*INVITATION* As much as I love luxury and high-class wellness hotels, when it comes to city trips I usually prefer no-frills business hotels. I’d much rather spend my money on experiences than accommodation. Also, I think business hotels usually offer great value for a rather reasonable price. The beds are comfy, the buffets are rich and you basically get everything you need for a couple of days of exploring. The Mercure Wien City hotel is no exception.
Mercure Wien City – Fabulously located near the Danube Channel
After a 2,5-hour train ride we finally arrived in Vienna and headed towards our hotel. Getting there was super easy – we just had to enter the U1 at ‘Südtiroler Platz’ at the main station and get off at ‘Schwedenplatz’. From there we walked to the hotel by foot. And reached it within 5 minutes. The Mercure Wien City is located at Hollandstraße 3, just a short walk from the Danube Channel.
We absolutely adored the location as it enabled us to go to the Danube Channel for drinks in the evening without having to take any public transport whatsoever. (Saves time and money – YAY) The atmosphere in this part of Vienna is fresh, buzzing, young and interesting. We could spot the St. Stephen’s Cathedral from our room and within 15 minutes of walking reached the inner part of the city for shopping or sightseeing. Now if that’s not fabulous?
Something Special: The “MyRoom” Standard Double Room
To me, the coolest thing about our stay at the Mercure Wien City was the fact that they gave us one of their special “my room” rooms. What does that mean? There a couple of rooms in this hotel that aren’t like the others. They all have a special design selected by one of their employees. Our room was themed “graffiti” and designed by one of the guys at the reception.
I personally love the idea that Mercure provides the staff with an opportunity to design their own rooms. And I think he did a really great job at creating a street art themed hotel room. The decoration was carefully selected. A graffiti wallpaper was put up on one side of the wall, as well as the bathroom door. Cushions, lamps and pictures on the wall perfected the graffiti look. Considering the fact that the Mercure Wien City is so closely located to the Danube Channel this absolutely makes sense. If you stroll along the channel you’ll find tons of great street art and graffiti design.
I think this is such an amazing idea that totally sets the hotel apart from all the other business hotels out there. It provides the staff with a creative outlet and a way to express themselves. Also, it provides guests with unique rooms that you’ll find nowhere else. When we entered the hotel we expected another boring old room but this one totally exceeded my expectations. It was absolutely lovely to see how much thought went into decoration, wall art and theme.
Fuelling up for a day of exploring at the breakfast buffet
And what’s more important than a good night’s sleep* when it comes to city trips? YES, breakfast! Breakfast was offered from 7.30 to 10.00 o’clock and provided a great range of things from muesli to sweets and savoury dishes. As I’m not a fan of savoury breakfast, I ran wild at the sweet part of the buffet. From croissants to cake to multiple jam flavours – if you have a sweet tooth like me you won’t be disappointed.
Admittedly, they didn’t offer much for vegans. And with my non-dairy problem I had a hard time switching up dishes from day one to day two. So that’s definitely something they could improve. I ended up eating fresh fruit, which they had plenty off, and bread with jam in the end. If you have no problem with milk whatsoever you might have more fun at the breakfast buffet. Also, I personally think 16€ is a tad too much for the range of foods they offer. If you’re not picky when it comes to food you’ll be super happy but there sadly weren’t many alternatives for people with allergies, vegans or picky eaters (like me).
*Seriously though, why are hotel beds always so incredibly comfortable?
My stay at the Mercure Wien City Hotel
I personally really enjoyed my stay at the Mercure Wien City. The location was absolutely perfect to roam the city. The bed was comfy and I loved the concept of the “my room” we had. Furthermore, the staff was really polite and obliging. We arrived a little before check-in and immediately were given something to drink and snack on until our room was ready to enter. So kind and thoughtful.
So all in all, I’d definitely come back and would totally recommend this hotel for anyone wanting to spend a couple of days in Vienna without splurging on accommodation. If you can, definitely go for one of the “My Rooms” though, as they are so much cooler than the standard ones.
Have you ever been to one of the Accor Hotels? And what do you think about the “my room” concept? Let’s talk in the comments below :)
A very special thank you goes out to the Mercure Wien City for welcoming Miss Getaway as a guest and hosting such a fun and relaxing weekend. The opinion expressed in this post is, as always, 100% my own!