I think up to this date I haven’t dedicated a full post to review a hostel I’ve stayed before. Well, this time I’m doing it for Wombats City Hostel at the Naschmarkt in Vienna. Why? Quite frankly, it has been the best hostel I’ve stayed so far in my year long round the world trip. (and I have stayed in A LOT of hostels!) So, it would be only fair to share the goodies about this place and my experience there.
First thing first, while this is a hostel in the sense of the atmosphere created by the guests, the look of Wombats resembles more a boutique hotel than an actual hostel. Everything is so well designed, active, colorful, cheerful, and so lively that it brings the best of both worlds and combine them into one… a “boutique hostel”.
While I know design is the last thing people look for when choosing a hostel, believe me when I say, that this one paid attention to detail when using design to encourage social gatherings and good use of space.
The ground floor and lobby feels more like a lounge than just a reception for check in. Multiple low furniture of different shapes, tables, and even wall mounted furniture are al around the space so that you can choose your spot to taste, socialize with anyone, or just spend your time using the free wi-fi.
Just a room away there’s the bar, which rivals any bar you might find in Vienna. Whether you want to play pool, drink, dance, hang around, or all of them, this bar is more than encouraging to do so. And did I mention, when you check in you have a free welcome drink? Yes!
Now onto the room… Just like the on the common areas, the rooms are well designed in a minimalist style – even better than many hotels that charge way more for nothing. Quite honestly the rooms look more like take out straight from an IKEA catalog. But hey, IKEA is awesome!
I loved the fact that my room had a full view of the market on the street, which is actually one of the famous markets in Europe. I’ve never gone into this much detail about a room, but the bathroom felt like take out of a minimalistic 5 star hotel. So nice!
The room, and the hostel in general were spotless clean and the staff was more than helpful and cheerful.
There is one downside (in my opinion), and that is that there is no wifi in the rooms. Yeah, bummer… but, they explain that the purpose of this is to encourage people to spend more time in the common areas and socialize, which is completely understandable (and desired in a way).
On location… while the hostel is slightly outside the ring (the center of Vienna), it is just one block away form the metro and a few stops away from all the major sites. It is extremely easy to get around the city. Not only there’s the market around, but lots of groceries stores and restaurants are around. Also, if you don’t know what to do in Vienna, then there’s “the wall”. There you will find all sorts of information on what to do in Vienna, around Vienna, day trips, bus and train schedules, 24 and 72 hour itineraries in Vienna, and much more. They literally make your life easy with all these information. And, you’re free to take a copy to use as you roam around.
And, last but not least, there’s the breakfast. They charge 3.95 euros (if I’m not mistaken), but they are well worth it. It’s an all you can eat buffet with fruits, cereals, coffee, tea, bread, eggs, juice, and more. Every morning I used to have a good breakfast to start my day with a full and happy belly.
Well, overall it was not just my belly that was happy at Wombats, I was very happy there as a guest too. Hence, why it is still my favorite hostel during my RTW.