We recently spent nearly two weeks in Austria and the last place we stayed was Hallstatt. We hadn't booked anything in this charming Alpine town beforehand, but figured we could find a "zimmer frei". After being turned away from two other establishments that were full, we came across Haus Trausner and immediately met Maria Trausner, who was welcoming two other guests to her home. She had one room left and was happy to welcome us as well.
The home is not directly on the lake, but we weren't fussy about having a lake view. We stayed in Room 2 and enjoyed a lovely view of the Salzberg mountains. The weather was a bit stormy, but the clouds added a magical touch to the soaring mountains. When we were in the room, we would open the windows and enjoy the view.
Haus Trausner is less than a five minute walk to the lake and less than 10 minutes to the center of town. It's also less than five minutes to the station for the "cog train" that takes you to the Salzbergwerk (the salt mines). You can also get a boat tour and the boat dock is also very close.
Haus Trausner has three rooms at the top of the house that Maria lets out to travelers for as little as a day or for as long as you want (for the latter situation, advance reservations are necessary). We stayed two nights and it wasn't long enough.
Room 1 has its own bathroom (toilet and shower included), while Rooms 2 and 3 share a toilet, but have their own showers. Room 2 is the larger of the two and has a beautiful view of the surrounding area (as mentioned above). If you don't mind sharing a toilet, ask for Room 2. If you do mind, ask for Room 1.
The room we stayed in was clean, nicely decorated, very comfortable, and well lit (including bedside lamps!). The price is 25 euros per person per night and includes breakfast, which is a great price! Breakfast consists of Kaisersemmel (rolls), rye bread, sliced meats and cheeses, jam, and coffee. (Tea is available, but you have to ask for it.) On Sundays, Maria will also cook up an egg to your liking.
The only downside (although, some may see it as an upside) to Haus Trausner is: no internet. If you want a wifi connection, you'll have to walk into town to the Heritage Hotel. But even this inconvenience isn't so bad. Buy a drink and some apfelstrudel and the staff of the hotel are happy to let you sit and surf the web as long as you like.
Finally, Maria is one of the friendliest, most helpful B&B owners we've ever met! She was cheerful and enthusiastic and made some great recommendations for things we should see and do in and around Hallstatt. She noted that my partner and I are both photographers and told us we absolutely must visit the waterfalls near Wiesberg. She was happy to speak German with us and equally happy to speak English. (And her English is excellent, by the way!)
If you're going to Hallstatt for a day or for a week, stay at Haus Trausner. It's worth every euro! We are definitely planning a return trip.