A surprise package is the Obermair it stands on the edge of the town in pleasant gardens, do not be put off by the Petrol station out front, this in no way spoils the overall outlook of the hotel.
In fact it is owned by the same family as does the car and bike hire business as the hotel.
This is a family run hotel not a chain hotel so be aware that the standards though very good are not on a par with other 4/5 star hotels that you may be used to, no white fluffy towels here.
We had a room in the annexe as do all package guests. no lift in the annexe and 31 stairs up to the third floor, (If you have a medical problem or difficlty in using the stairs then ask and they will put you in the main hotel, which does have a lift.) The room was spacious usual Austrian beds with single duvets and fluffy pillows ( ask for spares), plenty of storage space and hangers, a safe in the wardrobe also.
Table and chairs ( what more do you need.)The TV at the time only recieved local cable staions.
Large shared balcony with views to die for ( unfortunately it fronted out onto the main road, but this is no problem as you watch the world go by.)
The bathroom and shower are dated but clean, towels are home washed and dried so can be a bit rough, so if this is a problem take you own, soap was not supplied but there was satches of shower gels.
Plenty of hot water at night but in the morning you may have to wait,(they had problems with water pumps so this may be resolved now).Room is cleaned every day and the towels are changed every day also.
The hotel has no bar or restaurant (only breakfast area).
Breakfast was a feast, cooked bacon and eggs, loads and loads of fruit,cake,cereals bread, meat and cheeses, tea/coffee served in silver pots, if you walked out feeling hungry then it is your fault.
There is a fantastic indoor swimming pool,heated to 30degress like getting into a bath
and downstairs there is a sauna suite brand spanking new, I think you have to book it and there where no charge notices so ask before you use.
The week we stayed we had the pool all to ourselves, as everyone was up them hills.
Plenty of outdoor space and plenty of seats,benches,swings to sit and soak the sun and views on in the garden.
We where on half board basis with meals taken at the Hotel Kramerwirt, 5 mins walk away, the food was we thought special, well presented and cooked, with themed buffet evenings, salad bar.
Choice of two main courses, one being vegetarian, tip for thie wise, if you do not like the choices ask what is on the hotel menu, as they do differ considerably.
Beer and wine are expensive as this is a four star hotel.
Also the hotel has a greater range of information booklets,maps etc and if you forgot yor walking sticks then you can borrow from there, just replace when you leave.
I can honestly say that we where well fed, though I sometimes thought we where second class guests, stuck out of the way in our little cubbby hole, the manageress of the Kramerwirt though friendly was not on our side.
Back at the Obermair, there are no leaflets are maps at the reception you will need to go to the tourist information centre situated 2 mins walk away.
At the hotel, on arrival you will be given a leaflet for a FREE trip to the dam, and vouchers for 6 euros off a meal/drink /sandwich what ever at the only restaurant (owned by guess who)
You will need the vouchers for the bus else you will have to pay the road toll of 1 euro.
The bus you gan get at the train station and takes 50mins to reach the dam,you need to write your name on the voucher and give back to the driver on your return, this is a dead end road, though you can walk back out of the valley if you are really keen.It is an impressive sight and if you have no head for heights then do not look down.
The bus voucher has the times for the return journey, you can only use these buses any others and you may have to pay 20euros each.
If you do not recieve the leaflet/vouchers then ask as it really is a good day out.
Travel companies are not allowd to sell the cable car pass you have to buy it yoursel from the cable car station (you can pay by credit/debit card here no other outlet allows you ). Price was 53 euros each, expensive you may say, but do not forget this gets you on 11 cable cars in the valley, on all buses and trains in the valley (except the steam train), so you could easily rack up a small fortune in fares, return fare on the cable car is 15 euros per person and similar on trains and buses.
Tip for you, take the train to the end of the line (Jenback) change here for Innsbruck and it will only cost you approx 9 euros ( the travel firms charge £19) the bus to Hintertux Glacier is free as is the summer lift ( travel firms will charge you £10 each plus the cable car) oh to get to the very very top of the glacier be prepared to folk out an extra 20 euros for the other cable car not worth it unless you are planning to ski up there, which you can all year round).
So the Activ Card is well worth the 53 euro each .
The main gondola in town is scarey as it rises up steeply with no pylons and once over the first hill it rises even steeper so if like me this worries you then sit on the floor andf look at the sky.
Most of the walks at the top are very well used, most take 2/3 hours of steady walks, either round robin walks are walk back down to town, well marked and sign posted, all except one, which you may find out about (Route 2).
Mayrhofen is a busy town, plenty of bars and clubs, loads of ice cream shopsand too many restaurants to name.
Main street is packed with shops, the Spar supermarket is here, the cable car station is found here also, though get off the main drag and explore the side streets they are quieter and the ice cream is cheaper and better.
The train station is approx 5 mins outside of town, this is where all the buses go from also the train runs every 30 mins, show your Activ ticket to the guard no charge. same on the bus show the driver and grab a seat, you will save a lot of money.
Unfortunately you are only allowed one accent and one decent pwer day on the cable cars, but if you plan you day well using the maps (free or paid ones) then you can get the very most out of the pass, as some cable cars require two accents, but only count as one?
Take ID with you when you buy the card as your name and id number will be printed on, so you cant sell it on are transfer it to some one else, that is the theory, but we wherer never checked.
I cannot praise the Obermair highly enough, it is a simple family run hotel with every thing and more you would want, it is not pretentious, you are left alone to do your own thing but help is at hand if you need it.
Enjoy your stay and find out for yourself what the hotel is all aboy.
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