On my next visit to Vienna I plan on staying at the new magdas HOTEL across from the iconic Prater Park. This 78 room hotel is like no other in town. The décor is typically Euro-Ikea style, and it offers a trendy café, communal lounge and tablets for all guests, but what makes this hostelry unique is the business model. Run as a “social business” by the non-profit charity Caritas, the hotel provides vocational training, jobs, social support, and even residential space for refugees and asylum seekers in Vienna. Current staff represent 14 nations and speak 23 different languages.
Conveniently situated, the hotel also features original art work throughout the facility created by students from the Academy of Fine Arts. And the rooftop views of the Prater Wheel and Vienna can’t be beat.