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Hotel Pfeifer Kirchenwirt
Ranked #32 of 75 Hotels in Graz
Perth, Australia
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“Quite semi rural”
Reviewed 4 December 2011

The hotel is a 30 min tram ride from the centre of Graz but it is in a very quiet and peaceful location. If you are looking for a quiet relaxing place and don't mind the tram ride it is excellent. If you hate the idea of a 30 min tram ride each way to get to the city choose elsewhere.

It is reached by tram 1 line, which runs near the hauptbahnhof, through the main town and out to the outskirts of Graz to its final stop (Mariatrost). The hotel is located on top of the nearby hill behind the Basilica. The stairs (217 of them) leading up to the basilica and hotel can be just about be seen from the tram stop. We walked up with our bags the first day so it is doable but certainly strenuous. We left fitter than when we arrived. An 11.20 Euro 7-day public transport pass (obtainable from tobacco kiosks and the like) quickly becomes worthwhile if you are staying more than three days.

The hotel was very quiet (neighbours are the basilica and a graveyard). Our non-smoking room showed no residual cigarette smell (even though there was still an ashtray mounted on wall in bathroom). The rooms were large and comfortable. The housekeeping was good and the room was clean. The breakfast, included in our rate, had a good variety and quality. The free wired internet was reliable and relatively fast (they provide a cable if you need one). There was also a wifi signal that worked fine in our room but since they don't mention it I am assuming it doesn't cover whole hotel.

The bathroom was a little tired with the grouting around the bath/shower stained dark but no musty smells. One problem with the bathroom was there was no ventilation in the completely windowless room. This meant smells and moisture lingered for hours. The other problem with the bathroom was the glass screen for the bath/shower was a three panelled folding glass arrangement that you could position along the edge of bath. There was no way to keep this in place and with the position of the shower head being mid-bath it was difficult to shower without flooding the bathroom.

Room Tip: If overlooking a graveyard is likely to worry you ask for a room on the basilica side.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2011

We think this hotel is a reasonable value price-quality for Graz, although it's a bit far from the center, if you want to use public transport to get there (count on 40 to 45 minutes for going there with the tram).
We got a complete other room than seen on the photos: much darker and older than we thought. But quiet, clean and large, and we weren't in Graz to spend all our time in the room... Staff was very friendly and informed us well about public transport.
The large free parking was welcome, and breakfast was basic but ok.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2010

we found this small and cosy hotel online on several sites.....although my husband is not a big fan of "chain hotels" this best western hotel is privately owned and operated in 3rd generation, as we could read in the history of the hotel on our room....so actually NOT a chain hotel.....and dating back to the 17th century!
although the hotel is not in the center of graz, its not a big deal to drive with your car to the city center, we made it every day in about 10 minutes. there is a tram nearby who rings u to the center in about 30 minutes as well if u dont want to use your car.

the fact that this hotel is placed in the outskirts of the city, we were actually able to open our window during the night and the only "noise" we heard were the birds in the morning singing and waking us up gently... we felt like in paradise..!
there is an impressive pilgrimage church just a few feet away, lots of parking space and a wonderful restaurant in the hotel! a huge "beer garden" with old chestnut trees where they serve great local dishes. the serv ice is kind and all employees are devoted to make u feel well....rooms are wonderful, we got upgraded from a standard to a superior room since we stayed 4 nights! the inoluded buffet breakfast is great as well! Free of charge high speed internet in rooms or in the lobby are nice touches as well, since back home in the US even huge hotels with very high rates charge for that!
cant wait to get back!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Pfeifer Kirchenwirt
Address: Kirchplatz 9, Graz 8044, Austria
Region: Austria > Styria > Graz
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#21 Luxury Hotel in Graz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Pfeifer Kirchenwirt 4*
Number of rooms: 31
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