The Hotel Kugel, Vienna

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We stayed at the Hotel Kugel for a week whilst researching our city guide to Vienna and loved it. It’s very central, Christina and Johannes, the owners, are charming hosts and it’s very comfortable with a timelessly classy feel to the decor. 

Here are a few photos and observations that we made during our stay; at the bottom of this review is a video that’ll give you a further idea of the hotel.

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LocationThere’s a bus stop outside, with a bus going direct to the main train station. The west train station, where we arrived on the night train from Venice, is just a 15 minute walk away. The Westlicht Photographic gallery, the most important in Vienna, is about ten minutes walk, as is the famous Museum Quarter.

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Reception – Christina and Johannes are the owners and they were always at reception as we made our way to breakfast. Johannes is very knowledgable about the sites of Vienna, there’s not a museum he hasn’t visited and formed an opinion on, and he speaks with noticeable joy of his personal high points of each collection. There’s not one single Viennese site that he hasn’t got a special story about and it’s usually a story that you won’t hear about in any guidebook; he even directed us to the church that’s legally part of Italy thanks to a wall mosaic that was once stolen and couldn’t be returned. 

His great-great-grandfather went on a 2 year world tour with Emperor Franz Ferdinand, the same tour that provided much of the material that you can now see in Vienna’s museums, and when he returned he had enough money to modernise the Hotel Kugel to the extent that it was one of the finest hotels in Europe around the turn of the 20th century.

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Christina and Johannes were both so enthusiastic about the good things to be experienced in Vienna, Johannes talked of restaurants as if they’re old and trusted friends and always asked of us in the morning,

“So, how was the day yesterday?’ before discussing our plans for the coming day. He’s a real professional but also a lovely man, being a hotelier is in his blood and when you book into the Kugel you’re paying for something much more than a hotel. The pleasure of Johannes and Christina’s company has no price, in our opinion, and we missed them – and the Kugel – terribly for the first few days after our leaving. It’s rare to meet hoteliers who are such delightful company. 

The Corridors - The building was erected in 1860 and the winding, slightly uneven corridors reflect that time. Velvet material covers the handrails on the floral staircases and the landings are almost like an art gallery, showing the best works of Gustav Klimt. Here are some images.

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Our Room - We had three rooms during our week’s stay. Our first room had a four poster bed, carpeted floors, Laura Ashley wallpaper, a fridge with complimentary drinks in it, tea, coffee and large cups, a safe, satellite TV, a wooden wardrobe and two radiators that kept the room very warm. There was also a five bulb chandelier above the bed which added to the romantic, soft and airy feel to the room. The windows looked out over a main street yet despite there being a bus and tram stop down below, the room was very quiet.

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The bathroom was small but well lit – Lamia said it had great lighting for putting on make up – and clean.

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Here’s the view from the window.

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We moved into single rooms – all of the double rooms had been booked up for one particular night before we’d arranged our stay – and found that they were very comfortable and even had larger bathrooms.

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Our final room had all the amenities of the first and looked like this.

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The Breakfast – Breakfast is served buffet style in the rooms leading off from reception.

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In the first room was freshly baked bread, rolls covered in pumpkin seeds and croissants, homemade creamy, sweet strawberry yogurt, a range of cereals and nuts and fresh juices from local farms that Johannes and Christina had found whilst out hiking.

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In the main room there was a range of cold cuts, cheeses, firm scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cream cheeses…

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…hard boiled eggs, fruit and fresh donuts…

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There was also a range of preserves and honey and drinks including the famous Wiener Melange coffee (German for “Viennese Blend”), hot chocolate espresso and a choice of twelve fruit and herbal fair-trade, organic teas. 

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Here’s a short video that we made during our stay. It’s not meant to be a glossy promo film, more an honest look at what you might experience yourself if you stayed at the hotel.

In Summary – The Kugel is a homely, welcoming hotel. Their breakfast buffet is satisfying and thoughtfully sourced and the quality of service is second to none. We highly recommend you consider staying here.

To discover more, please visit http://www.hotelkugel.at/en/

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