Vienna, Austria

Altstadt Vienna

Rates from (ex tax)$134.55

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR129.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Viennese masterpiece

Setting

Stylish Spittelberg

A modern Austrian masterpiece, Altstadt Vienna hotel houses hundreds of pieces of contemporary local art in a grand historic residence. Surrounded by galleries in hip, art-centric Spittelberg, the hotel itself has 45 rooms and suites each uniquely decorated by area tastemakers to reflect the neighbourhood and the building’s rich history. The hotel houses more than 300 works of art, including a suite dedicated to musicians with a grand piano for original compositions. Set a short walk from the city’s cultural centre, Altstadt offers inspiration at every turn.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

45, including 15 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $134.55 (€114), excluding tax at 13 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR129.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include buffet breakfast and afternoon tea.

Also

The house art collection includes more than 300 works, primarily by Austrian artists, and exhibitions are regularly hosted on the ground floor. Art manager Saskia Wiesenthal offers tours to interested guests.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, valet parking. In rooms: Flatscreen TV, Malin + Goetz bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each room is different and special, but the Otto Suite and Garden Suite each have a private roof terrace overlooking Vienna’s west side. The Bösendorfer Suite is ideal for musicians, thanks to its original grand piano and serenity – ideal for composing.

Packing tips

No need to load up on reading material: staff have a full library of interesting tomes for travellers.

Also

There is no fitness centre or spa on the premises, but the staff can arrange for personal-training sessions near the hotel and in-room treatments.

Pet‐friendly

Pets weighing under five kilogrammes are welcome for €15 a night in the Classic Double Rooms. Pets are allowed in the public areas, excepting the breakfast room. See more pet-friendly hotels in Vienna.

Children

All ages welcome, though the space is not the most pram-friendly. Cribs and cots are available on request.

Eco‐friendly

A model of green living, the hotel was the first in Vienna to receive the Austrian Eco Seal for sustainability. Recycling is encouraged, plants are tended with recycled water, and food is composted. The hotel serves organic, local food — including coffee roasted across the street — in reusable pottery. The bath and cleaning products are green.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Lisa’s Salon has comfortable chairs and sofas, as well as an open fireplace for cooler days.

Dress Code

Bring bright colours to match the boldly artistic setting.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no dedicated restaurant, but a free buffet breakfast is available in the hotel’s various salons – guests can choose depending on their preference for sofas or tables. Later in the day, a small bar menu is available in the lounge, and an all-day tea buffet offers a variety of brews with afternoon cake.

Hotel bar

The Bar at the Red Salon specialises in local wine and spirits, including Viennese wine, with typical Austrian cheese, sausages and other snacks.

Last orders

Breakfast is served Monday to Friday, from 6:30am to 11am and 7am to 11:30am on weekends and holidays. Tea is served from 6am to 6pm, with cakes from 4pm to 6pm. The bar serves from noon to midnight.

Location

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Address
Altstadt Vienna
Kirchengasse 41
Wien
1070
Wien
Austria

Planes

Vienna International Airport is 22 kilometres from the hotel (a 30-minute drive). Call our Smith24 team to arrange flights and airport transfers for €40.

Trains

Wien Hauptbahnhof, four kilometres away, is a major continental hub, and offers service to Salzburg, Innsbruck and elsewhere in the country. The CAT (City Airport Train) offers a 16-minute trip into the city for €11.

Automobiles

The hotel offers valet parking Monday to Friday, from 8am to 5pm, for €10 a transfer. The secured garage nearby charges €25 a night.

Worth getting out of bed for

The Altstadt is perfectly positioned for a tour of Austria’s best art. After a leisurely breakfast in the triple-storey salon, linger to look at the hotels’ extraordinary contemporary collection, then set off for the nearby MuseumsQuartier, a five-minute walk from the hotel. The eighth-largest cultural area in the world, the 60,000-square-metre complex holds the Leopold Museum — home to exceptional works by Gustav Klimt — as well as modern destination MUMOK, kid-friendly Zoom Kindermuseum and several other art institutions. Across the way, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and Museum of Natural History ensure a full day of cultural immersion. Around the corner from the hotel, Mariahilfer Strasse is Vienna’s longest shopping street, with large-scale department stores and cool boutiques.

Local restaurants

Take a table in the garden at Glacis Beisl, a renovated mid-century bistro around the corner from the hotel on Museumsplatz. With diners as chic as the setting, the restaurant serves contemporary twists on classic Austrian fare. Within beautiful Stadtpark, Restaurant Steirereck is one of the city’s best restaurants, with elegant takes on classic Viennese dishes ideally paired with one of the 30,000-plus bottles from the wine cellar. Take a break from Austrian fare at Fabios in the centre of the city, where locals dig into Italian dishes at sidewalk tables primed for people-watching.

Local cafés

Austrian cafés, or kaffeehäuser, are ideal for lingering between tourist sites, and the espresso is especially fortifying. Café Central on Herrengasse is a destination on its own, with soaring chandelier-strung ceilings and a standard-setting sachertorte (back in the day, Sigmund Freud and Leon Trotsky fueled up here). Settle into red velvet booths at Café Sperl on Gumpendorfer Strasse for a retro setting with strong, possibly spiked coffee. Move over, Italian gelato and French glace: Veganista around the corner on Neustiftgasse scoops all-vegan frozen desserts in flavours like lavender, poppyseed and matcha.

Reviews

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Susanna Hislop

Anonymous review

A bearded, urban mountaineer is talking excitedly at Mr Smith in the airport gents. It wasn’t a long flight to Vienna, but the rugged Austrian is drinking copiously from the tap as if he has just trekked here from Innsbruck. Mr Smith (also dressed in unnecessarily hardy outdoor wear) explains that he can’t speak German. 'Ah…’ the lumber-sexual smiles, gesticulating to the tap, ‘Austrian tap water – the best in the world!’

Sure enough, when we open the door to our suite in Hotel Altstadt 45 minutes later, what should be sitting on the exquisite marble-and-teak occasional table but a decanter and two gold-rimmed glasses, alongside a printed exhortation from the management to: ‘Fill up your source of life.’ ‘We love tap,’ it says. ‘Drink Viennese water and enjoy the energy of the Alpine springs.’ (Was this what the novelist Stefan Zweig meant when he said that the city had ‘sperm in the air’?) Shoving Mr Smith and any unaesthetic travelling debris into the cupboard in our exuberantly wallpapered entrance hall, I drape myself onto the cream chaise longue with a glass of this elixir.

Named after the Jewish-Austrian architect and designer who fled Vienna in the 1930s, the Josef Frank suite is the latest addition to Hotel Altstadt. Created in 2016 by Svenskt Tenn – the Stockholm design firm Frank helped make so iconic – it showcases the colourful style of the father of Swedish modernism. Mid-century furniture and modernist lamps clad in Frank’s wildly florid textiles are wittily juxtaposed with the grand ceilings and high windows of this turn-of-the-century town house, originally an Austro-Hungarian industrialist’s palais.

Mr Smith creeps out of the cupboard to find me Googling Svenskt Tenn lampshades – dangerously, you can buy most of our suite on their website – and whisks me out for pre-opera apéritifs. Shortly, we are crammed into the epicurean warmth of what is best described as a cheese, ham and wine womb talking to a middle-aged couple about Brexit. They’re astonished to find two Brits sardined amid the handful of locals catching up over cured meat. But thanks to Hotel Altstadt’s insider guide, here we are in Urbanek, a tiny speciality stall in the Naschmarkt, enjoying truly echt ‘Wiener Schmäh' (Viennese banter).

Walking home through the city’s formidable architecture, we feel we’re in Vienna a hundred years before. And, as we climb up Hotel Altstadt’s grand staircase to bed, we feel more like residents than tourists. This likely has less to do with the ghosts of old Wien, than with owner Otto E. Wiesenthal’s commitment to ‘the art of hospitality’. A travel-weary former businessman, he wanted to create a sense of home from home in his hotel, and it does exactly that: throughout our stay I am oblivious to any other guests and float across its parquet floors with patrician propriety.

Waking up the next morning from the kind of sleep you dream of, I pad across a mock animal-hide rug (Frank’s playful finger-up to game hunters) to the retro coffee machine to pour the grunting Mr Smith an espresso. I draw the curtains and, as if by magic, the whole city is covered in snow. Coming to Vienna in late December at the height of advent, we had anticipated the glitter and glühwein of Christkindlmarkts, but this feels like we've won the yuletide jackpot. We rush to breakfast as giddy as children on Christmas morning.

Breakfast doesn’t disappoint. Served in a series of grand rooms decorated in Altstadt style – Ringstrasse Vienna with a modern and playful sensibility – it is a smorgasbord worthy of the name. It’s not that there’s an excessive spread, it’s that everything is just right: granola that likely came from an Alpine health farm; superior stollen that wonderfully has not. We plump for a table by the 10-foot Christmas tree, our festive-season harangued immune systems revived by an organic vitamin-juice shot before we order the day’s eggs.

Finally managing to step full-bellied into the frozen air, we stomp through five minutes of snow to the Museumsquartier, occasionally nipping into the shops of Boboville, Hotel Altstadt’s arty environs. After a day imagining ourselves in the world of Klimt, Schiele, Wittgenstein and Schoenberg, we slip into Freud’s favourite hangout to analyse our plans. We realise it’s the 19th December and most restaurants are fully booked. Mr Smith has dangerously low blood-sugar levels, so I order him one of Café Landtmann’s famous Mozart cakes and ring the hotel. Five minutes later, they confirm our reservation.

And so, we find ourselves sitting amid the Doric columns of Emperor Francis Joseph I’s private coach entrance to the 19th-century Burgtheater. This is Vestibül: Christian Domschitz’s modern-Viennese restaurant. And thanks to the hotel’s superior staff, we’re sat in its historic marbled interior, pairing the exquisite tasting menu with Austrian wines.

Just as we’re planning to move to Vienna while we’re still in the EU, somehow it’s nearly time to leave. After a walk through the mist to The Third Man’s iconic Ferris wheel, we enjoy our last moments by the hotel’s fireplace, eating home-made cake. We may not speak fluent German, but we’ve picked up one word describing Vienna’s satiated, cosy pleasure. Forget hygge, it’s all about gemütlichkeit. And Hotel Altstadt has it in strudels.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Altstadt Vienna’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Good rooms, quite stylish, good drinks at the bar and good breakfast.

Don’t expect

Feather duvets – theirs are synthetic and far too hot.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Sep 2017

We loved

Breakfast: exceptional (one of the best we've had in a hotel). Great variety, lots of bio options, juice shot of the day, eggs or pancakes of the day and extremely swift service. Location: perfect; 10min by foot from City center and 5min from the Museum's quartier and the KHM museum. Service: efficient and very friendly. Upon arrival we were given lots of information, including a map and a booklet full of tips. Room: very comfy bed and pillows. Tea time: nothing better than a cup of tea with a home made cake by the fire place on a cold day. Very pleasant atmosphere in the lounge. We had a Wiener Schnitzel at a recommended local restaurant called Wiener and it was perfect.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Feb 2017

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