Meaning as cheap as possible accomodation or transport and only allowed to spend more on pleasures.
That’s why we stayed at the Wombat’s City Hostel (The Lounge) at Mariahilfer Strasse 137, nearby the Westbahnhof station in Vienna. (Such a great location!)
It was very easy to find the way over there, we just took the U3 subway from the Stephansplatz to Westbahnhof (a short ride) and from there it’s not far to walk, just about 5 minutes max.
The reception (open 24/7) is right in front of the entrance to the hostel and the staff where very professionally helpful and competent, despite the fact that they were very busy sometimes.
We had booked a double room for our stay – yes, some hostels have double rooms too. We don’t like to share room with total strangers if we can avoid it.
It also had a private bathroom, which was impeccable clean. And I really mean impeccable clean. Not a spot or dust anywhere to find.
I was really impressed, because it where cleaner than some of the 3 and 4 stars hotels we’ve stayed at and there is a HUGE gap when it comes to the price!
The view from the big windows in our room was not bad either. We’ve definitely seen much worse in some hotels we’ve stayed.
Only disadvantage with big windows with the fire escape stairs right outside was the warning they had put up to not leave the windows open at night, because of burglars.
That’s why we had a huge fan standing on the floor in front of the bed – yes, it was quite hot in the nights, since we had about 32 degrees Celsius while we were there.
The Wombats is one of the coolest hostels with lots of services for the guests, like a great leisure space with a pool table and TV, a shared kitchen, dining room, a proper laundry room, and not to mention the very cool basement with the womBar!
We also did get a free welcome drink in the bar, how friendly isn’t that!
No one seemed to mind that we two oldies (lol) were there in the bar and it got more and more crowded. A great place to meet people to chat to if one doesn’t want to go out.
We got down there early and stayed until a small live band played, they were not that good, but I still think it’s great of them to try to arrange something down there in the evenings.
It’s smart of them to have the womBar, because it means that the party people hang down there (it’s soundproof) instead of partying at the rooms and perhaps disturb the other guests.
There’s lots of events going on in the city every evening and the staff put up lists on the wall for you to pick among, which really makes it difficult to choose…
The computer area was totally OK, with a very low fee. If you bring your own laptop you have free access to their wlan.
There were also different kind of machines to help you out and I love their humor showing with one of them…
However that one wasn’t the one we used, we used the candy and soda machine, perfect with snacks for this hungry monster, but there were also several food stores very close in the neighborhood.
At the hostel there were an all you can eat continental buffet breakfast served and costs €3.50, a modest standard breakfast that you can expect for that price.
Sorry, no photos, I guess I was too tired in the mornings.(read: we barely made it to the breakfast in time every morning *giggles*).
We stayed for 3 nights and paid €150 for both of us, no additional payment for linen and towels – well worth the price I must say – don’t you agree?
Oh, and there are free lockers in every room too. They’ve covered it all.
If you want to go there, don’t forget to book well in advance – it’s very popular. We saw some very tired youngsters that arrived in the middle of the night and didn’t get any rooms and had to wander to other places.
My honest opinion is that in the hostelworld, this is a five star hostel and I can recommend it with a warm heart.
I just wish that ALL hostels in the world had the same high standards and great atmosphere….
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