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“Fantastic Romance!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Richard Loewenherz
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Durnstein 8, Durnstein A-3601, Austria   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Durnstein
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“Fantastic Romance!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

The hotel is in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Donau in Austrian wine country. It has all of the amenities of a five star (its listed as a four star), but it has the romantic comfort of a boutique. The garden was in full bloom (June) and the swimming pool was clean and crisp. A totally wonderful experience that we will make again. The only drawback is no airconditioning in the rooms.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Geschäftsführer at Hotel Richard Loewenherz, responded to this review, July 4, 2012
Dear "General-Ron",

Many thanks for taking you time to give a comment on our hotel! We are very lucky, that you enjoyed your stay at our historic house and our rose garden with the heated pool. We are sorry that you missed an air-conditioning, but in the Wachau only a few days during the whole year the weather is so hot for an air-conditioning. Alternate we have fans to offer at the reception.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again here at the cultural world heritage Wachau and send you in the meantime our best wishes! Franziska Thiery & team
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011 via mobile

I actually stayed here quite a few years ago, but was researching wine tours and one came up under Trip Advisor for the Wachau Valley. Nostalgia with such great emotion hit me, I had to write a review. We were on one of our whirlwind vacations and found ourselves in Budapest completely exhausted. We did not have the energy to keep up out rigorous pace, cancelled all of our plans and booked a couple of nights at this hotel. We ended up staying a week! The Wachau Valley is beautiful, it is majestic! The Richard Lowenherz is the perfect lodging to compliment it's perfection. We did our own wine tour, but would have loved to have done the bicylcle tour had it not been for my 9month old hitchhiker. We hiked the ruins, took lots of time exploring the sites along the river while not forgetting to take plenty of time to relax by the pool at the hotel. The Richard Lowenherz had a great breakfast and the valley itself only has the best to offer in any other dining choices. Definitely a place I will return with the rest of my kids someday.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

the hotel looks nicer than the amenities suggest. The internet did not work in anyone's room, the TV is a ridiculous 13" one. Breakfast was good. Free easy parking. A bit overpriced for what you get I think. but a charming little town. Restaurant not worth it. Overpriced for the quality of the food.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

We spent three nights in this historic hotel. Our room faced the Danube, which was its highlight. That apart, all else was average - tired furnishings, tiny (and I mean tiny) bathroom - couldn't get a cat in to swing it (!!), grumpy service and less than exciting menus. The hotel was clearly in cashflow mode - saving for an upgrade or sale. Pool was great after a day touring.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011 via mobile

Wifi was not working but was allowed to use their laptop. Waiter at restaurant appeared a little cold towards us. An outside vendor tried to sell flowers to the diners and the waiters left them alone. Dinner was nice, a little expensive as portions were small There were bathrobes in the room. The ventilation in the room toilet was poor.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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La Jolla, California
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41 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

I had a memorable 2-night stay at this elegant hotel and will definitely be back. The hotel is built around an old cloister, parts of which originate in the 13th century. The building is large with halls filled with antique armoires, console tables, and interesting religious prints, paintings, and statues. My room was large with a nice furniture set and cabled complimentary Internet (get an ethernet cable and username at the desk). Bathrobes, slippers, pool towels, and complimentary mineral water are provided. The bathroom was sparkling clean with a long European bathtub. My one criticism is that the toiletries were rather sparse – no conditioner or body lotion.

The real draw of the hotel is the location on a bluff overlooking the Danube, and the very private pool and large garden that are within the original high cloister walls. You feel like you are in your own private meditation space with birds, flowers, and many benches to choose from to spend a few hours with a novel or sketchbook. My dinner on the terrace overlooking the Danube was one of the most memorable I’ve had in five years in Austria. The breakfast buffet, served in a delightful indoor dining room with an impressive rustic metal chandelier, was equally elegant. The feel is similar to the paradores of Spain and pousadas in Portugal. Service was great. They let me check in early; I booked the half-board and reserved my dinner table around 1 pm, and (even as a single female traveler) was given an excellent table both nights.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2010

Of course there's the castle Durnstein up on the hill; there's the blue church next door, there's the Danube below -wait is that Andre Rieu floating by??? This is a stunning example of wat is special and beautiful about Austria. You will find everything in the hotel delightful and the surrounds are just gorgeous. Don't let the locals fool you though about how easy the walk is up to the Schloss; it's tough and steep unless you're a Canadian used to hiking. I'm pretty fit but it was a good work out! The whole town is like a movie set for a fairytale. You should also know that the town is famous for Apricots and that Jam in German is Marmelade. All delicious! The Wachau wines are also lovely - try the Rieslings! Absolutely beautiful!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Durnstein 8, Durnstein A-3601, Austria
Location: Austria > Lower Austria > Durnstein
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Durnstein
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Richard Loewenherz 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Medieval convent walls of a former convent surround the property, art works of the region, fill it, and the incomparable site does the rest to lend this spot its inimitable character. Serenity and repose are everywhere you look, be it at the open fireplace, in the romantic terraced restaurant overlooking the Danube or the spacious, dreamlike convent gardens, which now play host to an idyllic heated swimming pool. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Romantik Richard Lowenherz dürnstein

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