VIENNA – Our See, Eat, Visit shortlist.
See – The magical roof of St Stephen’s Cathedral, and the riverside at night.
HOTEL REVIEW – MERCURE WIEN CITY
I’ve never stayed in a Mercure hotel before, but I’d definitely book here again. We didn’t really know what to expect, but the levels of comfort were more than adequate, and we were absolutely elated to have a mini-fridge and be able to buy our own water, instead of paying extortionate prices at the hotel bar (which was our last resort in other accommodations). Here’s the low-down on the room:
- Rates: We booked well in advance so got a much cheaper rate, but a twin room tonight would be about EUR. 109
- Beds: Well, there was some confusion with this as we were put in a double with two duvets, instead of a twin with two beds. Either way, it was comfy enough and besides my snoring keeping Jacob awake, we both slept fine.
- Shower: Awesome; the bathroom was actually really nice aside from an angled toilet wedged in the corner.
- A/C: The most annoying thing I’ve ever encountered, but the windows opened fully and the location meant there was hardly any outside noise.
- WiFi: Slightly crappy, but it’s free so who am I to complain.
- Staff: Extremely pleasant, solid grasp of English, and decent knowledge of the local area.
- Location: Positioned with the bridge over the city center (where the cathedral, Mozart’s house, and rows of Museums lie) on one side, and a selection of restaurants on the other, the hotel is smack bang in the middle of everything; we went to a Gin&Tonic festival by the riverside, and it was a three-minute walk back to our room.
- Other: I know I’ve already mentioned it but IT HAD A MINI-FRIDGE; breakfast was cheap and looked decent, and all the other guests we bumped into were amazingly friendly and up for a chat. There wasn’t a thing to complain about throughout the duration of our stay.
To conclude, although Vienna wasn’t bustling with the same energy we had gotten used to from our previous locations, sometimes a quiet one can do you some good. We ate beautiful food, relaxed, and prepared ourselves for the rush of the next two weeks. If schnitzels are your thing, then Austria’s for you.