Review: Hostel Ruthensteiner 

//Review: Hostel Ruthensteiner 

Review: Hostel Ruthensteiner 

After a rough first few days back in Europe, I can’t begin to explain the solace that came when I walked into this Vienna hostel.  I was greeted with a welcome card, a bottle of wine and endless smiles.  They literally turned my entire trip around!
I’m always rattling off about how important the staff is to the customer experience at any hotel or hostel.  There’s nothing worse than a hostel that has all the ameneties but makes you feel unwelcome or uncomfortable.  I’ve found that it can be a rarity to locate a hostel with both nice facilities AND a nice staff.
Well, I found a not-so-hidden gem in Vienna’s Hostel Ruthensteiner and am anxious to share with you all!

Review: Hostel Ruthensteiner (Vienna, Austria)

(Based on 5 stars rating system)

1. Hostel Staff  * * * * *
From the second I walked in, I felt welcomed and instantly in a better mood.  Courtney, one of the hostel managers came down to meet me personally.  She was so sweet and made sure I got my bearings okay.  The hostel staff ensured had all the information I would need to have the best possible stay and should I need directions I only needed to pull off one of these pre-made short cut cards.  
2. Social Responsibility * * * * *
I love the fact that the hostel reserves an entire dorm room specifically for volunteers that they hand pick to come work.  During my visit there were two people from Spain and two from Mexico.  I lucked out and showed up on Sangria and Tapas night courtesy of the volunteers.  It was SO good!
3. Atmosphere * * * * *
The vibe of a hostel and the crowd staying there is an important part of the experience.  I think it all starts with the staff and, as I mentioned, Hostel Ruthensteiner has some of the most friendly staff I’ve met.  The hostel itself feels like a nice place to hangout all day and can distract you from the city outside the walls.  Bonus: there’s a beautiful garden out back.  
4. Facilities (Bedding, baths, wifi) * * * * *
Unlike some hostels I’ve experienced, this one never ran out of hot water and the bathrooms were all kept very clean.  This makes such a difference after trucking around a backpack through airports, train stations, etc. and feeling extra grimey.  For a traveler there’s nothing like a nice warm shower in a clean bathroom.  

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Another bonus in the rooms are the outlets inside every locker.  I got way overly excited about this.  Every hostel needs to have these!
5.  Breakfast  * * * 

A basic breakfast (cereal, meat/cheese slices, bread, coffee) runs guests a few euro each, which is VERY affordable for anywhere in Europe, however it’s not free like some of the hostels I’ve visited.  (I suppose I was totally spoiled after staying at The Backpack, free and with all those fresh pastries, eggs and oats…yum!)
6.  Activities * * * * *
Vienna has endless sights to see and activities to experience and the hostel did a great job of keeping information out and accessible to everyone.  There was big map in the front room and a big black chalk board with all the current events, which I referenced daily.
7.  Guests  * * * * *
I met some lifelong friends while staying in this hostel!  We actually continued on traveling together through Bratislava and Budapest.  I completely credit the positive and welcoming nature of the hostel for creating a space where us solo travelers could meet and bond.
8.  Ownership * * * * *
Stefan and Courtney were my two points of contact when making my reservation and throughout my stay.  They were warm, inviting and generous.  I only wish I could have spent more time with you Cortney!

Overall rating:  4.7

My overall experience at this hostel was AMAZING.  Next time I’m in Vienna (and there definitely will be a next time soon!) I will be staying here.  I’d recommend this hostel to any traveler passing through Vienna, especially solo travelers.  Hostel Ruthensteiner was built with solo travelers in mind, and you could feel that when you stay there.  It’s a perfect place to go and make new friends while experiencing a truly gorgeous city.


By |2016-07-18T08:32:31+00:00July 18th, 2016|Reviews|3 Comments

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On August 14th, 2015 I left my life in the United States behind with the intention to never look back. I had the "American Dream" and I woke up from it, to create a new reality for myself. I sought out beauty in a world that was increasingly dark for me at the time and ended up finding more than I bargained for. With only a backpack, I traveled across Europe, South East Asia and then on to Africa. With over 30 countries stamped in my passport, I've become an entirely new version of myself with a broader perspective on what it means to be a woman in today's world. My hope is that by sharing my stories and featuring women like me from around the world, we can inspire others to break down their own internal barriers and go cross a few international borders while they're at it. I truly believe travel can be healing to a troubled soul, empowering to the lost and rejuvenating for the exhausted. Perspective is everything, and I believe in the power of "going global," what about you? is a site that started out with my stories and grew into a platform for women all around the world to tell their travel tales of trials and triumph. We all believe that the more you see of the world, the better you can be as a person who inhabits it. Women encouraging other women to grow, travel, evolve- that's what SGG is all about. ---> Read my very first blog post (see "Archives" for August 2015) to learn how this all began.


  1. Ellen Rose July 30, 2016 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Love to see some social responsibility in a hostel! Great post 🙂

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  3. Heather, It was great having you here! Thank you so much for your wonderful article! (Next time we might feature some eggs for those breakfast lovers). See you back in #Vienna or somewhere else in the world one day! 🙂

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