Austria: Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast in Austria

If you're looking for cheap accommodation during your holiday in Austria, a B&B is a highly recommended choice. There are over 120,000 providers of private accommodation in Austria, which is proof enough that this is considered a popular accommodation type. Finding a good guesthouse can be the perfect way to experience some proper Austrian hospitality. Be it summer or winter, there's nothing better than a cosy and traditional bed and breakfast, nestled in a little mountain village and serving some hearty Austrian cuisine. You can easily get a 3 - 4* room for around 25 Euros per person per night in the smaller resorts. You won't be disappointed with the standard of room or food either. Some of the more popular tourist resorts will cost you over 35 Euros a night, but if you can find a secluded guesthouse on a nearby mountainside village, they are likely to be cheaper and will no doubt make you feel very much at home.

Chalets

Chalets in Austria

Curling up in front of a log fire after a day of fresh mountain air and exercise is the good life. Finding a pretty wooden chalet in Austria is no challenge - the countryside is dotted with these beautiful and traditional mountain retreats. A family of four should expect to spend around 400-500 Euros a week for a chalet in a popular Austrian resort. There is chalet accommodation available that sleeps up to 20 people, with the most basic starting from 10 Euros pp/pn. A group skiing holiday in Austria can be a lot of fun and a large chalet can be the perfect choice if there are a few of you. Chalets make great havens for both winter sporting holidays and summer breaks; either find yourself a little secluded mountain lodge, or choose one in an idyllic Austrian village. If you don't fancy going self-catered, a week in a catered chalet will cost you between 300 and 650 Euros per week, depending on the star rating and how many meals you include.

Self Catering Accommodation

Self Catering Accommodation in Austria

Skiing in Austria draws a huge number of people to the country every year. Renting an apartment in Austria is an excellent cheap accommodation choice. You can get some great deals in a range of resorts; an apartment sleeping 4 people can start from as little as 350 Euros per week. At peak ski season this can rise to 800 Euros, but this is still an excellent price considering that many resort apartments offer extra activities such as a swimming pool to help you relax after a hard day on the slopes. If you are visiting Austria for an exciting city break, a holiday rental can make the perfect retreat after all that sightseeing and shopping. An attractive self-catering apartment for 2 in Vienna for a night will cost you around 80 Euros and come complete with all the facilities you will need; from fridges, to ovens, to toasters.

Hostels

Hostels in Austria

Hostels in Austria are reviewed as having a high standard of facilities and accommodation. You can find one wherever you are; there are lots in the cities, but you will also find independently owned hostels in the popular ski resorts as well. An inner city hostel, or one in a resort, will cost you around 15-17 Euros for a mixed dorm and will usually include an all you can eat breakfast buffet - make sure this is included in the price before booking. A twin private ensuite will cost you more in the range of 25 Euros, but the facilities are generally as high as a 3* hotel. Reading a review on a particular hostel beforehand is a good idea, as this type of accommodation is famous for being 'hit and miss', but Austrian hostels are generally of a good standard.

Hotels

Hotels in Austria

If the sound of a traditional guesthouse or chalet is not quite what you're after, there is a good selection of hotels in Austria to suit all budgets. Those of you with expensive tastes looking for 5* luxury can expect to pay 280 Euros per night for a double room, but this will generally include breakfast and often dinner as well. A 2 * hotel in a quiet resort will cost you around 65 Euros per night for a double room including breakfast. The standard of Austrian hotels is generally very good and the European star rating of 1 - 5 is a reliable guide. Be aware that prices in the ski resorts rise dramatically in the peak ski season, and this runs from December to April. Similarly, consider whether you really need to stay in the centre of Vienna or Salzburg; whilst it is great to have everything on your doorstep, the prices can be much higher. With such great transport links in and around the cities, you could choose a hotel on the outskirts and spend what you save on Sacher Torte!

Resorts

Resorts in Austria

Austria’s famous ski resorts turn into mountain escapes in the summer and are therefore popular all year round. The trendiest Austrian resorts that will offer you excellent winter and summer activities include Kaprun, Kitzbuhel, Mayrhofen, Bad Gastein, Schladming, Soll, St. Anton and Zell am See. All these resorts pride themselves in attracting vast numbers of tourists and are a great choice for anyone happy to follow the crowd in exchange for a ‘full monty’ of facilities. You’ll find these resorts have excellent pistes in the winter, and lovely mountain trails in the summer. Organised sporting activities take place twelve months a year and the après-ski, resort entertainment and culinary choices are very much geared towards the tourist. If, however, you fancy going to a smaller ski resort, where the après-ski is not quite so lively, you will probably discover a little more of traditional Austria. Smaller Austrian resorts such as Zurs am Arlberg, Fieberbrunn and Velden, boast equally excellent activities and countryside, but the atmosphere is more sedate, with very friendly and hospitable locals.