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
- 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
This hotel and Langenlois are shining jewels in the beautiful Austrian countryside. The design of the hotel is extremely modern and endearingly quirky. It may not be everybody's cup of tea or glass of wine but the end product is what counts and the end product is a high quality hotel offering fantastic wines, delicious food at breakfast, lunch and particularly dinner supported with brilliant service throughout the hotel.
We stayed in a Prestige Deluxe Room which was spacious and is equipped with excellent fully functional facilities apart from a form of centrally operated air conditioning system which struggles in very high temperatures. We managed by opening the door to our balcony at night to let the fresh air in combined with a fan kindly provided by the hotel so in the end the room temperature and sleeping conditions were perfectly acceptable and comfortable.
There is a very pleasant heated outdoor pool with plenty of sunbeds available situated in the beautiful vineyard area of the hotel which is a great way to spend the day if you are feeling lazy and just want to relax by the pool or possibly sleep off one glass of wine too many!
The restaurant serves delicious food even though the menu is quite narrow. One of the main courses is a lamb dish which is really quite exceptional. The other standout course is the apricot dumpling desert; both dishes would receive lavish praise from the MasterChef judges.
Another superb restaurant just a few minutes walk away from the hotel is the Brundelmayer vineyard restaurant which serves Michelin star quality food in conjunction with their own amazing wines.
The hotel also offers some very enjoyable activities which the extremely helpful and informative front desk staff are only too happy to tell you about. There is a great hiking trail through the vineyards (about 6 km) and you can rent a key from reception which you can use to open the wine safes situated in 3 huts on the hiking trail owned by 3 of the leading winemakers in the area. This gives you the opportunity to fuel your hike with delicious wine (as well as grape juice and water if you wish) whilst at the same time taking in the breathtaking elevated views of the surrounding countryside. I would also recommend taking a picnic with you.
Cycling is another great option. The hotel supplies top-quality bikes including eco/electronic assisted bikes so that you can enjoy a number of the beautiful bike trails in the area.
I would also highly recommend the tour of the wine cellars in the hotel's wine shop. It is extremely interesting and brilliantly arranged.
My one and only criticism are the spa treatments we had and this is the reason I felt it was more accurate to give the hotel a very good rating rather than an excellent rating. On our first day in the hotel my wife and I booked a massage which ended up as a very uncomfortable experience as the rooms were far too hot and had no air conditioning or fan, were too brightly lit for a relaxing experience and my wife was actually given the wrong massage by mistake. We did not return for any further treatments, However, to the credit of the hotel they did discount my wife's massage and also gave us a free bottle of wine by way of apology. The problems that arose were largely related to the extremely hot weather during our stay so this would not really be an issue in the winter.
Overall a fantastic and memorable experience which I would recommend to anyone who is a wine lover and appreciates fine dining. We will certainly return to lovely Langenlois and the Loisium.
Check in process was easy and we noticed it is a pet friendly hotel. So if you are traveling with pet, this could be an option.
The natural pool is lovely and probably the nicest part of the hotel. The restaurants is serving great food and wine. We found the staffs who served during the dinner were polite and helpful. The breakfast quality was good.
The bedroom is spacious but the interior design is really weird and the room layout just awkward. The bathroom is not ergonomic.
Personally, we found the overall architecture and interior didn't fit in the surrounding. The interior and architecture look very corporate, dark, bare, cold and unwelcoming which is a pitty given the lovely surrounding.
Stayed 2 nights for a business meeting and a fabulous place for getting together as a team. Close to the village for a walk in for the evenings. Very good food and bar and staff were exemplary. Just a great stay and look forward to visiting again.
Stayed here two night on business. The staff is very friendly and service minded. Breakfast is excellent! Nothing is missing and nothing that they could do better, it’s absolutely perfect. Lunches are ok and dinners are good. Staff in the restaurants are very nice. I highly recommend this place. The only downturns is that the architecture doesn’t fit in the surroundings.
The spa resort is about an hour’s drive from Vienna city. Good food, decent service, nice environment in the midst vineyards and not much amenities around. Nice getaway for a very short vacation from the hustle and bustle of the city. The small boutique resort could further improve on topping up of the mini bar and speed for checking In/out. On a positive note, the staff were very well trained and polite.