Yoho International Youth Hostel
No pirates to be found here, but you will discover pretty much every other treasure a traveler could want—including Wi-Fi, a bar, breakfast, a Nintendo Wii, and the requisite The Sound of Music nightly screening—at this large hostel. All rooms have decor that shies away from institutional metal bunks in favor of light wood and buttercup-yellow sheets. The hostel bar serves €3.50 mojitos and usually ends up packed with a cheery, somewhat-raucous crowd watching the soccer game.
*Bus #22 to Wirtschaftskammer. Walk east along Lasserstr. and turn right onto Paracelsusstr. 4- and 6-bed dorms (male, female, and mixed) €20-23; singles €40. Linens and keycard €5 deposit. Reception 24hr. www.yoho.at
If you and a friend or two came to Austria to experience the bright, sce- nic side of the alpine country, then this B&B nestled in the hills will be perfect to feast your eyes upon. The rooms are done up in light pastels, with a breakfast room that looks out into the surrounding forest. It’s a blessing and curse that the location is so beautiful, as it is a bit more of a hassle to get into the city than at other hostels, but the view comes at a price that’s worth paying.
*Bus #21 to Werner-von-Siemens-Platz. Go east on Söllheimer Straße and turn left onto Bergstr. Haus Christine is clearly marked on the left. Breakfast included. Doubles €40; triples €57; quads €72. h Reception flexible depending on guests’ schedule. www.haus-christine.org
With its pine-carved headboards, you’d think that this hotel was pulled straight from the Laura Ingalls Wilder prairie. Bizarrely enough, it’s only a 2min. walk from the Old Town and is a good bet for those who want old-fashioned Austrian charm (the building is 800 years old) as opposed to the über-modern spaceship style that most chain hotels favor. The best part is the garden and the views of the Dom against a mountain backdrop.
*Bus #5 or 25 to Justizgebäude. Walk away from the river and turn right onto Schanzlgasse. Breakfast included. Singles €42; doubles €66; triples €79. Call ahead if arriving on Sunday. www.fam-wagner.at