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Hotel Schloss Duernstein
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Durnstein
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 3, 2011

We stayed at the Schloss Durnstein in Durnstein, Austria for three nights in August. The restaurant at the hotel is remarkable for its excellent food and the serene, beautiful setting overlooking the Danube. Dinner is not over quickly, especially if you order the five-course (or more) "surprise" menu. But it was three plus hours very well spent. We ate there all three nights (usually a little more quickly) and didn't regret it. The breakfast buffet had everything we could have wished for (and more) and was also served at the tables on the terrace. Our room at the hotel (room number 10) was very large and comfortable. It only lacked a direct view of the river. The bathroom is unusual, a corner of the room partitioned off and turned into a sink, shower, toilet area. Unusual, but it worked fine. The hotel has a beautiful outdoor and also indoor pool with powerful jets and water features, a steam room and a sauna which we used every day. Service was excellent, the pubiic areas extensive and beautiful. The little town of Durnstein, which is right at the hotel's doorstep, is touristy but charming. Danube river boats depart directly below the hotel; we enjoyed our boat trip to Spitz and back. We drove to the Melk Abbey upriver, also a fun excursion. We even walked to the ruins on the top of the hill. The hotel isn't cheap, that's for sure, but definitely worth it. I'm already dreaming about going back, maybe in the fall when it's cooler and the leaves are changing color.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

The location of hotel is great - on the river Danube. Amazing hotel looks like a postcard. Is packed with antiques and art. There are two pools, one inside, one out. Our room was palatial, with a plate of fruit that welcomed us, huge bathroom. Window at our room opened up to one of the prettiest vistas I can remember along the Danube.

The buffet breakfast was excellent. I'll remember this breakfast for my whole life!
We dined at the terrace restaurant. The meals at dinner were tasty, and the service was really good. We met here one waiter from Bratislava and thats was great. Some of the finest dining we’ve experienced, for real foodies. There was dishes from local mushrooms, we have tasted.

The town is just charming! We would recommend this hotel to anyone traveling for luxury past.

Room Tip: room 24 is Superior suite with great view
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

Anyone who would like to visit the Austrian Toscana (Wachau) be careful not to miss the Hotel Schloss in Dürnstein because it is a gem. We recently celebrated our 60th anniversary in this lovely place and I cannot be grateful enough to the Thiery family, to the whole staff (especially to Helga and Sandra) for their excellent service, kindness, attention and care extended to us during our stay. Do not miss the place!!!
Fred and Angela Horchler

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

Beautiful hotel overlooking the Danube River. Wonderful rooms; beautiful decor. Very good food.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 17, 2011

Visited this hotel on a recent family tript to Austria and Swithzerland. Booked well ahead and were promoised a "lovely large suite/apartment" Were we were put was in the hotel annex in a dirty old, oddly furnished dump. The bellman was surly and impolite and we had to ask to be shown around the hotel recreation areas after being asked several times if we were guests of the hotel.

Considering the room rate was $800 per night we were quite disappointed. Maybe the rooms in the main hotel are better, we never saw them this the hotel supposedly was fully booked.

The only redeeming area was the breakfest which was quite good with a great view of the Danube. This is not a 5 star property and Relaix and Chateau should remove it from their group.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 28, 2011

THE highlight of our trip to Austria, every little corner and cove of this amazing hotel looks like a postcard. The town is just charming – we took a sight seeing boat down the Danube from Melk that was beautiful, and pulled right up at the dock. We schlepped our bags up a pretty steep path to the hotel, only to find out that we could have called for them to pick us up – but really, this was kind of a fun inconvenience and it was fun to watch people stare :) This open air hotel is just packed with antiques and art. It boasts two pools that were very much appreciated by our 11-year old, one inside, one out. Our room was palatial, with a plate of fruit that welcomed us, huge bathroom, with a window that opened up to one of the prettiest vistas I can remember along the Danube. It’s like a modern castle that just oozes warmth and stress-free relaxing. The restaurant here really is on the top of all the places we have visited. Out on the terrace overlooking the Danube and miles of vineyards built into the hills, you start into the distance as much as the delightful menu. Some of the finest dining we’ve experienced, for real foodies. We walked to the castle ruins overlooking the little town, and thoroughly enjoyed the little pockets of tourist-y boutiques. We nearly overdid ourselves at the included breakfast – everything was just SO good, it was difficult to stop at simple food for fuel. We had at least 3 pots of their amazing coffee that I’ve never been able to replicate with any of the 5 dollar mugs here in the U.S. Although we only stayed one night, it was amazing and special. A 10-minute cab ride to the train station had us continually craning our necks back, just blown away by an amazing stay.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 21, 2011

As one whose reviews consist largely of Hilton Garden Inns, this one presents a real challenge. We were here two nights as part of a group bicycle trip through Czech Republic and Austria. The bike tour company books rooms for the group, which occupied maybe ten rooms: it is considered the "five star" highlight of the trip.

We arrived after biking forty miles to a hot room, no air conditioning. A fan was provided quickly on request; and, to be fair, the night was comfortable for us (three windows), but not so much for our son who was in a smaller one window room (Rooms 32 and 33). Nonetheless, after biking in the heat all day, it was disappointing to find no air conditioning.

This hotel has several oddities. A good one for me, a bird lover, is that cliff swallows zip in and out of the hotel -- they nest there inside the lobby, and there were babies right there in the hotel. So standing in the entry doorway you could, and did, get buzzed by a swallow, more than once! I actually liked that. Some people would be freaked out, I am sure.

Our son's shower never reached a consistent hot temperature, but ours was fine. Getting wi fi was a bit of a chore, they had to give or read you a code, and then it did seem to work. Things one takes for granted seemed to take effort.

Another example: On the first night, we reported the TV was not working. A staff member came up and confirmed this. It was never fixed or mentioned during our two night stay. That seemed unacceptable, though I really didn't care about watching TV that much.

Twice I woke up at 6 am (breakfast is at 7) and asked downstairs for a cup so my wife could make tea in the room. Once, this was promptly given by the night man, who graciously gave me a cup of coffee made by the machine as well; the other night, the night man was sleeping in the living room until 6:45 am so I couldn't get a cup until then. This inconsistency demonstrated a lack of five star quality.

We had a group dinner at the "fine dining" restaurant. The outdoor setting is gorgeous, on the river. The food was good, but not outstanding. Desert was excellent.

Immediately as we reached the room the first night, there was a note that seemed directed to us advising that bike clothing was unacceptable at breakfast. I respect their right to do this, but it seemed rather unwelcoming to a bike trip group. It also seemed sort of "snooty."

Another odd touch, which I thought was funny but my wife didn't, was that as part of the "turndown" service, the housekeeper put my wife's robe on the bed made out as sort of a jaunty person laying there, and put out my t shirt as if it was a guy laying there as well. It was a bit odd but I enjoyed it; she thought it was creepy.

Another odd thing to me is that they allow dogs in the rooms. We saw one who seemed well behaved. Austrians seem to have a thing for dogs beyond even Americans.

Their jelly and jams at breakfast are perhaps the best in the universe. Besides that, breakfast was pretty good. The front desk was generally pleasant and helpful.

The town is cute, biking to Melk from there is a great ride along the Danube. The hotel's location is wonderful. I was afraid the hotel would be noisy at night, since our room was right above the entrance, but it was actually very quiet. The bed was comfortable.

If this property were viewed as a small town destination at a reasonable price, then it would be quite satisfactory. But if it seeks to be a five star destination, it needs some work. If you go, ask for a fan and eat lots of jelly.

Room Tip: Ask for a fan in the summer.
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Duernstein 2, Durnstein 3601, Austria
Location: Austria > Lower Austria > Durnstein
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Durnstein
Price Range: $237 - $406 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Schloss Duernstein 5*
Number of rooms: 47
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