Why We Love This Hotel
- Quiet location, just 10 minutes from the city centre
- Charming family-run hotel
- Atmospheric bar is good for a nightcap or Viennese coffee & apple strudel
- Indulgent breakfast includes organic produce, smoked salmon & bubbly
Hotel Stefanie is "handy to the city's main action spots, but far enough away to enjoy some peace and quiet", says Lonely Planet. It's a good option for a more relaxed city break and is just 10 minutes' walk from the city centre across the River Danube.
Run by the Schick family since 1870, it's a charming place with plenty of history and cheery staff. It's fairly quiet here in the evenings, but there is a pleasant bar that is popular with a more mature crowd. It is perfect for a Viennese coffee and a slice of homemade apple strudel or a post-dinner nightcap.
Very traditional Austrian cuisine is on offer in the restaurant, served in the grand former-ballroom or in the pretty courtyard (during summer months). Wiener schnitzel with potato salad, tafelspitz (beef stew) and krautfleckerl (cabbage and noodles) top the menu, with violet ice cream (Empress Elisabeth's favourite) for dessert.
The morning breakfast spread is just as decadent and includes organic cereals, freshly squeezed orange juice, local cheeses, smoked salmon and even sparkling wine. There isn't a fitness room on site, but guests can purchase discounted day passes to the gym next door from reception.
Spread across five storeys, the bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, modern tiled bathrooms and flat-screen TVs. This is an old building so some can be on the smaller side, but all are "beautifully maintained", says Frommer's, with cosy carpets and traditional furniture. Most face the quiet internal courtyard.