I really enjoyed staying at this hotel. The room was very clean and I loved the fact that there was no carpet in the room! This eliminated that dirty smell most hotels have. There were a few details in regards to the hotel's condition, but nothing major that really affected our stay there. I liked the fact that there was a balcony and we had a nice view of the city. The refrigerator in the room was also a plus. The hotel was situated not too far from the main attractions of the city, probably not necessarily in walking distance, but good if you have a car or plan to take public transportation, and from what I could see there was plenty of public trasport nearby. The hotel private parking is not free, and not very cheap either, but you could also choose to park on the street during their free public parking hours. The hotel’s staff spoke great English and they were all very friendly. I would stay here again, especially since it is such an affordable price. Also, check out their restaurant coupons in the hotel. We ate at a great Mexican restaurant advertised at the hotel, and it was great! Al Chile!
My room at the Senator was clean, bright and modern. It was not huge, but it was comfortable and well equipped. In addition to the essentials, it had AC, a mini-fridge, a document safe and a wall-mounted hairdryer (in the shower room). It was at the front of the hotel, which meant that while the double glazing kept the room quiet, opening a window at night meant quite a lot of road noise and the sound of early morning deliveries to the otherwise conveniently located Lidl next door. Still, having (fairly quiet) AC mitigated that issue. I did not eat breakfast in the hotel, but it seemed like a standard continental buffet. I found all the hotel staff to be courteous, friendly and helpful, and although slightly out from the centre of the city, it's easy to catch the 43 tram from just outside the hotel down to the University which is on the edge of the Ringstraße (the circuit that encloses the central part of the city). The public transport in Vienna is cheap, well-integrated and reliable, which makes using it a pleasure rather than a chore (a week's pass covering all tram, subway, train and bus journeys in the city is just over €16). Overall, I was pleased that I'd chosen to pay less and stay slightly further out than many of my co-delegates at the conference I was attending at the University, and didn't hear many tales of opulence or superior service from those who paid twice as much to stay in the centre. If you're on a tight budget, I'd say Senator is an excellent choice.