The Hotel Odeon in the Praterstern area of Vienna is a dog-friendly and cheap place to stay. We found the hotel suited our needs and budget and even stayed on 2 visits to Austria on our Interrail adventures.
This place is basically a cross between a hotel and hostel and set over multiple floors with a bathroom on each floor. The building is under renovation and to be honest, could be improved. The hotel has a reception area with a bar that we utilised on both visits getting Austrian beers for the room or a nice quiet drink in the bar area.
The bedrooms were small on both visits the width of a double bed that was pushed up against the window. The beds, however, were comfy and warm and had padding on the wall edges, a nice touch for comfort. The rooms were clean on both occasions and had a sink for washing as well as a small table, ideal for food prep.
The bathrooms as mentioned were shared on a floor by floor basis, these were clean, has a bath and shower with constant hot water. The locking system for the bathroom was confusing and after reading reviews online I have no idea if it was locked properly.
The bar was small with stools and a high comfy chair seating option. The hotel bar was manned by the people in reception, the bar people were friendly and great to chat to when they were quiet. One convinced me that Timisoara was a great destination, but was impressed at the length of our trip with the dog. The two main local beers served were Stiegl and Weiselburger.
The hotel advertised online as being dog friendly but with an extra charge for deep cleaning, this was about 10 euros so didn’t break the bank. The dog was allowed in all areas and we were allowed to leave him in the room as he isn’t a barker when left alone. Ther dog attended the bar and outside smoking area on multiple occasions and even got a fuss from some of the staff.
The streets surrounding The Odeon were safe and quiet despite having strip clubs and massage parlours locally. There were some parks which were for dogs and there were poo bags dispensed for free at various locations.
I could not post without mentioning the tiny lift that was a bit rickety and just for 2 people with rucksacks in. The older lifts were a common theme on this trip the most freaky being at Hostel Bratislava.
The hotel as with most in Europe was no-smoking so had a comfy outside smoking area. There was a laundry room for visitors to use to get clothes clean, ideal for backpackers to refresh their wardrobe. We were OK for clothing to get to Prague so had decided to use the launderette whene we hit The Czech Republic.
One of the main reasons we returned was the hotel’s willingness to look after luggage after check out. Ideal for us so we didn’t have a dog and backpacks while touring Vienna for the whole day. We always had a drink while collecting luggage before moving on.
To walk from the main centre of Vienna it takes about 20-25 minutes through some nice city streets. Arrival by train is easy and is only a few minutes walk from Praterstern train station. Trams were also running towards the area so that’s an option too.
The main attraction near to The Odeon is the Prater Theme Park which has an iconic big wheel as well as many other rides. Madame Tussauds is also located here and looked very interesting.
There were various restaurants nearby serving food to suit most tastes, we had street food and a chinese banquet during our stay.
There were some good local pubs that we popped into for some local beer, the dog popped ina few with us too.
Augarten, a Baroque-style park with a royal palace is a 20 minute walk to the north.
Viennas central point is at St Stephen’s cathedral, this is walkable within 25 minutes from the hotel.
Aldi & Lidl supermarkets were within a 5-minute walk, ideal for supplies and to make a packed lunch or continental breakfast.
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A good place to rest your head just outside the city and ideal for those travelling with a dog in tow. Also good for visitors that want to attend the iconic Prater Theme Park at night.