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Great bargin hotel

My son and I stayed at the Josefshof Wien. Clean, great staff, good prices. Breakfast good, but a little pricey. ( we found our own local place ) The hotel is across the street from a car repair shop, but if you are looking for a bargin, which is in the "inner ring", you must try them. As my son told me, " we're only sleeping here"

Since the hotel is in a Vienna neighborhood, there are really great local restaurants within a two block walk. Greek, Italian, and Austrian. Our favorite was "Fromm Helene." Austrian cooking that tasted just like my grandmother's, and mother's. It is a locals restaurant. ( all my grand parents came from Austria )

Don't do the tourist stuff, get out of your comfort zone and experience the real Vienna. But, please be polite. Remember, you are in some one else's home.

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Sounds good and as your son said 'we're only sleeping here'. To me a hotel is just somewhere to rest your head as long as it is clean and comfy I am happy.

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Vonbeet, whats the exact name of the hotel? I only found the Mercure Hotel Josefshof on the internet and that looked pretty pricey.

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Hi,

What is the closest U-Bahn or S-Bahn station?

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I believe the Hotel Josefshof Vienna is a Mercure hotel. They are always pretty good bets. And rob in cal, I don't think $125-150/night is 'pretty pricey', I think that's very reasonable. Those rates were on booking.com so may be even less if booked through their website. I agree that the breakfast is pricey and I would plan to find a nearby place for breakfast if I stayed there.

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The Josefhof is a Mercure hotel. My son was able to book a room for 75 euro's. Have no idea how, but maybe because it was at the end of August.

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Fantastic price, even if it were for a single (EZ). Most likely, it is because it is in August. In Vienna I have had two people in Rezeption and Verwaltung (Administration) at two different 3 and 4 star hotels tell me the cheapest rates are offered ca. from the second half of July to the end of August, if the particular hotel lowers rates at all, ie at the peak of the summer ( the heat, crowds, etc). That's one reason among others that I prefer traveling there in the summer.

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Sorry to me $125 to $150 is NOT a "bargain". My wife and I did a 30 day trip to Italy 2 years ago and our average cost for a B&B / hotel room was 100 Euros.

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I rarely pay for a single (EZ) over 100 Euro. If I do, it had better be a 4 star hotel, as I did once in Hamburg a few years back since I was tired of looking for a hotel, so I took one, a four star, at 115 Euro for a single which included the fantastic buffet breakfast which itself was more than 15 euro. Bargains are anywhere from 40 to 50 Euro for a single at a Pension or 2 star, or 55 to 65 Euro for a single at a three star.

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The room my son booked for 75 Euros, at the Josefshof, was a double, not a single. It was a mother and son trip. I still believe it was a good price after checking the prices at other hotels in Vienna.

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My compliments to your son on getting this deal! For a double (DZ) 75 Euro is indeed a deal, all the more so at the Josefshof

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Vonbeet - In 2015 We stayed at the Hotel Rathaus Wein & Design which is in the same neighborhood as the Josefshof. We ate at Fromme Helene at least twice. We also enjoyed Marienhof, which is just down the street from Fromme Helene, or at least it was then. Thanks for reminding me of those great meals.

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Sounds good to me :) will never understand why hotels overprice their breakfasts though as it has been like this in every hotel I've been in and so I do the same as you and had to find a cafe.

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Even in the U.S. breakfasts are over priced and really not that good. At least in Austria they are good, but too overpriced. So, just find a local bakery or café. And the staff at the hotel was more than willing to give us their picks at local places.

We did find that a lot of the hotels in Switzerland offer free breakfasts. And they are really good. Can't wait to go back!