While traveling long-term, there are certain places that just grab me and make me want to stay for longer. Vienna hit me like that last time I was here, but one key part of the equation was missing: a cool place to stay. The hostel I stayed at for a week last year was all about the school-trip Italian kids and the party-hard backpacker crowd, and just didn’t have a mellow hang-out vibe I want when I’m going to be staying in a city for a while. On my very last night that trip, though, I ended up randomly changing hostels and discovered a beautiful place:
The moment I got to Hostel Ruthensteiner, I questioned why I hadn’t spent my entire time there!
Knowing that I was going to be back for a week this year, then, it was of course my first choice to base out of while I was in town.
The vibe of the place is beautiful, with musical instruments hanging all around (and plenty of people played them over my stay) and several different gardens and common areas around the hostel.
One of the most important on my list of ‘Perfect Hostel’ criteria (aside from free wifi, because of course, this is the world we live in!) is having a solid kitchen. Not only is eating out expensive, but a man can only eat so much schnitzel! Hostel Ruthensteiner has honestly one of the best-equipped kitchens I’ve ever seen in a hostel – I wish my apartment in Bishkek was this well equipped! All the pots and pans I needed, plus a bunch of spices that the hostel refills whenever they run out.
Perhaps my only real complaint, if you can even call it that? The common areas may actually be TOO social. Even when I needed to sit on the computer to edit photos or write, I’d inevitably get drawn into conversation with the bartender (who, as an aside, biked through Central Asia a while back) or start chatting with another guest.
Even the dorms themselves are exemplary, with power points/lamps at each bed and plenty of light to make the already-large rooms feel even airier. Even the biggest room, a 10-bed dorm, splits into two at night to shut out some of the noise and light.
I’ve spent about a week total here, and as much as I like Vienna I’m certain I’ll stay again. Dorms start at 10 Euro in low season, the location is just off the main (West) train station, and restaurants/grocery stores abound. Check this place out next time you’re passing through.
My stay was sponsored in part by Hostel Ruthensteiner, but I got in contact with them because I already knew that I liked the place. All opinions expressed here are very genuinely my own.