Review: Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere

Review: Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere

NAME: Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere
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DATE: January 2023
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: The Andaz Vienna has modern and artsy design, friendly service, a great restaurant and bar, and some nice amenities, like a complimentary happy hour and minibar. The only catch is the location.
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The first hotel stop on my whirlwind Aeroplan adventure was at the 303-room Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere, which is an Andaz property that only opened in 2019.

Would I recommend this hotel? As far as the property itself goes, this might just be one of my favorite Andaz properties in the world. I liked the decor and amenities, and found the service to be very friendly. There’s one catch though, which is the location — if you’re on vacation in Vienna and want to stroll out your hotel and into the charming streets of the old town, this isn’t the place to stay.

Booking the Andaz Vienna

Vienna has lots of amazing luxury points hotels, ranging from the Park Hyatt Vienna, to Hotel Imperial, to Hotel Bristol.

The reason I decided to stay at the Andaz Vienna is twofold. First of all, I had heard pretty good things about the property. Second of all, this is a Category 4 World of Hyatt property, and I had a Category 1-4 free night award expiring a couple of weeks, so it was a “use it or lose it” situation. That made the Andaz the obvious choice.

For context, the hotel was otherwise charging 12,000 World of Hyatt points for the night I was staying, since my date was considered off-peak. Alternatively, the cash rate would have been around 190 EUR. So while it wasn’t necessarily a slam dunk redemption (especially if I had otherwise booked through the Hyatt Privé program), it made sense given the free night expiration I was facing.

Andaz Vienna location

The Andaz Vienna is located in the new Belvedere district of Vienna. It’s an area that seems to be up-and-coming, with lots of new construction.

Andaz Vienna exterior
Andaz Vienna lobby

The nice thing about the location of the Andaz Vienna is that it’s just a short walk from Vienna’s main train station, so this gives you easy access to lots of places. There’s also a train directly to the airport, which takes just 16 minutes. So in that sense the hotel is convenient.

The issue is that Vienna is known for its charming old town, and there are so many hotels that put you right in the heart of all that. It’s so nice to be able to stroll out of your hotel in Vienna and find all kinds of pedestrian zones, cafes, shops, museums, etc.

By comparison, the area around the Andaz felt dead to me. Maybe it was just that I was there in January, but I barely saw a soul outside.

Now, to be fair, it’s not exactly complicated to get to the old town from the Andaz. You could walk there in 30-45 minutes, you could take a taxi, or there are buses and trams. But it’s still not as easy as just being right in the center of the action. Then again, there’s probably a reason the Andaz is cheaper than many hotels of comparable quality closer to town.

Andaz Vienna lobby & check-in

My experience at the Andaz Vienna was great from start to finish. I arrived at the hotel before 9AM, and was warmly greeted by both a bellman and the associate at reception. I had emailed the hotel before my stay to inform them of my early arrival in hopes of getting early check-in, and sure enough they were able to accommodate that.

This was my first stay since earning lifetime Globalist status, and clearly the hotel was aware of this milestone, because the associate congratulated me (this matches what other readers have reported, where you’re allegedly recognized on the stay after which you qualify). I was informed that I had been upgraded to a deluxe suite, one category up from the standard suite.

I really appreciated the decor of the Andaz Vienna. I find that some Andaz properties have decor that feels cheap and generic, while this property felt artsy and a bit more sophisticated and luxurious than usual. The lobby had endless seating, and also lots of art.

Andaz Vienna lobby
Andaz Vienna lobby
Andaz Vienna lobby
Andaz Vienna lobby

The lobby had complimentary coffee and bottled water available throughout the day, which is an amenity I appreciate.

Andaz Vienna lobby drinks
Andaz Vienna lobby drinks

Soon enough I took the elevator up to the 11th floor, where my room was located (the hotel has 16 floors, including the rooftop). I loved the old style elevator signage, where there were the floor numbers written in a half circle, and a pointer indicating what floor a particular elevator was on.

Andaz Vienna elevators

Andaz Vienna deluxe suite

The Andaz Vienna has rooms located in two separate buildings, which are connected by glass bridges. My room was located in the same building as the lobby.

Andaz Vienna hallway

Specifically, my room was located toward the end of the hall and on the right.

Andaz Vienna hallway

Deluxe suites at the Andaz Vienna are marketed as being 63-65 square meters (678-700 square feet), and have a quirky design, due to the shape of the building, as well as the support beams.

Inside the entrance to the room was a closet to the left, and then an entrance to a half bathroom and vanity on the right.

Andaz Vienna deluxe suite entryway

The closet space was exposed but had a cool mirror, and also had wooden shoe forms, which you don’t often see in hotels (especially newly built ones). There was also a sign indicating that complimentary shoe shines were being offered.

Andaz Vienna deluxe suite entryway
Andaz Vienna deluxe suite complimentary shoe shine

There was a half bathroom to the right of the entrance, as well as an entrance to the large vanity area, which flowed into the main bathroom.

Andaz Vienna deluxe suite half bathroom

The living room felt like something between what you’d expect at a Park Hyatt and an Andaz. I liked the combination of the more traditional wooden floors with the colorful and modern artwork and finishes. The living room had a couch, a chair with an ottoman, a desk in the corner with a chair, and a wall-mounted TV.

Andaz Vienna deluxe suite living room
Andaz Vienna deluxe suite living room
Andaz Vienna deluxe suite living room

Underneath the TV was the minibar setup, which was complimentary for guests, as is standard at Andaz. There was an illy coffee machine and a kettle.

Andaz Vienna deluxe suite coffee
Andaz Vienna deluxe suite coffee & tea
Andaz Vienna deluxe suite minibar

Then there was a fridge with eight bottles of water, four cans of mango juice, two jars of pumpkin seeds, and two irresistible packages of chocolate wafers.

Andaz Vienna deluxe suite minibar

There was a door separating the living room from the bedroom. The bedroom had a king size bed that was a bit firmer than I would prefer (and the pillows were pretty flat), but I recognize that comes down to personal preference, and my preferences don’t match those of most Europeans.

Andaz Vienna deluxe suite bedroom
Andaz Vienna deluxe suite bedroom

The main bathroom was off the bedroom, and had double sinks, a walk-in shower, a bathtub, and a toilet in a separate room.

Andaz Vienna deluxe suite bathroom
Andaz Vienna deluxe suite toilet
Andaz Vienna deluxe suite shower

Toiletries were from Saint Charles Apotheke, and were in reusable containers.

Andaz Vienna deluxe suite toiletries

Off the bathroom was a large room with a vanity, which you don’t often see in a hotel suite like this.

Andaz Vienna deluxe suite vanity

The suite had partial views of the nearby area, and also looked at the building next door, which I believe at least partly consists of apartments.

Andaz Vienna deluxe suite view

Shortly after arriving in my room, I was brought a lovely welcome amenity, consisting of a bowl of fruit, some nuts, and five very cute chocolates that were made to look like a painter’s palette — how adorable.

Andaz Vienna deluxe suite welcome amenity

Andaz Vienna gym & wellness area

While the Andaz Vienna doesn’t have a spa, it does have a gym and wellness area, located on the fourth floor. It’s not staffed, so it can be accessed via keycard through a door that can be pretty easy to miss. The gym is open 24/7, while the wellness area is open daily from 10AM until 10PM.

Andaz Vienna gym & wellness area

The gym was well equipped and had lots of natural light, though for a hotel with 300+ rooms, it wasn’t exactly huge, and was quite crowded when I visited. Still, I appreciated the selection of modern equipment.

Andaz Vienna gym
Andaz Vienna gym
Andaz Vienna gym
Andaz Vienna gym
Andaz Vienna gym

The wellness area had a sauna, steam room, and ice fountain, as well as a relaxation area and showers.

Andaz Vienna wellness area
Andaz Vienna sauna
Andaz Vienna steam room
Andaz Vienna ice fountain
Andaz Vienna wellness area

Andaz Vienna Eugen21 Restaurant

Eugen21 is the Andaz Vienna’s all-day dining restaurant, and it’s located just off the lobby. It serves breakfast from 6:30AM until 10:30AM on weekdays (6:30AM until 1PM on weekends), lunch from 12PM until 2PM on weekdays, and dinner from 6PM until 10PM every day except Sunday. You can find all the menus here.

The restaurant is described as being “a modern Austrian tavern with classic and modern cuisine, inspired by Prinz Eugen’s travels.” I like the restaurant’s decor, as it has lots of natural light, while also having a cozy interior.

Andaz Vienna Eugen21 Restaurant
Andaz Vienna Eugen21 Restaurant
Andaz Vienna Eugen21 Restaurant

I only had breakfast in the restaurant, and I appreciated the property’s flexibility. I arrived at the hotel before 9AM but was leaving the next morning around 5AM, before breakfast would start. The hotel generously allowed me to have my standard Globalist breakfast on the morning of my arrival, rather than the following day.

The Andaz Vienna has a proper breakfast buffet, but drinks and specialty dishes are served by the restaurant staff. The restaurant was pretty busy when I dined there, so the buffet was definitely a bit “picked over,” but I still found the quality to be good.

There was a huge selection of bread and pastries, fresh fruit, cereal, cheese, cold cuts, yogurt, muesli, chia pudding, veggies, hummus, caprese salad, and several hot dishes.

Andaz Vienna breakfast buffet
Andaz Vienna breakfast buffet
Andaz Vienna breakfast buffet
Andaz Vienna breakfast buffet
Andaz Vienna breakfast buffet
Andaz Vienna breakfast buffet
Andaz Vienna breakfast buffet
Andaz Vienna breakfast buffet
Andaz Vienna breakfast buffet
Andaz Vienna breakfast buffet

I was offered a drink within minutes of sitting down. I ordered a cappuccino, which tasted very good.

Andaz Vienna breakfast cappuccino

While there’s not a menu, I was asked if I wanted any egg dishes. The server rattled off a few options (omelet, scrambled eggs, etc.), and I selected the poached egg with avocado, which was also very good.

Andaz Vienna breakfast dish

Andaz Vienna Aurora Rooftop Bar

Aurora Rooftop Bar is a legitimately distinctive feature of the Andaz, which you won’t find at any hotel closer to the center of town. Aurora Rooftop Bar is located on the 16th floor, and is open daily from 4PM until 12AM.

The bar describes itself as being inspired by the Northern Lights, with Nordic design, an open fireplace, and a rooftop terrace. Even in January, this was such a gorgeous space, and it was busy with locals.

Andaz Vienna Aurora Rooftop Bar
Andaz Vienna Aurora Rooftop Bar

I imagine the outdoor space is very popular in summer, as there aren’t many places in Vienna with views like this.

Andaz Vienna Aurora Rooftop Bar
Andaz Vienna Aurora Rooftop Bar
Andaz Vienna Aurora Rooftop Bar view
Andaz Vienna Aurora Rooftop Bar view

I of course wanted to be able to report back, so while I wasn’t particularly hungry and didn’t want to drink, I decided to go for a cocktail. You can find the menu here. I appreciated the innovative cocktail list, and I ordered a Torino Spritz, which was very good.

Andaz Vienna Aurora Rooftop Bar drink

Andaz Vienna lobby bar & happy hour

In addition to the signature restaurant and rooftop bar, the Andaz also has a lobby bar, with lots of seating. You can come here throughout the day to order a drink, whether it’s a coffee or glass of wine.

Andaz Vienna lobby bar
Andaz Vienna lobby bar
Andaz Vienna lobby bar seating
Andaz Vienna lobby bar seating

It was also pretty awesome how the hotel had a gingerbread house of Schloss Belvedere. There was a sign indicating that this took 140 hours to make, and contained 32.5kg of lebkuchen and 12.8kg of chocolate. Wow!

Andaz Vienna lobby bar decoration

Andaz properties are known for offering complimentary happy hours, and that was the case here too. However, rather than having a traditional happy hour with beer & wine, this one was a bit more festive, and available from 4PM until 6PM daily.

Andaz Vienna lobby bar happy hour

It featured apple strudel, bread, and punch (with an alcoholic and non-alcoholic option).

Andaz Vienna lobby bar happy hour
Andaz Vienna lobby bar happy hour

Bottom line

I greatly enjoyed my one night stay at the Andaz Vienna. Not only did I get a great deal (since I was using an expiring Category 1-4 free night award), but it was also ideal when coming from the airport, given that it’s right next to the train station.

This hotel has genuinely friendly staff, fun design in both public areas and rooms, great elite recognition, a nice breakfast, and a pretty epic rooftop bar. The only real downside to this hotel is the location, as this isn’t where most tourists will want to be.

If you want to be right in the heart of all the action, this isn’t the place to stay. Meanwhile if you’re okay being a little ways from the center of old town, then this hotel may very well be for you.

While I enjoyed my stay at the Andaz, I’m not sure I’d stay there again, since I do value a great location, especially in a city like Vienna. However, as this area continues to develop, maybe it’ll become more interesting over time.

What do you make of the Andaz Vienna?

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  1. dwondermeant Guest

    For my tastes the property blew the musty over rated but fair enough Park Hyatt Vienna out of the water
    The Dining @ Andaz was superior and I prefer the accommodations by far.Best of all half the price of the Park Hyatt
    Its an awesome property

  2. JS Guest

    Hmmm - a modified version of avocado toast. I guess you could call that progress?? :)

  3. Ralph4878 Guest

    If you aren't afraid of public transportation, this place is in a wonderful location - across the street from the Vienna Central Station! Come on, Ben! ;)

  4. TM Gold

    My wife and I found this to be an excellent use of a Cat 1-4 cert for a one night stay last April. We were arriving by train from Innsbruck with a ski bag so the proximity to the train station was a huge plus. We had no problem getting to and from the city center as there are several options for getting around. Our only regret was not booking a second night but we had an early flight out so opted to stay by the airport instead.

  5. Super Gold

    As nice as it looks, personally I'd find it very hard to not spend a little more to stay at the incredible Park Hyatt Vienna. I thought that was one of the best Park Hyatts I've ever stayed at. I suspect that's one of the reasons behind the low award category at the Andaz.

  6. Julio Queiroga Guest

    I did the same mistake when i travalled to Vienna. And i think because of this, Vienna is one of the place that i less liked between the places that i ever been before. That area is too far away from the old town and almost don't have markets or even restaurantes nearby. My ex wife taught me and I learned, location is the first thing to consider in any travel besides when you are going to a resort like in punta cana.

  7. A380-800 New Member

    I've stayed there three times as a Globalist, and they always give me a suite. Great property with great staff!

  8. Bob Guest

    Stayed at Andaz Vienna last spring for 5 nights and also at the Deluxe suite. Yes, it is not old city Vienna but we walked almost every day from the old city back to the hotel even though tram is plentiful. The walks, to us, were very pleasant. As mentioned on other post, there are enough things to see as well around the area including Austrian Military Museum and Schloss Belvedere which is quite massive....

    Stayed at Andaz Vienna last spring for 5 nights and also at the Deluxe suite. Yes, it is not old city Vienna but we walked almost every day from the old city back to the hotel even though tram is plentiful. The walks, to us, were very pleasant. As mentioned on other post, there are enough things to see as well around the area including Austrian Military Museum and Schloss Belvedere which is quite massive. The boulevard leading back to the hotel, next to Belvedere, is also like the embassy row. We made a fun game trying to guess the countries on our walk back to the hotel. Down the hill at the end of that boulevard, there is a Russian soldier monument, a chateau like French embassy and a McDonald's which judged by the building it resides on, has got to be the prettiest Mc D in the world. Karlskirche is also not that far. Keep mentioning the location as a minus though, because we want to keep this hotel, with its super reasonable cash rates, for ourselves!

    Off topic: Please do a review of Matild Palace and Parisi Udvar and compare. Both are across one another in Budapest, one is a Marriott Luxury Collection and the other is a Hyatt Unbound. We stayed at Matild Palace and was blown away, especially considering that it is a Marriott property.

  9. ArnoldB Guest

    About the location. It is 2 minutes away from Schloss Belvedere (and gardens, and botanical garden) which is one of the main attractions of Vienna. And you can take the D tram, with the stop being 1 minute away from the hotel, which drops you off in the center within 10 minutes. So while it is not directly in the oldtown, you can get there VERY fast and easy. As mentioned by the other poster,...

    About the location. It is 2 minutes away from Schloss Belvedere (and gardens, and botanical garden) which is one of the main attractions of Vienna. And you can take the D tram, with the stop being 1 minute away from the hotel, which drops you off in the center within 10 minutes. So while it is not directly in the oldtown, you can get there VERY fast and easy. As mentioned by the other poster, there is also within 2 minutes the Military Museum which has some really interesting pieces of world history in it.

    The area itself with the old red warehouse-looking buildings (called Arsenal) and Schweizergarten is quite beautiful at least in summer and nice for a stroll. It is nice to visit Kleinsteiermark restaurant where you feel like you're in a forest (again, in summer) and not a city and then after lunch walk around for half an hour. But of course the main sites (aside from Schloss Belvedere) are elsewhere.

    1. Bob Guest

      We did ate at Klein Steiermark. Good food, but a little pricey. We ate almost the same meal at Cafe Central, which is in the middle of the touristy area and spent almost the same amount. Still like the Belvedere are though. Location, like I mentioned on my comment, is really not a bother.

  10. Ryan Guest

    Granted I've only stayed at Andaz Mayakoba and Andaz Savannah, I've never known the Andaz to be a brand that has a complementary happy hour. Which other Andaz hotels provide this?

  11. dck Guest

    Always like to read about Vienna. Jut four comments:

    1. That area is all new construction brought about by the demolition of the old Sudbahnhof and the construction of the new Hauptbahnhof. So it is just developing an atmosphere.

    2. In the third outdoor photo captioned "Andaz Vienna Aurora Rooftop Bar View, the brick building next to the greenery with the 5 story square building is the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum (Military Museum). One exhibit is the...

    Always like to read about Vienna. Jut four comments:

    1. That area is all new construction brought about by the demolition of the old Sudbahnhof and the construction of the new Hauptbahnhof. So it is just developing an atmosphere.

    2. In the third outdoor photo captioned "Andaz Vienna Aurora Rooftop Bar View, the brick building next to the greenery with the 5 story square building is the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum (Military Museum). One exhibit is the car in which Franz Ferdinand and his wife were riding in Sarajevo when he was assassinated (plus the uniform showing the bullet hole).

    3. The very next photo - the white building midway up the photo against the left border with a reflecting pool in front of it is Schloss Belvedere. Build for Prinz Eugen (hence the name of the restaurant) of Savoy, he and the Polish King broke the Ottoman's siege of Vienna.

    4. You give various means to get to the center of Vienna. Any Viennese would simply take the subway (U-1) from the Hauptbahnhof and three stops later you are next to St. Stephan's in the absolute middle of the city. A subway comes roughly every 4 minutes, and the trip itself would take no more than 10.

    1. Super Gold

      Is this new area of Vienna comparable to London's Shoreditch area? Both have an Andaz and are "new" cool urban areas known for artists, young people, and culture.

    2. Thomas Guest

      No, it's no hip area regarding to artits, young people an culture and probably never will be. This is more a kind of new business area developed after the tear down of the old "Südbahnhof" and developconstuction of the new main train station.

  12. Ed Guest

    The ritz-carton Vienna has a rooftop bar, but it’s outdoors only, no indoor space. Closer in than the andaz, with some lovely views at sunset but the Andaz one looks nicer and more usable year round.

  13. AdamH Guest

    Stayed there a few months before COVID right after it opened. Had similar thoughts on the location but overall was a fan and it was easy enough to get to/from the touristy stuff.

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dck Guest

Always like to read about Vienna. Jut four comments: 1. That area is all new construction brought about by the demolition of the old Sudbahnhof and the construction of the new Hauptbahnhof. So it is just developing an atmosphere. 2. In the third outdoor photo captioned "Andaz Vienna Aurora Rooftop Bar View, the brick building next to the greenery with the 5 story square building is the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum (Military Museum). One exhibit is the car in which Franz Ferdinand and his wife were riding in Sarajevo when he was assassinated (plus the uniform showing the bullet hole). 3. The very next photo - the white building midway up the photo against the left border with a reflecting pool in front of it is Schloss Belvedere. Build for Prinz Eugen (hence the name of the restaurant) of Savoy, he and the Polish King broke the Ottoman's siege of Vienna. 4. You give various means to get to the center of Vienna. Any Viennese would simply take the subway (U-1) from the Hauptbahnhof and three stops later you are next to St. Stephan's in the absolute middle of the city. A subway comes roughly every 4 minutes, and the trip itself would take no more than 10.

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ArnoldB Guest

About the location. It is 2 minutes away from Schloss Belvedere (and gardens, and botanical garden) which is one of the main attractions of Vienna. And you can take the D tram, with the stop being 1 minute away from the hotel, which drops you off in the center within 10 minutes. So while it is not directly in the oldtown, you can get there VERY fast and easy. As mentioned by the other poster, there is also within 2 minutes the Military Museum which has some really interesting pieces of world history in it. The area itself with the old red warehouse-looking buildings (called Arsenal) and Schweizergarten is quite beautiful at least in summer and nice for a stroll. It is nice to visit Kleinsteiermark restaurant where you feel like you're in a forest (again, in summer) and not a city and then after lunch walk around for half an hour. But of course the main sites (aside from Schloss Belvedere) are elsewhere.

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dwondermeant Guest

For my tastes the property blew the musty over rated but fair enough Park Hyatt Vienna out of the water The Dining @ Andaz was superior and I prefer the accommodations by far.Best of all half the price of the Park Hyatt Its an awesome property

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