Pros

  • 4th-District location, in walking distance to some sites
  • Near trams stops and metro stations
  • Serviceable rooms with nods to Art Deco; some with sofa beds
  • Minibars, towel warmers, and flat-screen TVs are among the in-room perks
  • Atmospheric traditional "wirtschaft" restaurant/bar on-site
  • Free buffet breakfast with local cheeses, coffee, and sweets
  • Free hotel-wide Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room with space for 50 people
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Cons

  • Outside of the historic 1st District and its major sights
  • Rooms are comfy but a bit bland and old fashioned
  • Some potential for street noise
  • No AC or in-room tea/coffeemakers
  • No on-site parking
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Bottom Line

This classic, mid-range hotel -- one of five in Vienna privately owned by the Schick family -- offers comfortable accommodations in the city’s conveniently-located 4th District. Opened shortly before the outbreak of World War I, its 84 rooms have a modicum of 1900s charm; unfortunately, the amenities in them are a wee bit time-warped as well (all, for instance, come with minibars and flat-screen TVs, but air-conditioning and tea/coffee-making equipment are noticeably absent). In-house fitness facilities are also lacking, though the hotel does boast a traditional "wirtschaft" restaurant that is frequented by locals and guests alike. Travelers looking for a contemporary alternative with a more familiar brand name should consider the three-and-a-half-pearl Best Western Plus Amedia Wein property instead.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Internet
  • Pets Allowed

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Hotel Erzherzog Rainer

Scene

An early 1900s hotel with period-appropriate common areas

Built in 1913, Hotel Erherzog Rainer has both a heritage look and a warm vintage vibe. The six-story building’s creamy facade boasts classic lines that are echoed by the decor within. The reception area, for example, is notable for its marble and mirrors, while the lounge beyond is done up in mellow gold tones and dominated by a portrait of the Austrian archduke for whom the hotel was named. Antique-style seating in the latter provides a place for the guests -- an equal mix of business and leisure travelers -- to gather. While the decor does evoke a bygone era, it can also feel a bit too old fashioned to the point of being dated. And certain additions like an aquarium and a fish pond feel more like oddities than embellishments.

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Location

In the 4th District, within walking distance of public transport and some sights

Located in Vienna’s 4th District (aka Wieden), the hotel is slightly removed from the city’s historic heart but still in walking distance of some must-sees. The State Opera, the Belvedere’s two Baroque palaces and the Albertina Museum can all be reached on foot in 15 minutes or less; ditto for some lesser-known yet nonetheless memorable attractions, like the Naschmarkt (a famous food market that morphs into a flea market on Saturdays). The vibrant surrounding area -- being more youth-oriented than the 1st District -- is worth exploring. However, most sightseers will want to hit the city center, and they can hop a tram one minute from the hotel or access the metro in three. Karlsplatz (one of Vienna’s largest squares and busiest transport hubs) is also a mere 10 minutes away. If you’re driving instead of relying on public transit, paid private parking is available nearby.

  • Three-minute walk to Taubstummengasse U-Bahn Station
  • Eight-minute walk to the Naschmarkt 
  • 10-minute walk to Karlsplatz
  • 12-minute walk to the Vienna State Opera
  • 14-minute walk to the Belvedere
  • 15-minute walk to the Albertina Museum
  • 17-minute walk to the Kunsthistorisches Museum 
  • 18-minute walk to Vienna Main Station (Wien Hauptbahnhof)
  • Nine minutes to St. Stephen's Cathedral by public transport
  • 12 minutes to the Natural History Museum by public transport
  • 14 minutes to Hofburg Palace by public transport
  • 21-minute drive to Vienna International Airport (31 minutes via public transport)
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Rooms

Comfortable rooms that could use some updating in terms of decor and amenities

Options at Hotel Erzherzog Rainer range from little singles facing a back alley to queen-bedded doubles featuring large city-view windows, yet all are similarly equipped with fully stocked minibars, digital safes, electric fans (to help compensate for the lack of air-conditioning), flat-screen TVs tuned to satellite channels and free Wi-Fi; there’s also a pillow menu for extra comfort. Coordinated gold-tone curtains and carpets give them a unified look, especially when combined with brass accents; however, the ho-hum furnishings (typically Art Deco-ish built-ins) and the generic prints adorning the walls detract from the overall aesthetic. The bright-white tiled bathrooms -- some with showers, others with shower/tub combos -- are plain but practical and include welcome details like hairdryers, magnifying mirrors, towel warmers, and organic toiletries. Note that if you’re traveling as a group, some rooms come with sofa beds, and cots can be requested at extra charge. 

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Features

An old-school Viennese restaurant, lavish breakfast spread, and a meeting room

The hotel’s top feature is its "wirtschaft," a tavern-like type of restaurant that focuses on hearty, homey fare. The cozy one here offers a customary menu comprised of schnitzel, boiled beef, apple strudel and such, along with a drinks list that covers all the bases from Austrian wines and schnapps to draft beers. In summer, "schanigarten"-style sidewalk seating enhances the authentic feel. And the actual dining room/bar -- a bright space with exposed brick and rustic paneling that’s popular with both locals and visitors -- is equally inviting. Off the lobby you’ll find a more formal breakfast room where a high-quality buffet is laid out each morning at no charge (picture organic juices, free-range eggs, fresh-baked breads which you can top with locally sourced cheese, ham or honey, as well as a range of Viennese sweets and specialty coffees). The only caveat is that you’ll have to exercise any excess calories off elsewhere as the hotel has no fitness facilities; in fact, the only other common area is a formal meeting salon with room for up to 50 people. Additional on-site amenities include a 24-hour reception desk with multilingual staff; concierge and dry-cleaning laundry services; free newspapers and a free computer corner in the lobby plus free Wi-Fi throughout. 

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Oyster Hotel Review

Hotel Erzherzog Rainer

Scene

An early 1900s hotel with period-appropriate common areas

Built in 1913, Hotel Erherzog Rainer has both a heritage look and a warm vintage vibe. The six-story building’s creamy facade boasts classic lines that are echoed by the decor within. The reception area, for example, is notable for its marble and mirrors, while the lounge beyond is done up in mellow gold tones and dominated by a portrait of the Austrian archduke for whom the hotel was named. Antique-style seating in the latter provides a place for the guests -- an equal mix of business and leisure travelers -- to gather. While the decor does evoke a bygone era, it can also feel a bit too old fashioned to the point of being dated. And certain additions like an aquarium and a fish pond feel more like oddities than embellishments.

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Location

In the 4th District, within walking distance of public transport and some sights

Located in Vienna’s 4th District (aka Wieden), the hotel is slightly removed from the city’s historic heart but still in walking distance of some must-sees. The State Opera, the Belvedere’s two Baroque palaces and the Albertina Museum can all be reached on foot in 15 minutes or less; ditto for some lesser-known yet nonetheless memorable attractions, like the Naschmarkt (a famous food market that morphs into a flea market on Saturdays). The vibrant surrounding area -- being more youth-oriented than the 1st District -- is worth exploring. However, most sightseers will want to hit the city center, and they can hop a tram one minute from the hotel or access the metro in three. Karlsplatz (one of Vienna’s largest squares and busiest transport hubs) is also a mere 10 minutes away. If you’re driving instead of relying on public transit, paid private parking is available nearby.

  • Three-minute walk to Taubstummengasse U-Bahn Station
  • Eight-minute walk to the Naschmarkt 
  • 10-minute walk to Karlsplatz
  • 12-minute walk to the Vienna State Opera
  • 14-minute walk to the Belvedere
  • 15-minute walk to the Albertina Museum
  • 17-minute walk to the Kunsthistorisches Museum 
  • 18-minute walk to Vienna Main Station (Wien Hauptbahnhof)
  • Nine minutes to St. Stephen's Cathedral by public transport
  • 12 minutes to the Natural History Museum by public transport
  • 14 minutes to Hofburg Palace by public transport
  • 21-minute drive to Vienna International Airport (31 minutes via public transport)
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Rooms

Comfortable rooms that could use some updating in terms of decor and amenities

Options at Hotel Erzherzog Rainer range from little singles facing a back alley to queen-bedded doubles featuring large city-view windows, yet all are similarly equipped with fully stocked minibars, digital safes, electric fans (to help compensate for the lack of air-conditioning), flat-screen TVs tuned to satellite channels and free Wi-Fi; there’s also a pillow menu for extra comfort. Coordinated gold-tone curtains and carpets give them a unified look, especially when combined with brass accents; however, the ho-hum furnishings (typically Art Deco-ish built-ins) and the generic prints adorning the walls detract from the overall aesthetic. The bright-white tiled bathrooms -- some with showers, others with shower/tub combos -- are plain but practical and include welcome details like hairdryers, magnifying mirrors, towel warmers, and organic toiletries. Note that if you’re traveling as a group, some rooms come with sofa beds, and cots can be requested at extra charge. 

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Features

An old-school Viennese restaurant, lavish breakfast spread, and a meeting room

The hotel’s top feature is its "wirtschaft," a tavern-like type of restaurant that focuses on hearty, homey fare. The cozy one here offers a customary menu comprised of schnitzel, boiled beef, apple strudel and such, along with a drinks list that covers all the bases from Austrian wines and schnapps to draft beers. In summer, "schanigarten"-style sidewalk seating enhances the authentic feel. And the actual dining room/bar -- a bright space with exposed brick and rustic paneling that’s popular with both locals and visitors -- is equally inviting. Off the lobby you’ll find a more formal breakfast room where a high-quality buffet is laid out each morning at no charge (picture organic juices, free-range eggs, fresh-baked breads which you can top with locally sourced cheese, ham or honey, as well as a range of Viennese sweets and specialty coffees). The only caveat is that you’ll have to exercise any excess calories off elsewhere as the hotel has no fitness facilities; in fact, the only other common area is a formal meeting salon with room for up to 50 people. Additional on-site amenities include a 24-hour reception desk with multilingual staff; concierge and dry-cleaning laundry services; free newspapers and a free computer corner in the lobby plus free Wi-Fi throughout. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pets Allowed

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Room Service

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