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Where to stay in Graz

GRAZ, AUSTRIA - Cityscape with Sunset in Graz, Austria, view from Felsensteig.

Graz Austria is the second largest city in Austria, and capital of Styria province. As you are planning a visit to Graz, deciding where to stay is an important part of your Austria itinerary. Much of the beauty of Graz is in the architecture, which can be found throughout the city.

In fact, Graz was the European Capital of Culture in 2003 and named a City of Design just a few years later. Rather than a bustling capital city to be checked off a list, Graz is a city to savor, a place to stay for as long as you can. With our guide to Graz accommodation, we can help you pinpoint the best area for tourists, with Graz hotels to fit every budget. 

We will cover off all types of Graz accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Graz hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Graz, the best Graz hotels, best places in Graz to visit, the best places to stay in Graz, hotels near Graz attractions, Graz neighborhood guide and many more. Check out our below guide on where to stay in Graz Austria.

Updated as of October 2020!

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City Centre – Where to stay in Graz for tourists

Nearly every European city has a historic city center, or Old Town, that is the hub of most tourist attractions and historic sites. Sometimes called the Innere Stadt, many of the Graz’s best attractions are within walking distance of the city centre hotels.

In addition to being a UNESCO World Heritage Center, Old Town is also a gathering place for locals, students and tourists at the many sidewalk cafes and shops. Old Town is surrounded by gardens and the fortified hill atop which sits the 1,000-year-old Schlossberg castle, with a convenient funicular to help you reach the top.  

Best places to stay in Graz City Centre

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Graz City Centre
a&o Graz Hauptbahnhof

Budget Hotels in Graz City Centre
Hotel Mariahilf
Ibis Budget Graz City
JUFA Hotel Graz-Sud
Alter Telegraf Hotel

Mid range Hotels in Graz City Centre
Park Hotel Graz
Hotel Weitzer Graz
NH Graz City
Augarten Art Hotel

Family Friendly Hotels in Graz City Centre
Palais-Hotel Erzherzog Johann
Minihotel Graz
Grand Hotel Wiesler Graz
Boutique Hotel Dom

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Graz City Centre
Schlossberghotel – Das Kunsthotel

Graz city center aerial view, Styria region of Austria

Lend – Where to stay in Graz for travellers with a car

Across the Mur River from Old Town is the area of Lend. Once a working-class neighborhood that has undergone a bit of gentrification, Lend is still a great place to find budget-friendly accommodation in Graz. For travelers arriving by train, Graz Central Station is located in Graz, with some hotel options within a five-minute-walk of the station, which is convenient for taking day trips from Graz.

Likewise, for travelers with a car, parking is a bit more plentiful in Lend than what you would find at the Old Town Hotels. Perhaps one of the most well-known attractions of Lend is the Kunsthaus, a museum built in a modern architecture style that is in stark contrast to the surrounding architecture styles. Lend has a handful of bars and restaurants, and the city center is within walking distance if you want more choices. 

Best places to stay in Lend

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Lend
a&o Graz Hauptbahnhof

Budget Hotels in Lend
Ibis Budget Graz City
Alter Telegraf Hotel
Bauernwirt

Mid range Hotels in Lend
Ibis Graz
Hotel Europa Graz
Hotel Daniel Graz
Hotel Bokan

Family Friendly Hotels in Lend
Novapark Wohlfuhlhotel
Lend Hotel
Hotel Strasser
Hotel B&B Graz

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Lend
Schlossberghotel – Das Kunsthotel

Graz Austria - - The Kunsthaus Graz evening view Styria region of Austria. Graz museum of Art is famous modern landmark built as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2003.

Gries – Where to stay in Graz on a budget

South of Lend and southwest of the city center is the neighborhood of Gries. Also very convenient to Graz Central Station, and a tram can have you in the city center in under 10 minutes. While Gries is the location of Graz’s red-light district, it’s a large area with some nice accommodation options.

Of course, this also means budget-friendly lodging can be found, too. CityPark is a large-format shopping center, which also has many restaurants and entertainment options surrounding it. 

Best places to stay in Gries

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Gries
a&o Graz Hauptbahnhof

Budget Hotels in Gries
Hotel Mariahilf
Ibis Budget Graz City
Alter Telegraf Hotel
JUFA Hotel Graz-Sud

Mid range Hotels in Gries
JUFA Hotel Graz City
Hotel Drei Raben
Hotel Daniel Graz
Hotel Europa Graz

Family Friendly Hotels in Gries
Hotel B&B Graz
Grand Hotel Wiesler Graz
Palais-Hotel Erzherzog Johann
Lend Hotel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Gries
Schlossberghotel – Das Kunsthotel

Graz, Austria - High angle view of escalators in shopping center in Graz

Geidorf – Where to stay in Graz with family

Northwest of the city center is the area known as Geidorf, at the foot of the Schlossberg Hill. While some areas of Geidorf are only a ten-minute walk to the Old Town, there’s a decidedly more local feel to the neighborhood, making this a great family-friendly place to stay in Graz. Geidorf is also the home to the University of Graz, so the student population gives it a lively atmosphere, with lots of budget eats and shopping to be found. 

Best places to stay in Geidorf

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Geidorf
a&o Graz Hauptbahnhof

Budget Hotels in Geidorf
Alter Telegraf Hotel
Pension Traude
Red Lodge
Hotel Mariahilf

Mid range Hotels in Geidorf
Mercure Graz City
Boutique Hotel Dom
Parkhotel Graz
Hotel Villa Rueckert

Family Friendly Hotels in Geidorf
Lend Hotel
Ibis Budget Graz City
NH Graz City
Pension Zur Steirerstub’n

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Geidorf
Schlossberghotel – Das Kunsthotel

Graz city full of red roof, view from Schlossberg Castle Hill in Graz, summer in Austria, Europe

St Leonhard – Where to stay in Graz with kids

Just east of the city center is the area of St. Leonhard, a lively area with a fun atmosphere. Much of the history of Old Town seems to spill right over into St Leonhard, with historic and cultural attractions throughout the area. The residential nature of the area allows for several apartment rentals, perfect for those seeking a long-term stay in Graz, or a family-friendly place to stay. The University is also in walking distance, so by staying in St. Leonhard you have easy access to several unique neighborhoods for your daily activities. 

Best places to stay in St Leonhard

Budget Hotels in St Leonhard
Pension Traude
Hotel Mariahilf
Greenrooms
Aparthotel Smart Apartments

Mid range Hotels in St Leonhard
The Star Inn Hotel Graz
Haus Mobene
Hotel Gollner
Best Western Plus Amedia Graz

Family Friendly Hotels in St Leonhard
roomz Graz
Parkhotel Graz
AMEDIA Luxury Suites
Grand Hotel Wiesler Graz

Affordable Luxury Hotels in St Leonhard
Schlossberghotel – Das Kunsthotel

blocks of flats in graz, styria, austria

Mariatrost – Where to stay in Graz for foodies

Continuing northeast past Geidorf is the neighborhood of Mariatrost, named for the Mariatrost Basilica. An important pilgrimage destination of Styria, the basilica was commissioned in 1714 and has been welcoming pilgrims ever since. The area sits on a hill overlooking Graz, and there is a lot of natural space surrounding, with hiking and running trails throughout.

Additionally a few pubs and restaurants are dotted throughout the area. For families renting a home, there are grocery stores nearby where you can stock up. This area is best for travelers with a car, as the trams are not as frequent here. 

Best places to stay in Mariatrost

Mid range Hotels in Mariatrost
Hotel Villa Rueckert
Hotel Garni Marienhof Graz

Family Friendly Hotels in Mariatrost
Gastehaus Plank
Stoiser’s Hotel Garni
Hauserl im Wald
Stoffbauer

The Baroque Mariatrost Basilica on top of the Purberg hill in Mariatrost a district of Graz is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites of Styria in Austria

Wolfsberg – Where to stay near Graz for outdoor travellers

If you want to stay in the Graz area, but are open to staying in other towns, consider Wolfsberg. About an hour from Graz, Wolfsberg is a popular holiday destination, especially for folks traveling to nearby ski resorts like Kloster. Wolfsberg is ideal for outdoor adventure travelers, as it is perfectly positioned for day trips into the nearby mountain ranges, or even over the border into Slovenia. 

Best places to stay in Wolfsberg

Budget Hotels in Wolfsberg
Gasthof Olberger
B&B Wolfsberg

Mid range Hotels in Wolfsberg
Hotel Torwirt

Family Friendly Hotels in Wolfsberg
Hotel Hecher
Alpenhotel Ozon Wolfgruber

The Schoeckl mountain near Graz Austria outdoor shot

Stubenberg – Where to stay near Graz for mountain getaway

Another resort destination near Graz is Stubenberg am See, roughly 50 kilometers from Graz. The large mountain lake is surrounded by parks, walking paths and beaches. There are snack shops at the lake, as well as boat and bike rentals. For overnight accommodations, there is everything from campgrounds to luxury retreats, making this a lovely mountain getaway, especially for those seeking a family-friendly outdoors vacation. 

Best places to stay in Stubenberg

Budget Hotels in Stubenberg
Fair-Price-Hotel

Mid range Hotels in Stubenberg
JUFA Hotel Poellau – Bio-Landerlebnis
H2O Hotel Therme Resort
Spa Resort Styria

Family Friendly Hotels in Stubenberg
Hotel Angerer-Hof
Posthotel Thaller

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Stubenberg
RETTER Hotel Bio Restaurant

Frozen lakes at Stubenbergsee in Austria, styria

Bad Blumau – Where to stay near Graz for relaxation

For a spa getaway, consider the town of Bad Blumau. Just 60 kilometers northeast of Graz, Bad Blumau has spring-fed pools for spa and relaxation, as well as interesting architecture around town. This is a place to come and relax, as there aren’t many activities around other than soaking in the springs and enjoying the surrounding nature.

Best places to stay in Bad Blumau

Budget Hotels in Bad Blumau
Fair-Price-Hotel
Loipenhof – Hotel Garni

Mid range Hotels in Bad Blumau
Genusshotel Riegersburg
H2O Hotel Therme Resort

Family Friendly Hotels in Bad Blumau
Thermenhotel PuchasPLUS Stegersbach
Quellenhotel Heiltherme Bad Waltersdorf
Wellness-&Ayurvedahotel PAIERL

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Bad Blumau
Falkensteiner Balance Resort Stegersbach – Premium Adults Only
Spa Resort Styria

Alpina hotel, Saalbach. Austria. . Amazing SPA terrace interior design with mountain view. Comfortable chairs and sofas. Ski resort luxury hotel SPA.

Bad Gleichenberg – Where to stay near Graz for hot springs

Another spa destination, 65 kilometers from Graz, is Bad Gleichenberg. Not far from the Slovenia border, the springs are set amidst rolling hills and vineyards. Several natural springs feed the baths, and these relaxing waters draw many tourists from all over. Spa treatments are a common activity, and the town itself is fairly laid back as far as holiday destinations go. Not to worry, though, several hotels and restaurants are available to serve travelers visiting the springs.  

Best places to stay in Bad Gleichenberg

Budget Hotels in Bad Gleichenberg
Hotel Garni und Appartements Fuksas
Villa Clar im Park – Therme – Weingut Hartinger
Pension Dreilanderblick

Mid range Hotels in Bad Gleichenberg
Wellnesshotel Allmer
Thermenhotel Emmaquelle

Family Friendly Hotels in Bad Gleichenberg
Hotel-Pension St. Hubertushof
Hotel Stenitzer
Schloessl Hotel Kindl

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Bad Gleichenberg
Vulkanlandhotel Legenstein

Famous Heart shaped wine road in Slovenia - Austria in summer, Heart form - Herzerl Strasse, vineyards in summer, Spicnik tourist spot

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Where to stay in Graz

Where to stay in Graz

Where to stay in Graz

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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious! With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!