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“Old and tired, but good” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Hohe Gaisl
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Plaetzwiese 60, Prags, Italy   |  
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Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Prags
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Old and tired, but good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We had visited the Braies/Plätzwiese area before, but never stayed in Hotel Hohe Gaisl which lookes pretty romantic and inviting from the outside. This summer we reserved the "penthouse suite" which must be South Tirolian slang for: a huge attic with a balcony.

The people that are running the hotel are provenly old and tired. Welcoming us seemed to take the last breath of the lady of the house. Although we were immediately correctly identified without asking our names, the rest of check-in was pure operations and extremely to-the-point. After having found the elevator and the room ourselves (one additional stair to climb in the room itself; no problem), we entered this huge attic.

As per our request two additional beds had been placed in the room, in what we thought (from their website) was a kitchen area. The beds and their location was perfect, however in this area of the room only partly curtains were available. It turned out that our kids would wake up at around 5am at sunrise. The hotel adressed the situation quite adequately by covering the concerned windows with black plastic waste bags. That worked, although the level of McGyver was quite big regarding the price we paid for the room (EUR 400 per night).

The furniture in the room definitely requires replacement. Couches in the room are old and worn out sleeping couches that are now only in use to sit on....although the wooden arm rests are dangerously loose. In the Dolomites we think you should not sit on your behind inside too long, so for us it was a minor issue we laughed away, but again for the price you pay.

Beds were in perfect shape and a delight to sleep on, although some might find them a bit on the hard side.

Sound: no sound, repeat, no sound. Not interior, not exterior. Howver, it did rain (and hale and thunder) one night and rain drops falling on some windows integrated in the slope of roof made quite some noise; we considered it romantic!

The actual big unique selling point of Hohe Gaisl must be its full pension mealplan. Breakfast buffet is huge and good, afternoon Tea provides a really vast choice of cakes, cookies, soup etc. and dinner is enormous. We found the quality of the foods not to be "haut cuisine", but very good. Daily menus provide lots of variation as well. What we actually were missing was the enthusiasm among the staff. They appear tired and bored, certainly not unfriendly though. There was hardly any attempt to make personal contact (except one waitress who tried to communicate in a very funny with our kids; they do not speak any Italian).

Would I come here again, well only because the Dolomites and particularly the Platzwiese is such a wonderfull place to be and the Platzwiese is otherwise quite difficult to reach (without being packed iwith the masses n the shuttle bus). Hohe Gaisl owns the monopoly here if you are looking for something beyond a youth hostel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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107 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

All in all a very enjoyable place to stay. The rooms are spotless, we were given an (unsought) upgrade from standard to superior without any extra charge, the staff are very professional (if a little on the chilly side, but then this is more Austria than Italy!), the swimming pool and sauna are superb, the masseuse is highly skilled, and the scenery and setting of unparalleled beauty. The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is the food. You have to take half-board and the dinner, while posing as haute cuisine, isn't bad so much as boring. They tell you in the brochure that you can ask for a vegetarian or even "ethical" meal, but we certainly weren't ever asked our opinion... Still, all in all I can thoroughly recommend this place for a truly restful couple of days "far from the madding crowd" (especially after the daytrippers have all caught the last bus home). A couple of tips: Do try the barman's special bubbly and elderflower cocktail. And remember to print your confirmation e-mail and take it with you because the whole natural parl area is closed to normal traffic and you have to show your reservation at the bottom of the mountain. Otherwise they make you walk the SIX uphill kilometres to the hotel !!!

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the front. The view's amazing and the double glazing ensures things stay quiet...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Our family spent 4 nights here. We stayed in the Panorama suite and enjoyed the very spacious room with a stunning view of the mountains!
An old stylish place, but with everything (and more!) we could expect!
We spent the days hiking in the surrounding mountains after being served a big breakfast buffet. In the afternoon we would return for the lunch soup, before spending some time in the pool. Later we got ready for a the good 3-coarse dinner. PS: They also have a bar/cafe serving drinks and food outside. Right by the hotel is a shelter with a little playground for the kids.
Phone connection is (very) poor. Wifi in the reception area only. I guess that is good - time should be spent otherwise in a place like this :-)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2007

What a gem ! We were doing a 7 day trek and had been booked into the dormitory of the refuge next door which is absolutely abysmal. Fortunately, there was a room available here. It was delightful. The hotel is gorgeous, the service wonderful and the situation breathtaking.

The half-board dinner was excellent as was breakfast. The public areas, particularly the dining room, were very pleasant. The atmosphere is Austrian rather than Italian.

Although we were for only one night, we loved it.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2006

My husband and I recently spent 5 nights at Hotel Hohe Gaisl deep in the Dolomites where it feels more like Austria than Italy. The hotel is a friendly, family owned and run small hotel in the most perfect location surrounded by snow capped mountains, at an altitute of 6,500 feet. The hotel was spotlessly clean and beautifully maintained and the staff could not have been friendlier. The food was extremely good with a excellent salad bar to start the evening meal. The wine list was extensive, including many local wines, and very sensibly priced. One evening I had one of the best desserts I have ever tasted - white chocolate mousse with wild strawberries.

The rooms are very comfortable, well equipped and attractively decorated in traditional alpine style. The ones at the front have stunning views across lush meadows to the mountains beyond and many have balconies.

There is a comfortable bar as well as several smaller cosy sitting areas, and also an outside terrace where you can have a drink or lunch. There are several family suites with sitting areas and kitchen facilities and there is also a children's play area.

Walkers of all abilities will love the wonderful walks of varying lengths that start from the hotel.

Other facilities include a sauna, steam room, solarium etc and there are plans to complete a swimming pool for 2007.

The summer season starts at the end of May and runs through to October. During the winter season guests can use the hotel's cross country skiing equipment. Downhill skiing is located nearby.

We highly recommend the hotel and look forward to returning again and again.

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Address: Plaetzwiese 60, Prags, Italy
Location: Italy > Trentino-Alto Adige > South Tyrol Province > Prags
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Prags
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Hohe Gaisl 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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