The Das Capri Hotel, in Austria’s capital city of Vienna, is located a short walk from the centre of the city. It is across the Danube in a quiet and safe residential neighbourhood. It’s chic, modern interior exudes comfort and style. My husband and I stayed here for three nights earlier this year and we enjoyed every minute of it.
Vienna is a small city, separated by the Danube River. Its centre is the Stephansplatz, a pedestrian-only area with shops, restaurants, and museums. The spires of St Stephen’s Cathedral tower over the city’s red roofs and can be seen from Das Capri, which is located across the river. There is a metro stop practically on the doorstep, however for visitors that enjoy walking, Stephansplatz is only 15 minutes on foot. The 13th century Hofburg Palace, former home of the Austrian imperial family, and the Spanish Riding School, are two kilometres away, about twenty five minutes on foot. Das Capri is on Praterstraße, one of the main thoroughfares in the city, yet it’s residential location ensures that rooms are quiet.
Rooms at Das Capri
Check-in is 2pm, however for a small fee guests can check in early. We did just that, having arrived from Greece early in the day. There are five room categories at Das Capri: the standard rooms, superior rooms, executive rooms, and then family rooms and family suites. All are modern and well-appointed with various amenities and luxuries.
Our executive room overlooked the Praterstraße’s leafy tree-lined sidewalks from the sixth floor. Executive rooms are spacious, approximately 28 square metres, with a king-size bed, sitting area, and separate vestibule. Some of the executive rooms look over the rear courtyard, promising quiet and a view of the red rooftops.
Every room at Das Capri tells the story of Vienna, which is continued in the public spaces as well. As a result, all guests have the chance to learn a little about the history of this great city just by walking through the hotel. Our room told the story of the Gründerzeithause, an architecture movement in the 19th century that spread across much of Germany and Austria. This industrial revolution era coincided with a generous upswing in the economy and general migration of people into the cities, hence the influx of building between 1850 and 1914. Vienna has numerous Gründerzeithause, whose richly decorated facades line many of the wide boulevards in the city.
Our room came equipped with coffee and tea making facilities, a fridge in which we could store things, a complimentary in-room tablet called a SuitePad, in-room safe large enough for a big laptop, complimentary wifi internet, and a flatscreen television with plenty of channels. The desk was a good size for working and the seating area was separate.
The bathroom was a good size and had a bathtub/shower combination, small toiletries, and a hairdryer for guest use.
Dining at Das Capri
Das Capri serves an amazing breakfast for their guests. Styled “Fit For A King,” the breakfast buffet is expansive and delicious. In addition to the usual cereals, pastries, and fruits, there are cold cuts and smoked fish, cheeses, eggs made to order, regional Viennese dishes, and more. The breads and pastries come from local bakers, the jams and honeys are from local farmers markets, and the cheeses come from nearby dairies. Should you wish a traditional Viennese breakfast, it’s all here. Spicy sausages, fresh eggs, thickly cut bread, and local cheese make up the typical breakfast, and it is all at your fingertips.
Of course, I cannot forget the coffee. Viennese coffee is legendary, and Das Capri has roasts from different coffee houses that you can sample. It is the perfect pick-me-up before you head into the city to explore.
There are gluten and dairy free options on the breakfast buffet as well. If guests don’t see them, they can simply ask the servers for these options.
Sustainability at Das Capri
Das Capri is dedicated to sustainability, and that is very clear in its approach to almost everything on property. They are only one of four Vienna hotels in the EU Ecolabel program, a certification with strict criteria on environmental impact, and they are a member of Green Pearls, an information platform for eco-friendly hotels. Green Pearls are handpicked to ensure that every member meets the quality and standards of Green Pearls hotels. Das Capri is the only Viennese hotel in the program.
On a very broad level, everything that Das Capri does is sustainable. On a detail level, this includes even the littlest touches in the rooms, bathrooms, and public spaces. There is little plastic onsite, all light bulbs are LED, and there are power-saving switches throughout the hotel. Das Capri is the first Austrian hotel to utilise air source heat pump systems to heat and cool the building as well. This ensures that water and electricity are consumed as needed, not all day.
Another concept, similar to sustainability, is the use of regional products and small businesses. In 2008, the current owner took over from his parents. During recent renovations to modernise the building, he hired regional and local builders to use regional and local products. In the breakfast room, Das Capri relies on local producers and farmers, as well as organic and eco-friendly suppliers. However, their insistence on using local farmers means that not all foods have an eco-label, yet are still produced according to organic principles.
My husband and I enjoyed our three-night stay at Das Capri. Our room was nice, comfortable, and quiet, the staff was discreet and welcoming, and the breakfast was divine. Because this hotel is still very central to Vienna’s main tourist attractions while in a safe residential neighbourhood, I would recommend this to travellers in Vienna who seek a quiet, safe, luxurious stay.
For more information:
Praterstraße 44-46, 1020 Wien
I was a guest of the Das Capri Hotel, But as always opinions are my own.