LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort Langenlois
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Finalist: Best for Pampering
- 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.
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
At the centre of the Kamptal region in Lower Austria, on the edge of the picturesque town of Langenlois, in the middle of wine country, sits the Loisium Wine and Spa Resort (LWSR). It is an innovative concept: a winery for wine-lovers all wrapped up in an outstanding architectural approach. The LWSR is structured into 4 components, a hotel with an elegant spa, the vineyards, the wine museum complex and the underground caverns. As I approached the LWSR, a giant rubiks cube styled box made of aluminum and glass, rears it head up out of the centre of the vineyard that traipses up to it like spokes in a wagon wheel. This structure forms the basis of the Wine Cellar World museum.
My tour of the museum and underground caverns was enlightening. The entrance to the caves, where 900 year old barrels are stored, seemed like an underground well which ushered in a water and laser show that embellished the tour. From here the tour took on a cave discovery aspect with stops to view elements of the winery, its storied history as well as the evolutionary process of wine making along with a unique exposition which visualized a grape on its path from harvest to finished wine. After the tour, I had an opportunity to taste 4 wines with commentary by a wine expert. As a complete neophyte, this session provided me with insights into wine appreciation.
The trekking tour through the lovely surrounding vineyard was more like a hike to match up grapes with the wine they produced. The main LWSR grape variants here are a citrusy Gruners and mineral rich Riesling, both of which are produced on a scale from bone dry to syrupy sweet. The LWSR adheres to a biodynamic winemaking approach which engages an increasingly environmentally sensitive and labor-intensive form of agriculture....no fertilizer here. This approach reflects well for their award-wining wine quality.
The hotel, is spacious, along with architecture and decor that is saturated in an 'all things wine' motif. From the top to the bottom of the building, the interior portrays the wine theme so vigorously that it is hard to tell where the vineyards end and the hotel begins. Rooms are outfitted in tones of grape, green and red, and airy windows overlook the vineyard and wonderful rural scape. Minibars are stocked with (Think: wine). No need to count sheep to go to sleep here, just count the wine bottles. The LWSR features an outstanding year-round heated pool, a fitness centre and a spa which provides wine-therapy treatments (How about a grape facial). Guests are privy to tours, seminars and wine tasting at the museum next door.
So, if you want a totally immersive wine experience, accompanied by a creatively designed hotel and spa....try Loisium Wine & Spa Resort...Eat, Drink & Sleep Wine.
A lovely hotel in a beautiful wineyards area. Great room, very good breakfast and the swimming pool was gorgeous. Also had a good massage there. Many areas for resting and enjoying the view. Surely will return there.
Interesting place, visiting internationally and really enjoyed this very rural, wine focused area of Austria. The "wine weg" hike was a highlight, the pool area is fun, loved swimming with the frogs in the pond, great treatments in the Aveda spa. The "sauna" area was closed for renovation when we were there, but we were warned in advance. The breakfast selection was superb. We had the included 4-course dinner with wine pairings and it was good value, also very nicely organized (you choose all 4 courses from anything on the menu; that was a nice surprise). The lady serving the wines was quite educational. MAJOR DOWNSIDE: our airconditioning just DID NOT WORK. At first I am quite sure it was broken (no air blowing at all) and then they said they fixed it - great, air blowing, but still not cool. I think it is just not capable of dealing with hot weather - it was nice sunny summertime when we were there but no abnormally hot. Guys, when guests say A/C isn't working, what they mean is they are not comfortable... you are selling a comfortable sleep, so all the bells and whistles in the world don't count for much when you don't provide that basic thing. They gave us a fan, nice gesture, helped a bit but basically YOU NEED TO UPGRADE YOUR COOLING SYSTEM. This hotel is too nice to be abandoned for that simple error in the physical plant - fix it. Also, the restaurant, otherwise very pleasant and fairly priced, was somewhat spoiled by all the smoking. Please, either ask people to smoke in the bar and not on the restaurant terrace, or at least group the smokers together and provide one area where people who want to SMELL and TASTE your good wine and food are able to do so!