25hours Hotel: The Quirkiest Place to Stay in Vienna
If you searched for a synonym for 25hours Hotels, the word you would stumble upon is “quirky”. Or maybe “Lucy Ronan”. Seriously, this chain of hotels is so up my street. It was like it was handmade just for me. So it’s safe to say that I was
kind of extremely excited to stay in Vienna at their Museumsquartier hotel for two nights last week.
25hours Hotel Vienna at Museumsquartier
When you think of Vienna, Baroque-style architecture probably comes to mind. And yes, this architecture is beautiful. Really freakin’ beautiful. But sometimes you need something just a lil’ bit more young and modern…
And that’s where Vienna’s 25hours Hotel comes in. It is as much as it is an experience as it is somewhere to rest your head for the night. It’s a community, a place to socialise and relax, a piece of modern art, a destination in its own right. That sounds pretentious as fuck but it’s true! You could easily spend an entire weekend just in the hotel exploring all its nooks and crannies. It was very hard for us to leave the place (and stop taking photos for Instagram – calm it Luce, enough is enough…). 25hours kind of reminded me of Michelberger Hotel in Berlin, but with more colour and more fun. Michelberger played it cool, whereas 25hours didn’t give two shits. And that’s what I loved about it.
The hotel lived up to its Alice in Wonderland-esque slogan “we are all mad here” but it wasn’t too in-your-face either. The staff (who all looked under the age of 30) couldn’t have been more accommodating and welcoming. Just like the hotel’s design, 25hours welcomes an eclectic mix-match of people. A sign on the front of the hotel reads “come as you are” reinforcing its acceptance of anyone from any background. Just make sure you have a sense of curiosity, spontaneity and adventure!
And if 25hours Vienna isn’t enough, the chain has eight other hotels in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Zurich. 25hours designs each hotel based on the city’s past and uses local artists and designers for the interior decorating so they can assure a unique, local experience at each place. The inspiration for the Museumsquartier hotel arose from the city’s sensational past at the Prater, Opera Ball, Life Ball, and its many music and theatre venues. And they sure do go to town with the circus and travelling performer theme.
Museumsquartier, in Vienna’s seventh district, is one of the largest art and culture complexes worldwide. Staying at 25hours Hotel means you are spoilt for choice when it comes to museums, cafes and shops, and you’re in the perfect location to explore the rest of the city too!
The Volkstheater metro station is only 300 metres from 25hours, and the hotel also offers bikes and MINIs that you can take for a spin around the city for free! Yep, for FREE. We didn’t have time to try them out but whenever I’m next back at a 25hours hotel (and let’s be honest – I will be), I’ll be sure to make use of these facilities.
From the outside, the hotel looks pretty unassuming other than the hint of eccentricity suggested by the neon orange “we are all mad here” sign. But aside from that, it just looks like any other hotel. But as soon as you step foot through the door, that all changes…
Greeting you is a front desk that replicates a lion’s cage, two lounge areas and a collection of junkyard nick-nacks including a swing bench, pinball machine and vintage photo booth. Typical me forgot to get a photo strip taken in the booth (and I also forgot to take a photo of the booth) but they were exactly the same as the photoautomats in Berlin which I loved.
There was also a kiosk in the lobby selling various accessories, clothes, cosmetics, books and postcards. You can even buy the hotel’s own plush toys, bed linen, towels and toiletries, and hotel vouchers for gifts!
The staff at the front desk were extremely willing to help Jess and I with any questions we had. They mapped out the city for us telling us the best way to see all the main sites and helped us find train times back to Bratislava on our final morning.
On their website, the M-room (the smallest room in the hotel) is advertised as being ideal “for short guest performances”. For this reason, I was expecting a little box room, which wouldn’t bother me anyway, but nope the smallest room is incredibly spacious. 25hours Hotel Vienna has 217 rooms ranging from our cosy M-room to their extravagant panoramic suites, each one original with various materials, shapes, colours and accessories.
The interior decor is just as fun and fabulous as the rest of the hotel, with a large wall behind the queen size bed depicting imaginative circus scenes. This was obviously the highlight of the room, but it didn’t stop there folks… One of my favourite things about staying in quirky, unique places like this one is the attention to detail. From the messenger bag sitting by the door which you can use throughout your stay, to the elephant plush toy on your bed, you will spend all your time here discovering new things. They really have thought of everything!
Not only is the hotel brilliantly designed, but the marketing/brand team are funny as fuck. Seriously, can I work here already? Everything from the hilarious Do Not Disturb door hangers to complimentary condoms (who else provides them?), was funny and hashtag relatable. Not a sentence is written without a hint of sarcasm or humour. It was basically this blog tbh.
- UE Boom Bluetooth Speaker
- Flat-screen TV
The en suite was just as, if not more, spacious than the bedroom. It had a more simple, minimalistic design with a monochrome colour scheme. One feature I loved was the Hollywood style light bulbs above the mirror which reinforced the show theme.
My favourite thing about the bathroom was the toiletries! The shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, hand wash and body lotion were provided by the natural, organic brand Stop The Water While Using Me, who encourage people to save water. They didn’t skimp on the toiletries either. No travel-sized bottles for us, honey. These were big ol’ bottles. After a night in the spa it was so nice to come back to our room, have a luxurious shower and slather myself in body lotion. I felt like a shiny new human bean. Plus, in case you fall in love with these cosmetics after trying them (and who could blame you?), you can buy them directly at the kiosk in the lobby to take home with you!
Another striking feature is the glass panel between the bedroom and the shower, which can either be left transparent or cleverly concealed with a flexible shutter. But there are still holes in the shutter… This is probably more exciting when you’re travelling with your SO instead of your friend but we rolled with it.
After a lot of walking in Bratislava, we welcomed 25hours Hotel’s Mermaid Cave Spa with open arms. I would never normally go to a spa on a city break (aren’t I meant to be cramming in lots of sights??), but oh boy was it needed. The sauna and steam room helped me relax and get myself ready for another long day of exploring. And the cycle repeats…
The Mermaids Cave in the basement has a gym, sauna, steam room and general relaxation areas (the hanging rocking chairs were my favourite) for all hotel guests to use. And on both times we visited, the spa was completely empty. We had the whole place to ourselves. Bliss!
If you didn’t happen to walk enough on your city break (side note: who the hell are you?) and fancy some more exercise, the hotel’s well-equipped workout area will be just what you need. They also hold the occasional yoga class which you can sign up for at the front desk.
1500 Foodmakers Restaurant
25hours Hotel is home to one of Vienna‘s most hip and happening (I’m cool, I promise) restaurants. They serve up a large breakfast buffet and some killer Italian cuisine in the evening.
In the morning you can start your day with a breakfast buffet serving a large array of fruit, yoghurt, cereals, meat and bread. Although it’s easy and convenient, I wouldn’t pay for it if I stayed with them in the future as it is pretty expensive (it’ll set you back a whopping £16) and I’d rather pick something up cheaply. You can also opt for their Grab & Go option which is only £6.
On our final evening in Vienna, we decided to eat at 1500 foodmakers for dinner ’cause my legs and feet ached too much to walk somewhere else. We hadn’t reserved a table and they only just managed to fit us in, so I’d recommend reserving a table in advance if you want to eat there. It’s pretty expensive, but in the end, we just said “Fuck it, eat pizza”, which is the restaurant’s unpretentious slogan (and my daily thoughts summed up in a few words).
The 1500foodmakers restaurant serves up lots of delicious cosmopolitan pizza, pasta and light salads, and gets its inspiration from restaurants in Santa Monica, New York and Los Angeles. We ordered the cheapest thing on the menu which was the mozzarella fior di latte, basil pizza (in short, a fancy Margherita) and chowed down on the copious amounts of complimentary bread ’cause #carbsarelife. This came to a total of £8.11 each.
Der Dachboden Rooftop Bar
Ugh, can this place seriously get any better?! Um, yep. 25hours Hotel in Vienna boasts a rooftop bar with some of the best views across Vienna. Before visiting the city I was reading up on where to find the best views in Vienna – and yep, you guessed it, 25hours made every list!
Dachboden, meaning attic, is on the 8th floor of the hotel. Not only is the lounge and bar popular among hotel guests, but also among other tourists and locals. The views from the rooftop bar are pretty spectacular but the problem is that everyone knows it. It’s busy, y’all. Some may love the buzz of it but I prefer the silence and exclusivity of other rooftop bars.
Burger de Ville
Oh, so you’re still hungry after all this food and drink? Don’t you worry, 25hours has got yo back. Burger de ville is a summer “burger garden” which serves drinks and cheap burgers from an airstream trailer in a gorgeous park outside the hotel. We didn’t have a chance to grab a burger from here but they looked pretty amazing.
So have you ever stayed at one of the 25hours hotels? What did you think? If not, are you persuaded to now? I kinda wanna visit more of Germany or pop over to Switzerland just to stay in another of their hotels!
I was welcomed as a guest of 25hours Hotels for the purpose of this review but as always all opinions are my own.
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