One of the good things about having a big family living in various places around the world is being able to stay with them when on holiday. But when two of them own and run a set of hotels that’s even better.
Hotel-Pension Bleckmann and Hotel Boltzmann in Vienna are owned by my cousins Jennifer and Matthias, and when we’re in Austria for family dos or holidays we are in the very lucky position of being able to stay with them.
In February my boyfriend and I stayed at Hotel Bleckmann, a 3 storey 27 bedroomed property on Währinger Strasse and were welcomed with this –
The hotel doesn’t do lunch or dinner and is more of a B&B, but they do provide a really great continental breakfast which I find is always so much better in Europe than anywhere else in the world. Every day I shamelessly wolfed into plates and plates of cold meats, crusty rolls, pastries, fruit, eggs and cereals, all washed down with glasses of apple and orange juice. I tend to become an incredible eating machine when breakfast is served in hotels, especially when it includes vast amounts of fresh continental offerings and is part of the room rate.
The hotel is on the edge of the Ringstrasse and a 20 minute walk to the city centre where the likes of the Albertina Museum and St. Stephen’s Cathedral stand. Hotel Bleckmann is walking distance to all the important Viennese landmarks that must be seen when visiting the capital and the walk to the city centre is a chance to explore side streets while stopping for bratwurst and photographing Vienna in all its splendour. We walked everywhere only using public transport once and that was because we were cold and tired having been up at 6am for the Naschmarkt, otherwise there’s absolutely no need as the hotel’s location is ideal for everywhere you’ll want to go. Having said that there are public transport options nearby; the Metro is just up the road and the tram runs in all directions virtually outside the hotel’s door.
The 27 bedrooms in Hotel Bleckmann are divided into single rooms, double rooms, and family rooms for two adults and 1 or 2 children. A double room starts at €73 per room per night with breakfast and taxes included.
At reception there is a fridge with a selection of Austrian wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks to purchase at really fair prices; soft drinks are in and around €2 while a bottle of wine is about €9 which is a far cry from what in-room mini bars charge.
On our final night in Vienna we met my family for drinks at their 4 star hotel, Hotel Boltzmann on Boltzmanngasse, which has a bar and terrace on the ground floor and a really chilled out vibe, perfect for having an al fresco breakfast or a glass of Austrian wine in the evening. We were heading to Plachutta for dinner so finished our drinks before having a quick tour of the new hotel whereupon I decided on my next trip to Vienna I’ll definitely be spending a few hours on the terrace away from the city with a good book and an even better glass of wine under the scorching Austrian sun. Heaven.
Hotel Bleckmann is a 3 star no frills property but it’s close to all the local sights with free wifi, helpful, smiley reception staff, clean, spacious rooms and a cracking breakfast.