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Graetzl Karmelitermarkt, Vienna, Austria

With only 48hs to explore Vienna. Not enough time if you think of the impressive amount of monuments and museums worth a visit. We wanted to stay somewhere off the track to get a real feel of Vienna, but close enough to the main sightseeings locations. Graetzl Hotel was that perfect fit.

This is not a classic hotel; there is no reception or check-in process. You just choose one of the 21 rooms spread across the city and call it home for your time in the artistic city. 48hs before arrival, an email is sent with directions and the door code, for easy check in.

We stayed in a street suite at Karmelitermarkt, in the hip 2nd district. Just one-kilometer distance to Stephansplatz (where the beautiful Stephansdom cathedral is located ), and five minutes walking distance to Schwedenplatz. All rooms are located in former stores and the interior design is a mixture of modernist furniture and shabby-chic fixtures. Our room was, in fact, a self-contained apartment. It’s spacious 35 m² can fit a table for 8 people! The suite used to be a lamp shop and you can see it reflected in its quirky lampshade selection.

The rooms have been specially adapted also for the disabled or less able visitor, there are still stairs at the entrance so a little help might still be needed. Double rooms run from (£102) in low season, and from (£162) in high. The live-as-local concept we really love here, staying off the beaten track but staying true to the Viennese life.


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grätzlhotel Karmelitermarkt, Große Sperlgasse 6, 1020 Wien, Austria

by Luci Lattanzi

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