“We’re all mad here…” says the neon words emblazoned on the side of the 25hours Hotel, at the Museumsquartier (Wien). And if you were to venture inside this quirky hotel, slap bang in the vibrant 7th district of Vienna’s city centre, you’d very quickly get a flavour of the sort of playfulness that makes this property such a unique addition to the Viennese traveller scene.
Renovated and expanded in 2013 (led by the Augsburg-based design team Dreimata) the 25hours Hotel features a unique mishmash of vintage and modern furniture – think old-fashioned trunks repurposed as coffee tables and vintage bike frames turned into places to hang your coat – combined with circus murals and a vibrant colour palette.
There is an onsite spa (or Mermaid’s Cave, as it prefers to be known) and a spectacular rooftop bar, where the party genuinely does go on until dawn. The vibe is young, trendy and almost as at home in vibrant Berlin than it is in classically traditional Vienna. Known for its opera, art and baroque history the Austrian capital might seem an unusual choice for the hip, young traveller but the 25hours Hotel in the Museumsquertier is at the forefront of its youthful renaissance.
The 25hours hotel features 183 guest rooms and 34 suites, all with their own distinct stylings. All rooms come with beds of at least queen-sized proportions, and even the cosy mediums have more than enough room to swing a cat (or tame a lion – your choice). Go larger and you start to enjoy luxuries like outdoor baths on your own private balcony, kitchenettes, Nespresso coffee makers, iMac workstations and UE Boom Bluetooth speakers.
Clearly in touch with the fun-loving vibe of their guests, rooms also come equipped with welcome packs that include the best nightlife tips and a generous pack of *ahem* condoms. Clearly the 25hours Hotel is keen to encourage safe play!
Onsite restaurant Ribelli serves Italian classics in a laid-back environment from midday until 11pm, with excellent antipasti, pizza and pasta on offer. The same restaurant transforms for breakfast, where the buffet includes a few continental pastries, fruits, yoghurts, cereals and a few hot options from a special orders menu.
The jewel in the crown of this 25hours Hotel is it’s genuinely happening rooftop bar, The Attic. On both nights we stayed (slightly unusually for a Sunday and Monday) the bar was crammed to the rafters with revellers. The excellent cocktail menu may have had something to do with it, and if not that then the spectacular view over Vienna from the outside terrace. If the trendy 25hours Hotel had a heart it would be this effortlessly laid-back-but-cool bar!
Out and about:
The 25hours Hotel at the Museumsquartier (as the name suggests) couldn’t be better located: within walking distance of a whole range of museums, galleries, restaurants, cafe houses and the major shopping streets of Vienna it would almost be easier to list which of Vienna’s attractions it isn’t right next to. And to encourage a bit of ‘green’ sight-seeing the hotel offers bikes to all their guests (Vienna is an eminently cycle-able city).
The worst thing:
For a city with such an excellent and unique food culture, it does seem a slight shame that the hotel doesn’t have a more Austrian-based restaurant onsite.
The best thing:
The vibe here really is something special. Cool and quirky without a hint of pretension, the 25hours hotel manages to be kooky without feeling forced and has genuine warmth from check-in to check-out.
In a nutshell:
For the traveller who is young of heart and adventurous of spirit, the 25hours Hotel in the Museumsquartier should be the go-to destination in Vienna!