Vienna’s top eco-hotels
Green through and through
With its green façade and green interior, the Gilbert, located at Breite Gasse 9 in the 7th district, has been a part of the cityscape since 2021. The exterior landscaping is intended to reduce noise, clean the air, and naturally cool the building. Incidentally, it also offers a new habitat for bees and birds.
Hotel Gilbert was awarded the title of Best Sustainable Accommodation in Central Europe in the European tourism sustainability prize "GrINN Awards 2022".
- Zeitgeist Vienna
There are many good reasons why you should stay at the Zeitgeist Vienna by the main station – sustainability is definitely one of the most important: The rooms are designed for different lengths of stay. Long-lasting and high-quality materials, as well as water-saving rainfall shower heads are all part of the standard furnishings. In the restaurant, the focus is on regionality and seasonality, both for the vegan dishes and for dishes containing meat. And that's not all: Additions to the sustainable offering are constantly being searched for.
- The Wood
The Wood on Mariahilfer Gürtel is a unique and particularly climate-friendly hotel: it's made completely of wood, and is green through and through. 1,500 spruce trees from sustainably managed forests provided the construction materials for the hotel, with the idea of bringing the feel of the forest into the city. Sustainable and efficient: every part of every tree is used. Renewal of resources is a natural part of the process, with one to two replacement saplings planted for every tree felled; and in Austria’s forests, new wood equal in volume to the amount used to build this hotel regrows in under eight minutes.
Wood is top: it stores CO2 throughout its entire life cycle. Using wood for building construction brings the forest directly into the city.
- Boutiquehotel Stadthalle
Boutiquehotel Stadthalle is a true model for sustainability – the first city hotel anywhere in Europe with a zero energy balance. This is achieved using its own groundwater heat pump, photovoltaic technology and solar panels. These supply as much energy as the hotel needs. The hotel is “green at heart” – not just in the figurative sense, but also literally: the lushly planted inner courtyard is truly a green oasis in the middle of the city. The Boutiquehotel Stadthalle contributes to urban greening not only with the Virginia creeper that covers the facade, but also with a lavender garden on the roof. This is much appreciated by the bees on the roof and helps make Vienna a true city of bees.
There are more green features too: eco shower heads, LED lighting and forgoing minibars in the rooms, which all help to reduce energy consumption.
- Umwelthotel Gallitzinberg
Set on the western edge of Vienna is the Umwelthotel Gallitzinberg. Tucked away, but not isolated – it’s only a 25 minute trip into the city center. This spot offers a fabulous view of Vienna. The perfect base for walks, jogging routes or a trip into the Vienna Woods. For the best cycling tours, bikes are available right there in the hotel.
The hotel has extensive gardens where you can relax and enjoy the fresh air. A little play area makes it family-friendly too. In the mornings you can treat yourself to a generous breakfast featuring organic farm produce from the local area. Waste reduction and careful use of resources are top priorities.
Sustainability in the city center
- Magdas Hotel
In autumn 2022, the magdas Hotel is relocating from the 2nd to the 3rd district. The philosophy of the Social Business Hotel remains the same: The staff come from around the world and bring unique life stories with them. The hotel focuses in particular on its trainees: The experienced hotel professionals train new staff regardless of their origin, religion, language or skin color. Thus even people with a refugee background can find a job in this difficult phase of their life.
Social and sustainable, as well as recycling and upcycling are the order of the day. Old furniture is gleamingly repaired or repurposed – for example, the new bar was the reception desk in a former life. The parking spaces of the former priest's residence were turned into a small garden oasis, where the guests can enjoy their breakfast. Also integrated into the hotel is the magdas Lokal, which knows how to impress with seasonal dishes, organic and Fairtrade products as well as a large proportion of vegetarian dishes.
- Henriette City Hotel
The sustainable Henriette boutique hotel stands on Praterstrasse in the heart of the city. It is perfect for guests to Vienna, with or without children, who like to get around on foot or by bike – the inner city or the Prater can be reached within a few minutes. The green hotel lives sustainability in many aspects: Home-made indulgence breakfast with organic and Fairtrade products, sustainable suppliers, chemical-free room cleaning as well as CO2-neutral heating and cooling make the hotel sustainable.
- The Harmonie Vienna
At The Harmonie Vienna in the ninth district, the focus is on sustainable luxury. This starts first thing in the morning with a breakfast of local organic produce. Vegetarian dishes on the menu are just as much part of the sustainable style as the vegan and allergy-aware options. People with allergies are given special attention at this hotel: with special rooms for allergy-sufferers, plants grown by hydroculture, no carpets, and hypoallergenic skincare products that are free of perfumes.
The elegant designer interiors are in perfect harmony with the hotel’s sustainable principles. Unique design features by the Peruvian artist Luis Casanova Sorolla can be found throughout the building. As you might expect for an art-loving city like Vienna, here there are numerous design hotels with a special atmosphere and distinctive interiors.
- Hotel Wilhelmshof
The Hotel Wilhelmshof is particularly proud of its minimal ecological footprint. The generation of hot water and cooling is CO2 neutral, using a ground water heat pump and without the use of fossil fuels. This saves approx. 80% of the energy compared to conventional heating and cooling systems. This effort has been awarded by the Austrian Ministry for the Environment with the Environment Management Prize 2021 for the best measures for protecting the environment and climate.
With the Vienna City Card, you get a 20% discount on your overnight stay in Vienna at many eco-certified partner hotels.