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“Great Family Hotel.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Garni Obermair
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Am Marktplatz 214, Mayrhofen 6290, Austria   |  
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Ranked #19 of 34 Hotels in Mayrhofen
Durham, United Kingdom
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“Great Family Hotel.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

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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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

We have recently returned from a stay at the Obermair in Mayrhofen. We stayed for a week on a bed and breakfast basis, and the rooms were basic and evidently hadn't been maintained for several years- we were in the annex. For example, the towels were like cardboard, the bath mat was discoloured and the sink had a huge crack in it. Also, the lock kept falling off the toliet door, and the mattresses were rock hard!

The owner's wife was especially nice and basically looked after all of the customers single handedly. Also, her son installed new tvs in our rooms as the analogue tvs already installed had no signal. However, they failed to fix the leak in the sink after we had informed them on the first day. We appreciate that the hotel is a budget hotel and have stayed in many similar establishments but we found this annex to be the least well maintained of all of them.

The breakfasts were okay - a better selection than we have had in other Austrian hotels with hot eggs, bacon, toasts, croissants, fruit, bread, cheese, ham, yoghurt, cereals, etc. However, you had to be there at the right time as the food was often not replenished as the owner's wife served on her own at breakfast and was often busy

We found out towards the end of the week that we could hire bikes for free - this was an added bonus that we wish we had known about earlier in the week! The swimming pool was nice and clean but there was no changing area, and the lights weren't always on. There is also an outdoor area with a swing, but we did not allow our daughter to play there because it was surrounded by large pieces of wood and metal. Not very safe!
We have read in other reviews that the location was an issue for other guests. However, we only found it to be a short walk to the town centre, and had a nice view from our windows.

We were on a bed and breakfast basis and must say that although we have been to Austria 14 times (3 previous times to Mayrfofen all half board), we found Mayrhofen to be very expensive for eating out. In fact we were shocked that it was cheaper to eat up the top of the Penken mountain and Hintertux than eating in the valley for a like for like meal. Also, we found it difficult to find child friendly restaurants - we were with our 3 year old daughter. Some restaurants did not offer child friendly portions and would only take 1 euro off the price of an adult meal for a smaller portion. On the first night we went to the Cafe Edelweiss - this was one of the only ones open! We would recommend rthat you ask to check your bill before paying as the waitress was reluctant to show us the bill and merely told us an amount. We asked to see the bill as we thought it was too expensive and we noticed that we had been charged for too many drinks! Not sure if this was a genuine mistake or not but would advise caution!

Later in the week we found a very good restaurant called the Tiroler Stube - it offered great service and was very child friendly! Wish we'd found it earlier in the week!

All in all, if you are prepared for a low budget experience, then book the annex at the Obermair. However, you may wish to consider staying in the main hotel and pay slightly more if you want a little more luxury! On reflection we won't be staying bed and breakfast again and will revert to half board as it seems to be better value!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

We stayed at the Hotel Obermair annex from the 17th to the 24th of March and I have to say we had a lovely time.
The hotel staff were very friendly, the rooms were clean & comfy, the spar area was wonderful & just what you needed after a hard day on the slopes.
Breakfast was plentiful with something for everyone. We had the half board option & took our evening meals at the Krammerwirt hotel, who were also very friendly & helpful as well as the food itself being delicious.

The Obermair is on the edge of town but is still only an eight min walk to the gondola, there is a ski bus that stops right outside of the hotel & as it is one of the first stops you are guaranteed a seat.

The train is also a three min walk away from the hotel, trains & busses are covered on the area lift pass. We took the train on three days to other ski areas, the Zillertal arena is just beautiful and well worth a look.

All in all I would recommend The Hotel Obermair & Mayrhofen to anyone :)

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

We stayed for the week commencing 10th March having been to this hotel last year. The hotel annexe is very old and dimly lit but represents good value for money, and offers single room accomadation which we found very useful.

The rooms are basic but clean, with hot water plentiful. The Television reception seemed universally poor, but each room has a free safe which is useful.

The breakfast is the main benefit of this hotel, being varied and plentiful. The breads are gorgeous and numerous.

There is a wellness centre with sauna, steam room and swimming pool on offer, all of which is free to use.The ski lockers are free and whilst they do need re-numbering are also heated.

The owners were very friendly, with good sevice at breakfast. A little hello, good morning, in german is always well received and we had no problems whatsoever.

Whilst the town centre is a good ten minute walk away, the hotel is ideally situated for the railway station. This opens up the vally to Zell am Ziller, Gerlos, Kaltenbach and Fugen/Hoch Fugen. If you really want to ski, take the train, or bus up or down the valley, the Bahnhoff is where you need to be.

If you are sking in the Mayerhofen area, the hotel boasts a bus stop outside the premises, ideal.

We stayed on a bed and beakfast basis, having travelled with the Crystal half board option at the Krammerwirt last year, an experience we would not recommend due to poor evening meals. We would suggest the Neu Post, the cafe, the conditori, Mannis, and the resturant across from the station as being excellent value for money with a good main course for about ten pounds.The salad buffet at the cafe is four euros and is tremendous.

Overall the hotel is well located, with good facilities and an excellent breakfast. Well recommended if you are on a budget.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in the annexe part of hotel from 10-17th March. Our room was v tiny, traditional & basic. But it was v clean and maintained throughout our stay. The shower was great and we had a good view from the room. The locker was ideal for keeping our boarding equipment in.
Breakfast was v good with plenty of choice but I found of we went down a bit later around 9am there wasn't much left at all so Defo best to get down early.
I thought the location was excellent as the ski bus stops right outside & there is a garage shop too. we also enjoy walking so liked the small walk in to town to restaurants at night.
The hotel was quiet and we used the pool and sauna. Sauna was amazing! V quiet and in excellent condition. Pool was small but ideal for me.
I found the resort fairly cheap and great boarding was had all week. Defo recommend.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Derby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

Stayed here for a week's skiing trip, 3 people sharing a large room which was spacious, clean and comfortable. Also large, pleasant, well-equipped bathroom. Had a small balcony useful for keeping beers cold. The hotel also has a small swimming pool.
Hotel on b&b basis only, breakfast very good. Staff friendly enough and helpful.
From a skiing point of view the hotel is at the bottom of the town so you need to get the bus (from just opposite) to the Penken or Ahorn lifts, though you can walk to the Banhof in <10 mins to get the train to Zell am Ziller.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012 via mobile

Firstly re the complaint from other review, I assume you are from England, being world famous to complain about anything. The staff were more than friendly, 2 superb saunas, very clean swimming pool and fantastic breakfast. Many eggs here !!! And not just ham & cheese !!! Bus stop directly out the front, 3 min walk to train station and overall excellent. Rooms are small but for skiing, you are not going to sit in your room all day ( unless your English? ) I highly recommend this place. Enjoy !

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Am Marktplatz 214, Mayrhofen 6290, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Mayrhofen
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #19 of 34 Hotels in Mayrhofen
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Garni Obermair 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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