Previous parts of this trip:
- Introduction: USA, September 2019
- Trip Report: TAP Portugal | Airbus A330 | London Heathrow – Lisbon
- Trip Report: TAP Portugal | Airbus A320 | Lisbon – Geneva
- Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza, Geneva Airport
- Trip Report: Iberia | Airbus A320 | Geneva – Madrid
- Trip Report: Iberia | Airbus A350 | Madrid – New York JFK
- Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza, HY36 Midtown Manhattan
- In Pictures: New York
- Trip Report: American Airlines First Class | B737 | New York – Miami
- Hotel Review: Holiday Inn, Port of Miami Downtown
- In Pictures: Miami
- Trip Report: American Airlines First Class | Airbus A321 | Miami-Dallas
- Hotel Review: Hotel Indigo, Dallas Downtown
- In Pictures: Dallas
- Trip Report: American Airlines First Class | Airbus A321 | Dallas – Chicago
- Hotel Review: Kimpton Gray Hotel, Chicago
- In Pictures: Chicago
- Trip Report: Delta Airlines First Class | Boeing 717 | Chicago – Detroit
- Trip Report: Delta Airlines Airbus A220 | First Class | Detroit – Newark
- Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza, Times Square
- In Pictures: New York 2
- Trip Report: Finnair | Airbus A330 | New York – Helsinki
- In Pictures: Helsinki
- Trip Report: Finnair | Embraer E190 | Helsinki – Geneva
- Hotel Review: Hotel PAX, Geneva
- In Pictures: Geneva
- Trip Report: Swiss | CS300 | GVA-ZRH
- Trip Report: Austrian | Airbus A320 | ZRH-VIE
- Hotel Review: Ruby Sofie Hotel, Vienna
For a night in Vienna, once more, I looked further than IHG. Mainly because their properties were a little further from the main station than I would have wanted.
In hindsight, I should have stayed at the airport. Although I had every intention of seeing a bit of the city on arrival, I was too tired to actually go out upon arrival!
The most appealing option in the city was the Ruby Sofie Hotel. I had assumed they were a one off, however when looking into them further, I was wrong.
So who are Ruby Hotels?
The Ruby group was founded in 2013 in Munich. Most of their properties are in Germany, however they also have hotels in Vienna, London and Zurich. The group also has plans to open many more over the coming years.
Much like CitizenM, Bloc and Moxy they like to offer what they class as lean luxury. Low cost hotels with all the features you need and none that you don’t. Although having said that there are a couple of additional bits that make them unique. More on that later.
Located just a few minutes walk from Wien Mitte station, I arrived at the Ruby Sofie around 10pm. The entrance to the hotel is a grand looking building, which also houses a couple of other establishments.
The reception of the Ruby hotel is located on the first floor.
Check in is completed with a tablet – therefore the reception area is more of a bar than a hotel reception.
It was easy and quick enough to complete the procedure though. Fill in your details and a room key is spat out.
There are staff on hand to guide you through the procedure too. Once this was done, it was up to the fifth floor. All the rooms of the hotel are located on either the fourth or fifth floor.
The room was as expected. Not huge, a little on the basic side but everything clean and in working order. As soon as you entered, to the right hand side was the sink with a pair of soap cannisters.
Next to this was a small closet.
On the left is a small glass walled bathroom. This consists of the shower and toilet. If you’re going to share this room, you better know them very well!
Beyond this, was the bed.
Along side was a couple of power sockets and a small bedside table.
Along the front wall was a TV and a small work space.
In this area was a tablet with information about the hotel.
Underneath this was a unique feature – a Marshall amp.
At the reception/bar area there were guitars available to borrow. Or you could plug your own device in and listen to music. Which I did, and seeing as it was a guitar amp, it didn’t sound too great!
The WiFi speed wasn’t too bad, although I’ve had better.
The Ruby Sofie was a clean and comfortable place for the night. There was what sounded like a party going on in the building, but this didn’t disturb me. Whilst the room wasn’t the biggest I’ve stayed in, it was fine for the night. Or if you’re only planning on using the room for somewhere to get your head down for the evening.
The location was perfect – only five minutes walk from Wien Mitte station, along a quiet street. From there it’s possible to walk to the more central area of Vienna.