We stayed in La Caravella in late December 2011 on a visit to friends in Velden am Worthersee.
The hotel is located on the outskirts of the town, but as Velden is quite small, it's only a five minute walk to the downtown.
The hotel is easily found - it's on the main lakeside road, (Klagenfurter Strasse/Kartner Strasse) which is the road that you get on to from the the Velden Ost exit from the A2 autobahn. Velden itself, and the whole Worthersee area, is very attractive - we were there in the midst of winter and it was still attractive - it must be stunning in the summer.
The hotel was developed by an Italian family, so has an Italianate finish - slightly out of character with the rest of the town but not too surprising - Italy is about 25 km. away, or only 15 minutes if you stay on the A2. There is a small parking area, probably holding 5 or 6 cars, immediately to the rear of the hotel (the main entrance is from that parking so is at the back of the hotel)
The rooms are comfortable and furnished in classic Austrian style - solid wooden furniture that will be around long after we have all moved on to the "great Hotel in the sky!"
The owners were friendly and very welcoming and were at pains to help us explore the area. The breakfast is a substantial buffet style and typical "continental", with a wide range of breads, meats, cheeses, jams etc - a great start to the day.
There were 2 reasons why we didn't mark it higher: -
1. the first is that, like almost all hotels and restaurants in Austria, smoking is allowed - anywhere. The owner can do little about this - it's the law - but it does make the place reek of stale cigarette smoke.
2. during our stay, the hotel was distinctly cold - it uses a hot water heating system so we cranked the on-radiator thermostats up but to no avail. Now we are Eastern Canadians, so we can stand the cold, but we don't expect to have to sleep in cold rooms.
We pointed this lack of heat out to the owner, with a strong request that he turn the heating up, but it fell on deaf ears and we shivered in our rooms.
In a sophisticated, but cold, place such as Austria, you normally do have warm buildings, so this was a bit strange. We put it down to the fact that it appeared that there were only 3/4 rooms occupied, so presumably it wasn't economic to heat the whole hotel for that few people.
Would we go again? Yes, certainly, particularly if we go back during the summer. If you do go at a quiet period in the winter, you might want to make sure that they understand that you expect to be warm.
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