There aren’t many places in the world like Austria. Whether you visit in the summer, winter, or shoulder months in between, you can expect to experience exceptional cuisine, breathtaking scenery, a variety of life-enriching activities (whether on your own or with family) and some of the world’s finest hotels. But what truly sets it apart as a destination that you’ll not only visit but one you will return to again and again, is the unmatched hospitality of the Austrian people. This is the essence of “Lebensgefühl”, a culture of inclusivity, where the Austrians will greet you with open arms and an incredible opportunity for travellers to embrace the warmth of the Austrians themselves. This approach to life is woven into every element of your experience through Austria, from the restaurants to the hotels and even the ski instructors. Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Alps and the vibrant energy of city life, Austria has a curated selection of 21 hotels, which invites you to embark on a journey of discovery, embracing the essence of Austrian “Lebensgefühl” like never before. Read on for our pick of some of the most awe-inspiring places to stay, all of which embrace the unique “Lebensgefühl” way of life.

City Stays: Unveiling the Heartbeat of Austria
In Vienna, Innsbruck, and Salzburg, Austria’s partner hotels offer a gateway to the pulsating rhythm of city life. From the historic grandeur of Vienna’s majestic palaces to the picturesque charm of Salzburg’s old town, each city stay promises an unforgettable experience. And as you explore the vibrant streets and cultural landmarks, don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in art at the Leopold Museum – a cultural gem in the heart of Vienna. Home to one of the world’s most important collections of Austrian art including Klimt and Schiele, the Leopold Museum should be on everyone’s bucket list – don’t miss the Vienna 1900 exhibition where you’ll be able to spot some known and loved Klimt artwork.  Top Tip: Explore Vienna’s artsy 7th district which is near the charming pedestrian area, “Spittelberg“. You’ll find up-and-coming design shops, cosy cafés, and top restaurants that offer something a little different.

Where to Stay in the Cities

Hotel Sans Souci, Vienna
Contemporary, luxurious and located conveniently in the heart of Vienna, the Sans Souci is a favourite amongst city dwellers. Complete with pool (the longest in Vienna), spa and delicious restaurant you’ll find that there is just as much reason to explore the hotel as there is the city beyond it.

Arthotel Blaue Gans, Salzburg
Adorned with over 120 original artworks, the Arthotel Blaue Gans is filled with character and takes inspiration from its surroundings – the in-house restaurants prides itself on serving dishes local to the area and made using local produce.

Nala Individuell Hotel, Innsbruck
This dog-friendly hotel boasts a beautiful rooftop terrace, perfect for sipping on a cocktail post a busy day sightseeing in Innsbruck. Once an enchanting 50s hotel, a full redesign has turned the bedrooms into modern, quirky yet elegant spaces. Cosy and colourful, you’ll find the hospitality as warm as the interiors, where every detail has been designed for guest’s comfort. 

Alpine Escapes: Embrace the Mountains
For those seeking a quieter pace of life ensconced in nature, Austria’s alpine stays offer a sanctuary of tranquility and beauty. Set against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks and pristine landscapes, these retreats invite you to reconnect with the natural world and indulge in outdoor adventures that will not disappoint. Whether it’s skiing down powdery slopes or simply basking in the serenity of the mountains, there really is something for everyone.

Top Austrian Alpine Hotels

Das Central, Solden
With easy access to ski slopes and hiking trails, Das Central has cemented itself as being one of Austria’s most sought after hotels. Not to mention it has an infinity pool, renowned spa, four different restaurants and offers exceptional service at every turn. It really is one of those hotels that has to be seen to be believed.

Mountain Resort Feuerberg, Carinthia
Situated on an alpine plateau, Mountain Resort Feuerbergaffords some of the most striking panoramic views that you’ll ever encounter. Water babies will be delighted to find that this hotel has a natural swimming lake and numerous saunas and pools (there are ten), including an infinity pool. Thalassotherapy reigns strong in its spas (of which there is even one dedicated to families). But if you’re looking for something a little more active, the nature at your doorstep here will provide you with an array of activities, from hiking trails to ski slopes and even adventure parks.

Naturhotel Forsthofgut, SalzburgerLand
If it is a deep connection to nature you are after then the Naturhotel Forsthofgut will deliver in spades. Located in the middle of the Alps with direct access to skiing, the hotel is home to Europe’s first ever Forest Spa. The hotel’s philosophy is based upon the connection between healing and nature and guests are encouraged to plant a tree during their stay, for which they will receive a certificate for! A standout feature is the onsen-style pool (42°C) complemented by an authentic onsen washing area where traditional cleansing rituals are observed.

Indulge in Tailored Experiences: From Spa Retreats to Culinary Delights
Beyond the distinction of city and alpine stays, the Austria Hotel Collection caters to a myriad of interests and preferences. Immerse yourself in pure relaxation at their luxurious spa hotels, where rejuvenation and wellness take centre stage. Or embark on a culinary journey of discovery, savouring the exquisite flavours of Austrian cuisine at their culinary-focused establishments.

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Ready to embark on a journey of discovery and embrace the essence of Austrian “Lebensgefühl”? Discover more about Austria’s city stays here and alpine stays here.

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