) has very developed tourism sector, so accommodation is not a problem at all. Decision on where to stay in Vienna will depend on several factors, your budget, purpose of your stay, if you are traveling alone or in a group, etc.
Let’s see how we can hep you with some lodging tips for Vienna.
Location, location, location
You should choose location of your accommodation based on the purpose of your visit to Vienna. If you are coming for a business trip, book something near the place of your business, or if you are there for a city break of couple of days then it’s the best to book something smaller in central location.
If you want to save money you can always rent something outside of city centre and commute daily through excellent public transport. All this will depend on your own budget and personal preferences.
Location is also crucial for number of people traveling: if you are travelling alone, you might choose to be closer to popular points of interests, museums, galleries, shopping areas. At the same time, if you travel with your family and with small children, you might want to be a bit far from city buzz and next to one of Vienna wonderful parks. On the other hand, travelling with large group of people, we recommend to either rent large apartment(s) which can accommodate a large number of people or to try with hostels.
If your preference is a classic hotel there are plenty of hotels of various star ratings around Vienna that can provide you with a decent accommodation for your stay. Otherwise you can go with other options such as booking through Airbnb, Booking.com or any local agency for short term rentals.
For short term stay of couple of days it will probably be the most convenient to book a hotel to avoid service charge and other expenses in Airbnb (cleaning fee, etc.). If you’re planning to stay longer – several weeks or a month there are other options to rent apartment for prices which are lower than the AirBnB.
Many agencies and individuals are advertising their property in several places and the Airbnb so prices and availability might vary between them. Pricing of AirBnB accommodation varies based on the location, time of the year or popularity of the place.
The main tip for booking your stay in Vienna is the same as with any other place: book on time when you are certain you are coming! This way you will make sure that you have accommodation already booked and also to get a decent price, otherwise last-minute booking might not give you too many options and it might be more expensive.
Types of lodging
Each type of accommodation has its ups and downs. For an example hotels can be more expensive for a long term stay but they have housekeeping and breakfast included, while Airbnb or other types of private rentals can be cheaper in a long term but then it requires for you to maintain the place regularly and also pay in the end the cleaning fee or clean it yourself.
If your visit to Vienna will be purely touristic, to explore attractions and see as many things as possible, then we recommend not to spend too much money on accommodation, since you won’t be spending too much time there anyway. Why pay for expensive hotel room or luxurious apartment if you are coming just to sleep? When you return back to accommodation you probably want to just relax have a coffee or tea and rest until your next adventure.
So, anyway, here is a list of possible lodging options in Vienna.
Classic hotels of a different class, from simple bed and breakfast, through managed apartments and standard hotels to high end luxurious hotels, everything is available in Vienna. There are about 1,500 of these options available in Vienna metropolitan area. When searching for lodging this way, you need to pay attention to user rating of the hotel and read few reviews to determine if they are true as some hotels have paid reviewers that might leave misleading remarks.
The good thing about Vienna is that even if you stay in a 5-star hotel, you will not break a bank, you can find great offer for under $200.
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This popular online booking system has many options available and at any time you can find accommodation as cheap as 30 euro per day (without services). This online service enables you to search by many criteria, such as pet friendly place, accessibility option, parking on premises, etc.
It is important to read review of places by previous tenants, because you might find out some information that will be important for you. Most common is that property is advertised with WiFi, but its quality is very bad, and this might be the reason not to book the place.
One of the downsides of AirBnb is that you deal directly with the owner of the property that is being rented and they might be not that hospitable as advertised.
Short term rental agencies
They work similarly to Airbnb.com, but you deal with an agency, which gives more credibility and trust for online booking. It is recommended to use this option for rental of about week or two, for shorter stay you should use hotels (or hostels) and for longer (3-4 weeks), AirBnB might be better option (there is a discount for these lengths of stay).
Renting apartment or a house for a month or longer, you should also use these agencies and we will be looking into lodging tips in our Moving to Vienna category.
Here are some recommendations for agencies:
They all provide excellent service and wide range of accommodation.
Hostels are very popular with younger people travelling in groups, they are cheap, good enough and safe to stay and large group of people can share same dormitory and have fun together.
There are more than 30 hostels available in Vienna area and you can check them out from following provider:
Vienna has many options for accommodation and with few lodging tips listed above, we believe you will be fine to go and book your stay with confidence. We hope we gave you few ideas about where to stay in Vienna. See you soon!