Hostel Ruthensteiner: Vienna’s Prettiest Little Hostel

Hostel Ruthensteiner  After leaving Salzburg, Austria, I traveled to Vienna for one week to explore the city which people kept telling me was full of beauty, history, and culture. Unfortunately at the beginning of my stay in the city, I was under the weather and ended up spending a few days locked away in a hotel room on the outskirts of town only leaving my room to get something to eat.

As the week came to an end and my condition improved, I wanted to move to a more central location in the city to try to fit in as much sightseeing as I could in the short time that I had left. I chose to stay at Hostel Ruthensteiner, a hostel that had both a central location in the city and had high ratings online.

The Rooms
Hostel Ruthensteiner Dorm Room

Dorm Room, Hostel Ruthensteiner

One thing that I really loved about Hostel Ruthensteiner was how spacious the rooms were. I stayed in a 6-bed female dorm and I was quite comfortable. The room was clean, peaceful, and had a very feminine artistic touch. It was equipped with lockers, personal reading lamps, a table, extra bedding, hangers, and plenty of outlets. I felt like it was a home-away-from-home.

The Property: Gardens & Art


Hostel Ruthensteiner Garden

A garden in the backyard of the hostel

Two of my favorite things about Hostel Ruthensteiner were the gardens and the art, which I first fell in love with on their website, which does not do it justice. In the rear of the hostel, there are two lovely little gardens where guest can relax, converse, and eat. It is very apparent that the gardens are well cared for and looked after by the staff.

Hostel Ruthensteiner Garden Dining

Guests can enjoy outdoor dining in another of the hostel’s gardens

In addition to the beautiful gardens, I fell in love with the magnificent artwork all around the hostel. Art is a prominent part of Vienna’s culture and the hostel reflects an understanding of the culture by featuring various pieces of art from both domestic and international artists.

Hostel Ruthensteiner Common Area

Beautiful artwork is prominently displayed throughout the hostel

The Property: Facilities
Hostel Ruthensteiner lobby

The lobby at Hostel Ruthensteiner, friendly and inviting

Hostel Ruthensteiner Kitchen

Cooking a meal is easy in the fully-equipped kitchen

Hostel Ruthensteiner Breakfast

Breakfast is served daily from 7:15 am – 10:30 am

Hostel Ruthensteiner does its best to try to make guests feel at home during their stay by providing a number of facilities and amenities. In addition to a laundry room on-site (with soap included), there is the option to have a small continental breakfast everyday, a small bar inside the hostel with a daily happy hour, a full kitchen for guest use, and there are bikes and iPads available to rent.

Overall, I really enjoyed my stay at this hostel. It was centrally located, clean, charming, quiet, and I found it very easy to meet people.The staff is extremely friendly and works hard to ensure that all guests are happy. Even though I generally lean towards staying in apartment rentals these days, I would definitely stay at Hostel Ruthensteiner again during a trip to Vienna.

Location: Hostel Ruthensteiner is located at Robert Hamerlinggasse 24, A-1150, a short walk from Vienna’s Westbahnhof train station.

Hostel Ruthensteiner Map

Map Courtesy of Hostel Ruthensteiner

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Disclaimer: I was a guest of Hostel Ruthensteiner for two nights during my trip to Vienna. All opinions as always are my own regardless of the complimentary stay I received. The link provided to book is a room is an affiliate link, which helps to keep this website running. 

By |2017-07-30T01:10:06+00:00October 1st, 2014|Hostel, Vienna|11 Comments


  1. Cailin Oct 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    What a cute little hostel! It looks really clean too which is sooooo important!!

  2. Ryan Zieman Oct 2, 2014 at 4:52 am - Reply

    OMG I stayed here When I was in Vienna last winter. It was only for 2 nights so I didn’t get to enjoy all the amenities and it was too cold to go out in the garden. However, I agree that the staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating. After a night train ride from Prague, this was a lovely place to recharge and go explore the city!

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      Yes I loved the location, so convenient to take both the tram and the train 😀 It’s a pity you didn’t get to see the lovely garden!

  3. mark Kate @vagrantsoftheworld Oct 5, 2014 at 10:14 am - Reply

    What a fantastic hostel, will bookmark this post for our next trip to Vienna

  4. The Crowded Planet Oct 5, 2014 at 10:53 am - Reply

    I stayed at this hostel twice! Love it, great location and value for $$$!

  5. Elaine Schoch Oct 5, 2014 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Looks like a great hostel!

  6. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 11, 2015 at 10:16 am - Reply

    That’s great Charles! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 😀

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