I recently attended the eighth Star Alliance MegaDo, which I wrote about in two parts, here and here. The first part of the event was hosted by Austrian Airlines in the setting of Vienna Airport, which necessitated a two night stay.
Airport hotels are never great, indeed Rob from Head for Points had a pretty rubbish stay at the NH Hotel next-door, so I went in with reasonably low expectations.
Normally I would have booked somewhere in the city centre, however as I had to get up the second morning around 06.00 for an 08.00 flight, felt that the extra sleep staying closer to the airport would be more important. With that in mind, I ended up booking the Moxy hotel at the airport with a pretty good rate of €84/ni.
Moxy is actually a Marriott brand. It’s part of their push to be more youth orientated and less stuffy. For those people familiar with the aLoft properties which are part of Starwood, to my mind they’re trying to be one of those.
Check-in was very straight-forward. I’d already done it on the app, and so when I rocked up to the reception desk there was just a quick check of my ID and then the keys were handed over. My gold rewards status was recognised, but not sure it actually got me anything. I was given room 504, which was almost at the end of the corridor, looking inwards as the building was a giant U shape. Thus there was no view to speak of.
The room itself was small, however did have some nice features.
There were well located power sockets and USB plugs next to each side of the bed. There was a good sized LCD tv too, however no HDMI breakout ports meaning it wasn’t possible to connect a device to it.
There was a glass shelf which was the “work area” that just managed to fit my 15″ MacBook Pro on it. Next to that was a luggage rack and three hooks which was the extent of the hanging space. There was no wardrobe or room safe at all.
There was a good night-light function – underneath the feet end of the bed was a dim light that would turn on for about ten seconds when it sensed movement.
The bed itself was ok, however there were only two relatively thin pillows and I felt it was a touch on the firm side, but that’s very much personal taste.
The bathroom was equally tiny.
The products supplied were of a brand called Muk, including a combined shampoo / shower gel and a separate conditioner. The shower cubicle itself was pretty small though and the water pressure poor.
There was fast and free wifi throughout the hotel, with no room number required to sign-in, simply an acceptance of the terms and conditions on a splash screen.
I got the impression that the hotel’s branding was trying too hard.
There were lots of little touches all over the place, but for me it didn’t quite hang together quite as well as a concept as for example an aLoft does.
The hotel did also have a gym and fully featured bar, which was quite lively in the evenings that we were there.
Breakfast was a variety of cold options only – no hot food was available other than teas and coffees. It was charged at €15 and is not free for Marriott Gold rewards members. I had a discussion with the front desk about this benefit upon checkout and they refused to budge on this point.
Overall, I thought the experience was ok. It’s clearly a budget hotel, trying to be a W. The rooms are small and the amenities are ok. For the price I paid, it was decent value and clearly a step above a Travelodge, but on a par to a Premier Inn. I’d certainly be happy to stay in one again, but just with suitably lowered expectations.