Photo courtesy of 25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier
25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier
Guests feel like they’re staying under the big top in the quirky, colorful, circus-themed rooms at the Vienna location of 25hours Hotel. Opened in 2011, this adventure in fun, affordable luxury is found at the edge of Vienna’s Museum Quarter in one of the city’s more fashionable districts. Each room has its own flavor and features wall art by Berlin illustrator Olaf Hajek, including drawings of ringmasters, clowns, trapeze artists, and the occasional risqué character.
25hours doesn’t attract only visitors. Guests can mingle with the hip Viennese crowd while enjoying drinks at the Dachboden, the hotel’s rooftop bar. The staff will even help guests explore the city with a free bike or Mini Cooper rental—a nice choice for reaching the famous Heuriger (wine taverns) outside the city.
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Cozy cafés, nice restaurants, boutiques, and some fantastic museums are found amid the beautiful mix of modern and baroque architecture of the trendy MuseumsQuartier. The Kunsthalle, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Leopold Museum are favorite spots for art lovers, though the relaxed vibe of this area can be enjoyed by anyone.
Need to Know
Rooms: 183 rooms, plus 34 suites with kitchenettes. From $150. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Amid the semi-industrial decor of 1500 Food Makers is an Italian-inspired menu featuring fresh salads, risottos, and the signature spicy salami pizza. During warmer months, a retro American Airstream trailer turns into Burger de Ville, serving burgers to hungry patrons in the garden. Spa and gym details: For $12 a day, guests have access to the Mermaid’s Cave, which includes a sauna, steam bath, and fitness room.
Who it's for: Young professionals and creative types are the ringmasters here, but it’s not a bad choice for business trips or families. Our favorite rooms: Each room has its own fun design take on the circus, but the XL Room 516 comes with a balcony with a great view. Vienna on wheels: Utilize the hotel’s free bike rental to check out Vienna beyond the old town, and don’t skip the breakfast.