Vienna seems to be having a second wind of interest lately and a new influx of tourism. Could it be word of mouth from the Danube River cruisers or new events in the city or even easy day trips to interesting sights? All I knew is it was time take a trip back to Vienna to see for ourselves. But this review about Vienna its about the hotel we stayed at. Booking a room was not easy, there was a huge event going only a few hotel rooms were left. Of the properties available we decided on the Adagio Aparthotel, the location was excellent and the price was reasonable.
Arriving into Vienna by rail we caught the metro to Schwedenplatz station just a few minutes walk to the Adagio. It was nice, we enjoyed looking into the shops and cafe’s that lined the street up to the hotel. Upon arrival we were greeted by a friendly but extremely professional front desk. He explained all the amenities of the hotel, gave us recommendations on where to eat and what to see nearby.
Will this Vienna Hotel be as good as expected?
Receiving the key to our room it was off to the 5th floor. The elevator requires a room key for use, quite a nice security feature. Exiting the elevator has a light overhead as you get off, but the hallways are dark until the motion sensors detect movement then the rest of the way is well lit.
What are the Aparthotel rooms like?
Inside the room is a slot just above the light switch for your key to activate the lights, an easy process. Once the lights were on we got to see the room. First thing we noticed. once inside we were in the kitchen! What a pleasant surprise, they had a kitchen! The four cupboards above came well stocked with kitchen utensils and pots and pans below. The refrigerator was large with a microwave just above, also a two burner stove with full oven below, best of all is they have a dishwasher! No more washing dishes by hand on this trip! Who wants to wash dishes when you are on vacation?
Moving to the next room it was large for European standards and we couldn’t be happier with the view! Taking a look out the window was just beautiful overlooking the Danaukanal or Danube Canal a small waterway just across the street. We noticed people strolling along the canal day and night. Just across the street is the Urania Observatory, a stunning Art Nouveau building hosting a weekend highlighting the Viennale Movie Festival.
Modernly decorated the room was more than comfortable it was livable. It took a few moments to find the bed that was hidden behind a small couch. The Murphy bed was not as I remember in other places I’ve stayed at night when it was let down by housekeeping it turned out to be quite comfortable. The only problem was I kept bumping into the end of it while moving around at night, sometimes I can be such a klutz!
Other furnishings included a large desk, flat screen TV, chair and coffee table and standing lamps. Absent were end tables, instead were built in shelves next to the bed. I love that the decor was not overdone, which gave way to plenty of room to move around the room without obstacles.
Last but not least was the bathroom, it was ginormous! Beautifully tiled throughout, stylishly modern and cleaner than my bathroom at home! The shower always had hot water and the bathroom amenities were good quality. The towel warmer was a nice touch too!
Is there anything interesting to see near the hotel?
The location was very good, 10 minutes to St. Stephens Cathedral and old town square, and about 10 minutes to the Hundertwasserhaus impressive mishmash of apartments and terraces in various colors. A lot tourists miss this sight but I recommend a visit if you have time while in Vienna.
The Adagio has its own breakfast room, unfortunately we did not have time to try it. I did take a look and saw there was an assortment of breads, eggs, meats and juice. Asking for recommendations for traditional Austrian food they referred us to the oldest restaurant in the city, the Griechenbeisl. From local caviar to the ever popular Schnitzel, this restaurants menu is beyond what we were expecting it was the most memorable one we have experienced in Vienna. If you want to eat on the cheap, fast food is everywhere and if you decide you want to use the kitchen in the room there is a supermarket about 2 blocks down.
What can I say, for not having many choices when booking our hotel the Adagio was a delightful surprise!