Vienna, Austria, is an imperial city known for its formal atmosphere. Walking through Vienna amidst the eloquent buildings may feel like you’re strolling through a living, open-air museum. But for as much as Vienna upholds its traditions, the city is embracing modernity and the nontraditional, as shown by these hotel properties.
Modern Luxury in Vienna’s Historic Center
Haas-Haus is a curvy, metallic structure in the geographical center of Vienna. Its postmodern design is in direct contrast to the Romanesque and Gothic styles of its iconic neighbor, St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Designed by renowned Austrian architect Hans Hollein and finished in 1990, the building originally a retail and restaurant space. These days, it is home to DO & CO Hotel, a luxury property that includes 43 rooms and suites, a restaurant on the top floor, and a café that doubles as a nightclub once the sun sets on Stephansplatz.
Funky Digs in a Trendy Neighborhood
Vienna is historically synonymous with the performing arts, but would you ever think of the circus when you think Vienna? The 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier honors the traditions of the circus at this property, blurring the lines between reality and imagination. Each of the 217 rooms (including 34 suites with kitchenettes) is uniquely designed with bright, circus-themed painted murals and vintage furniture. Travelers looking to get a feel for modern Viennese life will appreciate the high-end boutiques and edgy cafés in the neighborhood, while still being close enough to more traditional points of interest like Schönbrunn Palace and Spanish Riding School.
Futuristic Design at Vienna’s First Green Upscale Hotel
Another avant-garde hotel in Vienna city center is Hotel Topazz. From the outside, with its horizontal oval windows, the building looks like something out of a science fiction movie. Inside, however, is a different story: the futuristic design meets turn-of-the-century sophistication. Early 20th-century artists and designers from Vienna inspired the furniture and fabrics in the guest rooms. The bathrooms have the luxurious style of the 1930s and feature chrome, nickel, and marble accents. Hotel Topazz is Vienna’s first green upscale hotel. And those oval windows? Each of them has a divan bed built into the windowsill, making it an out-of-this world spot to relax and see the Viennese streets below.
Affordable Comfort Close to Transportation Hub
Want to experience all the majesty that is Vienna, but don’t want to pay the high prices for hotels close to the main sights? Motel One Wien Westbahnhof can solve that dilemma for you. Don’t let the word “motel” scare you off. It is a 438-room hotel that features an on-site bar and lounge, free Wi-Fi, concierge service, and air conditioning in all rooms. The property is next to Westbahnhof, one of Vienna’s main train stations and the starting point of the West railway, making it an easy stopover to or from other European cities like Munich and Budapest. The Westbahnhof U-bahn stop is just across Europaplatz from the hotel, allowing guests convenient access to the city center and the top attractions. With nightly rates starting at just $84, it’s difficult for budget-conscious travelers to justify staying anywhere else.