For the EUR 59 I reserved my room for I had limited expectations, given that Zell am See is a tourist destination and that it is high season. In the end, I was more than pleasantly surprised by what I received at the Hotel Steinerwirt.
This hotel could not be more centrally located. It is right on the main square of the town. This usually means parking problems. Not here. They have a dedicated lot a block away. And, it's free. How many hotels still offer that? Not many, in my experience. The hotel itself and the room I was given were very nice. They are decorated something along the lines of an art gallery you might find in NYC or San Francisco. At first, this might seen a bit strange in Austria. I quickly grew to like it, though, as there is definitely enough of the traditional Alpine mountain chalet look everywhere else. The room did not have air conditioning. But, even in August it really was not so hot that I missed it.
Despite the very reasonable room price, breakfast was included. I was also very good. The meal was offered in one of the hotel's restaurants, which was very nicely decorated with pictures from Tibet. Having visited Tibet twice, I particularly liked this. The whole hotel seemed to reflect the character of the owners in a very thoughtful manner. After staying there, I kind of wanted to meet them. They are must be interesting people.
Finally, even the service and the extras offered with the room are exceptional. During breakfast, there was a smiling girl who came around to ask if I needed anything else. The girl at the front desk spoke perfect English and was always ready with a good answer for any question. An attractive rooftop terrace and Jacuzzi are included. All-in-all, a bargain price for a top notch hotel. I tend to be a bit critical when it comes to hotels, but this place really impressed me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Steinerwirt 1493 combines classic Austrian hospitality with a modern, innovative boutique hotel. Tripadvisor users consistenly ranks us among the best restaurant in Zell am See. The 14th century wine cellar hosts one of the region's best selection of Austrian wines, carefully chosen by our 3 wine sommeliers. The hotel showcases a minimalistic approach to architecture and design with an emphasis on modern technology (free internet access, dvd/cd player in all rooms). Check out the hotel gallery with changing exhibitions from contemporary artists. ... more less
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