A Perfect Viennese Base: Hotel Schani Salon Review

This post features a gifted stay in collaboration with Hotel Schani Salon but the views and opinions expressed  are my own.

Hotel Schani Salon Vienna

After our whirlwind trip to Mykonos for (some) sun and (mostly) cocktails, we were back in mainland Europe to explore one of the most historic and cultural capitals going, Vienna! As we were only staying in Vienna for two brief days before our flight back to the UK, we needed to be based somewhere central. So when Hotel Schani Salon got in touch to stay over at their hotel located *just* further afield than Stephansplatz, we jumped at the opportunity. Vienna here we come!

LOCATION

If you’re looking for a hotel that’s close enough to the centre of the city to be easily accessible, but not too typically “touristy”, then Hotel Schani Salon is worth checking out. Hotel Schani Salon is situated on the Viennese equivalent to London’s Oxford Street, the Mariahilfer Strasse. It’s the main shopping high street in Vienna and believe me, you will be *so* tempted to splash out. From Monki, to Weekday, to Zara – This highstreet has some insane shopping options.

Looking to go further afield? No problem. Hotel Schani Salon is just down the road from the Neubaugasse metro station, which is served by line U3. The central station, Stephansplatz (home of St Stephen’s Cathedral), is a mere three stops away!

The hotel itself is signposted on the main high street, just remember to look up! There isn’t a clearly signposted doorway or anything like that. On evening when Alix & I were heading, back we ended up having to google maps the hotel as we missed the sign every time.

Hotel Schani Salon Vienna

THE HOTEL

Once you buzz up, you’ll be let into the foyer of a shared building. This is something you might not be expecting but we found it to be quite common in mainland Europe. Hotel Schani Salon is on the first floor, so you just take the lift straight up. The different floors are clearly indicated to in the lift so you won’t get lost.

Hotel Schani Salon has an instantly inviting feel, like a home away from home. Alix and I arrived pretty late after our flight back from Mykonos, and after a ride with a very disgruntled Uber driver we really needed to see a smiling face. Luckily, the receptionist looked up with the biggest smile when we walked in and welcomed us to Vienna! We would usually order a drink at the bar at this point, but we were ridiculously shattered and decided to retire. Grabbing our room key, we hurried through the corridors to our room.

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THE COMMUNAL AREAS

After a wonderful 10 hours of great sleep, we decided to explore the hotel before brekkie to get some photos in. Alix really loved the little bookcase and vinyl player nook where you can kick back with a good read or ask a member of staff to help you out with the records. The rest of the hotel is comprised of the the main bar/restaurant area, and the corridors leading to the rooms. All in all, this is a pretty small hotel. If you’re into more intimate spaces that feel homely as opposed to busy and vast, you’ll really enjoy the feeling. It was definitely more up Alix’s and I’s street, we had the breakfast room all to ourselves for about half an hour at 7.30am which was bliss!

The main “common area” is pretty swanky, I would say. The walls are adorned with artsy projections, and the vibe is very cosy comfy. It’s also good to know that the reception is 24/7, just in case you should need anything after normal social hours. This includes the bar, which operates late into the night. The interiors are very dark and stylish, which initially on first impression gave me those cool East London vibes, Hotel Schani Salon definitely fits the category of trendy design hotel for sure.

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THE ROOM

Hotel Schani Salon is a brand new hotel, so we were expecting the rooms to be finished to a very high standard… The room was stunning, guys. It really felt like the hotel know their clientele, the attention to detail in the furnishing and design is everything. We were given an art themed room, and it was totally our cup of tea! There are small art installations adorning the walls, as well as a really good sized TV (we didn’t end up using it though) and a handy map of the city to study. The bed headboard is a stunning geometric print, and the little details like a mini dining set up and a trunk-styled storage stool are handy design aspects also.

I need to say this, the room is really fun. It was like a weirdly interactive experience and Alix and I spent a fair amount of time exploring the room and finding new and innovative space-saving designs. Example – There isn’t a wardrobe but hinged hanger near the map. The room also has USB chargers, which is genius. It meant we didn’t have to rummage through our bags late at night to find travel chargers for our phone, woo!

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I can truly say that they really thought about the comfort in the new design also. The bed was just firm enough and just squishy enough for a well rested nights’ sleep, and if you love “crunchy hotel sheets” (if you know, you know) then you’ll be in heaven. The mood lighting was all there too, with three lighting options you can really create a warm cosy atmosphere in no time! It also has both a radiator and air con, so no matter the time of year, you’ll have a comfortable stay to your liking. Strangely enough, the bed is divided away from the bathroom (I’ll get to that later) by a curtain divider, which might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it did add to the whole warm, cosy vibe of the stay.

Oh, and we had one of those wireless charging port landing-pad thingys next to the bed. Although it was really cool, we had no idea if and how we could use. I would definitely like to see Hotel Schani Salon adding a small manual because we had no idea what we were doing.

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It’s enough to freak some people out, but yes, the bathroom is in the bedroom. Weird at first, quaint not long after. Before I make a start on this… the toilet is indeed in a separate lockable room. Now I’ve gotten that out of the way, can we just take a moment for the stunning bathroom design? Like everything in Hotel Schani Salon, it’s got a really innovative space saving design whilst still looking 100%. Simple yet effective, this minimalist design is what I live for. The gold and marble ticked my boxes instantly, and a waterfall shower wins points everytime right?

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BREAKFAST

Hotel Schani Salon offer a buffet breakfast for hotel-stayers for an €14 per breakfast per person. And boy, do they put on a spread. Brekkie is served from 7am-10.30am in the main reception/communal area, all you need to do is tell the server your room number and grab a plate! After spending 4 days in Rome, my initial go-to was croissant with Nutella (mmmm) but I went back up for brie (obz) and lemon cake (it was amazing). The coffee machine was fab, and I loved the detail in the little tea-pouring cartoon when dispensing the beverage. I would say that everything is kept very well stocked and tasted fresh, and there are plenty of options for those who may have intolerances. One thing that we struggled with was that some the food labels are in German with no English translation. So if you are allergic, intolerant, or just don’t like something, ask a member of staff for help as they all speak fluent English.

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HOTEL SCHANI SALON

This hotel was the perfect base to explore the centre of the city without being located in too much of a touristy area, and the shops on the main street were oh-so tempting. I would recommend this hotel to anyone 35 y/o and below based on the location and design, but the majority of people that we saw staying were 40+. I think that this hotel really does have something for everyone, and I would definitely stay again as it’s right up my street in terms of design hotel. I love the way that Hotel Schani Salon takes it’s smaller spaces and creates a brand new world of design hotel that not only looks good but is functional and space saving. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay, Hotel Schani Salon! 

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(Rooms available now from €80 per night)

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This post features a gifted stay in collaboration with Hotel Schani Salon but the views and opinions expressed  are my own.

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