Last updated on December 3rd, 2022
A complete accommodation guide with the best areas and hotels for where to stay in Vienna, especially for first-time visitors to Wien.
Vienna, the capital city of Austria, is an amazing travel destination that everyone has to visit at least once in their lifetime. This amazing city is one of the most beautiful cities in Austria and has so many sights and things to do when visiting here. It is the perfect destination if you want to experience with stunning architecture and imperial palaces.
If you’re already planning a trip to this amazing city, deciding where to stay in Vienna will be a challenge, especially if you’re a first-time visitor.
Staying in a fabulous hotel will shape your experience in Vienna. So it’s worth taking the time to choose wisely. But bear in mind that Vienna is a popular destination in central Europe, and I’m sure you don’t want to miss all the excellent hotels with good facilities and offers!
In this accommodation guide, you’ll find out everything about the best neighborhoods when looking for where to stay in Vienna with hotel recommendations for each of them. You’ll find hotels grouped by different budget, from luxury, high range, middle-priced and budget-friendly with fabulous reviews and facilities.
Quick Tips: Where To Stay in Vienna
Short on time? Here are our quick tips for where to stay in Vienna with hotels recommendation for each area/neighborhood.
If you are a first-timer to Vienna, stay in Innere Stadt (Vienna District 01) especially if you’re visiting Vienna on a short trip. This area is the most convenient part of the city to stay with most of the attractions are located in this area. Alternatively, MuseumsQuartier (Vienna District 07) is also a good option.
If you are looking for a younger vibe and nightlife in Vienna, stay in the charming Neubau (Vienna District 07) and Leopoldstadt (Vienna District 02) neighbourhoods.
If you are on a budget, stay in Landstrasse (Vienna District 03). This area offers a good mix of convenience and value. Alternative option for budget travelers include Margareten, and Ottakring.
If you are traveling by train and looking for accommodation close to the train station, stay in Favoriten (Vienna District 10). The city has an excellent public transport system, so you’d easily reach all the must-see attractions.
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Vienna Accommodation Tips
Vienna is an incredible city with 23 districts (Bezirk) in total. The districts spiral out from the city center, with logically numbered from 1st District right up to the 23rd. The smaller the number of the district, the closer it is to the city center. So, Innere Stadt (District 01) is the city center, which hosted the Vienna’s Old Town.
Generally, the accommodation in District 01 will be the most expensive address in the city, with prices decreasing the further out you go.
Vienna is well-connected with train/tram/metro with efficient public transport systems across the city. What’s more, the U-Bahn runs 24 hours per day during the weekend! Many Viennese do not own a car as the public transport is really good. We recommended choosing to stay within walking distance of a stop, so you can connect through to most of the city within 10 or 20 minutes.
Pro-Tip: Consider getting a Vienna City Card If you plan on making use of the metro during your stay. This budget-saving transport Pass provides unlimited use of the U-Bahn and discounts to many tourist attractions in the city!
Innere Stadt (District 01)
Innere Stadt (District 01) is where most of the attractions are situated. This district is the heart of Historic Vienna, where you’ll find almost all the major attractions and all the landmarks will be within walking distance. It was designed with tourists in mind, and most of the luxurious hotels are located in this area. In our opinion, this is the best area to stay for first-time visitors, especially tourists.
Innere Stadt is the best choice and popular among tourists, but the convenient and luxurious stay comes with a cost. The price is higher compared with other hotels offers in another district. But if you book in advance, you will find some reasonable discounts.
Where to stay in Vienna – Innere Stadt:
- Luxury: Grand Hotel Wien, Hotel Sacher Wien, Hotel Ambassador
- High-Mid Range: Austria Trend Hotel Astoria Wien, Hotel Post Wien, Hotel Austria
Best Hotels in Innere Stadt
Best Luxury Hotels in Vienna (Innere Stadt)
Luxury: Grand Hotel Wien is a five-star luxury hotel located close to Karlsplatz metro station. It is centrally located with only a 3-minute walk from the Vienna State Opera and the famous Kärntner Straße Shopping Street. The hotel offers luxuriously-furnished rooms and suites that are equipped with elegant furniture in an impressive historic building. The best luxurious stay in Vienna.
Luxury: Hotel Sacher Wien is one of the top choices for staying in Vienna. The property is located directly opposite the Staatsoper Opera House and conveniently located close to the popular Kaerntnerstrasse shopping district. So the location is just perfect! Besides, the opulent hotel is a classical grandeur Victorian-era decor and is characterized by antique furnishings. The staffs are also accommodating and helpful.
Luxury: Hotel Ambassador is an amazing 5-star luxurious accommodation and one of the best hotels in Innere Stadt. The property offers gorgeous elegant rooms in authentic Viennese style with comfortable beds. All the rooms are individually decorated with select antiquities! You will be happy to know this hotel is within a short walking distance of major sights such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg Imperial Palace, and the State Opera.
Best High-Mid Hotels in Vienna (Innere Stadt)
High-Range: If you want to stay right in the heart of the city, Austria Trend Hotel Astoria Wien is one of the popular picks when travelers looking for where to stay in Vienna. This 4-star property is within walking distance of all major sights.
The Albertina Museum and the Opera are a 2-minute walk away. St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace including its Conference and Event Centre can be reached within a 5- to 10-minute walk. Spacious traditional rooms with modern touches.
Mid-Range: This awesome Hotel Post Wien has some unbeatable prices, considering the popular location! It is perfectly located in the center of the city. If you’ll choose to stay here, you’ll be surrounded by tons of restaurants, bars, and clubs within short walking distance and close to the tram/bus/Ubahn stop. Highly recommended!
Mid-Range: Hotel Austria is situated in a perfect location with just a few minutes walk away from the major sights of the historic center such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral. All rooms are traditionally furnished and offer all modern comforts. It’s basically a fantastic hotel with a great location and easy walking distance to everything.
Leopoldstadt (District 02)
Considering an extension of the Innere Stadt, Leopoldstadt (District 02) is another popular place to stay in Vienna. This area is situated in a central district and sprawling across the northeast of the city, along the banks of the Danube River.
The Leopoldstadt is a perfect combination of Viennese luxury and not that experience compared with the Innere Stadt. This area is also good to stay for travelers with families and kids.
Where to stay in Vienna – Leopoldstadt:
High-Range: Novotel Wien City is an awesome hotel and highly recommended if you want a great value for the money in an excellent location. The property is a modern 4-star hotel in the center of Vienna, overlooking the Ringstraße Boulevard. It offers free WiFi.St. Stephen’s Cathedral is just 500 m away. The location was ideal for a walk into the city.
Budget: ibis Styles Wien Messe Prater is one of the best-rated budget hotels in Leopoldstadt. The property lies just a few hundred meters from the Prater park, the exhibition center, and the city center. It offers a good size clean room for a good price, perfect for a sightseeing vacation. Friendly staff willing to help.
Alternatively, you may also consider the Ibis budget Wien Messe. It is also another popular pick for a budget option in Leopoldstadt, Wien. The Praterstern Underground Station is a 4-minute walk away and the city center can be reached within 10 minutes by public transport.
Landstrasse (District 03)
Next to recommend where to stay in Vienna is the Landstrasse (District 03). This area is a reputation residential area in Vienna and has many different sizes of accommodation options. From backpacker hostels to boutique hotels with all styles and budgets, for sure there is something for you. Landstrasse has a family-friendly vibe, making it also good for travelers with families and kids.
Where to stay in Vienna – Landstrasse:
Best Hotels in Landstrasse
Luxury: Hilton Vienna Park is located just directly opposite the Wien-Mitte/Landstraße Underground Station and the City Airport Train (CAT), which takes guests to Vienna Airport in 16 minutes. So it is very convenient for short-stay travelers. The rooms are spacious, with huge windows, great facilities, and beautiful decorations.
High-Range: Hotel Daniel Vienna is a good choice if you’re looking for a perfect, spoiled stay in Vienna. It provides impeccable rooms that combine individual design with a location right next to Belvedere Palace and the Main Train Station. You’ll have access to the city center with public transportation. A clean and modern stay in the center of Vienna.
Budget: Ibis budget Wien Sankt Marx is one of the popular picks when looking for where to stay in Vienna on a budget. The property offers modern rooms with free air-conditioning and a flat-screen satellite TV. Plus, it is located within a 2-minute walk from the Erdberg Bus and Underground Station in Vienna’s 3rd district. The city center can be reached within a 10-minute underground ride. Very convenient for a budget choice in Landstrasse.
Neubau (District 07)
The charming neighborhood, Neubau ranks at the top of hipster neighborhoods in Vienna. The 7th district is home to some of the most forward-thinking art galleries and exhibitions, and many shops and eateries.
A best place to stay in Vienna if you are looking for a younger vibe and nightlife.
Where to stay in Vienna – Neubau:
Best Hotels in Neubau
High-Range: Ruby Marie Hotel Vienna is another great place to stay in Vienna for a middle budget. This hotel is located in the renovated former Stafa department store right at the corner of Mariahilfer Straße, Vienna’s best-known shopping street, and Kaiserstraße. All the rooms are air-conditioned, trendy, and super nice!
Mid-Range: Continental Hotel-Pension is a family-run pension located just around the corner from the Mariahilfer Straße shopping street. This Vienna accommodation is also close to Neubaugasse underground station with an only a 3-minutes walk. It is also quite easy to go to the airport as only 1 metro change is needed. Highly recommended for a mid-budget stay in Vienna.
Budget: Pension Pharmador is a hostel set in Vienna’s 7th district, Neubau. It is about a 10-minute walk from Westbahnhof Train Station and the Mariahilfer Straße Shopping Street, and a 5-minute walk from the Wiener Stadthalle, an event hall. The property offers various types of rooms and apartments for different types of travelers. Choose from single, double, triple, one-room, or even two-rooms apartment that suits your travel parties.
Favoriten (District 10)
If you look for accommodation as close to the train station, Favoriten is the one you are looking for. District 10 is located in the south of the central districts, and is home to the Vienna Praterstern railway station. Although it is not close to the major attractions, it still can be easily reached via public transport such as metro/tram.
Many accommodation options are scattered around the Praterstern station, and you can find many budget options here. Here are some of the best hotels to pick for your best stay in Wien.
Where to stay in Vienna – Favoriten:
- High-Range: Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof
- Mid-Range: Motel One Wien-Hauptbahnhof
- Budget: B&B Hotel Wien-Hbf, Star Inn Hotel Premium Wien Hauptbahnhof
Best Hotels in Favoriten
High-Range: Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof is an excellent hotel for a perfect with easy access to the railway and U-Bahn. The rooms are very spacious and clean with super comfy beds and pillows! Plus, the property features with sauna, fitness center, and on-site restaurant.
Mid-Range: Motel One Wien-Hauptbahnhof is located right next to Vienna’s Main Train Station. It is very convenient as tram, metro, and bus stations in 1-2 minutes walking. Added, cafes and supermarket is located right in the same building or nearby. A popular pick!
Budget: B&B Hotel Wien-Hbf is my recommendation if you want a great value for the money when choosing where to stay in Vienna. This newly open hotel has clean and comfy rooms, and the staffs are super helpful. It’s very close to the train station and metro/tram stops, making it super convenient for a good stopover in Wien for 1 to 2 nights.
Budget: Star Inn Hotel Premium Wien Hauptbahnhof is another great budget hotel close to the train lines with 5 minutes walk. So, it’s very convenient if you want to travel around the country by train! Very clean, sizeable rooms, and a very comfortable bed.
Overview: Best Hotel to Stay in Wien
That’s it! This is a long post but we hope you have a brief idea of where to stay in Vienna to find the dream place for your trip. We explained the best neighborhoods where you can stay in Vienna, and with our best-picked hotels for all the budget.
For first-time visitors, we recommended staying in Innere Stadt if the budget is not a concern. Our top pick is Grand Hotel Wien, a 5-star luxury hotel located close to Karlsplatz metro station. Alternatively, the awesome Hotel Post Wien has some unbeatable prices for the mid-budget options, considering its popular location!
For visitors who frequent traveling by public transport, Motel One Wien-Hauptbahnhof located right next to Vienna’s Main Train Station will be the best pick!
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