We have been taking our small tour groups to Hallstatt forover 15 years, and have used the Gruner Baum, Gasthaus Zauner, and now we use the Bergfried Hotel. Each has it's unique advantage. The Zauner restaurant is the best in the region, and locals travel some distances to enjoy the food. A great variety of dishes, but my wife loves their fresh fish from the cool and deep waters of the lake. Gruner Baum has a great position, and you either get a lakeview or a view of the small but beautiful village square. But the rooms are a bit basic. Both the Zauner and the Gruner Baum are located right in the heart of this incredible village. The Bergfried is nicer and more modern, located about 500 (?) meters from the square, but the walk is as scenic and delightful as any on this planet. Great breakfast. None of them have a lift / elevator. Hallstatt is so beautiful, I believe you will enjoy your stay no matter which hotel you use. ENJOY!!! tourop in Midwest City Okla.