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Airo Tower Hotel (Vienna, Austria)

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Address: Kurbadstrasse 8 / A-1100 Vienna / Austria

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      31.07.2009 13:06
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      Not good value for money in my opinion

      I stayed at this hotel as part of a group of 30 or so on our MBA Residential visit to Vienna.

      Having stayed at many hotels around the world I have to say that this is one of the worst for the price I have ever seen. By this I mean that the room rate displayed at reception and in the rooms was 130/160 Euros per night single/double. Now I know that Vienna is notoriously expensive to stay in but even so, at those kind of rates you expect a certain standard.

      If you just want somewhere to rest your head then do not be put off this hotel, yes it is a little far out from the centre and you will need to take both tram and metro to get in and out - but the public transport is so efficient and cheap that this is not really a problem at all.

      The hotel just feels like it is badly in need of a refurb - 10 years ago I am sure it was worthy of its rates but now it feels kind of dirty and shabby. A whole bunch of us were placed on the 2nd floor and between us we had the following issues with our rooms - curtains that fall down when you draw them (most of us), holes in the bath, missing plugs for the sink, no signal on the tv, a very strong smell of sulphur (this was across the hotel actually - not just in the rooms) and windows that nearly fell out when opened. 2 of our group actually moved rooms because they felt the ones they were given were not fit for purpose - to be fair they were moved to better rooms.

      Another problem is that wifi is only available on the ground floor so we continuously had to camp out in the lobby in order to complete our reports, this is fine when its quiet but at least once a day there seems to be a mass dropping off or collecting of a large group of Japanese tourists which disturbs the peace somewhat. The other major problem working in the lobby is the mosquitos. We were amazed that in central Europe in late March when its still cold out, there is an abundance of them buzzing round reception in this place. A number of people were bitten by them.

      The good points - breakfast was good, always a good selection of breads, meat and cheeses, pastries, fruit and cereals and the staff are pretty helpful too. Personally I had no issues with noise from other rooms although to be fair we were usually the last in our rooms each evening. The beds are very hard but I liked this and slept well.

      The bar staff are helpful and the prices arent too bad for a hotel bar or for Vienna in general, we were paying about 3 euros for a half litre of beer or 5 for a full litre.

      I would rate this as a 2/3 star hotel but in desperate need of updating, I would not have been amused had I been paying the advertised rates for the room I got and I am sure for that amount you could - with some research - find better quality for the price, possibly more central too.

      **This review has also been posted on Tripadvisor under the name Ali2020**

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      Twenty minutes from Vienna's historical city centre.