Where to Stay in Vienna, Austria – 6 Best Areas (with Prices!)

Vienna is a fantastic city in Austria with a lot to offer, from culture to modern art. But there are so many areas, attractions and, most of all, districts in the city. So let me help you out with the top options where to stay in Vienna for your trip!

I loved Vienna, and want to go back for sure, but my brief visit gave me an honest perception of how the city was divided, so in case you are asking yourself what is the best neighborhood to stay in Vienna, I will help you out with this plus the nicest hotels to stay at, the main landmarks, and much more!

Many famous names lived in Vienna – from Beethoven to Mozart and Freud, just to name a few. In short, it should definitely be one of the top choices for your Europe bucket list

PRO TIP: As always, my main recommendation is to book accommodation in advance because all hotels with good reviews and great prices always get sold out fast!

UPDATE: Oh, and by the way, if you want to create the perfect itinerary for Vienna, you can check out my article on Things to do in Vienna!

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If you’re in a hurry…

The best area to stay in Vienna for first-time visitors is Innere Stadt, also called District 1. This is the heart and soul of Vienna andwhere all the most important attractions are located. So if you want to be in the center of the action, this is definitely the place for you!

 

Let me start by saying that Vienna is a very organized city with a population of about 1.9 million. The city is divided into 23 districts (called “bezirke”), starting from the city center as the 1st district and going clockwise.

Ok, but how can you choose the ideal one for you? Let me quickly go through the most notable areas and their purpose:

  • Where to stay in Vienna for luxury: Innere Stadt
  • Where to stay in Vienna for budget travelers: Landstrasse
  • Where to stay in Vienna for nightlife: Wieden
  • Where to stay in Vienna for families: Leopoldstadt

So, here we go – let’s find out everything you need to know about the top 6 Vienna districts! I have carefully chosen the best hotels for every type of budget, including 5-star hotels, middle-priced accommodations, or hostels.

1. Innere Stadt / Downtown (1st district) – Where to stay in Vienna for the first time

Are you traveling to Vienna for the first time? Then you should book a room in Innere Stadt; it’s definitely the best place to stay for you!

What is Vienna city center called? You can recognize it on the map and signs under the name of “Innere Stadt” which is the literal German word for inner-city, or 1st District. This is the main area around the historic central town where most of the important landmarks are.

Around the district of Innere Stadt you can find St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Albertina, Haus der Musik, Hofburg (the old Habsburg residence) and the Rathaus, among other famous local landmarks.

Because it’s the most popular area, hotels sell out very fast, and you’ll be better off booking your accommodation ahead of time. The more you wait, the less availability you’ll find, and higher the prices.

Ah, and by the way, you just have to taste the most famous Austrian dessert called “sacher torte” at Hotel Sacher Wien, even if you decide not to stay there!

FUN FACT: The entire Innere Stadt (1st District) is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Luxury (€240 and up)

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna – This 5-star hotel is one of the top boutique hotels in Vienna! You can use the largest indoor pool with underwater music, a fitness room, or the sauna and steam baths available. In case you’re wondering where to stay in Vienna, you’ll be a 5-minute walk away from St Stephen’s Cathedral!
  • Hotel Sacher Wien – The historic building of this hotel is equipped with elegant furniture, modern flat-screen TVs, and coffee-making facilities. This is a great place to stay if you want to be within walking distance to all the essential landmarks in the Inner City, and the train station to take a trip to Schönbrunn Palace, for example!
  • Palais Coburg Hotel Residenz – This is one of the best Vienna hotels with a majestic pool, a steam bath, and a spa area above the city’s roofs; imagine the view you get while relaxing! You can also enjoy the gym and a restaurant onsite. Definitely one of my top choices to be close to St. Stephen’s Cathedral!

Middle-priced (from €100 to €240)

  • Appartement-Hotel an der Riemergasse – This beautiful apart-hotel is located in one of the best corners of the city, near St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the English-style Stadtpark. Plus, public transport options (subway, bus, and tram stops) are within walking distance from this superb accommodation in the Inner City.
  • Hotel Am Parkring – If you’re wondering where to stay in Vienna for an excellent value, then this is the hotel. With stunning decor all over, a gourmet restaurant with views on Vienna, and other extras like a tablet in the room, you’re in for a treat!

Budget (up to €90)

  • Pension Dr. Geissler – This is a great place if you’re traveling on a very tight budget but still want to be in an excellent central location. With premium yet affordable rooms, a breakfast buffet, and free WiFi, it has everything you could ever ask from a hotel in Vienna!
  • CH-Hostel – This is a great place if you’re traveling on a very tight budget but still want to be in an excellent central location, only a few minutes walk from all the important attractions and landmarks in the 1st District! A top choice for a pleasant stay!

2. Leopoldstadt (2nd district) – Where to stay in Vienna With a Family

Let me tell you this fun fact right from the start: Leopoldstadt is actually an island near Vienna’s city center, across the Danube Canal!

Leopoldstadt is directly connected on the East to downtown Vienna and is on the Danube canal. It used to be a Jewish quarter and has been remodeled over the years to be more of a young creative’s magnet. You can now find many cool coffee shops and restaurants that have opened recently.

The most magnificent attractions in this district are the Danube River and the Prater theme park with its beautiful Ferris Wheel, a great destination to take the whole family!

Some other notable places to add to your itinerary around the area include Augarten (a beautiful park), Madame Tussaud’s Museum, and Karmelitermarkt market (only on Saturdays).

Here are the top hotels in Leopoldstadt that I have selected for you, all grouped by price range:

Luxury (€170 and up)

  • SO/ Vienna – This is one of the best luxury hotels in Vienna you could look for – it offers panoramic views, a gourmet restaurant, a gym, and even a free spa area. In short, one of the top choices in District Leopoldstadt, and it’s not far from the Danube Canal either. Art nouveau decor, anyone? Yes, sir!
  • House of Time – Fancy Suites – The building is from the 19th century and the guests can choose from different luxury suites. All the suites are air-conditioned, they have a flat-screen TV with Netflix, and incredible bathrooms. Plus, it’s close to a train station, so get ready to explore – maybe you want to see the Schönbrunn Palace?

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Middle-priced (from €100 to €170)

  • Hotel Stefanie – Hotel Stefanie is the oldest hotel in Vienna, but that didn’t stop being one of the top-rated, most excellent properties. They offer renovated voguish rooms and a courtyard garden. Also, enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, room service, and a 24-hour front desk! To sum up, it’s the best family-run hotel you could find!
  • Austria Classic Hotel Wien – All the rooms here are comfy and spacious, and each is uniquely decorated. The hotel offers a sauna, a gym, and free WiFi included. You’ll be within walking distance from a subway station so you can further explore Vienna! This is the best place if you want to save money on accommodation.

Budget (up to €100)

  • BASSENA Wien Messe Prater – Are you wondering where you can stay on a budget in Leopoldstadt? Here’s probably the top place to stay for you! This awesome place is not far from the Danube Canal and all the important highlights in this district, which is a great plus. Get ready for a top-budget stay in Vienna, not far from the city center!
  • Motel One Wien-Prater – This hotel offers one of the best values for money in the whole of Vienna. It is everything you’ll ever need, from free WiFi to free breakfast. The location is also pretty good, near the canal and not far from District 1!

3. Landstrasse (3rd district) – Best Area to Stay in Vienna on a Budget

Even though it’s not the city center, Landstrasse is still an excellent area to stay in Vienna, and it’s my top recommendation for people traveling on a budget!

Landstrasse is nestled between Leopoldstadt and the Innere Stadt and its strategic location make it one of the best places to stay in Vienna.

You can stay in Landstrasse to be close to the lovely Schloss Belvedere (also known as Belvedere Palace and Gardens), the Hundertwasserhaus, and the impressive Palais des Beaux Arts.

You might also want to be around the neighborhood if you’re interested in going to the Strandbar Herrmann right next to the canal for a calm, waterside meeting spot. This neighborhood is also home to the Austrian Gallery (yup, Vienna has plenty of art galleries!) and Kunst Haus Wien!

BONUS: In case you are wondering what the best hotels in Vienna near Ernst Happel Stadium are, Landstrasse is your best option, being the closest area to the stadium.

In terms of accommodation, Landstrasse has everything you might need; here are the best options for you:

Luxury (€150 and up)

  • Hotel Am Konzerthaus Vienna – MGallery – This unique 5-star hotel offers its guests a gym, concierge and porter services, and a Michelin-rated restaurant. All the rooms are decorated fashionably simple with modern details. Plus, if you love art, know that you’ll have quite some art galleries within walking distance!
  • HiLight Suites Hotel – If you’re into suites, then this hotel is exactly what you need, as all their room types are! All stylish rooms have wooden floors with clean interior and a great 40-inch flat-screen TV, and extra-long beds. Plus, the staff is super helpful, and they have a sauna!

Middle-priced (from €100 to €150)

  • Hotel Spiess & Spiess – The best feature of this hotel is probably their rooms, air-conditioned and with underfloor heating, but most importantly, elegant and allergy-free, certified by the European Center of Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF). Plus, this accommodation has easy access to plenty of public transport options!
  • Eurostars Embassy – This lovely hotel has a 24-hour front desk is for early and late check-ins but also where you can get tickets and tours to go around the city. For your comfort, each room has a work desk, a safe, a flat-screen TV, and an air-conditioning system.

Budget (up to €100)

  • Rioca Vienna Posto 2 – Are you traveling to Vienna on a budget, and you have your heart set on Landstrasse? This fabulous hotel has some unbeatable rates while offering everything you need – a bar, a shared lounge, rooms with a kitchenette, and even a seating area. Enjoy the free WiFi, a desk, and everything in-between.
  • Best Western Plus Amedia Wien – This modern hotel is right in the business area, but you won’t even feel it. Every room has adjustable air-conditioning, soundproofing, a flat-screen satellite TV with international channels, AND…free phone calls to 24 countries! The amenities include a sauna, a steam bath, and free WiFi everywhere.

4. Wieden (4th district) – Where to Stay in Vienna for Nightlife

Are you a night owl looking to dance the night away? Then Wieden, which is rich in pubs, bars, and clubs, has to be the right place for you!

Located on the southern part of the old city, Weiden is an exciting neighborhood where you’ll find many fashion boutiques, charming bookshops, and even vintage furniture! Because of the big student community near the area, there are many pubs and restaurants where you can go to enjoy a laid-back atmosphere in the city!

One of the main things that make Wieden one of the top places to stay in Vienna is that it’s located close to Innere Stadt, the heart of the city.

If you’re wondering about the most important sights in this area, please find out that this district is also home to Karls Church (St. Charles Church) and Naschmarkt (a massive and cool flea market), so make sure to add them to your list!

Here are the best accommodation options in Wieden

Luxury (€180 and up)

  • Hotel Kaiserhof Wien – This is a traditional style hotel that offers all air-conditioned rooms, with a flat-screen satellite TV and a multimedia docking station. You can use the spa area with a sauna, a steam bath, and the gym as part of the hotel facilities. There is also a hairdryer and a make-up mirror in all the bathrooms.
  • Das Triest Hotel – Here is your future favorite 5-star hotel in Vienna with beautiful and authentic rooms, a private garden, a wellness area, and a perfect location close to everything! The rooms were designed by the architect Terence Conran and feature a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, and some of them even the view on the private garden!

Middle-priced (from €100 to €180)

  • Hotel Erzherzog Rainer – If you’re looking for a reasonably-priced hotel with premium features, this is the one. The individually designed rooms of the hotel have air conditioning, a TV with free Sky channels, and a minibar. The hotel offers a delicious onsite restaurant, room service, and a strategic position near cafés, boutiques, and landmarks.
  • Saint SHERMIN Bed Breakfast & Champagne – This family-run hotel is a fantastic selection from central Vienna hotels that comes with spacious rooms and elegant decor. It’s within walking distance from the subway station, the State Opera, and downtown. Get ready for an excellent stay in Vienna!

Budget (up to €100)

  • Wombat’s The City Hostel Vienna Naschmarkt – One of the most strategic and fun budget accommodations around. There’s a shared lounge where you can meet other travelers. Inside the historic facade, you can find a modern-styled hostel, and it also has an onsite happy hour and nightclub, mostly limited to guests.
  • Do Step Inn Central – It is one of the best cheap hostels in Vienna, I stayed here and can definitely recommend it to anyone traveling alone or thinking of backpacking. It has a shared lobby-kitchen area and most rooms are shared for at least six people. Each bed is closed up like a safe so your objects are safe!

5. Mariahilf (6th district) – Where to stay in Vienna to live like a local

Wondering where to stay in Vienna so you can live like a local? Marihilf is your answer!

Mariahilf was named a district back in the 1800s, and its greatness lies in being a relaxed area located slightly far from the touristy movement. What I love about Mariahilf is the fact that it’s located near Wieden, Neubau, and the city center which allows you to roam around very easily.

You can find many cute restaurants, thrift stores, and nice cafés here that will not be overcrowded.

So if you’re looking for a more laid-back atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist crowds, then Mariahilf is the place to be!

Some of the highlights of this district include Mariahilfer Strasse, shopping heaven where you will find anything your heart desires! The Foltermuseum Wien and the Aqua Terra Zoo are also in the area!

Plus, this district is very well connected to the rest of the city via public transportation, so you can easily reach the center if you’d like to. Scroll down to find my hand-picked hotel recommendations:

Luxury (€150 and up)

  • Boutiquehotel Das Tyrol – This gorgeous hotel has “luxury” visible in every room, on every door, and as part of every detail! The interior design was made by famous local designers like Wittman and Thonet, and they also include a Nespresso tea and coffee maker. Staying here means you won’t be far from the renowned shopping street either!
  • Hotel Beethoven Wien – The hotel is on a quiet street close to the Naschmarkt Open-Air Market and Mariahilfer Shopping Street as well. It is an elegant 5-floor building built back in 1902 in a Neo-Renaissance style. Add to this having a classical concert for guests on the weekends at 6 PM including a FREE glass of champagne.

Middle-priced (from €110 to €170)

  • Hotel Beethoven Wien – The hotel is on a quiet street close to the Naschmarkt Open-Air Market and Mariahilfer Shopping Street as well. It is an elegant 5-floor building built back in 1902 in a Neo-Renaissance style. Add to this having a classical concert for guests on the weekends at 6 PM including a FREE glass of champagne.
  • Austria Trend Hotel Anatol Wien – This hotel is located in a quiet location but still very close to the main shopping street around. It offers a modern design in their classic and executive rooms, which are all very comfortable and spacious, and include air-conditioning and an electronic safe that even has a charging plug for your laptop.

Budget (up to €110)

  • Pension Mozart – Are you looking for cheap hotels in Vienna? You just found a great one! This nice, cozy family-owned boutique hotel offers great deals and modern, fully-equipped rooms. You’ll find a kitchenette, an electric kettle, a flat-screen TV, and, lastly, the location is excellent, near the heart of the city.
  • Leonardo Hotel Vienna – Located further away from the city center, this hotel has the best prices with modern, spacious rooms and great amenities. You’ll be able to enjoy the gym and the nicely decorated bar. Only 100m away you have a shopping street, and you can reach the city center in only 5 minutes by subway. What else could you need!

6. Neubau (7th district) – The Museum District of Vienna

If you’re looking for one of the most underrated areas to stay in Vienna, then you should check out Neubau!

The 7th district, also called Neubau, is home to the Museums Quarter and many modern cafes, bars, restaurants, and yummy bakeries! The vibe is fresh, welcoming, and less touristy than the first 5 Vienna districts I recommend.

Are you looking for one of the most incredible museums in Vienna? You should check out MUMOK if you love modern and contemporary art; it’s located in this exact area!

After you go see the museum, you can spend your days here going by some small organic markets or visiting the big cultural complex filled with museums, flea markets, and galleries! Neubau comes to life during the night thanks to the numerous bars and pubs that offer endless fun.

If you feel like this is the right area to stay for you, here is my selection of hotels in Neubau:

Luxury (€140 and up)

  • Hotel Schani Salon – This 4-star hotel is a great spot for visitors interested in museums and culture because of its proximity. The property is well decorated, with a modern and young vibe, and all the rooms have air-conditioning and a coffee maker. Although it is located on the main shopping street, the hotel is very quiet.
  • 25hours Hotel beim MuseumsQuartier – The hotel, while being surrounded by many museums, has a rooftop bar where you can get a panoramic view of the city. Each room has a unique design, having vintage and modern furniture mixed with a circus theme. All the rooms have free WiFi and a flat-screen TV.

Middle-priced (from €100 to €140)

  • NH Collection Wien Zentrum – The hotel offers big and modern rooms between 30 and 50m2 in size. There is a spa area with a sauna, a relaxation room, and a small gym among their shared facilities. All the rooms come with a rain shower in the bathroom and free WiFi.
  • Ruby Marie Hotel Vienna – This hotel offers a free guitar rental on site for any guests interested and can also share their online playlist. Their rooms have luxurious spring mattresses for you to have the best rest, and there is a modern sound system with Marshall Amplifiers to use.

Budget (up to €100)

  • Flemings Conference Hotel Wien – This affordable 4-star hotel is your gateway to a happy stay in Vienna. All the rooms have a minibar, a safe, are simply yet nicely decorated, and offer stunning views over the city. Apart from that, the breakfast buffet is incredible, and the location allows easy roaming around the museum district!
  • Pension Pharmador – This cute and charming 3-star bed and breakfast is another great choice for all those of you searching for budget-friendly accommodation. This one offers free WiFi, free private parking, and a great location near public transport!
👑 Luxury price: €200
💵 Mid Range: €120
🛏️ Budget: €90
🏠 Appartments: €100
💰 Accommodation prices: High
📍 Best neighborhood: Innere Stadt – District 1
🛎️ Best luxury hotel: Hotel Sacher Wien
💵 Mid-range hotel: Hotel Am Parkring
👛 Best budget hotel: BASSENA Wien Messe Prater

BONUS 1 – Where to Stay in Vienna for Families

Are you wondering which hotels in Vienna are good for families? I am here to help with all the questions you might have!

For starters, you could consider Innere Stadt as a very good option (#1 in my list of recommended neighborhoods)! This is the absolute city center, also known as the 1st district, because it is close to most of the local historical sights and attractions.

The main benefit of staying here is that it requires less walking than the rest of the areas, which is a great plus when traveling with small children. Of course, I also recommend Leopoldstadt (2nd district) as being an ideal place if you’re wondering where to stay in Vienna with a family!

Now, let me share some great accommodation options for families that can host more than two people:

  • (Luxury) Park Hyatt Vienna – This hotel in Vienna, Austria, offers an indoor swimming pool, an in-house spa center, a wellness center, and all the rooms are air-conditioned. The elegance of the accommodation is seen in their elegant furniture and modern appliances matched with a characteristic Viennese décor throughout the property.
  • (Middle-priced) Arthotel ANA Amadeus – It is a great accommodation option for two travelers right in the center of Vienna. The elegant rooms come with an electric kettle and a selection of different teas. A computer near the front desk is available for all guests if needed.
  • (Budget) Hotel Caroline – This accommodation has everything a family could want from spacious rooms to public transport nearby to get to the city center. All the rooms have a minibar, cable TV, and free WiFi. Also, all have a classic but nice decoration, giving you a feeling of being at home; book your room today, they sell out fast!

BONUS 2 – Best Hotels near Vienna Airport

Let’s take a look at the following situations: you have a flight transfer, an early flight that you don’t want to miss, or maybe you arrive so late at night you would rather skip getting to the city to find your hotel. In all cases, booking a hotel near the airport should be your answer to where to stay in Vienna.

Vienna International Airport (VIE) is located around 24 km from the city center, which means around half an hour by car, and these are the best hotels around:

  • (Luxury) NH Vienna Airport Conference Center – The airport is located less than 200 m from this great luxury hotel, so no more than a 5-minute walk, literally right across from the arrivals hall! Among the facilities, they have a spa area with a sauna, a steam bath, AND a fitness room!
  • (Middle-priced) Das Reinisch Business Hotel – This middle-priced hotel is located only a couple of miles from the airport and even offers a shuttle service if you need it. Apart from having lovely staff, you will also discover their fitness center for all guests, a sauna, and a breakfast buffet before taking your flight.
  • (Budget) InStyle Residences Vienna Airport – This budget accommodation has many modern and different sized apartments for the guests’ requests. They all have a bedroom, a living room with a sofa bed, a fully equipped kitchen, and a complete bathroom. It has a sun terrace and a patio with outdoor furniture to relax.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hotels in Vienna

📅 How Long Should You Stay in Vienna?

You can never run out of things to do when traveling to Vienna. But, if you want to scratch the surface as well as discover some hidden gems on the way, you’ll want to stay three full days.

❗ What to Avoid in Vienna?

Vienna is a safe place for both locals and travelers. That said, if there was one place to avoid, it would be the 10th District – Favoriten. Don’t mistake its name with its reputation; according to police reports, it’s the neighborhood with the highest crime rate.

📍 Where is the Vienna Downtown Area?

The downtown area in Vienna is where Stephansplatz and St. Stephen’s Cathedral are, in the Innere Stadt, 1st District. Here, you’ll find many souvenir shops, churches, restaurants, and bars. I recommend The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna for premium feelings, and Hotel Am Parkring for an affordable stay.

💃🏻 Where to Stay in Vienna for Nightlife?

There are bars in pretty much all the neighborhoods. However, the one that deserves more credit is Wieden, with many pubs, cafés, restaurants open late, and fine dining options. Das Triest Hotel is my luxury pick and Hotel Erzherzog Rainer is the best value for money.

👪 Where to Stay in Vienna with Kids?

All of Vienna is suitable for kids, but my pick would be Landstrasse. It’s near the main attractions, there are many apartments and several subway stations. Make sure to book the mid-range Eurostars Embassy or the luxurious Hotel Am Konzerthaus Vienna before they sell out!


Conclusion

Vienna is such a unique, historical, and culturally diverse city! In this guide, I simplified your neighborhood options to a top of 6 best choices!

If you need some extra motivation on why it would be worth it to go on this trip, I suggest looking at my article on the best things to do in Vienna!

I hope my post helped you decide on the best neighborhood for you and the perfect accommodation as well. Vienna is a beautiful yet very crowded city all year round so I recommend you book your hotel as soon as possible to secure your room.

If you still can’t decide, my personal favorite hotels in Vienna are:

  • Hotel Sacher Wien – traditional elegance in a 5 star hotel with a delicious onsite restaurant
  • Hotel Am Parkring – a beautifully decorated mid-range hotel in a central location

As always, if you have any questions or recommendations, please leave them below in the comments.

I hope you will enjoy your stay in Vienna! Have fun!

Mariana

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