|Hotels in Austria
Austria offers plenty of hotels and other accommodations varying from ultra luxurious to "roof over your head" with no service but inexpensive (and better than sleeping on a park bench). Whatever your budget, you should be able to find available accommodations. For some of the better deals, some of which are listed below, you might want to plan ahead as much as possible, especially during the peak summer months. There are also a couple of considerations and tips to bear in mind regarding staying in an Austrian hotel.
Check-in times are almost always at 1pm. If you arrive early in the morning, don't expect to be able to show up hours before 1pm and get a room - at least not without making special arrangements prior to your arrival. The vast majority of hotels will hold your luggage until check in time and, if you are up for it, you can take advantage of the time to get a bite to eat or do some site seeing.
Be sure to tip hotel employees who render you services and a restaurants where 10-15 percent is acceptable. Speaking of money, you will need to exchange your dollars into Euros. While many hotels offer currency exchange services, you are best off using alternative sources for exchanging dollars into Euros. The best choice is to go to a local bank where they will give you favorable rates. You should usually avoid agencies that specialize in exchanging currency unless you do some shopping around, including these agencies at the airport. Try not to obtain Euros in the US (or Canada), or at least no more than necessary, before your trip as you will find inflated surcharges. It is recommended that you do many of your purchases with a credit card for a couple of reasons. First, the exchange rates on credit cards are usually quite fair and secondly, since Europe does not have as lax of an exchange or refund policy as the US, and, since there is a possibility of losing or breaking souvenirs while traveling, if you use a credit card, you are usually covered for such eventualities.
The Binder is an inexpensive hotel not far from the town center and easily accessible by trolley. Rooms are small but comfortable and actually quite attractive considering the price. There is also a bar at this 32 room, family owned hotel. Book in advance as this hotel fills up.
Here is another inexpensive hotel and a fine alternative to the Binder if it already booked up.
The front rooms offer views of the river and town and the location is a five minute walk from the center. There is a downstairs nightclub but accordingly, the patrons are not so rambunctious that you can't get any shuteye. Still, this hotel is popular with a younger crowd. Don't expect much if any service from this hotel. Bathrooms are not available in all rooms.
Innstr. 1, Innsbruck A-6020, Austria
The Goldener Adler is a beautiful hotel in the center of Innsbruck and is relatively inexpensive. Best Western has unfortunately recently acquired this historic hotel. What was once a service oriented hotel has become a dull, standardized hotel albeit in a beautiful and convenient setting. Prices are relatively low and you can get good deals depending on what time of year you book. The rooms vary tremendously so make sure you ask for one of the larger ones with a view. If location is your main concern, this hotel is a good choice.
Herzog-Friedrich-Str. 6, Innsbruck A-6020, Austria
Hotel Europa Tyrol
The most luxurious hotel in Innsbruck is arguably the Hotel Europa Tyrol. Just opposite the main train station, this centrally located hotel dates back to 1869 and has hosted many notables including Queen Elizabeth II, General Patton and the Shah of Iran. Rooms are handsomely furnished and can accommodate the business travelers needs. The uniformed staff is very service oriented and friendly.
The Bristol is a 5 star hotel situated in the heart of the old part of Salzburg city - and only few steps away from the Mirabell Palace and Mirabell Gardens, Mozart's residence, the Salzburg local theatre and many other cultural attractions. All 62 rooms are individually decorated with classic dZcor and quite fitting of the surrounding environment. Views are breathtaking, especially of the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Mirabell Palace. Ask for views of either one of these captivating scenarios. Some rooms have a balcony, which can be a special treat weather permitting. As one would expect, the service is exceptional. Visit the web site for special offers.
If you've ever fancied the idea of staying at a castle, this might be your chance. While prices are princely, the Schloss Monchstein, which dates back prior to 1350, offers a more than memorable experience. This unique castlehotel is situated in an outstanding location since it is on the top of the Msnchsberg - a hill in the city center of Salzburg. If you want to be in the center of town yet appreciate piece and quite and verdant surroundings, this is your hotel. You can reach the old town within 7 minutes by using the "Msnchstein Panorama Path" and an elevator, which is built into the mountain, or by car. The hotel also boasts an award winning restaurant, the Paris Lodron. Needless to say, the attentive service at the hotel as well as the restaurant is flawless.
Another bargain is the Landgasthof Kohlpeter. The hotel is in the Liefering district in a hospitable and relaxing environment. The country style guest house offers bright rooms and rustic decor and houses a popular restaurant called the Kohlpeter.
Lieferinger Hauptstraße 23
Tel. +43 (0)662 - 433 641-0
Fax. +43 (0)662 - 433 641-4
The 500 year old "Blue Goose" is a moderately priced hotel that offers above average accommodations. The Blaue Gans offers a combination of tradition with modern art, achieving an eclectic yet successful balance. Rooms are spacious and the restaurant serves decent cuisine. The central location is unbeatable with Mozart's birthplace just a few houses next door.
The Bristol is located just next door to the Opera House. Considered to be one of the finest hotels in the world, the hotel's interior is opulently decorated with antiques and paintings. During WWII the hotel served as the US headquarters, which should be an indication that it is one of the finest, if not the finest, edifice in Vienna. The hotel lives up to its reputation in that the ambience, rooms, service and food is all 5 star. This is the place to stay to be pampered. Try the famous Korso restaurant.
Kärntner Ring 1, Vienna A-1010, Austria
Studentenheim Der Musikhochschule
This seasonal hotel offers simple yet large and quite rooms and best of all, it is located right in the center of Vienna just one block away from Kartnerstrasse. The staff is courteous and willing to help tourists with their needs. For what you get and the location, this is one of the best deals in Vienna for the budget minded traveler. 85 rooms but few with their own bath.
Johannesg. 8, Vienna A-1010, Austria
Konig Von Ungarn
This hotel has the (almost) 5 star feel for a 3 star price. The historical building in an exceptional central location offers noteworthy dZcor, exceptional service and first class food. The staff is anxious to give you impeccable service while the restaurant is highly acclaimed. Rooms are individually decorated. The hotel offers 33 rooms and apartments, each with a modern bathroom, air-condition, digital safe, minibar and satellite TV. This is a great deal.