So my sister and I are spending a few days in Vienna. We get there on my birthday, a beautiful autumn evening in October, and stayed at the Austria Trend Europa Wien on Kartner Strasse.
Formerly known as the Meissl & Schaden Hotel, this hotel has been serving a range is clients since 1896. The Austria Trend Europa Wien is centrally located at the heart of the city, and is a mix of contemporary Austrian art and hospitality.
The staff are attentive and helpful, always ready to help with our innumerable questions on directions. We checked in and made our way to our very spacious room which had an earthy wooden decor, from the head board to the furnishings. The pillows were fluffy and the covers were warm.
We spent 3 nights here and loved the airyness of the room and the orange and brown colors. However, the carpet and the sofa covers needed refurbishing. Considering the Austria Trend Europa Wien is a 100 plus year old hotel, the state of the carpet was maybe okay. But we dared not go anywhere near the couch. On the other side of our sunny room, we there’s a view of the Ambassador Hotel and Hugo Boss.
We loved the view from our overlooking the fountain that tourists were taking pictures at. On the left we could see a clock that chimed every hour, and an old church that had turned into an art gallery.
Location at the heart of the City
Being a stone’s throw away from the Pension Neuer Market, the hotel is also right bang in the middle of the Neuer Markt high street shopping areas, featuring a number of boutiques and shops that are definitely out of our budget.
The Austria Trend Europa Wien is a short walk from the Stephansdom Cathedral. The picture on the left is as much as I can manage to take of it. It is so tall, we try to go as far as possible to take the picture.
The hotel is also about 10 minutes away from the Naschmarkt and a leisurely 25 minute walk from the Belvedere Palace. Most other attractions in Vienna were easily accessible from the hotel, by foot or by the nearby metro.
The breakfast spread at the hotel is good, including a variety of croissants, breads, jams, spreads, fruits, yogurt, muesli, eggs, sausages and other edibles. The coffee was perky and the juices fresh.
We spend our days travelling to see Vienna Woods and Mayerling, and also exploring the city on our own. The Austria Trend Europa Wien is a welcome rest at the end of the day.