The Guesthouse Vienna

Vienna, Austria Book from Book from £164 per night

Calm elegance meets functional, contemporary design in the heart of the Austrian capital
Don’t be fooled by its humble past: the collaborative magic of architect Arkan Zeytinoglu and Sir Terence Conran has transformed this former youth hostel into a sleek, comfy and extraordinarily well-thought-through boutique hotel. Located on Albertinaplatz in the prestigious 1st district, Vienna’s old town, The Guesthouse has a plum location, surrounded by great restaurants, bars and coffeehouses. Hofburg Palace, the Opera House and Vienna’s main shopping areas are just around the corner.

In the 39 guest rooms, a clean aesthetic and high-end design includes furniture by Austrian manufacturer Wittmann, offset by Wolfang Zac’s edgy urban street photography. Book a Deluxe Room for breathtaking views of the city and cushioned window nooks to sit and gaze. Downstairs, the lively restaurant Brasserie & Bakery spills onto the pavement in the summer, as locals (and their coiffed pooches) watch the world and horse-drawn carriages go by. A fresh, contemporary spin on this romantic imperial city.

Highs

  • A perfect location in Vienna’s old town
  • Bright, spacious rooms that feel more like private apartments
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks in your minibar (yep, you read that correctly!)
  • Handmade organic soaps by Lederhaas and Molton Brown toiletries
  • Imaginative breakfasts and high-end Austrian classics in the hugely popular restaurant

Lows

  • No pool, gym or spa
  • All beds are doubles
  • The funky photography is a bit Marmite and won't appeal to everyone
  • The area can feel too touristy for some
  • Note, rates don't include breakfast

Best time to go

Vienna is great year-round, but late spring and early autumn are ideal. The Vienna Festival runs from May to June, and you should be prepared for huge crowds in the summer months. For a fairytale winter experience, go in December for the Christmas markets: sipping hot mulled wine in the falling snow, listening to Christmas carols by candlelight, and being enveloped in the scent of cinnamon and roasted chestnuts is truly magical.

Our top tips

If you experience acute culture overload, explore Vienna's cooler side. A bit of eclectic vintage shopping and mean cocktails at super-trendy Burggasse 24 will hit the spot.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Foodie
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 39
  • Restaurant & bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Superior Courtyard Room

Rooms

The 39 minimalist and ultra-functional rooms are reminiscent of a cool city apartment. We particularly liked the living room areas, with wooden floors, geometric rugs and Wittmann sofas. The reading chair with pouffe, and the absence of any work desk, made it feel like home, as did the impressively well-stocked bar fridge and espresso machine. All drinks except spirits and sparkling wines are free of charge.

Superior Courtyard Rooms overlook the inner courtyard, while the larger, airier Deluxe Rooms have views towards the Opera House and cushioned nooks nestled in the huge bay windows: perfect to relax in with a coffee and a book from the in-room selection. Top of the tree are the Duplex Suites, stunning split-level rooms looking onto the historic city centre.

Bathrooms are white marble-style affairs with rainforest showers (some have bathtubs, too). All come with bathrobes and fabulous toiletries by Molton Brown and local soap manufacturer Lederhaas.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The contemporary in-house restaurant Brasserie & Bakery, with its leather booths and modern hanging lights, serves a delicious selection of Austrian classics (Wiener Schnitzel, dumplings), alongside more exotic dishes such as ceviche of Arctic char, and mozzarella-tomato sausages. Note, menus change seasonally.

Breakfast is served all day and its à la carte menu is equally extensive and impressive: oysters with champagne, truffled scrambled eggs, trout caviar, marinated avocado with hemp seed and cress, homemade granola with dates, quark with fresh herbs... the list goes on. We loved the huge variety of oven-warm breads and pastries from the hotel’s own bakery, and the cakes looked divine.

There's room service 24/7, and the hotel is surrounded by many eateries, bars and coffeehouses that are open until late, so guests are pretty spoilt for choice.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity: Falkmar Ameringer

Activities

  • For an immediate culture fix, just step outside! Most of Vienna’s historic highlights are a stroll away: the Albertina Museum, Vienna State Opera, Hofburg, St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Spanish Riding School.
  • Further afield, don’t miss the giant Ferris wheel in the Prater, the Baroque Belvedere (home to the world's biggest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings), and, of course, the breathtaking Schönbrunn Palace
  • Have your cake and it eat it, too! Coffeehouses, coffeehouses, and more coffeehouses: no Vienna trip is complete without a full-on sugar-rush indulgence. Palatschinken, Kaiserschmarrn, Germknödel, Buchteln, Sachertorte are the delicious treats to try
  • More famous composers have lived here than in any other city, including Mozart, Beethoven and Schönberg. There are hundreds of live musical performances every day, including stunning chamber music in old churches; keep your eyes peeled for signs
  • Visit fabulous food markets: Naschmarkt with its countless exotic stalls is hugely popular with locals and visitors. We also loved also the relaxed vibe of small Karmelitermarkt, on a pretty square in Vienna’s former Jewish quarter
  • In summer, rent a quirky boat to float down the Old Danube - choose from a 'sofa boat' or 'island boat', and food and drinks can be delivered to you
  • Burggarten, one of Vienna's most beautiful parks, is just across the street from the hotel

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Well being

Kids

Although the hotel feels best suited to grown-ups, children are welcome and stay for free up to the age of 12. There's a kids menu in the restaurant and food is served all day. Vienna itself is extremely family friendly, see below.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

All rooms can fit a baby cot, and bigger rooms can fit an extra bed (Deluxe upwards).

Babysitting:

On request

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Kids menu in the restaurant. Food served all day

Kids Activities on site:

  • Colouring books and pencils in the restaurant
  • Kids books/toys
  • Small bathrobes and bespoke kids toiletries

Kids Activities nearby:

  • The Vienna Ring Tram ride
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides through the city centre
  • Themed boat rides for families, with entertainment for kids so parents can enjoy the views of Vienna
  • Segway tours around the Ringstraße and through the Old City
  • Guided city walks
  • Bus tours and hop-on-hop-off tours
  • The ZOOM Children's Museum
  • The House of Music museum with giant instruments, computers and state-of-the-art electronics. Conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and discover what a baby can hear from its mummy's tummy
  • A 1,000-square-metre bouncy castle adventure world
  • Monki Park has a high-rope climbing garden and jungle trampoline

Families Should Know:

The hotel is situated in a calm side street regulated as a 'meeting zone, so cars are only allowed to drive at walking speed

Distances:

  • Airport: 21km (Vienna)
  • Shops: 0.2km
  • Hospital: 2.5km
Kid Friendly:

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