My other half and I decided to go inter-railing this summer and Vienna was our first stop. It was very easy to get from the airport to Westbahnhof, but the hostel was somewhat out of the way and it took us a while to find it. It's not a particularly attractive building, with the main part painted blue or yellow, and the area surrounding it is not is a outstandingly beautiful area either, with roads and buildings being constructed and generally looking a bit like a ghost town. The woman at the desk greeted us and offered us a glass of water or wine and checked us in no problem. The staff weren't particularly friendly, but they were happy to give us maps and show us how to get to places. As we had got quite a good price for the hostel we weren't expecting much...!
In my experience, some hostels I have stayed in haven't really felt like a hostel at all - however this one definitely did. There was a long winding corridor with around eleven private rooms, I would feel bad for whoever gets the rooms closest to the door as it's very noisy with everyone coming and going all the time with the heavy fire door slamming, you get two key cards to enter your room.
Our room (11) was absolutely tiny. In it consisted of a double bed frame with two thin, single mattresses with a scratchy waterproof sheet over it, with two double duvets and two equally scratchy and old single duvet covers sitting on top of the bed. The pillows were half the size of the pillow cases and there were two rather large frosted windows by the bed which were difficult to open. We also had a wardrobe, a side-table with a fan, and a tiny footstool. The walls were painted a hideous nectarine orange colour and it was very much like a hotbox. The good thing was that we had a small television attached to the wall in front of the bed, however if you are lying down, you couldn't actually see the tv! We were also provided with a towel each which was quite useful.
Another good thing was the cleanliness of the hostel. As we shared a bathroom with other guests, we found it to be very clean. There were two toilets and two showers, plus a urinal closet, for all eleven rooms. Whilst this doesn't sound like much, I never found myself waiting for the shower or toilet at any time, even first thing in the morning when I thought there may be a queue for the shower.
The walls of the hostel are also very thin. You can hear conversations going on in other rooms and music which is being played by other guests. At night its fairly quiet but you do get woken up once or twice.
The hostel itself is in an alright location for travellers wanting to save money, all you have to do is walk to Westbahnhof 5 minutes away and get the U-Bahn. However for couples, there are nicer places you can stay - particularly near Stephensplatz. Lots of very nice hotels there!
Overall, great value for money but if I had a choice we wouldn't return there. It was uncomfortable and the room felt like a dungeon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Do Step Inn is situated right in the heart of Vienna. With our location behind the Westbahnhof train station you have perfect connections to reach us by underground, tram, airport bus or regional trains. Our house is both Hotel and Hostel which means we offer the comfort of cosy rooms with private bathroom but also the opportunity to go low budget and stay in one of the private Hostel rooms or dorms. Our guests especially love our big common areas like the spacious guest kitchen, our free billiard room, the garden and the little house bar as well as the free Wifi provided in the building. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Do Step Hotel Vienna