Very disappointing. We booked a double room paying extra for private bath/shower/wc and balcony over New Year 2012/13. The room we were given was very small with barely enough room between the bed and the walls to get out of bed ! Carpet was very old and filthy with lots of black stains, bathroom plumbing was ancient with only intermittent hot water and mostly luke warm water. Only one spare plug socket in the room which was below the wall light switch so if you connected your phone for charging it would dangle against the wall or fall out of the charger. No hair dryer in the room either. Worst of all, the room comes with an old key operated saftey deposit box but without the key - if you want a key to use the box, the hotel charges an extra 30 euros !!!! Damn cheek.
Food was very basic, free beer was watered down and the wine barely drinkable. Plan to eat out as much as you can afford !
On the plus side, the Crystal staff were excellent and as friendly and helpful as possible. They advised that the hotel has been sold and will be knocked down in the summer (2013) and rebuilt as appartments. This would seem sensible from the owner's viewpoint as considerable sums need to be spent to upgrade the whole hotel and especially the ancient plumbing in order to bring it up to acceptable 3 star standards.
Access to Hahnenkam lift was easy by either ski bus or walking and the skiing generally good altho there are lots of short runs between lifts often on narrow and fairly flat paths. Best runs are down to Pass Thun, Kirchberg and Ski Rast. If you do the Streif (the hahnekamm downhill ski run) do it in the morning as it gets very badly chopped up and crowded in the afternoon.
Overall, I would recommend spending a bit more if you can and go to a better hotel.
Good luck !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Hofer is ideally located about 2 - 3 minutes walk from the bustling pedestrianised town centre of Kitzbuhel where you'll find everything from festivals, brass bands and markets. After all the excitement of the town centre you can come back to the hotel and relax in our friendly and welcoming bar which comes complete with sky TV. Alternatively, catch the last of the afternoon sun outside on the terrace. We are a small and friendly British run hotel. We offer bed and breakfast or half board all for a very competitive price. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hofer Hotel Kitzbühel