I have been fortunate to stay at so many amazing hotels. Some of them stand out because of the over-the-top luxury, others because of the hospitality, others because of how they make me feel welcome. Each is different. One of my favorite hotel stays is Hotel Altstadt Vienna. Altstadt is a boutique hotel and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. I adored exploring Vienna, Austria and a big part of my wow moments in Vienna included my stay at Hotel Altstadt Vienna.
Why Hotel Altstadt Vienna is Special
Hotel Altstadt is in Vienna's 7th district, known as the Neubau district. The hotel is in the Spittelberg quarter of the Neubau, tucked behind the Museumquartier. The Spittleberg, as is most of the Neubau, is a colorful art district. It was once almost abandoned and has rebuilt over the past century.
The Spittelberg has narrow streets filled with art galleries, boutiques, and small restaurants. We felt as if we were living in a neighborhood during the few days we stayed. We wandered through the streets, walked to the museums, sat in the local cafés, and ate dinner in the tiny restaurants opening onto quiet streets. Be sure to check out my article on some of my favorite coffee shops in Vienna.
I so enjoyed this creative hotel, which seamlessly blends contemporary, boutique design with an art gallery, yet adds in the best hospitality. Hotel Altstadt Vienna is filled with wow moments for so many reasons.
Rooms at Hotel Altstadt Vienna
Every room and suite at Hotel Altstadt Vienna is different. The hotel brought in top designers to style the rooms. You get a sense of the blending of old and new in the hotel. I felt this same juxtaposition as I wandered Vienna, so it was really appropriate in the hotel.
The hotel is small, with 45 rooms over four floors. It has a beautiful staircase that took me back to another era. Yes, there is an elevator, so you can easily transport your luggage, but I so enjoyed walking down that staircase and taking in all of the artwork.
We entered on the ground level and took the elevator up one floor to the reception desk. The salon and breakfast rooms are also off that first floor. I loved all the mix of tiles, textures, and color throughout the hotel.
I had no idea what to expect from our room, but I was delighted. There are single rooms, double rooms, and suites ranging from Medium (M) to Extra-Extra Large (XXL). We were ushered to the #78, the Josef Frank Suite.
Josef Frank was an Austrian-born architect and designer who fled to Sweden in 1933. In Sweden, he went to work designing for Svenskt Tenn. Our suite was actually designed by Jennie Pineus, the Director of Svenskt Tenns Interior Designstudio.
Our suite brought me joy. I honestly could have stayed for weeks and felt at home. I loved the textiles in the room. they were fun and quirky. The fabric-clad 522 cabinet was class Frank design.
I think my favorite piece was the desk chair. I sat down at the desk each day and journaled about my Viennese explorations.
If I return to stay at Hotel Altstadt, I'd love a chance to check out the suite that was across the hall from us. Suite #77, the Bösendorfer Suite, houses a classic Bösendorfer concert piano. I've been playing the piano since I was seven years old. That would be a dream fulfilled—playing a classic concert piano in Vienna—but I'm not all that great, so having the privacy of my hotel room would be great.
Also important, if you visit during the summer months, is that all rooms and suites at Altstadt are air-conditioned. You also have a minibar, hairdryer, bathrobe, television, and safe.
Dining at Hotel Altstadt Vienna
There are so many great places to eat in Vienna, but I really enjoyed our breakfast and afternoon tea at Hotel Altstadt. Yes, I said breakfast. It was simply divine.
You don't want to miss breakfast—and there's no reason to miss it. Hotel Altstadt serves up breakfast until 11 a.m. during the week and until 11:30 a.m. on the weekends. I can't say enough good about the breakfast. They serve it up in the salon and you can select anything you like from the massive buffet and order up made-to-order items. They have a beautiful granola bar. There are homemade croissants with marmalade made locally. The bread, cheese, and fruit is divine. The first morning we were there, I had champagne poached eggs that were simple and tasty. And the best part? Breakfast is included for hotel guests. The breakfast is open to non-hotel guests for a cost of €25.
There isn't just one salon at Hotel Altstadt. There are several on the floor with reception and there is plenty to do in each one, whether you want to relax, play games, have a glass of wine, or enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.
We enjoyed reading the newspaper in the salon and I loved checking out all of the fun items on the shelves.
My favorite was the Red Salon. We spent some time there using the Wi-Fi and just soaking up the atmosphere.
We also enjoyed afternoon tea in the Red Salon. Every afternoon from noon until 6 p.m., you can order a cup of tea or a coffee. I suggest going between 4 and 6 p.m. when you can get a piece of homemade cake that is made fresh at nearby Bernadette's Bakery. I can still taste that cake and coffee I had. One day I enjoyed coffee and the next I ordered tea. It really was exquisite. One of the evenings, we stopped in for a glass of wine before we left for dinner and had a great time tasting some Austrian wines from the nearby Wachau Valley.
Wow Moments Near Hotel Altstadt Vienna
We loved being able to walk to the nearby shops, boutiques, restaurants, and museums. I recommend purchasing a Vienna City Card during your stay. You can purchase one for 24, 48, or 72 hours. It's good for public transportation and discounts on dozens of museums. You can add the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and even an airport transfer. The best part is that you can purchase this before you leave home or at the train station or airport in Vienna. It's definitely a bargain for your visit to Vienna.
I loved that you could wind down the cobbled side streets in The Spittelberg district. One of the nights, we opted for a traditional Viennese dinner, with schnitzel and red cabbage. It was good, but I also wanted a chance to try something new and different. We asked the concierge at Hotel Altstadt, and they recommended nearby Durchhaus. It was a fairytale setting, complete with a hidden guest garden. You can sit indoors in the restaurant, which feels a bit like a modern Austrian farmhouse, or outside on the trellis-covered patio. It was cool and rainy the night we were there, so we sat indoors. The food was fabulous and fresh, modern takes on traditional Viennese cuisine.
Definitely walk to the Museumquartier and explore there. I also recommend a visit to the nearby Austrian National Library.
The library began in 1368 and is extraordinary, housing more than 12 million volumes, some dating back to the 14th century. We did the tour of the State Hall, which is normally €8. However, with the Vienna City Card, admission is €7.
We also discovered a nice little coffee shop down the street. Café Eiles is at the corner of Josefstädterstrasse and Landesgerichtsstrasse at Josefstädterstrasse 2. The café traces its roots back to the mid-1800s. Originally, it was famous with artists. Then the Imperial Assembly Hall opened across the street in 1883, making the café popular with politicians.
Café Eiles was remodeled and refurnished in 1933 and retains that same feel even today. A beautiful remodel in 2016 restored it to that feel it had in its heyday. I loved the coffee and found the food to be typical Austrian fare, tasted fresh, and was priced so much less than the tourist spots.
If You Stay at Hotel Altstadt Vienna
I really enjoyed my stay at Hotel Altstadt Vienna. It is an easy hotel to include in my list of Best Hotel Stays. I encourage you to check it out and book a stay during your visit to Vienna. The room I stayed in—a Suite L—ranges from about €535 per night in the low season to €825 per night during the high season in August. Room rates are for two people and include breakfast.
I had a great time picking out my 50 best hotel stays and invite you to check on new hotels as I post them throughout 2020. Hotel Altstadt Vienna helped make my bucket list trip to the city even more magical. I loved the warmth and hospitality combined with a fresh take on a beautiful historic building. Be sure to check out more on Wander about visiting Austria. No matter where your travels may take you, we also have great suggestions for more hotels.
As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with accommodations, meals and other compensation for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.