Vienna is the beautiful capital of Austria and is known for its grandeur, elegance, and culture. I absolutely loved my time in this stunning European city and I’m excited to share this list of where to stay in Vienna!
Spending a relaxing morning sipping on a cup of coffee at one of the city’s many cafés, exploring the vast parks and gardens, admiring the baroque architecture at the Belvedere Palace, or catching a show at the Vienna State Opera House—I found myself in awe of Vienna’s beauty.
To make sure you get the most out of your time in Vienna, it’s important to know the different neighborhoods and what exactly they’ll bring to your experience.
Thankfully, the city has one of the best public transportation systems in the world, so you can easily explore all Vienna offers.
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Vienna is divided into 23 districts, each with its own advantages and characteristics. Depending on what kind of experience you’re after, there are plenty of great places to stay in Vienna.
If you’re looking for a luxurious experience, the elegant Innere Stadt district is where you’ll find some of the grandest Vienna hotels. Located right in the city center of Vienna, the streets are lined with stunning palaces and impressive buildings.
Innere Stadt is the main area around the district of the historic old town. This is where you can find St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Albertina, Haus der Musik, Hofburg (the old Habsburg residence), and the Rathaus, just to name a few well-known landmarks.
Did you know that the entire first district, Innere Stadt, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Neither did I!
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Another great option is in Wieden, the 4th district. If you’re looking for a trendy, international district to stay in with a relaxed and youthful vibe, but don’t mind being next door to the 1st district, this is the place for you. You’ll find that it has a family-friendly environment during the day, though at night there’s still a vibrant scene with many local bars.
While being here, I learned that this is the place to stay if you’re in Vienna for the holidays. You’ll be within walking distance of all the famous Christmas markets and the famous Christmas shopping street!
One of my favorite districts is the 5th District, Margareten. By comparison, it feels similar to Brooklyn in NYC.
Margareten is a multicultural, multi-faceted district with plenty of great places to have lunch or dinner, hang out in cozy bars and cafés, and go shopping for vintage clothes.
You can explore the art galleries, shop at flea markets, and buy fresh produce from the farmer’s markets to cook yourself a nice meal afterward. Perfect for those staying in the city a little longer.
Last but not least on my list of best districts in Vienna is Neubau, the 7th district of Vienna and one of the more popular tourist places. It’s home to the museum’s quarter as well as many other sightseeing attractions.
The MuseumsQuartier is home to several notable museums, including the Leopold Museum, the Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna, and a branch of the Kunsthalle Wien. Plus, there’s also ZOOM Kindermuseum for younger kids! If you’re looking for something to do at night, you’ll be happy to know that this area also has quite a few bars and restaurants.
Now that we have a sense of the lay of the land, let’s jump into where the best place to stay in Vienna is for YOU!
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Where to Stay in Vienna
Where to Stay on a Budget
Vienna is known for being an expensive city, but just because somewhere is expensive doesn’t mean I haven’t found a way for us all to explore it!
There are still plenty of affordable places to stay that won’t break the bank. If you’re looking for something budget-friendly, consider staying in the 10th district or our beloved 5th District, Margareten.
Some of the more popular districts like Innere Stadt have hostels and other budget hotels, but if you want to be economical, it’s better to stay in the outer districts.
No matter where you stay here, you’ll be very well connected to downtown by tram or bus.
The 5th District also offers some good budget options, especially in terms of Airbnb apartments (check out my Best Airbnbs in Vienna post here). The area is close to the city center and has plenty of great restaurants and bars nearby. Accommodation prices can range from €50-60 per night.
Wombat’s Hostel is a great choice if you’re on a tight budget. It’s located close to the city center and offers beds in dorms starting from €17 per night. It is a great place to meet people and network, and there are also plenty of activities available.
Make sure to check availability as soon as you know you’re going as this hostel sells out rather quickly.
If you are looking for a private place, then this self-catered apartment is the best way to go. Prices usually start at around €50 per night for an entire apartment. Overall, this is a great option if you want your own space and are looking for something cost-friendly.
You’ll get a more authentic experience by living like a local, and to me, this is one of the things I look forward to when traveling!
For those of you who are looking for a more luxurious experience at a lower cost, I recommend the Hotel Atlanta. It has an amazing location and offers great amenities such as an on-site restaurant and bar. The rooms start at €125 per night.
This is an unforgettable stay in the heart of Vienna’s historic city center.
Where to Stay in Vienna for Luxury
Living a life of luxury is very easy in Vienna, with a beautiful cityscape and an abundance of high-end hotels. If you’re looking for five-star accommodations, consider staying in either the 1st or 9th District.
The 1st district is home to some of Vienna’s most luxurious hotels, such as the Park Hyatt Vienna, The Ritz-Carlton Vienna, and Hotel Imperial. These hotels offer all manner of high-end amenities, including spas, fine dining restaurants, and fitness centers.
The 9th district is an excellent spot for luxury accommodation too. Here you’ll find the InterContinental Vienna Hotel, which features an outdoor pool with stunning views of the city skyline.
As soon as you arrive you will be living the high life in Vienna!
The Hotel Sans Souci Wien, located in Vienna’s Neubau neighborhood, is one of the city’s top luxury hotels. Their downstairs restaurant serves one of the best schnitzels in Vienna!
And the Spittelberg Quarter, with its cute shops and cafes, is only a 10-minute walk away.
The Hotel Sacher Wien, located across from the State Opera House in the inner city, offers stunning views of the cityscape from its upper suites. This luxurious hotel is also conveniently situated near popular shopping districts and boasts a chic spa.
You’ll feel like a queen staying at Hotel Sacher—the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing in Vienna.
The Park Hyatt Vienna is situated in the city’s fashionable first district, just around the corner from attractions like St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace. This luxurious five-star hotel features a spa, fitness center, and award-winning dining options.
You’ll find luxurious touches here—like heated marble flooring in the bathroom!
Whether you’re in Vienna for business or pleasure, the Park Hyatt Vienna is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious places to stay.
Where to Stay for Families
I love when I get to travel with my family, and sometimes our best memories are made in the places we stay!
Vienna is the perfect place to stay with the whole gang. It’s safe and easy to get around. You’ll have so much to explore and learn in this beautiful city.
I learned that Vienna is a culture that prides itself on spending time with family. On weekends you’ll see restaurants and cafes packed with families enjoying meals together. So there are definitely plenty of places in this city that cater to families.
The Hotel Regina is rated as one of the best family-friendly stays in Vienna. The hotel is located in a vibrant area, close to many attractions for the whole family. Plus, there are comfortable and spacious rooms that can also accommodate up to four guests.
Hotel Regina also features an indoor pool and fitness center perfect for keeping everyone entertained during your stay.
When looking for a great place to stay for your family vacation, look no further than the Hotel Kaffeemühle. It is budget-friendly and they have excellent customer service.
The hotel is located in Neubau, a central location that is also great for first-time visitors. It is near all the top tourist attractions. In addition, the hotel has lots of amenities that will make your stay more comfortable including a tasty breakfast that will make it easy for everyone to start their day.
You’ll have comfortable rooms that can accommodate four people—great if you’re bringing the kids as many of the rooms have bunk beds along with a queen. That way everyone gets their own space.
Families come in all shapes and sizes and for those that are a little larger, you might want to look into the Urban Flats Vienna City Center.
The apartment is situated in a lively area with lots of great restaurants and attractions within walking distance. The two-bedroom apartments can fit up to 10 guests which makes it a great option if you’re traveling with grandparents or extended family. Plus, there’s a fully-equipped kitchen if you’d like to whip up meals during your stay.
There are so many great places to stay in Vienna, so I hope this list helped you narrow things down.
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Elise Armitage is an entrepreneur and founder of What The Fab, a travel + lifestyle blog based in California. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams: being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday. Since then, she’s launched her SEO course Six-Figure SEO, where she teaches bloggers how to create a passive revenue stream from their website using SEO. Featured in publications like Forbes, Elle, HerMoney, and Real Simple, Elise is a firm believer that you can be of both substance and style.