(NB: Hotels in Vienna require you to satisfy local COVID status requirements.)
Unsurprisingly, Vienna has no shortage of quality accommodation, particularly four and five star hotels.
I’ve never stayed in any (obviously – I live here), so can’t make a personal recommendation. But I have a few useful articles and tips below.
Also try booking.com* – I use them for my own hotel arrangements (mainly for the pain-free late cancellation options). This map shows choices near the pedestrianised centre of town:
(Accommodation search provided by Booking.com*)
- Will I pay a hotel or local tax?
- Places to stay near the airport
- Places to stay near the Christmas markets
- Hotels near the state opera house
- Accommodation near Schönbrunn Palace
- Five star hotels in Vienna
- As always with planning a visit, you should book early where possible. Vienna is pretty full with visitors throughout the year, with the exception of late January, February, March (unless Easter is early) and early November
- The summer brings many visitors, but December gets particularly busy thanks to the immense popularity of the city’s Christmas markets and New Year celebrations. Late November is a solid option, however, since all the seasonal markets should be open by then but the seasonal crowds are yet to arrive in full
- Some weeks can be extra busy, as Vienna often hosts huge international events. Major medical conferences or the Vienna marathon, for example, attract thousands of visitors. If you wish to avoid the big events, when rooms are perhaps scarcer, check this congress calendar
- Given the high level of education in the country, plus the many vocational schools specialising in tourism, your hotel and apartment staff should be well-qualified and pretty conversant in English
- One thing to watch for when booking accommodation is (obviously) location. Vienna is a relatively compact city, so places can get away with describing their location as “central”, even when it isn’t perhaps as central as that might imply
- On that subject, anything with a 1010 postal code is right in the very centre (the first district) in what you would describe as inside the old medieval town limits.
- Having said that, public transport is excellent here. I live in an outer district and am only about 20 minutes away from the centre by direct tram
- The same concept applies if you choose accommodation outside the city. Most surrounding towns and villages have frequent city train (S-Bahn) services into Vienna.
- Finally, the below map shows you where the main sightseeing areas are, should you need help planning the location of your accommodation: