Upon entering Hostel Ruthensteiner, we were warmly greeted by the receptionist and were immediately offered some apple cinnamon tea. We immediately let out a sigh of relief because after walking in the cold and carrying our backpacks, this was the perfect welcome that we were looking for. After getting acquainted with the staff, we headed for our room and we were immediately pleasantly surprised.
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Our Room at Hostel Ruthensteiner
We stayed in one of the Deluxe Apartments which was really like a mini apartment. It was definitely one of the nicest places that we have stayed in while we traveled around Europe. A large living room area with a small kitchenette was available for us to use, which was great for basic things like making coffee and tea.
What we loved about the place was the attention to detail. The kitchenette was complete with a coffee maker, toaster, cutlery, and plates. It even had a mini fridge which was useful to store food in! The room was designed to look like a small wooden cabin, with a comfortable double bed. Since we stayed in this room for three days, we really made good use of it and made it a good home away from home base.
The bathroom was very clean and they provided the basics like shampoo and soap which is always a good plus. Apart from the double rooms, Hostel Ruthensteiner naturally had dorm rooms as well which were all kept very clean and tidy.
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Hostel Ruthensteiner was very well run and organized, but still had a personalized homey feel to it. The staff were all very nice and accommodating, readily giving out recommendations on where to go and what to do. Their recommendation to eat dinner at The Quel, a small local joint which served great homecooked Austrian food was greatly appreciated.
The hostel had a large garden area which had a bbq pit, a large chess set, and various seating areas for hostel guests to use. Although it was a little bit cold when we went, I can imagine that to be a great outdoor lounge area during the summer. Apart from that, they also had a kitchen complete with the basics like oil and various spices for the guests to use.
Hostel Ruthensteiner also had a bar which was open until midnight. This was a great feature which allowed people to socialize and mingle with each other. In fact, I was meeting two girlfriends who lived in Austria and instead of heading out elsewhere, we just stayed in the hostel bar to catch up.
Seemingly big on music, Hostel Ruthensteiner had various musical instruments for guests to use to openly jam and create music together. They had a piano and various guitars which we saw guests take full advantage of. It definitely helped create a good, easy laid back vibe which ran throughout the whole hostel. The hostel also had a large bulletin board where they posted the events that their guest could enjoy that week. This was very helpful as when we were there, they listed the times of the Christmas Markets and other cultural events, and music gigs happening that day. (RELATED: What Kind of Traveler are You?)
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Our Experience at Hostel Ruthensteiner:
Overall, we LOVED our stay at Hostel Ruthensteiner. The staff were all great and we loved the laid back atmosphere of the whole hostel. They serve a good hostel breakfast which you could purchase and the combo meal was composed of either coffee, juice, tea, or hot chocolate followed with a bowl of granola and yogurt (really good granola!), some bread, cheese, and fruit.
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We loved the breakfast because despite being simple, it was very healthy and nutritious too (plus free coffee refills!). We cannot recommend this hostel enough as just from our few days there, we felt immediately at home. We would spend our days wandering around Vienna as we admired the beautiful architecture and the Christmas Markers at night. We always looked forward to going back to the hostel after a full day of exploring just so we could relax, sit down, and warm up a cup of apple cinnamon tea. Our three days in Hostel Ruthensteiner were not just enjoyable but relaxing!
Please note that despite receiving complimentary services from Hostel Ruthensteiner, all opinions are ours and remain completely unbiased.