Comfortable accommodation but lacks character and terrible location
Quote: "the 410 bed hostel backs on to the Donauinsel, Europe's longest man-made beach, on the banks of the Danube." This is complete fiction. The location is dreadful. The hostel is located in the middle of a public housing estate, 15 minutes walk from the Donau/Danube which is a dirty, ugly industrial waterway. There is NO man-made beach anywhere here, only a concreted path along the riverbank. When we returned to the hostel, the staff confirmed we had been been to the right place. Dinner is not served after 7 pm, at 6:50 pm the remaining food was overcooked slop, like hospital food, and there was no choice of menu. Furthermore, the guest computers in the hostel lounge are virtually unusable and if you need to do laundry, you have to ride the bus for 25 minutes across the city. Apart from being clean and safe, this was the most unappealing hostel I have experienced in many years, it reminded me of government youth camps in eastern Europe in the 1970s. Brigittenau is not suitable for individual travelers at all, only for big school groups.