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Hotel Schloss Durnstein

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The Schloss hotel is right on the Danube and we had a room with a balcony - perfect for sipping some Grüner Veltliner bought at one of the Dürsntein wineries while looking over the Danube. The room was just the right size with a sitting area. The hotel has a very nice bar area as well as a huge "parlour". The restaurant offers great food although I was surprised they did not have a lunch menu (they use the same menu they have at night). The staff was very friendly and ultra helpful. The location was great for a hike down river to Krems one day (took a boat back) and up river to Weißenkirchen the next (walked back). Overall, a very memorable experience

A really nice place to stay for one night, a few or a week. The food and drink is of consistantly high quality and the personel is friendly and competent. Each room is individual and equipped with all of the expected comforts.

Hotel Schloss Duernstein is a place just like from the fairy tale. Beautiful town on the rocky Danube coast. Scenery like from the 007 agent movies, we drive by Maserati Granturismo, than our beautiful castle appears. To enter the courtyard you have to cross the great gate - the watchtower. In the yard just nice cars. The service responds immediately to help you park and take your suitcases. Inside the design is like a castle. We were greeted by two receptionists dressed in typical Austrian costume disguises. Our room turned out to be a real chamber. We liked it very much. After unpacking things we went on a tour of the nearby beautiful ruins of the castle - I would recommend to anyone for unforgettable views. Then we took advantage of the pool patio. Breakfast very decent - also with one of the most beautiful views you can admire. The next day we went on a boat trip along the Vachau valley. This is a place we will definitely return to. It's amazing and adventurous like James Bond movies.

We arrived at the hotel by car from Vienna on a warm day at the end of August. Highway 3 passes under the town via a modern tunnel which confused our car's satnav and caused us overshoot the sharp lefthand turn to the road leading up the hill (that we had tunneled under) and back into town. But we turned the car around and headed back the way we came, turning left (this time) to the road leading to the hotel. We were directed to park behind the hotel building. After checkin, the front desk clerk provided a map and helpful guidance to the Burgruine. Upon our return we took a dip in the pool and then lounged at poolside until it was time to clean up for dinner. (See my separate review of the hotel restaurant.) Our third floor room offered a view of the mountain rather than the river, but was relatively quiet and dark (on the first weekend in September, rooms overlooking the river would have had to contend with the music and searchlights from Starnacht aus der Wachau across the river in Rossatz!). The staff were wonderfully friendly, with front desk, poolside and dining room staff fluent in English. Our only criticism is that the complimentary Wifi suffered from inconsistent signal strength both at poolside and in our room, a problem that guests at a Relais & Chateau property really should not have to deal with.

The hotel has great views of the Danube. Unfortunately the staff are rude and not accommodating. And the beds are simply awful. The town is dead after 6 pm. Wine tasting nearby is fun. Nice souvenir shops in town as well.

The hotel is absolutely beautiful with large rooms downstairs where you can read or visit with friends or enjoy a drink at the bar. Our room overlooked the Danube River and was huge with lovely Victorian furniture. The meals are outstanding and served with class.

This hotel should be one everyone’s bucket list. It sets along the Danube River not too far from Krems and about an hour train ride from Vienna. It is in the heart of the Wachau wine growing area known for its world famous Grüner Veltliner. The setting for the hotel is incredibly beautiful. They have a wonderful wine cellar, great chief and kitchen, Rooms are delightful. And for those that are looking for a bit of adventure they can climb up to the old castle that once held Richard the Lion Hearted. This is the castle that he was held captive for ransom upon his return from the Crusades. The best time of year to visit the hotel is in September as this is harvest season and you will get an opportunity to drink some new wine they call Strom or as we may say storm. You can guess why….the new wine is fermenting and it is a bit cloudy.

I made a lunch reservation five months ago from Australia after searching for somewhere special. We drove from Vienna and found they had given all the terrace tables overlooking the river to anybody who walked in and we were placed on the wall. After explaining to the young waiter that we really should be given a better table (he was very uninterested) - however, halfway through our meal we were given a table once someone had left. Food was fairly good but I wouldn't say it was worth it. Just a nice day out not anything special.

Lucky enough to book the superb villa Schönthal. Not cheap at €900 per night so hugely disappointed with the dilapidated state of the garden - dead plants, messy leaves, broken umbrellas. Poor. However villa itself was very nice though surprisingly somewhat tired for a new renovation. The hotel restaurant was superb - great service and perfect food and helpful staff. Front desk staff excellent. Bellboys rude and unwilling to help to carry bags to room, very surprising again expect much higher standards at R&C hotels.

Well-situated and comfortable in general. The overlooking terrace is indeed a wonderful place to breakfast, dine or drink--and it diffuses the occasional smoker's fumes. The place can get busy with events and on warm evenings when you will leave your window open, the churn of the river-cruise boats passing below might wake you or cause one to watch as it passes on the moonlit Danube below.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining

Hotel Schloss Durnstein places you next to Stifskirche and within a 10-minute walk of Burgruine. This 47-room, 5-star hotel has 2 restaurants along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and an indoor pool. In central Durnstein, the hotel is also close to Donauwarte.


Free hot/cold buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Enjoy dining at Schloss Restaurant, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


The 47 soundproofed rooms feature 2 bathrooms. Guests can expect free WiFi and 26-inch TVs with cable channels. Beds are dressed in Frette Italian sheets and bathrooms offer free toiletries and bathrobes. Minibars, free newspapers, and safes are other standard amenities.

Property features

Dating back to 1630, Hotel Schloss Durnstein features an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR ca. 140 per vehicle one way. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space.

Room options

Standard Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Classic Double or Twin Room, City View

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double or Twin Room Countryside View

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double or Twin Room, River View

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

82% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 305 reviews