The World Heritage region of the Wachau Valley in Lower Austria, about one hour west of Vienna, is renowned for the quality of its vineyards and apricots. However, it also is enjoying a growing reputation for the high quality of its accommodation, particularly its Geniesserzimmers.
We took the chance to experience a Geniesserzimmer in Spitz in Lower Austria. Although it’s small in size the town of Spitz is huge in charm and scenery. And arriving at our accommodation, the 18th century, four-star Donabaum Hotel, we felt a sense of calm.
Named after the family that runs the hotel, the Donabaum is set amid six hectares of apricot and wine growing land. It has gorgeous views over the terraced hills of Lower Austria. The Donabaum family have grown grapes here for over 50 years, producing a mix of predominately white wines, while they use apricots grown on the fertile land to make their own marmalade, schnapps and liqueur, all served in the hotel.
The Donabaum Hotel is akin to a pension in that as a family-run business, it is big on genuinely friendly smiles and personal service. It has been run for the past 18 years by Alexandra and Martin, who are assisted by their children. Set in a quiet location in Spitz, the Donabaum Hotel has six rooms and three gourmet suites, which offered a typically Austrian first-rate quality.
Get into a Geniesserzimmer in Lower Austria
The Donabaum Hotel’s gourmet suites, otherwise known as Geniesserzimmers, are among a new breed of hotel accommodation in Lower Austria. These rooms with personality are made for hotel connoisseurs, and combine genuine hospitality and warmth to provide a unique experience.
Each Lower Austria hotel with Geniesserzimmers is different – the Donabaum’s unique quality was its spectacular setting – the special rooms facing onto an expanse of vineyards. At the Donabaum you’re very much within the winery.
Our room was tastefully decorated, large and airy. It had a sofa, coffee table, double bed, LCD TV, atmospheric lighting, a minibar filled with the best wines from the Wachau Valley, large bathroom with a colour therapy rain shower, lots of wardrobe space and a private terrace to sunbathe or sit and take in the view. And what a view it is.
For 14 days each year the hotel is allowed to open as a heurigen – an authentic wine tavern serving only new wine, grown on its own land, and homemade foods that are largely locally grown. But year-round the hotel offers good wholesome food and great quality wines beneath a fantastic grape arbour.
Martin and Alexandra were great hosts and we certainly enjoyed our stay at the Donabaum Hotel.
The Donabaum Hotel will appeal to culture and nature lovers wanting to discover the UNESCO World Heritage region of the Wachau Valley in Lower Austria.
Images © Best of Wachau / Rita Newman and Weingut Donabaum „In der Spitz“