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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Pension Franz, a baroque-style property in the student quarter of Alsergrund, isn't a secret anymore. In fact, it is exactly the type of hotel that travel writers love to herald. Nonetheless, it still feels like a discovery. Near the university and the U-Bahn, the pension is ideal for visitors on a budget. Scads of cheap food options, the Rathaus, and Sigmund Freud Park are all nearby.
Shabby chic and gilt interiors paired with its location give the Franz the feel of a classic down at heel property, and in fact, with its three stars, it actually lacks some of the amenities we'd want at this price point.
The hotel is dripping with period detail. Paintings of languorous Viennese ladies hang in the rooms, which are all odd shapes and angles. Glittery chandeliers and lamps sparkle, and common areas are draped in oriental carpets and wood. Even the wallpaper contains gold lead filigree.
Some of the generously sized rooms boast windows looking out on the Votive Church. Unfortunately, the period details leave little room for perks like Internet access, though rooms do have minibars and cable televisions.
Service is classically Viennese, and is accordingly best for visitors who appreciate a hands-off experience.
» Alexander Basek, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Franz Pension Hotel neighborhood
Located northwest of the Innere Stadt, Alsergrund is about a 20-minute walk to the center of the city. The neighborhood is home to the main campus of the University of Vienna, and thus teems with students, cheap restaurants, würstel stands and free cinema screenings. The Alsergrund is a good choice of neighborhood for visitors on a tight budget.