I know that I promised to tell you more about the hotel yesterday, and got so wrapped up in gushing about Vienna, it completely slipped my mind.
So, I have to give a lot of praise to the Kaiserhof Best Western Premier hotel. As I’ve said, it’s just outside the Innere Stadt, so it’s very central to the major sights in Vienna. The Ringstrasse, specifically the Kantner Ring, is less than a five-minute walk away. The Karlsplatz U-bahn station is at the intersection of Kantnerstrasse and the Ring, and the Resselpark in front of the Karlsplatz itself is a very pleasant park with a big potable water dispensing station. It’s capped by the beautiful Karlskirche, or Church of St. Charles Borromeo, which in addition to being a beautifully decorated church, hosts concerts on weekday evenings for as little as 15 euros. Also close by are lots of restaurants, the Musikverein concert hall (home of the Vienna Philharmonic), the Vienna Technical University and a string of museums. Even the central square, the Stephansplatz, is within walking distance.
The hotel itself is not prepossessing from the outside; it’s on narrow street. But inside, it’s almost grand, with marble floors and stairs, engraved windows, an elegant lounge and a bright, airy breakfast area. Staff are very courteous and helpful and speak flawless English.
I’ve never seen cleaner hotels than in Austria. We took a triple room, so while it was a little tight, it was big enough. The third bed is just a pull-out, though; it doesn’t seem worth the extra 30 euros, but that seems to be standard.
The main bed is comfortable, but like most Continental hotels I’ve experienced, it’s made up of two mattresses, each with its own sheets, pushed together. Roxanne likes the way each mattress has its own duvet, too.
The pull-out bed isn’t as good, but these things never are.
Breakfast is excellent. The buffet is complete with cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt, different types of bread, pastries, even a smoothie maker. Attentive waitresses bring pots of coffee and clear dishes quickly, and the buffet is always well stocked.
This is a wonderful hotel to stay in. I actually already wrote a review in TripAdvisor (http://bit.ly/nQ4cha). At the price, a great value.