This was the third Christmas for which we have stayed in this hotel, courtesy of Leger Holidays (tour 14XAG). There must be something about it which attracted us so many times!
We had room 423, in the front of the hotel overlooking the main road to Rattenberg and having good views across the fields, the village and up the Ziller Valley. On clear days it was possible to see the narrow gauge train making its way to Mayrhofen. We had requested a front facing room from both Leger and Strass Hotel. Neither let us down. The room was clean and tidy, as we expected from our previous two stays and from typical Austrian friendship. Towels were changed daily.
The hotel is still family run, with Josef overseeing everything and everyone. His sons run the place. Service was good and friendly, food was hot, well cooked, well presented and nourishing. On Christmas Day four members of the Strass Band played for us in the bar. On Boxing Day Josef played in a duo in the celler bar, with dancing included. He is the leader of the Strass Band and a very good wind instrument player.
The relaxing nature of this hotel, the friendly ambience and the helpfulness of the staff make up for its position. There is nothing to do in Strass at this time of year. Whenever we walked past during the day, the only (as far as we found) shop was closed. The railway station is always open and there are frequent trains between Jenbach and Mayrhofen. It is perhaps 10 minutes walk from the hotel. There are other hotels in Strass but none as large, from the outside, as Strass Hotel.
That is perhaps the reason why we stayed there three times. We like the place, its peacefulness and how relaxed we can be.