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HI - Vienna - Palace Hostel Schlossherberge

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The Palace Hostel - Schlossherberge probably offers the best view of Vienna. It is located little bit away from the city centre, on a hill, overlooking the city. The view is absolutely gorgeous. This hostel has the feel more of a hotel than a hostel. The hostel is more of a quiet, family-oriented hostel than a party/social hostel.

From the city, you will need to take U3 (underground Orange line) to Ottakring (end of the line) then bus 46 or 146 to 'Schloss Wilhelminenberg. The directions given by the hostel is perfect. It is well connected by public transport. It takes just over a half-hour from the city center. The hostel is right next to a hotel with the same name. Parking spaces are also available in the hostel. There is no grocery store near the hostel -- you will have to go to Ottakring to find one. There is a local restaurant nearby with very good Austrian food, but it's slightly expensive.

All the dorm rooms are four-bed with two wooden bunk beds. Rooms are very clean, not crammed -- and you may get a room with a great view of the city. There is key card access to rooms. Bathroom, including the shower, is located in the room. Rooms are equipped with two lockers, one for the large backpack and one a little bit smaller for other day-to-day things. This hostel has the best lockers we encountered in Europe. Bathrooms are clean as well -- nice shower with hooks for clothes and space for soap and shampoo.

This hostel is more like a hotel than a typical hostel. There is a game room with TV, ping pong, and foosball tables. The breakfast area is relatively large and garden is great for relaxing and sunbathing. There is also a minigolf court and volleyball net outside. There are two computers with internet access for free.

This is definitely not a party hostel. It is rather quiet and there were many kids when we were there. The breakfast is reasonably good, with bread, buns, and cereal with variety of spread. Also it has a variety of hot drinks thanks to the machine.

The Palace Hostel - Schlossherberge is one of the best hostels we stayed at in Europe. If you like a hostel with the feel of a hotel, this would be it. Only negative would be that it is bit far from the city center, even though it is well connected by public transport. Also, if you are really looking to chill out in the hostel and meet lots of other backpackers, this may not be the best choice in Vienna. We would strongly recommend this hostel.

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HI - Vienna - Palace Hostel Schlossherberge Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
2   Dirty but cheap extremely rude eastern european staff not speaking any english or german. the breakfast is supposed to be "all you can eat" but there was barely enough and the butter was frozen (not joking), activating the key card was very complicated and took about two days (staff had absolutely no clue). the only good thing about this hostel is the free internet access and the price, its dirt cheap, if you take two friends with you the price even drops from €18 to €11 per night. and the view is quite amazing. so if you're looking for a cheap place to stay for a few days and take a picture of vienna at night this hostel is for you.  , usa ()
4  This hostel is clean and in a quiet area, next to the Schloss Wilhelminaberg, a large hotel. Transport to the hostel is very good, the U3 to Ottakring (the end of the line) then a 46 bus takes you to the front gate (or about a thirty-minute walk from Ottakring if you can follow a map). The nearest shops are around Ottakring station with a choice of supermarkets and a variety of food outlets and restaurants. And the hotel has a café as well. Breakfast is typical "continental" but very good with some variety -- yogurt, cereal,different breads, cheeses, honey, jams, tea, coffee, hot chocolate. Staff were helpful. One problem we had was there were non-smoking areas but the smoke seemed to be in areas where it shouldn't, perhaps people were smoking in doorways and being winter, windows weren't open to let the smoke escape quickly. The second problem was with a bunk bed with wooden slats, a couple of which popped out of position in the frame. It appeared this had happened to at least one previous user of the bunk, from obvious damage to the bed frame. The mattress was comfortable on the floor.  ()
4  Pretty good hostel. Fantastic views, pretty clean, decent free breakfast, laundry. The only problem we had was loud groups of drunken kids screaming in the halls — no apparent control over them. Getting to the hostel isn't bad. Take Metro to the end-of-the-line, then a bus — a little long but easy. The area around the Metro station has a lot of restaurants and stores. We also walked one day from the Metro station into downtown Vienna — probably a 30-minute walk.  ()

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