Day 16 of 18… The day was spent mostly on the train from Vienna back to Munich for the last leg of our holiday. Our train tickets were part of our Germany-Austria Rail Pass which we bought from Rail Europe (Singapore). We pre-booked our seats because we wanted a ‘Quiet’ cabin and we didn’t want to spend 4 hours not seated together.
I like train rides, but I don’t remember much about this one. All four of us were zombies from lack of sleep, partying the night before. I took a few photos on the train in between periods of slumber. They all looked either dreary, or wet. My husband would say it’s typical winter in Europe, I’d say I liked it anyway.
Before I finally end my blog on Vienna, let me share with you my experience in looking for a hotel there.
I started searching for our accommodation for Dec 30 to Jan 1 in early September. I had to study the characteristics and the pros and cons of the different districts, like I always do when we go to a new place for the first time. And my conclusion was that we have to be in District 1, the Innere Stadt. I wanted a hotel just around the Opera House or just a few hundred meters to the Hofburg compound.
To my horror, most of the good ones were already fully booked. Those recommended by my friends were sold out. The most challenging bit was that many wouldn’t allow 4 people in one room. And booking 2 rooms would be way too expensive at that time of the year. Prices were double. There were still Airbnbs (I found a nice one in Graben) but my husband wanted a proper hotel.
I widened my search and found Hilton: Vienna Plaza. It’s not a stone’s throw away from Holfburg but it’s still in District 1. It’s 700 meters to Rathaus (City Hall) which was walkable even with a 9-year-old, and about 1km to Hofburg. The location turned out good. It was quiet, an escape from the crowded Graben and other popular locations.
The thing that we liked about Hilton, in all their locations worldwide, is that they allow 2 parents and 2 kids in one room. When we checked-in in Vienna, they realised that my older kid is ‘oooh your boy is tall, let me check if we have a bigger room available’, and since we are loyal members, they upgraded us. Yoohoo!
The hotel has this elegant, timeless classic appeal but the rooms are modern, especially the bathroom. We had a great stay. Good sleep. Clean and spacious bathroom with my favourite Crabtree and Evelyn amenities. The desserts at the restaurant on the ground floor were good too. So yes, I recommend it! But please book early. (Note that Hilton Vienna Plaza is different from Hilton Vienna Park)
Here are the earlier blogs on our Bavarian and Austrian Holiday:
- Munich: Start of our family’s tales from last winter
- Munich: Viktualienmarkt Biergarten
- Munich: BMW Museum and BMW Welt
- Munich: Theatine Church and Odeonplatz
- Munich: Christmas Markets
- Munich: Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall
- Munich: City Aparthotel München
- Salzburg: Birthplace of Mozart and Silent Night
- Salzburg: Hohensalzburg Fortress
- Salzburg: Residenzplatz Christmas Market
- Salzburg: Salzburg Cathedral
- Salzburg: Silent Night 200 at Salzburg Museum
- Salzburg: Silent Night Tour by Bob’s Special Tour
- Salzburg: Silent Night at Oberndorf and Laufen
- Salzkammergut: Road Trip to Hallstatt
- Salzkammergut: Christmas Market at St Wolfgang
- Salzburg: Krampus Run at Hellbrunn Palace
- Salzburg: Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg
- Obergurgl: A Week in the Austrian Alps
- Obergurgl: Chalet Obergurgl Luxury Apartments
- Obergurgl: Hohe Mut Alm Mountain Restaurant
- Obergurgl: Snowstorm on Christmas Eve
- Obergurgl: Day After the Storm
- Obergurgl: Snowshoeing
- Hochgurgl: Tobogganing
- Hochgurgl: Hochgurgl Cable Car Ride
- Vienna: First Impressions
- Vienna: Hofburgkapelle and Imperial Armoury
- Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace
- Vienna: Imperial Treasury and Hofburg
- Vienna: Prater
- Vienna: New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Waltz