If there's one thing I love just as much as fashion is travelling. I've always loved exploring new cities and learning new cultures.
Living in London means it's super easy to head into Europe. A few hours later you can find yourself exploring the streets of a town you've never been to before and that's why I love taking weekend breaks.
This month my mum turned 50 and with mothers day also in March I thought it would be a great time to take her away to Vienna for a few days, after all, it's only a few hours away.
We stayed at Motel One Wien Staatsoper for two nights. Motel One is a budget design hotel chain, they have a few in England and a load more in Europe and many more currently being built.
The hotels themselves are 3*, that said the hotel was extremely clean, the staff were so friendly and helpful and in my opinion, the only reason the hotel has not got a higher rating is because of the lack of amenities in the room like a mini bar, dressing robe and safe.
Motel One Wien Staatsoper is a minute walk from the station (just make sure you take the right exit at Karlsplatz) and as it has such a central location you can walk to a lot of the attractions in under fifteen minutes. Travelling to the hotel from the airport was so easy. In under half an hour we were in our hotel leaving our luggage ready to explore the city. It's worth noting that check in is at 3pm, however the hotel is more than happy to look after luggage before checking in and on check out.
Our hotel was a great mix of modern with classic. The hotel itself is all white and turquoise runs throughout the interior. The lounge area has such gorgeous designs of old architecture that we completely fell in love with it.
The room itself was quite a large space. We had an extremely comfortable double bed, small storage space to hang coats and a few items, a lounge area with two arm chairs as well as an ensuite bathroom with shower. Motel One pride themselves on their bathrooms calling them mini spas and I see why as although they are quite compact, there is still enough space to shower and get ready easily.
The room had two large windows bringing light into the room and fresh air when needed. Alongside this, there was a fully functioning TV in which an hour long video of fire would play on repeat until you either fall asleep or switch the TV off.
Breakfast in the hotel is from 6am-10am consisting of a €9.50 buffet which includes everything from cereal, eggs to some of the most delicious breads I've ever tasted. Everything was fresh, and plentiful, as well as something for everyone especially those who have any dietary requirements including organic and Fairtrade products.
The hotel has free wifi from the minute you check in and you can use it all over the hotel, from your room to the lounge and the bar. We enjoyed coffees around the bar during the day and cocktails in the evening all which were reasonably priced for Vienna.
There are many different areas to lounge around in the hotel as well as an outdoor terrace which would be perfect for the summer. Unfortunately, it was not quite warm enough but in the next few months it will be a perfect place to chill out after a busy day exploring.
The hotel was home to a young business crowd which gave a really relaxed atmosphere. Overall, our experience with Motel One has been more than pleasant and we would happily try one of their other hotels.