The Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center is the largest venue of its kind in Vienna. Though well-connected to the centre, you might prefer a nearby hotel if attending an event.
These are the nearest hotels in the area with a rating of 8 or more (at the time of writing) on booking.com.
After the hotel list, I’ve added information on the local area, travel tips, and a map with more options, including apartments.
- See also:
- Accommodation in Vienna (useful articles)
So…the nearest hotels that meet these convenience and rating requirements:
Courtyard by Marriot Messe/Prater
Hard to get closer than this. The large four-star hotel sits right across the street from one end of the Messe Wien and the U2 subway station Krieau. Also within walking distance of the Stadion Center shopping mall.
Another immediate neighbour is the toweringly-impressive (for Vienna) HQ building of OMV: the huge energy and chemical company.
Bassena Wien Messe Prater
Another modern four-star hotel right next to the Messe Center, this time at the opposite end to the Courtyard. Across the street from university buildings (Sigmund Freud University and the Vienna University of Economics and Business – see below).
Enjoy the in-house bar, bistro and café in one. Alternatively nip across the road to find, for example, a branch of the L’Osteria Italian restaurant chain.
Zola Hotel – Palais de Bohème
Chic hotel located in a well-kept palais in a nearby side street about 7 minutes’ walk from Messe Wien.
A bohemian vibe with a no kids and no pets policy. So a good option for a quieter location away from main roads and exhibition traffic. The same location has the Zazatam international restaurant.
Motel One Wien Prater
A more inexpensive option right next to the U2 subway station Messe Prater and a stone’s throw away from the Messe center.
One of the better options if travelling with kids. An organic breakfast buffet will ease any sense of guilt at overeating, and the Wurstelprater entertainment complex is very close (see below). Has its own underground parking spaces.
The Hilton chain has two options for you close to Messe Wien…
Hampton by Hilton Vienna Messe
First of a row of three hotels on a road leading up to the Messe complex and surrounded by parking facilities. Proud of their breakfast waffles.
Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront
I passed this in summer and felt transported to some Greek island. Close to the Messe buildings but on the banks of the Danube (a rare location for accommodation in Vienna). The open-air pool and long terrace conjure up images of Mediterranean summers.
Has a large number of business facilities, too, including 13 meeting rooms.
Superbude Wien Prater
One of the better options for younger people. The hotel has 17 different types of rooms, with themes such as gaming, Austropop, reading and others.
One of the two hotel restaurants has views over the Prater and city, while the other offers an all-day breakfast. Plenty of dynamic, contemporary flair here.
Located right next to the hotel above. Apartment-style rooms with workspaces and kitchens.
If you’re looking to meet new people, this is one of the best options. The hotel has coworking environments, a music corner (grab an instrument), gym, 24-hour in-house store, rooftop restaurant and bar, and other shared spaces.
(Map provided by booking.com*, who I am an affiliate of)
The local area
As you might imagine, such a large exhibition centre isn’t sandwiched between two Baroque town palaces in the centre of Vienna. Nevertheless, the local area has a surprisingly large amount to offer visitors.
So no palaces, but these three standout attractions
The Messe Wien runs almost alongside a long stretch of famous recreational woodland, meadows and parks known as the Prater.
One end is a leisure complex that features a huge entertainment area and notable attractions like the Riesenrad giant Ferris wheel and Madame Tussauds. This includes several restaurants, though most only open during the warmer seasons: the Schweizerhaus is hugely popular with locals in summer, for example.
A short walk northeast takes you to the banks of the mighty Danube, though it splits into two to flow around the long Danube island in this part of the city.
Riverside paths take you along it but ratchet down your expectations: a more interesting alternative is the arm of the river (the Donaukanal) that breaks off to meander past the old town. Cross through the Prater to the southeast to reach it.
Recent years have seen some quite remarkable architectural highlights pop up around the Messe Wien. For example, the area to the south includes the astonishing modern architecture of the new campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
The Messe Wien has subway stations at either end of the complex: the aptly-titled Messe-Prater station and the Krieau station.
Both are on the U2 line that goes to Schottenring and Schottentor stations in the centre in a matter of minutes and then on to skirt the old town (stations beyond Schottentor are closed temporarily).
The location also has around 4000 parking spaces.