The Guesthouse Vienna Hotel in Austria

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Updated: July 29, 2020

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Review of The Guesthouse Vienna Hotel in Vienna, Austria.

The Guesthouse Vienna – A modern buzz paired with exceptional service and location.

It’s hard to believe that this sleek, stylish hotel was once a youth hostel, but local designer Arkan Zeytenoglu beautifully fashioned the 1960s-era building into one of the most vibrant and hip hotel addresses in Vienna. The location, just across from the Albertina Museum and minutes away from many of the city’s top sights and scenic neighborhoods, can’t be beat. Top it all off with a gem of a restaurant worth visiting in its own right and spectacularly attentive service, and you have a top tier winner.

The Guesthouse Vienna – Location

  • Address: Führichgasse 10, 1010 Wein, Austria.
  • Nearest Metro/Subway: Stephansplatz (0.3 mile, 5-minute walk), Karlsplatz (0.3 mile, 6-minute walk), and Herengasse (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk).
  • Area: Prime location just steps from the Albertina Museum (100m, 1-minute walk), a 2-minute walk (150m) to the Vienna State Opera, and 4 minutes (0.2 mile) from the Burrgarten Park. Many of the city’s top sights are under a 10-minute walk away. The area itself is busy but quiet and upscale.
  • How to Get There: Three U-Bahn stops – Stephansplatz, Karlsplatz, and Herengasse – are less than a 9-minute walk from the hotel, while the Abertinaplatz bus station is steps from the front door (50m, 1-minute walk). The Oper/Kärtner tram stop on the Ringstrasse Tram loop that circles the central area of Vienna is a 5-minute walk (0.3 mile). Alternately, taxis are readily available in front of the hotel, Uber works well in Vienna, or pick up a horse-drawn carriage to take the slow route around town. A taxi from the Vienna International Airport to the hotel will take about 40 minutes (15 miles).
  • Handy to: Albertina Museum, Opera House, Burrgarten.

The Guesthouse Vienna – The Basics

  • Ages: The hotel has an edgy, young vibe but all ages stay here.
  • View: Quiet interior courtyard or over the city to the Opera House. The city views improve in winter when the leaves have fallen and buildings are less hidden.
  • Parking: Valet to a nearby garage that costs €36 per day.
  • Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
  • Extras: Free minibar with wine plus espresso and tea making facilities, B&O TV and audio, and organic toiletries by Wolfgang Lederhaas in all rooms. Hand-written welcome note with chocolates. Dogs are allowed free and the hotel offers complimentary dog bed and cookies.
  • When to Book: At least 4 months out for the Christmas season and 3 months for dates in May through June-end and September through October. July and August are less busy but still think of booking around a month in advance. During other months, you may be able to find last-minute rooms.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +43 1-512-1320
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: theguesthouse.at

The Guesthouse Vienna – Amenities

  • For Disabled Guests: The elevator and hallways are large. Room 101 is the only room specifically designed for disabled guests.
  • For Families: Kids are very welcome. Children under 12 stay for free and are given their own bathrobes, slippers, special toiletries, and coloring books. The restaurant caters well to them, too. Cots are available on request.
  • Activities: Museum tours.

The Guesthouse Vienna – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: The Guesthouse Brasserie & Bakery is located on the hotel’s ground floor and offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an emphasis on classic Austrian dishes using local and organic ingredients. All the bread is homemade in their own wood-fired oven and for a special treat, order the 5-course dinner for €75. The 2-course lunch menu for €18.50 is very popular with locals and tourists alike. The décor is modern rustic and it has a short but good kids’ menu as well. Hours 6:30 am-11 pm daily. $$-$$$.
  • Lounge/Bar: There’s a bar at the brasserie that’s open daily until 12 am.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Served all-day in the brasserie. The hotel will book morning tables on demand for guests.
  • Room Service: Available from the brasserie 24 hours a day.

The Guesthouse Vienna – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Courtyard Room • Doppelzimmer Deluxe • Courtyard Suite • Duplex Suite with Rooftop Views
  • Smoking Rooms: The Guesthouse Vienna is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: It’s hard to pick a favorite here. Room 802 has a terrace and a fabulous view of St Stephen’s Cathedral while the Maisonette Suite is 2-stories with cantilever attic windows and might be the prettiest. Room 702 is the best deluxe room and has 2 window-side reading nooks.
  • For Families: There are connecting rooms that are the best choice for families.

The Guesthouse Vienna – Local Transport

  • Walking: This is a prime walking area with many top sights under 10 minutes away. Head out the door and get lost in fairytale lanes with horse-drawn carriages to stumble upon architectural marvels from St Stephen’s Cathedral to the many museum and parks.
  • Subway and Bus: Bus and tram stops are the easiest walks from the hotel and 3 major U-Bahn stops are all under a 10-minute walk. It’s very easy to navigate the city’s public transport system and get nearly anywhere from here.
  • Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Taxis are easy to find (get the hotel to call one for you) and Uber is quick, generally safe, and easy in Vienna.

The Guesthouse Vienna – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Vienna Walks & Talks – Offers a number of excellent 90-minute walking tours including music tours, underground Vienna, and Third Man movie tours. Start location: Depends on tour.
  • Space & Place – Offbeat themed tours from Brexit (focusing on expats and ending at a pub, of course) to the ugly side of Vienna can be booked with this fun and knowledgeable company. Start location: Depends on tour.
  • Fiaker Carriage Tours – Lines of horse-drawn carriages with local drivers can be found around the Albertina Museum. Hail one yourself or ask the hotel to find one for you. You can choose the amount of time you’d like to spend clip-clopping through town, and the drivers generally offer some commentary and point out highlights. Start location: 1-minute walk (100m).
  • Hotrod City Tour – Tours around the city and beyond become more fun when you’re behind the wheel of a low-to-the-ground, open-air, mini hot rod. There are also tours on Vespa scooters and by tuk tuk. Start location: Vien Hotrod Tour store (0.6 mile, 12-minute walk).
  • Ring Tram Tour – Take the famous 25-minute tram loop with video commentary so you can get the most out of the city’s history, architecture, and more. Start location: Schwedenplatz (0.7 mile, 13-minute walk).

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Café Mozart – Over a century old stop for home-style Viennese classics and especially luscious cakes from strudels to tortes. 2-minute walk (100m).
  • Bitzinger Würstelstand – The best sausage stand in Vienna. 2-minute walk (150m).
  • Le Bol – French style café specializing in open-face tartines and croque monsieur. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Plachutta – Lauded restaurant for specialty Austrian meat dishes, most of which use locally sourced ingredients. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Tian – Some of the best vegetarian food you’ll find anywhere in the world (with a Michelin star to prove it), served in an elegant dining room. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Café Museum – Klimt was once a regular at this smart, circa 1899 café serving classic Viennese fare and delectable pastries. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Julius Meinl am Graben – Spectacular international dishes are served here alongside an equally impressive wine list. There’s also a wine bar in the cellar. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Café Central – Stunning late 19th-century architecture. Trotsky to Freud hung out here and you can, too, for coffee or Mediterranean-inspired fare. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Café Korb – Sigmund Freud’s favorite hangout is still delightful and serves an excellent apple strudel. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Café Sacher – Step into this legendary café for a slice of the world-famous Sacher torte – or head to the adjacent Sacher Eck or Salon Sacher if you don’t want to wait in line. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Café Hawelka – Historic café once frequented by Warhol and serving the same Buchteln (jam-filled rolls) it did back then. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • AIDA Café Konditorei – Jolly, pink, mid-century style café with good cake and coffee. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • SPAR Gourmet – Upscale version of the market chain with most things you need and a good selection of food. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Naschmarkt – The city’s largest market sells everything from fresh vegetables and ready-made food to hippie clothes and tourist tat. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).

The Guesthouse Vienna – The Hotel

The hotel has a warm and modern façade.

The warm and modern façade is a good indicator of good things to come.

The service is exemplary.

Check-in is casual and the service is exceptional.

Rooms are more like apartments.

Rooms feel a bit like chic, urban apartments.

Rooms feature edgy photographs.

The edgy photography on the walls contrasts with the soothing features of the rooms to make everything seem more fun.

Bathrooms feature a lot of marble.

Bathrooms are spacious and feature lots of marble.

Bathrooms feature bathtubs.

A hot bath can be just the thing in cooler months.

Rooms have cozy nooks to read books or stare outside.

The window reading nooks are a truly outstanding feature.

The Duplex Suite offers great views.

The loft bedroom Duplex Suite has views of city rooftops from the bed.

The Duplex Suite has a large living room.

Looking down into the spacious living area of the Duplex Suite.

The suites feature large cantilever windows.

Cantilever windows in the Duplex Suite let in light at the perfect angle.

The bathrooms are modern and spacious.

Well-designed bathrooms are decked out in marble.

Rooms offer views of the chic neighborhood.

View of the chic neighborhood through the suite window.

A hand-written note and chocolates welcome guests.

Guests are welcomed with chocolates and a hand-written note.

The Brasserie and Bakery are very popular.

The Brasserie and Bakery is wonderful to hang out in any time of day.

It has a full bar.

There’s a full bar at the Brasserie and Bakery.

There is freshly-baked bread everyday.

As you’d hope from the name, the Brasserie and Bakery bakes up some fantastic fresh breads.

The restaurant has a sidewalk sitting area.

Sitting at the sidewalk café area of the Brasserie and Bakery on a warm day is a true Viennese experience.

The modern hotel blends into the historic neighborhood.

Despite how modern it is, the hotel blends in perfectly with the historic neighborhood.

Kaffee Konditorei is great for tea or coffee.

If you’re craving sweets or want to settle in somewhere for a tea or coffee, stroll straight past the Albertina Museum to the retro Mid-Century Kaffee Konditorei.

Café Museum is great for light meals.

Continue past the Albertina Museum and the AIDA café to dine or grab a light meal at the upscale Café Museum where the artist Klimt used to be a regular.

Naschmarkt is Vienna's biggest market.

Walking through beautiful historic streets brings you to a row of beautifully painted tall houses lining the not-to-miss Naschmarkt (the biggest in Vienna), selling everything from food to postcards.

Café Central boasts Sigmund Freud as one of its past patrons.

Walk alongside horses and carriages and past the grand Hofburg to Café Central for Mediterranean fare or just to say you dined in the same place as Sigmund Freud.

Reserva Iberica is a great Spanish tapas bar.

Walking to Reserva Iberica, a great Spanish tapas bar, brings you through old streets full of shops and restaurants.

Julius Meinl is a very popular restaurant and wine bar.

You’ll be right in the heart of the historical part of the city as you walk to the lauded Julius Meinl restaurant and wine bar.

Oscar & Filu specializes in unique gold jewelry.

There are lots of jewelry stores in central Vienna but the unique gold pieces at Oscar & Filu, right by St Stephan’s and a short walk from the hotel, are particularly eye-catching.

The cathedral is truly gorgeous.

You’ll want to walk through the beautiful and lively shopping and dining streets of Vienna to visit this gorgeous cathedral multiple times.

Café Korb is another great Freud hangout.

It’s worth walking past St Stephan’s Cathedral to cool Café Korb, another Freud hangout that’s also surrounded by a handful of other good places to eat.

St Peter’s church features occasional concerts.

Check to find out concert times at St Peter’s church nearby for a very special experience.

Don't forget to try the Sacher torte at Café Sacher.

Café Sacher is the most well-known and the cutest of the Hotel Sacher Cafes that serve Sacher torte, but there are 2 other cafes on-site as well that serve the same slice of cake and have short or no waiting times.

Wiener Konzerthaus hosts concerts and musical events.

A short walk away is the century-old Wiener Konzerthaus which hosts concerts and musical events regularly.

Konditorei Oberlaa sells amazing macarons.

Who isn’t craving a macaron? Fortunately it’s only a short walk to get one of the amazing ones (or more) at Konditorei Oberlaa.

Steiff is an adorable shop selling soft toys.

Buy a soft toy at the adorable Steiff, possibly the original home of the teddy bear, a short walk through old streets full of shops and cafes from the hotel.

The Austrian National Library is simply stunning.

Prepare to have your mind blown at the stunning Austrian National Library, a short walk from the hotel and just past the Albertina Museum.

Gmunder sells fine ceramics.

Find exquisite, handmade, fine ceramics here at Gmunder, a short walk into the heart of town.

Beautiful gardens stretch from Burggarten to Volsgarten.

A string of beautiful classic gardens runs from the Burggarten to the Volsgarten and its rose gardens, shown in this photo.

Villon Wine Bar has a 500-year-old wine cellar.

Heading down into this 500-year-old, multi-story wine cellar at Villon Wine Bar to drink wine is one of those experiences worth traveling for.

Blue Mustard nearby serves creative cocktails.

Vienna does hip and modern as well as old and ornate, as you’ll find when drinking a creative cocktail at Blue Mustard nearby.

Albertina Museum has the loveliest art displays.

There are so many museums in Vienna but the Albertina, just steps from the hotel, could be the loveliest, with the art displayed in ornate historic guest apartments of royals.

Café Mozart serves classic Viennese dishes.

Enjoy classic Viennese dishes in a classic Viennese setting at Café Mozart, just around the corner.

Café Hawelka is a great place to enjoy coffee.

Sip coffee at the very hip Café Hawelka where Andy Warhol used to hang out.

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