Sometimes, when you least expect it, a seemingly routine experience will turn out to be one of the most fun and exciting things you’ve experienced in a while. I didn’t expect the Moxy Hotel at the Vienna Airport (VIE) to be so interesting, but…holy crap.
A full review of my 2 night stay at the Moxy (Vienna Airport)
Fun fact: I had never even heard of the Moxy brand before booking this reservation, and the only reason why I chose this property was because of how fun it looked from the outside. As luck would have it, it was a fantastically good choice in an amazingly good location. Score!
Location map of the Moxy here at the Vienna Airport. Pro tip: get a high room on the south or east side for the best airport views. If you fancy overlooking busy motorways and being frustrated that you can’t see the airport, the north side is for you.
For those of you out there like me who have absolutely no idea what a “Moxy” hotel is, it’s basically the Marriott equivalent of an Aloft. And for those that don’t even know what an Aloft is, it’s basically the IKEA equivalent of the hotel world.
Think “cheap” and “high style”, and you’ve pretty much got it. I’ve reviewed a few Aloft’s already (SFO Aloft, PDX Aloft, PHX Aloft), and it’s a concept that I quite like.
Walking to the Moxy Hotel from the Vienna Airport
Finding the Moxy here at VIE is super easy (even if you’re borderline delirious from flying halfway around the world in economy class). Just follow the signs through the underground walkway!
“Keep your distance Chewie – but don’t look like you’re trying to keep your distance.” Yeah, I was delirious enough to want to hang out here for a bit and pretend I was right there in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon with Han Solo and Chewbacca, but I had a hotel to find.
Yet more fun stimulation for deliriously tired eyes. That’s the Moxy!
Any establishment with “Let’s go for a spin” printed on the revolving door is my kind of establishment. When’s the last time you saw anyone having this kind of fun at a Hyatt?
When the check-in desk is just a small corner of the massively well-stocked bar, you just know you’re gonna have a good time.
The lobby was really stunning actually, and you can tell that they designed it to stimulate social interaction. It’s like they’re thinking that we’re all being hermits refusing to come out of our rooms or something…
Nobody wanted to be social with me today.
The kinkiest elevator ride of my life, and it had me wondering if there was going to be a wild party happening in my room when I got there…
I don’t hear any music yet.
Are they all going to jump out at me and yell “Überraschung!” when I walk in?
When you’re expecting happy partygoers to greet you, nothing is more disappointing than seeing an empty (and quiet) hotel room. Really? Nothing?
I turned to the left to set my backpack down, and then…she just jumped out at me out of nowhere!
Keeping a close eye on her as I step into the room in order to make sure that she doesn’t sneak up from behind me and give me a noogie. Or even worse…a wedgie.
And then, entering the bathroom, THIS happened.
Blushing a shade of red I’ve never been in my life, I continued on with the review.
Based on what you’ve seen so far, you can’t roll your eyes at me (too much) if I told you that I thought these complimentary lollipops on the bed were condoms at first. Hey now! The thought never even would have crossed my mind if it weren’t for that lipstick message on the bathroom mirror.
Do I dare turn on the TV to see what’s on?
Jokes aside, the style and design of this room was on point.
Oohhhhh, I get it! It all makes sense now! The “piñata” and “get smashed” messages were in reference to this little guy, and the candy on the bed was meant to go inside. Clever! This is the part of the review when I stopped blushing btw.
I say again: when’s the last time you had this much fun in a Hyatt?
The only spot in the room where she couldn’t see me.
Ok, let’s see if I can do the bathroom portion of this review without any stupid comments about the lipstick on the mirror.
Unfortunately, it was so small that I couldn’t find an angle where she OR the lipstick wasn’t in view.
Yeah, the bathroom is small but really nice and very practical. And nope, you can’t even see a reflection of the lipstick in the chrome on the faucet. #madphotoskillz
Are you as disappointed as I am that the body wash and shampoo didn’t have glitter in it?
The view from my room, which was pretty nice. This entire area looks brand new, with the airport off in the distance to the left.
One of the best things about the Moxy is the amount of good alcohol food for purchase down in the lobby.
They even offer this handy “cooking” station so that you can heat up (and spice up) whatever it was that you just purchased. I’m actually surprised that they gave me full access to the microwave considering that I could burn a pot of boiling water if left unattended. I’m horrible in the kitchen.
Dinner. And they didn’t even have to call the fire department!
Moxy Vienna Airport pros and cons
I’ve got a lot to say in regards to what I think of the Moxy brand, but I know that I need to be careful because this was the first Moxy hotel that I’ve ever stayed at, and therefore I have no confidence that every property is exactly the same.
I’d like to think that this is a “franchise” kind of brand much in the way that Aloft is (meaning that you get the exact same experience in every location) especially considering that they seemed to be pushing brand awareness on social media everywhere you look with the hashtag #atthemoxy.
There’s nothing wrong with consistency at all, and as a matter of fact I guess what I’m trying to say here is that I hope that it is a consistent experience from property to property.
- Price: This was one of my cheapest hotel hotel stays in many many years. I paid $80US a night for two nights here, which I’m still quite proud of thank you very much.
- Style and design: If you hate the IKEA, you’re not gonna like this place. But I happen to dig it quite a bit (and not because I have an IKEA couch at home).
- Edginess: I’ll admit – it was incredibly fun to stay in a property that was borderline kinky and not afraid to show it. Being safe and overly worried about offending anyone makes for forgettable experiences! *cough*hilton*cough*hyatt*coughcough*
- Proximity to the airport: it’s hard to beat a hotel that is literally just a two minute (underground) walk to and from the main terminal.
- The “party” vibe: I already explained to you how much of an old fart I am in my review of the W Hotel in Downtown Austin, so there’s no need to embarrass myself and go down that dark and gloomy road again. Thankfully my room was quiet as a library, so overall the liveliness wasn’t a big deal at all.
Basically, I am now seeking out Moxy hotels wherever I go. Unfortunately, I haven’t booked any trips yet where at Moxy hotels happen to be present, but their list of properties is growing fast and it won’t be long until I step foot in one of these places again. And you bet you’re booty that I’m going to do another full review!
Scott is the founder and author of SleepAndReview.com, and has been a frequent traveler since 2014. He never had any aspirations of being a hotel reviewer, but one thing let to another, and...well...here we are.