The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)

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Roomz Budget Design Hotel
Functional, bright rooms with flat-screen TVs and wireless Internet; 12 minutes from Vienna’s central Stephansplatz (Stephen's Square) via the U-Bahn (subway); 152 rooms. Eleventh district, Paragonstrasse 1; tel. 43 1 74 31 777. www.roomz-vienna.com

Meininger City Hostel & Hotel Vienna
“Great address for those who prefer to invest more money in exploring Vienna than in hotel fees but insist on comfort.”—Tzvetana Tomova, journalist, T.A.I., Austrian tourism and leisure newspaper. Close to Südbahnhof train station and Favoriten shops and cafés; 68 rooms. Tenth district, Columbusgasse 16; tel. 43 1 720 733 643. www.meininger-hostels.com/en

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Hotel Rathaus Wein & Design
“Every room has been dedicated to one Austrian top vintner, who provides wines for its minibar.”—Christian Grünwald, publisher, A la Carte, Austrian restaurant guide. Wine theme throughout—cheese marinated in wine on breakfast buffet and wine-based cosmetics in the 39 guest rooms; close to City Hall. Eighth district, Lange Gasse 13; tel. 43 1 400 11 22. www.hotel-rathaus-wien.at

Holmann Beletage
Boutique hotel with 16 light, spacious rooms; made-to-order breakfast; easy walking distance to major tourist attractions including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera, and the Graben and Kärntnerstrasse areas. First district, Köllnerhofgasse 6; tel. 43 1 96 11 960. www.hollmann-beletage.at

König von Ungarn
Housed in a complex of 300-year-old historic buildings; includes “Figarohaus,” where Mozart lived and composed from 1784-87; 33 large, individually decorated rooms and apartments with satellite TV; includes daily Viennese breakfast; on-site restaurant opens at 6 p.m. First district, Schulerstrasse 10; tel. 43 1 515 84 0. www.kvu.at

Altstadt Vienna
Elegant designer hotel featuring contemporary art from Attersee to Andy Warhol; 32 rooms and ten suites. Tip: Request one of the rooms designed by Italian architect Matteo Thun; gray-black walls, stained oak parquet floors, red velvet upholstery, and jet-black bathrooms accented with Swarovski crystal “stars.” Seventh district, Kirchengasse 41; tel. 43 1 522 66 66. www.altstadt.at

Das Tyrol
Former monastery combines tradition, exquisite design, and exhibits by young Viennese artists in a central location; 30 cozy guest rooms decorated in soft creams, greens, and browns; includes a small spa. Sixth district, Mariahilfer Strasse 15; tel. 43 1 587 54 15. www.das-tyrol.at

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DO & CO Hotel Vienna
Across from Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the city center; 41 Mediterranean-style rooms and two suites featuring fine leather, teakwood, and onyx accents and furnishings; guests enjoy preferred seating at the hotel’s Onyx Bar or the rooftop restaurant. First district, Stephansplatz 12; tel. 43 1 24 188. www.doco.com

Le Méridien Vienna
One of the newer entries along Ringstrasse, home to a number of Vienna’s first-class hotels; 294 stylish and airy modern rooms; frosted glass surfaces, soft leather chairs, and colorful spotlights add to the cheerful atmosphere; close to major tourist attractions such as the Vienna State Opera, Hofburg Imperial Palace, and Naschmarkt open-air market. First district, Opernring 13; tel. 43 1 588 90 0. www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien/vienna

Das Triest
Seventy-two guest rooms and suites feature the signature clean lines and simple elegance of British designer Sir Terence Conran; some include a small terrace or garden; popular spot for visiting pop music performers; centrally located. Fourth district, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 12; tel. 43 1 589 18-0. www.dastriest.at

The Levante Parliament
Seventy-room contemporary hotel in 1908 modernist building; interior walls double as an art gallery for exclusive exhibition by glass designer Ioan Nemtoi; cutting-edge furniture and accessories throughout, including the Nemtoi-designed glass bar; fitness center, sauna, and courtyard; located behind the Austrian Parliament and the Vienna City Hall. Eighth district, Auerspergstrasse 9; tel. 43 1 228 28 0. www.thelevante.com

Hotel Ambassador
Symbol of elegance for more than a century; 19 traditional-themed rooms feature original parquet floors, antique furniture, and Viennese Lobmeyer crystal chandeliers; 37 light and airy Vienna Classic rooms; 30 business rooms with free Internet; four one-bedroom suites; steps away from the city’s signature upscale shopping district. First district, Kärntner Strasse 22/ Neuer Markt 5; tel. 43 1 961 61 0. www.ambassador.at

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Hotel Bristol
Exudes opulence; ornate fabrics and furnishings in 140 luxurious guest rooms and suites; unique star-shaped ceilings in the circular Tower Rooms; cozy wood-paneled Bristol Bar open 11 a.m-1 a.m.; central location near shopping, cafés, and the Spanish Riding School. First district, Kärntner Ring 1; tel. 43 1 51 516 0. www.westin.com/bristol

Hotel Sacher
Charming, luxury hotel built in 1876 by Eduard Sacher, son of the creator of the famous Viennese chocolate cake—Sacher-Torte; 152 guest rooms and suites; holistic lifestyle spa offers signature chocolate body treatments and products, thermal suite, and gym; located behind the Vienna State Opera. First district, Philharmonikerstrasse 4; tel. 43 1 514 56 0. www.sacher.com

Imperial
“Traditional Viennese grand hotel that puts all guests in awe with its imperial grandeur.”—Christian Grünwald. Hand-carved statues, palatial lobby and salons; 138 romantic guest rooms and suites; marble floors, crystal chandeliers, antique furnishings, and silk-covered walls; private butler service in most suites. First district, Kärntner Ring 16; tel. 43 1 501 10 0. www.starwood.com/imperial

Palais Coburg
The former palace of Duke Ferdinand von Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, built in the 19th century around the Braunbastei—part of the city’s 500-year-old defenses—and reborn as a spectacular all-suite hotel in 2003; 35 luxurious units, most two-story, all with full kitchens; 60,000-bottle wine cellar, tours and tastings by reservation. First district, Coburgbastei 4; tel. 43 1 518 18 0. www.palais-coburg.com

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