Best hotels and hostels in Lower Austria & Burgenland

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lower Austria

    Hotel Looshaus

    Although most of the guests here are likely to be Viennese on quick mountain breaks, this hotel is also something of an architectural pilgrimage site for those with a fascination for 20th-century design. It's a late work by Alfred Loos, a private country home that was completed in 1930. It's been a hotel and run by the same family since 1959. While it's spotless and very well maintained, little has changed and herein lies the charm. It's a fabulous time capsule of early-Modernist design. Each room is different, but all feature beautiful built-in furniture and interesting use of colour. The front rooms have lovely views of the valley and to the Alps beyond, but you can't really go wrong here. You can eat hearty Austrian standards in the central double height dining room or out on the terrace in summer. It's a few minutes up the hill from Reichenau an der Rax.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Burgenland

    Burg Bernstein

    This ancient Schloss is everything you want in a destination hotel. The building's foundations date from 1199, and it retains much of its pre-modern atmosphere, with a beautiful internal courtyard and a tumbling, artfully wild garden and moat beyond. Thirteen bedrooms are available for guests; all have evocative if totally modern bathrooms but beyond that have been minimally renovated. Each is furnished with a fabulous array of antiques from the Almásy family collection and are truly special. Andrea and Alexander are welcoming and down-to-earth hosts; Alexander will be happy to show you around and Andrea's wonderful cooking makes breakfast and dinner a treat. For those who've read Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient, there's an extra frisson to it all; this was the childhood home of the fictionalised László Almásy.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lower Austria

    Panorama Hotel Wagner

    The Wagner family look after body and mind at this seriously ecofriendly hotel: rooms have untreated wood furniture, natural cotton bedding and grand views of the valley. Felt slippers are provided so you leave the dust of the street behind you. A pretty garden, a well-stocked library with hammocks, a sauna, a spa and massage facilities make chilling out easy. The highly rated and, yes, panoramic restaurant uses organic ingredients as much as possible. You can also pick up supplies here at the well-stocked organic shop.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Waldviertel & Weinviertel

    Schloss Starrein

    A short drive from the national park, in the heart of Weinviertel farmland, young owners Peter and Sabine have one guest apartment in the family Schloss. On the top floor of a semirestored and extremely atmospheric 12th-century and Renaissance castle, it's a beautiful, airy and generous space, simply and stylishly decorated with a well-equipped kitchen and super-comfortable bed. One 'window' looks over the castle's exquisite original chapel, others look onto the fields beyond.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Neusiedler See

    TiMiMoo Boutique Hotel Bürgerhaus

    With spiral staircases inside a 1537 former bakery and Biedermeier-style rooms with vaulted ceilings and drapes around the beds, this sweetly nostalgic hotel is pretty and cluttered with antiques faux and real, creating an impressive place to stay. The theme continues out in the extensive gardens, service is top-notch and children are superbly catered for. Its restaurant (closed Monday) serves rustic regional specialities and local wines out in the garden.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Neusiedler See

    Gut Purbach

    This is arguably the 'See's most stylish sleeping choice. Five rooms, including one suite, mix beautiful old bones with rustic antiques and contemporary design pieces. No two rooms are the same but they all have large, incredibly comfortable beds. You're also well placed for Max Stiegl's wonderful on-site restaurant. The menu includes goat from Stiegl's own farm, pigs from nearby pastures and fish fresh from the lake.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lower Austria

    Hotel Altes Kloster

    A modern and cleanly stylish hotel has taken over this 17th-century monastery in the historic old town of Hainburg. Rooms are large and soothing, and there's a spa area for guests with sauna, steam bath and infrared cabin. The half-board option (room rate plus €21; full board: room rate plus €28) is quite good value; the hotel's restaurant is one of the better ones around here.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Wienerwald

    Hotel Schloss Weikersdorf

    For the total Baden experience, look no further than this ultra-padded hotel set in beautiful gardens. Rooms are smart and some have balconies, and there are massage services, relaxation coves, lounges and other wellness facilities. It also has three places to eat, including the Rosenkavalier restaurant, one of Baden's best.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Danube Valley

    Raffelsberger Hof

    This is an exceptionally atmospheric hotel, set in a small, gently modernised Renaissance castle. Rooms aren't large but are fabulously comfortable and the opposite of stuffy. Apart from charming public areas and garden, the hotel has a natural and beautifully landscaped 'pond' swimming pool.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Neusiedler See

    Seewirt

    Having bagged a prime spot right next to the ferry terminal and beach, the four-star Seewirt fills up quickly. Rooms are crisp, fuss-free and full of sea-refracted light, and the restaurant serves no-nonsense Austrian fare.

  • Lodging in The Danube Valley

    Burg Oberranna

    Surrounded by woods and overlooking the valley, this rather special hotel occupies a medieval Schloss (castle). It's been sensitively restored and retains much of the original structure, including an ancient Romanesque chapel crypt. Furnished with antiques, it's very atmospheric. The hotel is about 6km from Spitz, in Mühldorf. Sadly, it was closed at the time of writing while a new owner was being found.

  • Lodging in The Danube Valley

    Hotel Schloss Dürnstein

    Dürnstein's 'other' castle is a hotel that specialises in over-the-top, old-fashioned luxury. Rooms are furnished in antiques and overstuffed sofas, a massage can be arranged for your arrival, and there's a sauna and steam bath. The terrace restaurant enjoys staggering views over the river. Sadly, it's closed over winter.

  • Lodging in The Danube Valley

    Hotel Villa Katharina

    This small, pretty, country hotel has simple, light and stylish rooms set among the vines, each spritzed with colours that reflect the wine-growing region. Its attached Restaurant Zur Traube is something of a destination in itself.

  • Lodging in Lower Austria

    Gasthof Pension Schmirl

    On the edge of town near the railway, fulfil your alpine dreams at Gasthof Pension Schmirl. Some of the comfortable, modern rooms have balconies; in others you can psyche yourself for the stiff climb ahead with widescreen views of the Schneeberg.

  • Lodging in The Danube Valley

    Hotel Mariandl

    Located near the train station, the delightful Mariandl is housed in a late-19th-century villa and offers a range of rooms, from elegant, antique-sprinkled quarters to rather bog-standard, 21st-century bedrooms. There's an excellent restaurant on the premises where the breakfast buffet is laid out. This hotel has two unexpected extras: guests can watch classic old Austrian films in a period cinema and peruse the owner's museum dedicated to actor and director, Gunther Philipp.

  • Lodging in Waldviertel & Weinviertel

    Loisium Hotel

    This contemporary hotel set among the vines has large, light and modern rooms. Bathrooms have a pared-back glamour and all rooms have balconies. There's a great restaurant and bar on-site but the highlight is the spa, with a large sauna and steam room area and a very pleasant 20m heated outdoor pool (it's open all year too). Massages and other spa treatments use either Aveda or wine-sourced products.

  • Lodging in Neusiedler See

    Storchencamp Rust

    This friendly hostel right on the harbour forms part of the bathing complex and has modern, clean rooms. You can also stay in a teepee for €17 per night. It operates a popular, friendly 200-pitch campground, which has a large children’s playground, cheap bike rental, close proximity to the lake and free access to the bathing area. The campground is only open April to October.

  • Lodging in Burgenland

    Hotel Ohr

    In the south of town, the Ohr is a large family-run hotel with basic, slightly ageing but reasonably priced quarters. There are two distinct classes of room with quite a price hike for the admittedly better four-star section. Its rustic-styled restaurant is a godsend at the end of a long day's exploration; otherwise there's a new supermarket right next door.

  • Lodging in Neusiedler See

    Hotel-Restaurant Pannonia

    Set a short stroll from the waterfront, this smart hotel sports 21st-century furnishings and a large grassy area where children can play. The owners run a second hotel across the road with family rooms. The restaurant has a wine list the size of a short novel and serves seasonal dishes such as venison carpaccio on wild-garlic pesto with tomatoes.

  • Lodging in Lower Austria

    Hotel Freizeittempel

    The 'Leisure Temple' is Wiener Neustadt's most characterful place to unpack with 14 imaginatively themed rooms, a decent buffet breakfast and fitness/wellness facilities. Rooms take you from Mexico to Indonesia, from industrial teenager pad to an attempted country house. Located north of the town centre near Wiener Neustadt Nord train station.