Landgraf Hotel & Loft: Prince Of Linz

Linz has rolled out the red tablecloth to welcome visitors this year

A Surprising Property In A Surprising City

Arriving at Linz’s Landgraf Hotel, one is forgiven for expected the inside to match the outside.  A heritage building of historical significance in the city’s northern district, Landgraf’s classic façade creates an expectation that the interior is likewise traditional.  Wrong.  This masterfully presented hotel is a historical monument, yes, but it is also a monument to a new generation of European hoteliers whose eye for stylish interiors is matched by another for smart management, together pleasing guests as the focus of their efforts. 

Landgraf’s owners have redefined the word hospitality.  Enviously young and stylish themselves, Manuel Pree and his lovely wife, Nicola, joined with Dietmar Doppelmair to make Hotel Landgraf a reality; like the property they have created, these three Linzketeers combine maturity and finesse with sass and daring.  As is so often the case, especially in protected properties, bringing their ideas to fruition brought major challenges all along the way, none of which daunted them.  Thankfully, youth does not accept the word ‘no’ with resign; behind their smiles, Manuel, Nicola, and Dietmar have the brains to make canny business decisions that have seen their property blossom as Linz’s most charming choice for accommodation.  On top of it all, they are nice, nice people.

A Talented Trio Manuel Pree, Nicola Pree, and Dietmar Doppelmair

Landgraf’s rooms, even the singles, are very spacious.  The fabulous White Suite and Red Suite are flowing spaces of comfort and design savvy; with impressive works of modern art displayed through the property, Landgraf perfectly balances the feel of an intimate house party thrown by a wealthy friend with the service of a hotel where dissatisfied guests are mythical creatures inhabiting other places, but certainly not here.  From the quirky touches in the rooms (retro-style minibar refrigerators) to the animal charm of the breakfast room, this place is not one soon to be forgotten.

A joy of Landgraf, whose full name is Landgraf Hotel & Loft, is its value for money.  In a time when many business travellers are downgrading their accommodation, whether by choice or by decree from Accounting, the ones coming to Linz are flocking to Landgraf for five-star style at three-star prices.  Not that facilities for families are lacking; with all that real estate in the rooms, there is always space for an extra bed for the child lucky enough to have discerning parents who appreciate flair.

Ars Electronica, Linz’s newest attraction, two doors down from Landgraf

Located just on the other side of the Danube from Linz’s main square and its own agglomeration of historical buildings, Landgraf Hotel & Loft is fortuitously situated just two doors down from the city’s newest attraction, Ars Electronica, whose popularity has propelled it to the top of the list of the city’s attractions.  In fact, Ars Electronica, an interactive museum displaying a series of very modern displays in innovative exhibits, has single-handedly increased the popularity of Linz as a travel destination.  The city is undergoing an impressive renaissance, rewarded by this year’s title of European Capital Of Culture 2009.  Ars Electronica, inaugurated earlier in 2009, and Linz have been in the spotlight for several months; now, at the peak of European summer, the city’s visitors are enjoying the sights, sounds, and especially tastes of Linz, home to a growing number of gastronomic restaurants as well as the famous Linzer Torte, which visitors can make themselves at the historic k.u.k. Hofbäckerei just off the main square.

Landgraf Hotel and Loft exterior

Linz’s celebrations as European Capital Of Culture continue for several more months.  Just over an hour’s train ride from Vienna, Linz is easily accessible via Austrian Railways, but rail enthusiasts would be rapt in opting for the Majestic Imperator Train de Luxe, Austria’s grand, old train restored to an earlier glory in the style of Venice Simplon Orient-Express.  Running between Vienna and Munich, with stops in Linz, Salzburg, and Innsbruck, Majestic Imperator is a memorable experience, like Landgraf a fine example of classic style merged with modern convenience to satisfy the cultural and practical demands of today’s sophisticated traveller.

Landgraf’s Breakfast Lounge
Landgraf’s fabulous White Suite


Source = Mr. eTraveller
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