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“A Lovely Hotel looking out over the Danube, run by a hard working family who are extremely pleasant and helpful”

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Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Durnstein
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Durnstein
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Reviewed March 1, 2011

A Lovely Hotel looking out over the Danube at Durnstein. The view is fantastic! It is managed entirely by a hard working family who are extremely pleasant and helpful to their guests. Nothing at all was too much bother for them. The restaurant is excellent as were the local wines which they were offered with knowledge and pride.

We stayed in a room with a fantastic view looking out over the Danube and there was absolutely no problem of any traffic noise.

There is a nice Bar, and Spa, Sauna and Beauty Parlour facilities are on the top floor and available to those who want this. I would say that overall this Hotel was good value, with safe, spacious and well lit parking bays at no extra charge.

The public rooms and bedrooms were exceptionally clean. The Hotel is pleasant and immaculate and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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gartenhotel, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Durnstein, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2015

Thank you very much for taking the time to write those friendly words.
We are happy that you enjoyed staying with us.

2010 was a year of building work in the Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Dürnstein. The ancient part of the hotel got completely renovated and the new main building got constructed.

The highlight is the large panoramic spa area on the top floor, with 5 saunas, a heated outdoor pool, a big sun terrace, and a stunning view over the danube valley.

Mostly all rooms of the Gartenhotel Pfeffel offer balconies and river view.
In our restaurant “Himmelsstiege” we are serving Austrian cuisine with international influences. Also many homegrown or produced foods, like herbs, honey, goat milk and eggs are handled in our dishes.

Wine from the own vineyard, which can also be tasted in the wine bar, is served as well.

We really hope we could welcome you some day again in our hotel and remain
With the best regards from the springlike Wachau valley
Yours Family Pfeffel and staff

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Reviewed February 27, 2011

We spend lots of time in Vienna, and wanted to head out to the country for a bit. Our friends recommended the Wachau, and I found this place over the internet and booked it over the phone from the states. It embodies every element of Austrian hospitality. Americans who love cushy and plush and effusive service may not be happy, but I would argue that very few Austrian accommodations would meet these needs.

We stayed in the main building in a larger room with a balcony overlooking the Danube. The whole place was exceptionally clean and perhaps some Americans would feel it a bit sterile, but our room was big, the common areas large, the restaurant spacious, and the staff helpful. The food was very good the second night, the first night it was a bit blah, but I overheard that the head chef was not working that night, so that would explain it. The wine was superb.

I must tell you that the new spa perched atop the main building is absolutely sublime. The pool is something like a steel infinity pool, with views of Schloss Durnstein, the Danube, and the vineyards. It is hands down the best part of this place. The inside spa area is beautiful... high ceilings, windows galore, lounge chairs and blankets and water and towels and a series of unbelievable saunas that I have never seen before. Aroma therapy, sea salt, UV, high heat/low humidity type saunas... it was so cool to try all these saunas, relax outside on the pool deck, swim, then feel like a million bucks as you stroll down to a heurigen or eat at the restaurant.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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gartenhotel, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Durnstein, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2015

Thank you very much for taking the time to write those friendly words.
We are happy that you enjoyed staying with us.

2010 was a year of building work in the Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Dürnstein. The ancient part of the hotel got completely renovated and the new main building got constructed.

The highlight is the large panoramic spa area on the top floor, with 5 saunas, a heated outdoor pool, a big sun terrace, and a stunning view over the danube valley.

Mostly all rooms of the Gartenhotel Pfeffel offer balconies and river view.
In our restaurant “Himmelsstiege” we are serving Austrian cuisine with international influences. Also many homegrown or produced foods, like herbs, honey, goat milk and eggs are handled in our dishes.

Wine from the own vineyard, which can also be tasted in the wine bar, is served as well.

We really hope we could welcome you some day again in our hotel and remain
With the best regards from the springlike Wachau valley
Yours Family Pfeffel and staff

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Reviewed August 31, 2010

After recommendation from friends we stayed at this hotel as we were visiting the Wachau wine district. Our friends said the new rooms where great, but unfortunately they were not available, so we stayed in a steinfeder doubleroom and apartment. Rooms were of good size, but a bit old in style (and smell) and without any atmosphere and the same goes for the hotelwing we stayed in. People at the desk were nice and helpfull, but otherwise the atmosphere was rather anonymous. The girl that showed us the room smiled, but she did not do a great job in helping us to the room or serving (perhaps she was new). Breakfast not great - staff were slow to fill up and they did not seem very attentive at all. In fact you did not see much staff at the hotel at all. Very little cheese. Bread rather dry and uninteresting. Coffee from the big coffeemachine tasted awfull (to our taste). We tried the restaurant one evening and the food was also not fantastic. Soup without fresh taste. Not nearly as good as restaurants in the area at the same price level. We felt that the hotel is too expensive for what we got. We did not see the swimmingpool (it is outdoor) or spa - it was closed as the weather was bad. This hotel is situated on the mainroad 1km from Dürnstein. Next time we will definately stay in Dürnstein instead. The town has lots of atmosphere and the area is really interesting.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank Birgitte_H_A
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gartenhotel, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Durnstein, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2015

Thank you very much for taking the time for our hotel.

We are happy that you enjoyed the town of Dürnstein and the Wachau valley.

2010 was a year of building work in the Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Dürnstein. The ancient part of the hotel got renovated and the new main building got constructed. Mostly all rooms of the Gartenhotel Pfeffel offer balconies and river view.

The Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel were re-opened in May 2010 so lots of staff were quite new at that time of your stay. We are very sorry that you haven’t been satisfied with our normally really friendly, fast and knowledgeable team.

In our restaurant “Himmelsstiege” we are serving Austrian cuisine with international influences. Also many home-grown or produced foods, like herbs, honey, goat milk and eggs are handled in our dishes.

The highlight is the large panoramic spa area on the top floor, with 5 saunas, a heated outdoor pool, a big sun terrace, and a stunning view over the Danube valley. Our SPA is always opened from 8 am-9 pm and the sauna is heated from 2 pm-7 pm.

We wish you the best,
yours Family Pfeffel and staff

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Reviewed August 24, 2010

Charming family owned and run hotel and winery. Good location and great wines! Go for the room with a view of the Danube and the 7 course wine pairing was just fantastic. The service and staff were wonderful and super knowledgeable. Highly recommend the wine weekend for two package! Couldn’t have asked for a better Wachau experience.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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gartenhotel, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Durnstein, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2015

Thank you very much for taking the time to write those friendly words.
We are happy that you enjoyed staying with us.

2010 was a year of building work in the Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Dürnstein. The ancient part of the hotel got completely renovated and the new main building got constructed.

The highlight is the large panoramic spa area on the top floor, with 5 saunas, a heated outdoor pool, a big sun terrace, and a stunning view over the danube valley.

Mostly all rooms of the Gartenhotel Pfeffel offer balconies and river view.
In our restaurant “Himmelsstiege” we are serving Austrian cuisine with international influences. Also many homegrown or produced foods, like herbs, honey, goat milk and eggs are handled in our dishes.

Wine from the own vineyard, which can also be tasted in the wine bar, is served as well.

We really hope we could welcome you some day again in our hotel and remain
With the best regards from the springlike Wachau valley
Yours Family Pfeffel and staff

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Reviewed July 6, 2010

Wow! This hotel has recently been renovated and it is delightful! I can't say enough good things about it. The room was huge, and had a lovely, large deck overlooking the Danube. The bathroom was very spacious with a wonderful spa type shower. The staff was friendly and helpful. Their house wine was outstanding and we had a great dinner in the hotel dining room. The breakfast buffet was the best we experienced on our trek along the Danube.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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gartenhotel, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Durnstein, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2015

Thank you very much for taking the time to write those friendly words.
We are happy that you enjoyed staying with us.

2010 was a year of building work in the Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Dürnstein. The ancient part of the hotel got completely renovated and the new main building got constructed.

The highlight is the large panoramic spa area on the top floor, with 5 saunas, a heated outdoor pool, a big sun terrace, and a stunning view over the danube valley.

Mostly all rooms of the Gartenhotel Pfeffel offer balconies and river view.
In our restaurant “Himmelsstiege” we are serving Austrian cuisine with international influences. Also many homegrown or produced foods, like herbs, honey, goat milk and eggs are handled in our dishes.

Wine from the own vineyard, which can also be tasted in the wine bar, is served as well.

We really hope we could welcome you some day again in our hotel and remain
With the best regards from the springlike Wachau valley
Yours Family Pfeffel and staff

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Reviewed October 14, 2009

Absolutely lovely and immaculate. Charming property and rooms. Fantastic breakfast and dining experience. Delicious meals, wonderful service. The gracious hosts make you feel as though you are very special guests.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank UStravelerUsa
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gartenhotel, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Durnstein, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2015

Thank you very much for taking the time to write those friendly words.
We are happy that you enjoyed staying with us.

Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Dürnstein was completely renovated in early 2010.

The highlight is the large panoramic spa area on the top floor, with 5 saunas, a heated outdoor pool, a big sun terrace, and a stunning view over the danube valley.
Mostly all rooms of the Gartenhotel Pfeffel offer balconies and river view.
In our restaurant “Himmelsstiege” we are serving Austrian cuisine with international influences. Also many homegrown or produced foods, like herbs, honey, goat milk and eggs are handled in our dishes.

Wine from the own vineyard, which can also be tasted in the wine bar, is served as well.

We really hope we could welcome you some day again in our hotel and remain
With the best regards from the springlike Wachau valley

Yours Family Pfeffel and staff

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Reviewed July 31, 2009

We were guests of the Gartenhotel Pfeffel in Dürnstein. The hotel locates outside Dürnstein along the main road where traffic sometimes disturbed the morning and evenings.
There must be a speed reduction at that area to keep out noises.
The hotel lies 30 m from the railroad that covers and partly isolate the traffic noise but even cuts you from the direct view of the river. We never seen or heard trains coming. This nice closed garden and vineyards are peaceful private ground of the family run hotel. The Pfeffel family, all the young staff is highly friendly and helpful. First class organic buffet breakfast even at poolside. Rooms would need air condition in this heat summer period (there were 96 F outside). Hotel is pet friendly and you cold go everywhere with your dog.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank Budapestguide
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gartenhotel, Marketing & Sales at Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Durnstein, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2011

Thanks for your comments. Our family-run hotel is nestled among the vineyards of the Wachau, but also the B3 provides good transport links. The Wachau is a very popular tourist destination and therefore the Wachaustraße is very popular and busy by day, but at night it is quiet. Thank you for your nice comment. We are pleased that you like our self-produced products - which are also offered at the breakfast buffet.

We are looking forward to your next visit.
Fam. Pfeffel
& the Gartenhotel-Team

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Address: Zur Himmelsstiege 122 | 3601 Durnstein, Durnstein 3601, Austria
Location: Austria > Lower Austria > Durnstein
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Durnstein
Price Range: $171 - $252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel Durnstein 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Gartenhotel & Winery Pfeffel in Durnstein. Your hotel between vineyards and the Danube in the very heart of the Wachau valley! The steep mountain terraces at which in the autumn the golden Riesling gleams, the picturesque beautiful Danube, on which the ships find their way through the Wachau valley and the hidden small villages with its numerous "Heurigen" invite you to spend more time in this fantastic landscape. ... more   less 
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