For those of you who have forgotten, given how long it’s taken me to publish this report, this is a continuation of my trip to Vienna in April. Thanks for reading!
Airspace Lounge San Diego
British Airways Business Class San Diego to London
British Airways Galleries Business Class Lounge London
American Airlines Admirals Club London
British Airways Business Class London to Vienna
Austrian Airlines Business Class Lounge Vienna
Lufthansa Economy Class Vienna to Munich
Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa Economy Class Munich to Vienna
Hotel Aldstadt Vienna
JET Lounge Vienna
British Airways Business Class Vienna to London
British Airways Concorde Room London
British Airways First Class London to San Diego
When we arrived at VIE, we headed into the city using a fairly reasonably priced Vienna cab. Vienna is beautiful, exactly as I imagined it: lot’s of classical architecture, huge beautiful buildings, wide streets, big open spaces. The Hotel Altstadt was just a short distance from the big Ringstrasse (ring road), which surrounds Vienna’s historic district, which contains most of the museums, theaters/opera houses, palaces, etc.
The hotel’s lobby is actually on the second floor, so you enter into a sort of crazy hallway with stairs and an elevator. It has a red carpet and big chandeliers, making it look pretty classical, but then there’s the art on the walls…
We headed up to the lobby, checked in, and were handed real keys, after which we headed up to our room. We had reserved what was described as a “two bedroom apartment” for the okay price of about $200 a night, as it was the only room large enough to accommodate for people, per the hotel’s website. My first impressions of the room were good: very spacious, with plenty of windows. The furniture was pretty modern in style:
However, we soon realized a problem: the room did not have two bedrooms. There was a single additional bed in the living room, big enough for one person, but that was it. I’m not sure if this was false advertising or just some confusion on hotels.com, but either way we didn’t have enough beds for four people. We rang up the lobby and explained the situation, after which they brought up a second bed big enough for another person. Problem solved!
However, we also discovered that the internet was pretty bad (ney, unusable). This posed a problem, as my dad needed to do some work on this trip, work which required internet. When we inquired with the lobby about that, they offered to give us a wifi egg for free (for those of you not familiar, a wifi egg is a little device, shaped like an egg, which functions as its own wifi network). The staff was obviously interested in making the guests happy, and this friendly customer service was something we experienced throughout the trip.
The view from the room was also amazing:
Downstairs (on the same level as the lobby), was the hotel restaurant. The room we paid for included breakfast and afternoon tea, so we were down in the restaurant at least twice a day during our stay. The breakfast spread was mainly the same each day, though there were lots of different foods out there, so you were never bored. Meats, cheeses, fruits, pastries, bread, and hot dishes made to order made up most of the spread. For the afternoon tea, (as is obvious) tea was served, while cake, chocolates, and some fruit were also available. The cakes changed daily, and some of them were better than others. The restaurant/lounge area was very classical in terms of decor.
The hotel’s location is awesome as well. It was is super close to the historical sites in the city center, including the Imperial Palace…
The art history museum…
…and much more!
The hotel is close to lots of good food options. In addition to the hotel restaurant, you can find everything from pizza to wienerschnitzel within a short walk.
All things considered, the Hotel Altstadt is a super good option if you’re looking for a hotel in Vienna. The staff is friendly, the rooms are large and comfortable, the food is good, and the hotel is super conveniently located to a ton of historical sites. The rooms are pretty cheap (even if you’re travelling as a family of four trying to stay in one room, which in most European hotels can mean ridiculous prices), so this hotel is an awesome value if you’re visiting Vienna. I highly recommend it.