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Benediktushaus Guest House
Ranked #7 of 110 Vienna B&B and Inns
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Spartan but atmospheric”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

Close to downtown Vienna. Situated in an old monastery. Atmosphere is churchlike - very peaceful, very quiet. This is reflected by the spartan interiors of the room. No fridge or minibar but complimentary coffee/tea. Spacious closet and drawers. Lockable drawer for valuables. Breakfast included. Buffet of breads, cheeses, cold meats and olives, cereals, yoghurt, jams, pâté, apples, fruit salad and juices as well as coffee and tea. Absolutely delightful and very different to the run of the mill hotels usually found in large cities. Excellent value. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2011

The Benediktushaus is part of a functioning Benedictine Monastery and comes with all of the peacefulness of a religious retreat. It is wonderfully located in the center of the city and easy to reach by a 10 minute walk from the metro (U3 line, Herrengasse). The rooms are somewhat spartan and the reception is not manned 24 hours, but for the price it is a great value.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2011

Back in 1986, as one of a group of 14 students from Linfield College, I spent a semester in Vienna. We lived for one month at the Benediktushaus and then had our classroom there for the remainder of the semester when living with host families.
In December 2010 I had the the pleasure of traveling to Vienna with my parents and some of their friends for a few days before a cruise on the Danube River. When I suggested staying at the Benekiktushaus, they checked it out and were all for it to please me and because of the very reasonable price in comparision to other first district hotels.
In 1986 we were expected to speak German to the staff as part of our immersion. By 2010 I have forgotten most of it! But no worries, the front desk staff speak and write excellent English. They even arranged for a private shuttle to meet us at the airport and transport us directly to the hotel. I believe my dad arranged this via email as our reservations were made directly with them through their website. They also held our bags as checkout was earlier than we able to leave for our cruise and arranged a shuttle to take us to the boats on the outskirts of Vienna. None of us brought a computer but saw other guests using theirs in the common areas.
I'm only giving them four "dots" because the decor of the rooms hasn't changed since 1986 and I though the color scheme was outdated then. The bathrooms, however, have been thoroughly renovated and are very modern and clean. Guests now will not know the joy of a sit down shower... The rooms are very large and plenty of space for even 3 people -- even if you live there for a month. Breakfast is great with plenty of options to choose. The elevator is still very small so frequently some of us took the stairs becase our group would not all fit and some needed it more. Very convenient to all the First District sites, the Ring and an UBahn station. Several grocery stores are nearby as well and lots of restaurants, etc. We happened to be there during Advent and with it all the Christmas markets, including one on the Freyung which made the area very festive and also convenient for getting a mug of Punsch or Gluwein.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2011

Like all of the others I selected this place because it was a monastery building with unbeatable location. Most of the grand and fancy hotels in Vienna are situated on the Ring - with all trams, horses and cars sounds just under your window - but Benediktushaus is sooo quiet. All rooms are "inner yard view" so you can hear no sound at all except distant organ music and singing or rain or church bells sometimes which is the most romantic :)
Rooms are spacious even for three persons; tea/coffee facilities is always a treasure in a european hotel; bathroom is simply spotless (i was anxious about bathroom in advance 'cause it probably a quite old building, but it was great)
Breakfast was sufficient - they offer everything you expect in any "common" hotel, and in variety! Nothing hot, but you can pre-order some eggs (said the notice in the breakfast room). No fridge in the room but there is good Billa supermarket in front of the hotel where you can something fresh if you don't want to eat out for some reason.
Wi-fi worked properly and - which is important - when it stopped working once, the lady at the reception was able to fix it.

There is a point people have to consider booking this hotel: check-out time is 10am and reception closes at 7pm - so you can't come in after that time (because you need a key for the front door which you don't have after check-out)! Which is not very convinient if your flight is at midnight, for example. But of course you can spend 3 hours sitting in the very comfortable arm-chair - sorting your photos and posting your notes - like I did :) But remember that you can't go out and then came in for anything, and if you forget something when you leave - you can't go back.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Baarn, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2011

The Benediktushaus is situated in a wing of a 'working' Benedictine monastery in the very center of Vienna. Do not go there if you like fancy rooms with flat screen televisions. There is no television (but you can get internet access). The taste of the rooms is sort of 1960's convent-style with brown carpests and orange or yellow curtains, and the breakfast room has the same style, with a quite strict looking lady in charge.... but this is a convent, so that is wat you get, with a romanesque house chapel and lovely music and singing in the background, a winding staircase leading up to the rooms. The rooms are very quiet apart from the bells in the tower. And the bathrooms are surprisingly luxurious.
In summer, the beer-garden in the same block, serving cheap food, is all you need. And do not miss the museum and the weekly guided tour through all the monastery buildings. I hope to be back!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Benediktushaus Guest House
Address: Freyung 6a, Vienna 1010, Austria
Region: Austria > Vienna Region > Vienna > Inner City , Innere Stadt
Amenities:
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Ranked #7 of 110 B&Bs / Inns in Vienna
Price range (per night): $131 - $254
Hotel Class:3 star — Benediktushaus Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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