The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast, afternoon tea in the spa including homemade cakes, and free parking
The hotel sits at the crux of several Austrian wine appellations, including Wachau and Kamptal, making it an ideal base for wine-tasting adventures
Uber-contemporary postmodern design by American architect Steven Holl contrasts with the verdant, rural terrain
Austria's first destination Aveda spa offers wine-based treatments
What To Know
A local tax of approximately $2 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
The lap pool, flanked by rows of vines, stays heated all winter and is ideal for post-wine-tasting relaxation
Like many hotels in Europe, this one is not air-conditioned — a problem for some guests on hot summer days
The hotel's bountiful breakfast buffet offers myriad options and will keep guests well fueled for sightseeing in the wine region.
Parking on site
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Sleek retreat set in vineyards near Vienna, with an Aveda spa, ancient wine cellars and a locavore restaurant
In Austria's Kamptal wine region, around an hour's drive from Vienna, Loisium Wine & Spa Resort's futuristic bare-bones architecture only makes the surrounding vineyards all the more beautiful. And that's the point. Aesthetically lean and contemporary, the sleek retreat was designed by American architect Steven Holl, and it feels urbane and sophisticated. It sits atop and adjacent to wine cellars dating back nearly a thousand years, melding the past and the present. Its innovative look mirrors the burgeoning hipness of the Austrian wine scene. More au courant than cozy, Loisium nevertheless emits warmth and welcome.
Bed and Bath
The 82 guestrooms are stacked one atop the other in a glass and aluminum cube-shaped building. Like the exterior, the interiors are strikingly clean-lined and modern, even stark by traditional Austrian standards. Guestrooms increase in size by category, with Prestige Deluxe being the largest. Classic Rooms have courtyard views, but the Prestige and Prestige Deluxe quarters have balconies that look out at the vineyards and the village of Langenlois. A subtle wine theme runs through the rooms, from the cork-shaped lamps to the recurring underground cellar map motif on the linens, walls and some furnishings. White and gray walls highlight black floors and furnishings, which combine to frame the colorful vineyard vistas beyond the large windows. Bathrooms (stocked with Aveda products) are gleaming and clutter-free. Their adaptable swinging doors can be left open to create a more commodious space.
The Aveda spa is outfitted in turquoise and white, with Jetsonesque lounge chairs and lots of natural light. It opens to the outdoor lap pool, saunas and a steam area. The treatments utilize grapes, so try a soothing grapeseed oil massage or a Sauvignon facial. Most treatments end with a free glass of wine. Dine at the restaurant Vineyard, where locally grown produce is used to concoct traditional dishes with an innovative flair. Naturally, a sommelier pairs local vintages to perfection.
In the Area
In the Krems region, just an hour northwest of Vienna, minutes from the Danube River, Langelois is home to a striking Steven Holl–designed wine center. Spend some hours here tasting wine and learning about the four adjacent wine regions: Wienviertal, Wachau, Kamptal and Kremstal. On temperate days rent a bike and pedal along the Danube's banks, where well-tended bike trails snake from Passau to Bratislava. Visit small winemaking villages like Durnstein, which has a famous castle. Don't miss Melk, best known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site, Melk Abbey, and be sure to have a meal in a heurigen, a traditional family-owned wine tavern.