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Hostel Ruthensteiner

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Hostelz.com's Review
Hostel Ruthensteiner is a well-run, very large facility with all the amenities required by the large and diverse crowd of backpackers that fill its rooms. Though too large to have much of a character, this hostel offers friendly service, clean facilities, a bustling hub, and excellent amenities.

The Location

The hostel is fairly easy to find and incredibly convenient for the city. Located only five minutes from one of the largest tram stops in Vienna, travelers can easily locate the hostel and use it for a convenient base while in Vienna. The subways only run until midnight, so be careful of late nights out. After midnight, your only transport option in Vienna is the night bus system. The hostel is also near an all night restaurant, a great backpackers' bar, and several grocery stores, for those wishing to cook.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms come in all shapes and sizes -- from private doubles to large ten-bed dorms. All dorm rooms contain bunk beds, which are provided with incredibly crisp and clean sheets and pillows. Each bed has a corresponding locker, so be sure to use the right one. Most dorm rooms come with ensuite bathrooms, which are clean but do not come with soap or towels.

Common Spaces

Any type of common space desired can be found in Hostel Ruthensteiner. The bar/living room area is a great common room, and it offers a place to meet other travelers who might be planning their next city, pregaming a night out, or playing on the piano that's located in the room. The kitchen and dining room offer a place to cook and enjoy a meal, with three tables and twelve chairs. Alternatively, go out on the patio for fresh air, or the more close-quartered computer room, where computer access can be purchased and used on any of the four computers offered.


Overall, Hostel Ruthensteiner is a popular, convenient place to stay during a trip to Vienna. This hostel is the ideal location for those travelers wanting a convenient location, friendly atmosphere, standardized procedures, and clean facilities.

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July 2010

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Awesome Such a friendly, lively place. People are awesome, they have everything you'd want and need in a hostel. Musical instruments, great courtyard, bar, helpful and fabulous staff. I loved it!!! One if the best hostels I've stayed at!! Oh everything was clean too.  , age 26, Australia ()
5   Wow! I loved this hostel. I travel a lot, and this is one of my favorite hostels ever. I'm 62 years old, and in some youth oriented hostels, you feel separate from the social life of the place. I met great people from all over the world here. This atmosphere is due both to the great common areas (I particularly liked the garden), and the staff who are organized, helpful, social, and a great bunch of people who have traveled themselves and know how to make backpackers feel welcome. Nice work guys!  , age 62, USA ()
4   Pretty good hostel Overall, I would probably recommend this hostel. The lockers were average-sized, although they didn't seem very secure. They have a nice kitchen, and washers and dryers available for use. It seemed like there were too many people for our bathroom (10 people for one bathroom). Cleanliness was slightly questionable, but I think it was a case of sloppy roommates, rather than lack of cleaning. There is a bar and quite a bit of common space, which is nice for socializing. The staff does a good job of keeping people in the common areas after specific times, so it doesn't get too loud. More outlets would be nice, as I had to chose between my reading light or an outlet. Also, the bunk beds are very short, so if you are on the bottom, you have to hunch over rather severely to sit up in your bed. They accept credit card payments, but they don't mention anywhere that they charge you a fee, so it's better to pay with cash.  , USA ()
5   Very good location, nice atmosphere and not that expensive Visited there for one night, and it was quite comfortable. Prices were cheaper than other good located hostels around. The hostel had very good atmosphere inside, it's not like hotel type and unsocial. but it was joyful and interesting, and friendly atmosphere while it was so silent after the evening which is a really good and wanted feature.  ()
5   As expected A recommended hostel, and that means it books up and there is a lot of people. Overall a nice place. Our roommates unfortunately went to sleep at 7pm, so we couldn't even turn on the light to go do laundry. Nice to have shower and bathroom in room. All well cleaned. Kitchen is easy to maneuver, except no oven. They offer spices, which is nice when cooking the budget food bought from grocery store. Laundry is well priced, soap is free. Stove takes a while to start hearing up, so being first one to use it takes a while. Overall really liked.  , USA ()
5   Excellent Hostel with lots of friendly people! I loved my stay here, it made my trip! It has a great bar with a happy hour and plenty of friendly people to meet and talk to. The beds are comfortable, and the breakfast in the morning is inexpensive and tasty. Highly recommended.  , United States ()
3   Good location, friendly staff, not the cleanest place I stayed at a dorm at the "yellow house" across the street from the main hostel. The location is not bad -- about 5 minutes from the west train station (Wien westbahnhof) -- where you can also catch U3 and U6 underground lines towards the old city (where all the attraction are). The room was ok, it had 8 beds and 8 large lockers, which made it too crowded in my book. If there were only 6 beds -- it would have been perfect. There was a shower, sink and toilet inside the room (which is great), and another sink next to the entrance. The staff was friendly, and the reception desk operated around the clock. The shared facilities were nice (bar, garden), though there is no restaurant and the breakfast is extremely limited. My biggest concern was cleanliness. I stayed for 3 nights, and I'm not sure the room was cleaned during that entire period (8 girls on one shower ... you get the picture). The floor at the bathroom was wet and dirty, and the same wet towel was laying in front of the shower for the entire time I was there. Also, perhaps it's a "green" thing in order to reduce water consumption (the hostel is very much into recycling and saving the earth), the shower was strange -- you had to press the faucet every 10 seconds to keep the water running. All in all, not a bad experience, but the cleanliness was a real issue for me (and I'm not spoiled), but I've heard that the main hostel is better kept.  , Israel ()
5   Great place to stay at very close to westbahnhoff. 30 mins walk to inner stadt. The staff is very helpful. The hostel is very clean. There's no shortage of washrooms/showers, never had to wait. Great common areas. Free Wi-Fi. Their rates are one of the cheapest in Vienna. Highly recommended.  , Canada ()
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