I am bringing my family into Vienna on dec 25 to stay for 2 nights and would love some recommendations on good places to stay ....
What is your budget, in euros? ("moderate price" means different things to different people).
How large is your family?
Do you need to all be in one room?
Do you need an elevator?
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family of 7 ages 16-28 (wife and I are 40)
we do not need 1 room but could do 2 if need be,,, no elevator neeed...
not on a budget per se, we were planning to come in via train on mid day the 25th and then depart mid day 27th....
With such a large group, you will need to book at least 3 rooms in a hotel (2 rooms for 2 people and 1 room for 3 people), or rent an apartment. You should search vrbo.com or homeaway.com for some ideas. Best areas would be districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8. Are you aware that you are basically spending all of your time in Vienna on public holidays?
If you stay in an apartment, you need to know that grocery stores will not be open until the 27th. There are shops open in several of the train stations, if you are desperate. If you want to eat out, you need to book in advance as many places will be closed on the 25th and 26th. Here is a link, which will be updated soon, of restaurants open over the holidays. Sights should more or less be open, but with reduced hours. The only two holiday markets open when you are here are the one at the Rathaus and the one at Schonbrunn.
My wife and I visited Vienna for three nights in May. We stayed at the Hotel Erzherzog Rainer. It was priced very reasonably, and is convenient to everything, including a U-Bahn stop. It's about a 10 minute walk to the Ringstrasse and Opera, a little further to St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Hofburg Imperial Apartments. The staff was very friendly, and the breakfast--included in the reservation, was probably the best hotel breakfast I've ever had.
Consider a hostel. The Wombat hostel at the Naschmarkt is newer, clean, good breakfasts, has some bigger rooms for the whole family. Also, walking distance (10-15 min) to Vienna center and a tram across the street.