14 Best Hotels in Day Trips from Vienna, Austria

Arte Hotel Krems

$$$ | Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Strasse 23, Krems, A-3500, Austria

Located a little out of the center but very convenient for a host of art galleries including the Kunsthalle Krems, the Landesgalerie Niederösterreich, and the Karikaturmuseum, this hip, youthful hotel offers spacious, comfortable rooms with funky and colorful design elements. The highlight of any stay is the breakfast buffet, which serves delicious croissants, tasty homemade bircher muesli, and fresh traubensaft (grape juice) from a local winemaker. There's no lunch or dinner available, but there's a good bar-restaurant (2Stein) located just next door.

Pros

  • Near the Arts Mile and cruise terminal
  • Lovely views of surrounding vineyards
  • Breakfast includes homemade bircher muesli

Cons

  • 20-minute walk from center
  • Style over function in places (like desks without plug sockets)
  • No tea or coffee in rooms
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Strasse 23, Krems, A-3500, Austria
02732-71123
hotel Details
91 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Arte Hotel Linz

$$ | Fiedlerstrasse 6, A-4040, Austria Fodor's Choice

Around the corner from Ars Electronica Center and just across the river from the Old Town, this avant-garde boutique hotel offers stylish and spacious bedrooms with quirky light fixtures and tailor-made artworks by local creatives. In fact, the whole hotel is unapologetically modern; a refreshing alternative in a city full of heritage accommodations. The superior rooms feature wooden floors, brightly-colored feature walls, open bathrooms with showers, and Segafredo coffee machines. Other hotel amenities include a small fitness center with a sauna and an appealing lobby and bar (although, considering the location, you're more likely to go out for a drink).

Pros

  • Bright and cheerful decor
  • Peaceful location away from the crowds
  • Has a (small) gym and sauna

Cons

  • Breakfast buffet not included and a bit sparse
  • Decor feels a bit cheap in places
  • Artworks divide opinion
Fiedlerstrasse 6, A-4040, Austria
0732-733733
hotel Details
73 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hotel Altes Kloster

$$ | Fabriksplatz 1a, Hainburg an der Donau, A-2410, Austria

Adjacent to the historic Kulturfabrik (once the Imperial Royal Tobacco Factory) and just around the corner from where little Joseph Haydn used to have his music lessons, this 17th-century monastery retains all its historic serenity in the sleepy, romantic town of Hainburg. Each room features a vaulted ceiling, which makes the place wonderfully airy. Large windows bring in considerable natural light and offer views of either the grand old Kulturfabrik or the village proper. Guests on higher floors can even get a peek at the Danube. Indoor golf is offered, and there are saunas and steambaths on the ground floor exclusively for guests.

Pros

  • Live piano music in the restaurant-café
  • Quiet and peaceful setting
  • Five-minute walk to town center

Cons

  • Carpeting in rooms may aggravate allergies
  • Not all staff speak English
  • No air-conditioning
Fabriksplatz 1a, Hainburg an der Donau, A-2410, Austria
02165-64020
hotel Details
52 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hotel Ohr

$$$ | Rusterstrasse 51, Eisenstadt, A-7000, Austria

Personal service is the hallmark of this family-run hotel and restaurant close to the town center, with a selection of "comfort" rooms attractively furnished in natural woods and whites with pastel accents, along with some slightly older (and smaller) "standard" rooms. The rustic wood-panel restaurant has a menu that changes seasonally—lamb and fresh herbs in the spring, wild mushrooms and berries in the summer, and game and goose in the fall—while the wine comes from the family vineyards. In pleasant weather the canopied outdoor dining terrace is a green oasis.

Pros

  • Spacious rooms
  • Excellent food in cozy restaurant
  • Bicycles available to rent

Cons

  • No real lobby
  • A/c in only some rooms
  • Only 10 of the 39 rooms are "comfort"
Rusterstrasse 51, Eisenstadt, A-7000, Austria
02682-62460
hotel Details
39 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Richard Löwenherz

$$$$ | Dürnstein 8, Dürnstein, A-3601, Austria

Built up around the former church of a vast 700-year-old convent, this noted inn overlooks the Danube. The beautifully furnished interior, with antiques, open fire, grandfather clock, and bowls of fresh roses makes this one of the most romantic hotels in the Wachau Valley. Though all rooms are spacious and comfortable, the balconied guest rooms in the newer part of the house have more modern furnishings. Wander through the grounds among the roses, oleanders, and fig trees, all set against the dramatic backdrop of ancient stone walls.

Pros

  • überromantic
  • Outstanding restaurant serves regional specialties
  • Heated swimming pool in garden

Cons

  • Rooms can get hot in summer
  • No elevator
  • Bathrooms are bland
Dürnstein 8, Dürnstein, A-3601, Austria
02711-222
hotel Details
37 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Oct.–mid-Apr., Free Breakfast

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Hotel Wende

$$$$ | Seestrasse 40, Neusiedl am See, A-7100, Austria

This sprawling three-story hotel complex is fairly close to the lake (about 15 minutes' walk away) and has more than standard amenities, whether you want to get a relaxing massage or to rent bicycles and set off on the path that begins at its doorstep. Don't expect the charm of a country inn: this is a modern resort hotel with a bit of a retro ’50s look. The comfortable rooms are of adequate size, and the balconies facing the lake make them feel more spacious. With the indoor pool, a good restaurant, and a pleasant garden terrace, you can even survive a rainy day.

Pros

  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff
  • Spacious lobby
  • Good location near the second train station

Cons

  • Little charm
  • Outdated televisions
  • No air-conditioning
Seestrasse 40, Neusiedl am See, A-7100, Austria
02167-8111
hotel Details
104 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel zur Post

$$$ | Linzer Strasse 1, Melk, A-3390, Austria

This typical village hotel in the center of town combines the traditional friendliness of family management with spacious, comfortable, and pleasantly furnished rooms. Some afford views of the abbey, which can be easily reached on foot, but because of its close vicinity, the bell ringing can be a bit of a nuisance. The restaurant offers solid, standard Austrian fare—including giant schnitzels and, in summer, tasty marillenknödel (apricot dumplings)—and a hearty breakfast.

Pros

  • Close to the abbey
  • Friendly and accommodating
  • In-house sauna

Cons

  • Small parking area
  • Noise from the abbey's bells can be intrusive
  • Rooms with a/c cost extra
Linzer Strasse 1, Melk, A-3390, Austria
02752-52345
hotel Details
28 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Krainerhütte

$$$ | Helenental 41, Baden, A-2500, Austria

Located about 7 km (4 miles) outside Baden in a beautiful wooded area is this typical Alpine house with sleek, modern rooms (think lots of balconies and natural wood). The on-site restaurant offers a choice of cozy dining rooms or an outdoor terrace, with a menu of national and international dishes, along with fish and game from the hotel's own reserves.

Pros

  • Beautiful location
  • Great for hiking or outdoor seminars
  • Nice restaurant with vegan options

Cons

  • Often gets booked up
  • Some noise from nearby highway
  • Restaurant doesn't serve after 9 pm
Helenental 41, Baden, A-2500, Austria
02252-44511
hotel Details
73 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort Langenlois

$$$$ | Loisium-Allee 2, Langenlois, A-3550, Austria

The town of Langenlois, about 10 km (6 miles) north of Krems, is home to one of the region's most luxurious accommodation options; a luxury hotel and wellness spa set within a sleek, ultramodern complex. LOISIUM offers a comprehensive selection of wines, sparkling wines, and other delectables from the area (the labyrinthian wine cellar takes more than an hour to tour and has 15 stops) while the spa offers a variety of indulgent treatments and massages. There's also an excellent restaurant featuring international cuisine.

Pros

  • Lovely setting among vineyards
  • Fun wine tour and tasting
  • Extensive spa facilities

Cons

  • Air-conditioning is unreliable
  • Modern design not to everyone's taste
  • Minimum two-night stay on summer weekends
Loisium-Allee 2, Langenlois, A-3550, Austria
02734-77100
hotel Details
112 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Sänger Blondel

$$$ | Dürnstein 64, Dürnstein, A-3601, Austria

Nearly under the shadow of the Baroque spire of Dürnstein's parish church, this popular hotel-restaurant welcomes you with a lovely, sunny-yellow, flower-bedecked facade. Owned by the same family since 1729, the inn—named after the minstrel famous for tracking down Richard the Lionheart—has a large garden, which is quite the treat in the heart of town. The simply furnished, country-style rooms are of medium size. The hotel's restaurant offers hearty Austrian food, and in summer, meals are served in the pretty courtyard under a huge chestnut tree.

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Beautiful garden
  • Helpful staff can suggest excursions

Cons

  • No elevator
  • Outdated room style
  • Rooms could be bigger
Dürnstein 64, Dürnstein, A-3601, Austria
02711-253
hotel Details
16 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Mar., Free Breakfast

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Schloss Dürnstein

$$$$ | Dürnstein 2, Dürnstein, A-3601, Austria Fodor's Choice

One of the most famous hotels in Austria, this 17th-century early-Baroque castle on a rocky terrace with exquisite views over the Danube was once the preserve of the princes of Starhemberg. Since then, many a regal visitor and a bevy of celebrities have enjoyed its classic elegance and comfort. The best rooms face the river and all are elegantly decorated, in grand style. Biedermeier armoires and country antiques grace the public rooms. The restaurant is nestled under coved ceilings; tables on the outside terrace overlook the lovely Danube.

Pros

  • An elegant and historic property
  • Great indoor and outdoor pools
  • Exquisite views from the terrace

Cons

  • No air-conditioning
  • Very expensive for the area
  • Some bathrooms are small
Dürnstein 2, Dürnstein, A-3601, Austria
02711-212
hotel Details
47 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Closed mid-Oct.–Feb.

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Schwarzer Bär

$$$ | Herrenstrasse 11, Linz, A-4020, Austria

The birthplace of the renowned Mozart tenor Richard Tauber (1891–1948), the "Black Bear" is a traditional house filled with memorabilia on a side street in the center of the Old Town, a block from the pedestrian zone. The floors and walls are of gleaming wood, sprightly drapes decorate the windows, and the low, modern beds have fluffy white comforters. Rooms differ considerably in size, and some of the more modern ones contain imaginative bathrooms with freestanding brick-and-gray-tile tubs. The hotel's Rooftop 7 bar and restaurant offers tasty food with lovely views of the Neuer Dom and Pöstlingberg.

Pros

  • Great Old Town location
  • On-site underground parking
  • Good bistro and rooftop bar

Cons

  • Variance in room size
  • Street noise can be heard from some rooms
  • Friendly service not guaranteed
Herrenstrasse 11, Linz, A-4020, Austria
0732-772477
hotel Details
54 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Seehotel Rust

$$$$ | Am Seekanal 2–4, Rust, A-7071, Austria

Located in the heart of Rust, yet with private access to a delightful swimming lake, this large wellness-focused hotel is a convenient and comfortable base to explore the region. The rooms are clean and spacious (if a little sterile), with many including small balconies. However, it's the wellness facilities that really make this place a Rust favorite, from the aforementioned lakesurrounded by extensive gardens with sun loungers galoreto the large indoor pool, gym, saunas, and steam room. Guests here also get free rental bikes, Nordic walking sticks, and access to the carpeted indoor tennis courts, or they can pay for extras like massages and weekend yoga.

Pros

  • Lovely private swimming lake and lawn
  • Free welcome drink in the bar
  • Good hot-and-cold breakfast buffet

Cons

  • No in-room tea or coffee facilities
  • Decor is very "business hotel" in places
  • 20 minutes' walk from the lakefront
Am Seekanal 2–4, Rust, A-7071, Austria
02685-3810
hotel Details
110 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Wolfinger

$$ | Hauptplatz 19, Linz, A-4020, Austria

Set within a 500-year-old former nunnery, the centrally located Wolfinger has been a hostelry since the late 1700s, and that gives the interior some real charm. A few rooms feature vaulted ceilings and antique headboards; others are furnished with a mixture of kitsch and modern pieces. Those in the front on the busy square are less quiet but offer a view of city activities. The breakfast room entices with flowing curtains and Baroque-style chandeliers—a lovely way to greet the day.

Pros

  • Great location for museums and restaurants
  • Charming rooms
  • Very helpful and friendly staff

Cons

  • Old fittings in some rooms
  • A few rooms share bathrooms
  • No a/c
Hauptplatz 19, Linz, A-4020, Austria
0732-7732–910
hotel Details
50 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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