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If money isn't an issue, by all means join heads of state and royalty at the Imperial (+43/01/50 11 00, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), whose opulent suites evoke Habsburg grandeur. A small step down is the Sacher (+43/01/51 45 60, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and yet another rung lower - in the €250-300 double range - is the modern Das Trieste (+43/01/58 91 80, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), a wonderful hotel designed by British architect Terence Conran.

For an unbeatable dead-center location and old-world authenticity, we like Kaiserin Elisabeth (+43/01/51 52 60, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Its spacious doubles start around €200. A hotel popular with Americans for decades, but which has never caught our fancy, is the König von Ungarn (+43/01/51 58 40, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), with doubles from €198.

The location is just as central and the rooms just as large as the Kaiserin Elizabeth at nearby Pension Aviano (+43/01/512 83 30, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) where high-season doubles start €130. We know of no better value in the center. Frau Kafka also operates Pensions Pertschy (+43/01/534 490, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Christina (+43/01/533 29 61, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Baronesse (+43/01/405 1061, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). All offer acceptable accommodations at lower prices. In that same price and comfort category is the Pension Nossek (+43/01/533 70 410, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), where the affable Bernard sisters roll out a warm welcome.

Another good value in the center is the three-star Post (+43/01/515 830, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), where doubles are €115.