Beautiful hotels have always fascinated me – from the grand, big hotel chains down to the little, local hotels. When I was looking for a place to stay in Vienna, knowing I’d be flying in earlier than my Contiki tour would start, it took me a while to decide, due to the amount of spectacular hotels in the city. After reading countless reviews about different hotels, I decided on Hotel Am Stephansplatz, which had stellar reviews.
As I finally arrived in the capital of Austria, after nearly thirty hours of flying from one country to another – being in four countries within that time span – I was excited to see my hotel. From the airport, I took the bus to Morzinplatz/Schwedenplatz for only 9 Euros (and it runs 24 hours a day), instead of taking the cab, which would have cost triple. Note: There’s also an option to take the train, then the underground (there is a metro stop right in front of the hotel/Stephansdom), but what I loved about taking the bus is driving through beautiful Vienna and falling in love with it at first sight.Upon the drop off point, it’s quite a hike up to the hotel, but it’ll be hard to get lost. You can ask anyone around where Stephasdom/St. Stephen’s Cathedral is and they’ll point you in the direction. After about a 10-15 minute walk up the road, having to drag my 28kg luggage, I arrived right across the Stephansdom, which is known as the heart of Vienna. And there it was, this beautiful little hotel – Hotel Am Stephansplatz.
As I entered the lobby, I was very pleased with my choice of accommodation – this time being one of the little, local hotels. The lobby is simple and quaint, and check-in was rather quick.
When I entered my room, I was impressed! Being in a hotel in the middle of Vienna, I was expecting a tiny room, but I had more than enough space to move around – for European standards, that is. The room was well-equipped, the ambiance – perfect, and it was just comfortable beyond words. From my room, I could peek through the window and see Stephansdom, but if you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can request that you get a room situated right across it!
Toilet and Bath
The toilet & bath was a delight too; provided with a complete set of toiletries, which were products from Bolivia, Kenya and Mauritius.
Hotel Am Stephansplatz is located in the heart of the city. It’s so central that I would walk from the hotel to the different attractions. Ringstrasse is easily accessible, where the Opera, Burggarten, Museumquartier, and other popular attractions are. This is how close the hotel is to the the Metro, by the way.
The rate I paid for the room included buffet breakfast, and the spread was simple, yet generous. The dining area is located a floor above the lobby. After a wonderful morning walk at 6:30am by the Stephansdom, I went to breakfast. From croissants and pastries, to a choice of cold cuts, oatmeal, muesli, fruits, eggs, and the like; the food offered was one you’d typically find in small hotels in Europe, but of better quality and quantity. In my opinion, the spread was fantastic!
Their cafe/restaurant is located right across Stephansdom, so you get a view of the square while having breakfast, which is perfect, don’t you think? Hotel Am Stephansplatz is the perfect blend of a modern hotel and the classic Viennese feel rolled into one – probably one of the best places to stay in in Vienna. Not only do I recommend this to whoever plans to visit the Austrian capital, but I also see myself going back to Vienna and staying in Hotel Am Stephansplatz time and time again.