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This week we will be bringing you a special series from contributor Carolyn Banfalvi on the most luxe Alpine hotels in Austria. If you ever fancied a "Sound of Music" getaway, here's how to do it without taking the Vow of Poverty. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.
Kitzbühel is one of Austria’s poshest Alpine towns, and while there are budget accommodations to be found, those without thick wallets might feel out of place here. Kitzbühel has more than skiing to brag about--it’s also one of the loveliest towns in the Alps, with Medieval churches, tidy cobble-stoned streets, and snow-topped mountains in every direction.
And the Hotel Schloss Lebenberg seems to be made for most of Kitzbühel’s monied visitors.
Did you miss your chance to stay in the hotel room installation inside of the Guggenheim? If you're headed to Linz, the third-largest city in Austria, anytime soon then you may have another shot at spending the night within a museum.
As Linz has been chosen as a European Capital of Culture for 2009, they are setting up to host a year's worth of art openings and cultural events and they intend the accomodations for the visitors to play into the experience. Enter the Pixelhotel, which is not a single building, but a consortium of converted rooms throughout the city. All designed differently and with unique histories, the Pixelhotel rooms are in former workshops, on houseboats, in old storefronts, and even situated at the center of art galleries.
This is the case for designer Thomas Feichtner's Pixelhotel room within Simone Feichtner Gallery in downtown Linz. An elevated, nest-like bed and angular furniture are not merely on display; they will be used by actual guests throughout the installation. Beginning at 87 Euro, it's beyond doable when if you remember that the Guggenheim room started from $549 a night. To specify which Pixelhotel you would like to book, you must call +43(0)650 743 79 53 or send an email to email@example.com. If you'd rather be surprised, then book online at Tiscover.
It seems the hills are alive again with the Sound of Music with the home of the famed von Trapp family singers being refashioned into a new 14-room hotel named Trapp Villa
Located on the outskirts of Salzburg and once filled with all of the family's favorite things, the property hasn't changed much over the years. But there's no call for major alterations with the conversion, just some new paint, rewiring of the building and guest room furnishings. In a perfect world, they'll have wi-fi access, too.
The hotel will open July 25th with a big reception, where fans of the Trapp family singers and the movie can tuck themselves in for the night in the very same rooms as the Baron, Maria and their seven kids, who by the way were really named Rupert, Agathe, Maria, Werner, Hedwig, Johanna and Martina. For real, no Liesl.
Just don't try turning the new draperies into lederhosen, okay.
If you're going to chill out in the Alps--Swiss or Austrian, take your pick--then a pretty cool way to do it is in Cube Hotels. The first Cube was opened at Nassfeld in Austria just three years ago, but two more have followed.
The Cube Nassfeld follows the philosophy of The Cube, and it means everything and nothing:
CUBE is a unique concept encompassing mountains, leisure and holidaymaking throughout the whole year. CUBE means individuality. CUBE means creativity. CUBE means activity. CUBE means relaxation. At CUBE there's something for everyone ranging from outdoor activities to indoor chill-out. CUBE sets itself apart with its urban design.
Putting all that into plain English, The Cube Nassfeld is a great place to go if you're young or hip or a skiier or any combination of the three. Ski lifts are right outside, and the hotel itself has a modern design that's gotta make for good holiday snaps. It's designed to be affordable for all without turning into a backpackers' hostel; and it's designed to be a good place to stay even in summer, when you can explore the mountains on foot instead of skis or boards.
· The Cube Nassfeld reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Top 11 Extraordinary Hotels [Entrepeneur.com]
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven Amanda K let's us know where an Ozzie wants to get away from it all. Enjoy.
Oh, it's so easy to pick where I would go right now, if a magic carpet picked me up. Hands down a return to the Rogner Bad Blumau Resort in south-eastern Austria. It's a kind of fairytale place a couple of hours south of Vienna, with crazy colorful buildings--staff will proudly tell you that no two windows have the same size and shape--designed by slightly insane artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Right now, they could be under snow, and swimming outdoors in a naturally hot thermal pool with snow flakes landing on your head is the ultimate way to de-stress at the end of the year. And there are plenty of indoor baths of different temperatures to soak in, too. And while the food has an emphasis on organic (my craving for chocolates didn't get too satisfied here), you soon adapt to this healthy lifestyle.
You have to be careful not to indulge too heavily in the organic wines, though--the path back to your room is not straight, not flat and not designed for those who are unsteady on their feet. Part of the charm of the almost childish (but oh-so-trendy) Hundertwasser style.
Yesterday we checked in on a Viennese B&B/apartment/hotel and today we bring you the very appropriately sounding, Hotel Bierwirt.
When we picture Innsbruck we admit, we see cute Austrian people in lederhosen, the women with braids and bread, the men with beards and beers. So it's only natural to search out a hotel that fulfills this Innsbruck stereotypical fantasy, which the Gastof Bierwirt happens to pull off:
They were dressed in traditional Austrian clothes and spoke perfect English. We were given two rooms that shared a bathroom for 140 Euro. The rooms were immaculate, the beds had feathered comforters and pillows, one room had a balcony, and each room had cable TV.
The hotel has a beautifully decorated restaurant, interior has statues carved from wood and the exterior buildings have colorful flowerbeds in the windows and balconies. The restaurant closes at midnight, but the staff allowed us to stay well past closing to have some much needed drinks.
This is just what we wanted--Austrian people dressed in Austrian clothes letting us stay well into the night drinking beers.
Actually it doesn't have everything we want, no WiFi here but depending on how cute the barkeep staff are, we just may be OK.
· Gasthof Bierwirt Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]