My wife and I arrived in Innsbruck by train without accomodation booked and from a travel guide book we rang the Pension Bistro from the railway station.
We didn't for one moment think we would get a room as it was 12 Oct 06 and the weather was beautiful and the town packed.
The Austrian gentleman host, who spoke good English, gave us a room for 2 nights. Perfect, just what we wanted. Double room with own bath/toilet and breakfast for 80 euros per night for 2 of us.
We had room No. 14 on the 2nd floor and as there is no elevator we had to carry our, by now, rather heavy bags up several sets of stairs. There was a good, nice bathroom, plenty of soft towels and bath mats and hand towels, soap and shampoo. The shower was nice and hot with good pressure.
The 'double' bed proved to be 2 singles, but, hey, we were pretty tired and the linen was fresh and clean and the beds great. We slept well.
A nice feature of the room was the view.
Upon opening the window we were greeted with a spectaculat view of the mountains with a tip of snow. Also, just outside our window was a bridge across a canal which was really rushing with fresh mountain water over a stony riverbed. Very picturesque.
The room had lots of power points for which we were grateful as by now we needed to charge all our camera batteries, shaver and cell phones.
Breakfast is served downstairs in the bistros little plain dining room and although at first seemed a bit ordinary, proved to be quite adequate. It is not buffet style, you sit down and the owners wife brings you a plate of hot boiled eggs, sliced cold meats, cheese, bread rolls, butter, jams, fresh OJ, and nice tea or coffee.
I was quite taken by some of the interesting pictures on the wall in the eating area!
The travel guide book we found this place in described it as, quote,
" ..this hotel won't win any interior-design awards, it's plain, businesslike and unassuming. However, rooms are comfortable and offer good value for money and the staff are welcoming and friendly" unquote.
Well, they got it spot on, however, we think they were being a little bit hard on the interior design part. Whlie I know what they mean, we found our room nicely wallpapered in pleasing colours and pattern with very nice prints on the walls and the bathroom looked like it had recently been renovated.
Granted, downstairs was fairly plain but homely.
Above all, the place was CLEAN and FRIENDLY.
Pension Bistro Restaurant also does evening meals but with all the great eating places in the main square you don't really need to eat there. We can't comment on the meals as we ate out.
To get there from the main rail station it's a 10 - 15 min walk depending on your luggage. Easy to find on the town map you can pick up free at the tourist information office in the station. (which is where we rang and booked from)
On the morning we left Innsbruck we were very early (about 5.30 ) and so we requested no breakfast as it was before b'fast time. The owner refunded our b'fast costs and came down and opened the door for us to wheel our bags out so he could lock up behind us. He bid us a good trip and helped with our bags.
Just across the road from the Pension is the bus stop. You catch the No.0 (yes, that's right, Number Zero) Bus into town.
Otherwise, it's only a 10 -15 min walk into the old town square where it all happens in Innsbruck.
We will most certainly stay here again if ever in Innsbruck.
Adrian & Mary Edwards
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