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Which of these Vienna Budget places to sleep?

My must was to have AC in the room so I narrowed it down to these 2:
Pension Gross-Hörlgasse 9, 1090 Wien, Austria
Ibis Budget Wein-Lassallestraße 7, 1020 Wien, Austria

I know these aren't in the city center and that's fine as I cannot afford to be in the center of town.

Pension Gross is within 3-37 minutes (via public transportation or walking but mainly public transportation) from the sites that I want to see, whereas Ibis is within 9-37 minutes (via pubic transportation).

Ibis is cheaper by $81 so not a huge difference. The pension includes a small kitchen whereas the Ibis doesn't have a fridge but I could just use the $81 towards not having to cook lunch/dinner for myself.

Is one neighborhood nicer than the other?

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You might go to Google maps and check for restaurants and markets near each of the locations. I've stayed in several Ibis hotels, and they are perfectly comfortable for me--considerably nicer than the (cheaper) places I usually frequent; I'd call them moderate business class. However, they are often located in areas with very few food options nearby, and I've found the Ibis restaurants (which are definitely not deserving of that term) really, really poor. You don't want to have to eat in one.

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Just curious - what's your budget? I always have a way better time when I'm right in the middle of things - evening strolls, easy access to sites. We stayed at Pension Sacher in Vienna. The location was unbelievable - stared right out onto St. Stephen's. These places have kitchens so you can cook and there is a washing machine. Their basic little studios are 109 Euros per night for one person. This is a fabulous place at a great price. https://www.pension-sacher.at/apartment_1_en

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Yeah I used Google streetview. Both seem okay. The Pension seems to have slightly more things nearby. I am not picky about where to eat for breakfast since I see bakeries and cafes near both places...Lunch I will do whatever is nearby wherever I am when I'm out and about....Dinner is usually the same as lunch for me or grabbing something casual nearby the hotel.

My budget? Basically as cheap as possible in an area where there is AC, a private bathroom, and within a 5 minute walk of a subway in a pleasant area. I actually prefer being out of the tourist area as long as long as my access to sites isn't that long.

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I actually spoke to my mom about this for her opinion. She said to find out if the supermarkets (there's some near both locations) have ready to eat, hot foods. You know like a deli? I know some places in Europe have this, and others don't but off hand I don't have that much of a memory of it.

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For a variety of reasons , Pension Gross is far and away the better choice

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The location of Pension Gross places you right on top of access to the major sites in the city , including a Billa grocery store nearby . The Ibis is an Ibis budget ( ex Etap ) a bare bones place . It's not bad , but a bit sterile for my taste , From Gross you are close to tram and U Bahn stops , which will connect you to parts of the city that are not within walking distance ,

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Hi,

There is large food market as you described at Westbahnhof (west train station). It's called Merkur Markt. Opoosite of it is their cafeteria style restaurant, very good food from hamburgers, Schnitzel, salads, etc etc. plus daily specials (Tagesgerichte).

I stay at zip code, " 1070" The two Pensionen I've seen there are Pension Anna and Pension Hargita.

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I am familiar with the Merkur store Fred mentions . We stayed near Westbahnhof on our first visit to Vienna and it was among the best we have encountered anywhere in Europe , It's located on the bottom level of the station . Also , you can give this place a look , I have not stayed there , but a friend has , she is going back this Autumn . The place looks very good , and I think she said it was around 90 EU / night . SORRY ! here is the link - https://www.hotelsavoy.at/en/

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Have you stayed in an Ibis before? I've stayed in them in quite a few cities in Europe and also in Hong Kong (last month). They are all pretty much the same - big, comfortable bed, modern bathroom and walk-in shower, very little floor space or storage space (not a big disadvantage if you are solo), individual AC control, windows usually open, staff is usually helpful and knowledgeable. The major downside is often the location. Minor complaints - there's a one-soap-for-everything dispenser (I bring my own) and breakfast's usually lousy even if you get a really cheap deal. I would not hesitate to book an Ibis.

However, you are talking about an Ibis Budget, which is a level below that. I would look for all the reviews I could find on it and pay attention to the negative ones - and consider what minuses you can live with. I'd also try to find all the photos I could of the rooms. I stayed in an Ibis Budget once and swore never again. The shower was a shower stall in the bedroom. You had to step out of it into the room naked and dripping to get your towel. The room was even smaller than an Ibis with nowhere to put my suitcase except on the floor when I was in bed and on the bed when I wasn't.

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The Ibis Budget is an Accor ( Corporate owner ) branding scheme in the last few years . These hotels had been called " ETAP "

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Hi,

Since you are traveling solo, you should not pay more than 45 to 55 Euro for a single (EZ) in a two star Pension. This is in Austria and Germany. That's what I usually pay. Now if it is a 3 star hotel, then for a single, 55 to 65 Euro.

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Hi, decided to go with Pension Gross (but I have a free cancellation policy until 2 days before check in).

I don't need a place to be luxurious and I don't care if it's sterile (yes I've stayed at Budget properties before). I just want a clean room with AC (this is must for me!! i cannot sleep if it's warm in a room...sometimes a fan is good enough, other times I want AC blasting at full strength), a shower with hot water, a private toilet, and a quick walk to some form of public transportation (I do not need to be in the heart of the city).

While I'm frugal, I will pay whatever it takes for AC.

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"...AC blasting at full strength...." What you want is the AC set to meat locker.

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We were in Vienna in 2011. We stayed in an inexpensive walkup in RS's Vienna book. No AC. The windows stayed open all night. No bugs, no flies, night air, street sounds. It was quite pleasant. And it was not hot. It was fine.

I am quite amused by your comment "it is cheaper by $81". We don't stay in the same kind of place. If we spend more than 60 € per night for the 2 of us, we call that a splurge. Cheap, cheap, cheap. That's our travel philosophy. We save our money for dinners.