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What We Love

  • Central location close to St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace
  • Colorful rooms with Viennese quotes scrawled on feature walls
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • Within walking distance of both the Schwedenplatz and Stephansplatz U-Bahn stations
  • The hotel is completely nonsmoking (a rarity in Austria)
  • All rooms feature AC, work desks and tea- and coffeemaking facilities


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
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Chic boutique with colorful rooms, a modern bistro and a stellar location in Vienna's historic heart

The Lowdown

In Vienna’s historic heart, close to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Mercure Vienna First is a swanky boutique sleep that attracts a cool clientele. Fully revamped in early 2015, the 49 guestrooms are decorated in charcoal gray, with Viennese quotes emblazoned on a feature wall behind beds topped with cherry-red throws. The flat-screen TVs are built into chunky panels, and funky bedside lights sit flush against the wall. The bathrooms feature oversize slate-gray tiles, square rainfall showers and sinks and backlit mirrors. Grab a predinner drink at the HotelBar, a low-lit hangout with high vaulted ceilings, Midcentury-style seating and circular chandeliers, then dine on Austrian cuisine made from local ingredients at the bistro-style restaurant.

In the Area

The hotel is within walking distance of most of Vienna’s top attractions. Start your adventure with the aerial view from the 19th-century Ferris wheel, the Riesenrad. Salute one of Vienna’s most famous natives at the Sigmund Freud Museum. Freud lived and worked in the apartment from 1898 until 1938, when he was forced into exile by the Nazis. Round off your city tour with a meal at Steirereck, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in the city’s largest municipal park.

How to Get There

Mercure Vienna First
Desider Friedmann Platz 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria


4.5 Very Good 584 Reviews
Relaxing days in the Advent Fair crowd
Reviewed 2 days ago

Mercure Vienna First provided a peaceful shelter during the very crowded Advent Fair period for few days. The hotel location is perfect for those who want to get in, or get out of the whirl fast. The hotel staff is nice and friendly. The breakfast and dinner is great. And all attractions of Vienna are in walking distance.

Well worth staying
Reviewed 5 days ago

Stayed here for four nights, all the staff were very polite and professional, breakfast was good, you are so close to everything and all in walking distance, well done everyone working at this hotel, would stay again.

Outstanding Property in Outstanding Location
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment I arrived, the Mercure First was a pleasure to visit. The small reception area was cozy while those working the front desk were always professional and helpful. My room - an upgraded one on the second floor - was spacious by European standards and featured a large bathroom with deep tub. Amenities were standard Mercure branded, but the fluffy towels, washcloths, and robe were new and comforting after a day out in the cold. The free "mini-bar" had two large bottles of water daily, as well as Coke and orange juice. There was also a Heineken, but after drinking it on my first night, it was never replaced like the other items. The bed was a letdown - despite it being a queen/king, which was great, the mattress was springy but hard, providing little lumbar support. I woke up my second morning with a very sore back!

Location is quite central and convenient, without being right on a main street with traffic. In fact, it is in a small pedestrian zone - bear this in mind as your taxi will not be able to drop you in front of the hotel and you will need to carry your luggage a short distance over cobblestoned streets. Plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars around. Subway stop about a five minute walk away.

All in all, a lovely stay and this moderately priced hotel.

Small boutique hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just had a pleasant stay in this hotel. The staff seemed really helpful and want to try and make your stay as pleasant as possible. Reception lobby looks fab and very welcoming. We shared a twin room on the 5th floor which was nice albeit it a little on the small side. That doesn't really bother me though as you only sleep there!
My advise would be to turn the fans off in your room- my goodness the 1st night we started was like being in an oven!!

Breakfast was simple but I really enjoyed ir- just enough for me and the coffee was great! One thing to note which I found really disappointing, was that the bar wasn't open during our stay. This is one of the deciding factors when we choose a city hotel due to enjoying a nice drink before we go to bed or before we go out to dinner. It wasn't until we arrived that we saw that it is only open Tuesday- Saturday. I wish this had been made clearer when we were booking it!

Fab location though, 5 minute walk from St Stephens cathedral and surrounded by lots of shops and bars. Would definitely recommend to for a pleasant stay in Vienna.

Very nice boutique hotel in the Vienna downtown
Reviewed 1 month ago

Great new small hotel in very down town of Vienna Old Town. Very good service and sumptous breackfast. A lot cafes around, all sightseens are close and very pleasant modern room design. Free fast Wifi is a plus