We stayed at this hotel for a week of skiing at the nearby resorts. We chose Innsbruck because one member of our group was not skiing but found much to do in this charming city. We arrived by train from Venice and were delighted that we could get to the hotel via an underground garage, avoiding schlepping our luggage across a busy slushy street. We were greeted warmly upon entering and found that this congeniality was a hallmark of the staff. The General Manager, Mr. Straub, intoduced himself early in our stay, and went out of his way to make sure we had directions, bus schedules, even a steaming cappucino in the lobby prior to an early morning walk. A member of our group forgot his ski boots on a train, a couple of days prior to our departure. Mr. Straub volunteered to assist with locating and mailing them back to the states! How is that for Tyrolean Hospitality!
While Modern is not my first choice in decor, our immaculate room was large, toasty, and decorated in calming neutral tones. The mattress and pillows were comfy and the duvet snuggly. There was plenty of lighted storage for our ski clothes and a locked ski room in the basement with boot dryers for our equipment. We took the free ski bus which stops at the front door of the hotel to three different resorts. While the bus ride takes about an hour, the scenery en route is breathtaking, making the trip rather enjoyable. One day, members of our group took the train to St Anton. The hotel is a good location for sampling a variety of Austrian mountains and even a glacier!
Our package included breakfast and dinner. The breakfast buffet was exhausting with fresh fruit and yogurt, oatmeal, cold cuts, roasted veggies, eggs, bacon, potatoes, cold cuts, wonderful fresh seeded bread, cakes, and delish strong coffee. Dinner in the traditional Tyrolean restaurant was the event that our little group looked forward to every evening. Food and service were first rate, the table linens starched, the place settings perfect. Dinner started with an Amuse Bouche trio, followed by choice of appetizer, soup, entree and dessert. Standouts include the monkfish, beef stronganoff, and seafood quartet. I have stayed at other European hotels where there was no selection offered and the cuisine was overly salty and somewhat mysterious in terms of content. This hotel always gave a meat or seafood choice, all excellent.
Of note is the spa, located in the basement of the hotel. There is a small but adequate exercise room for an indoor workout, but I preferred a brisk walk to explore the Old Town, five minutes from the hotel. The sauna was divine after a hard day on the slopes, top notch and super hot to melt away the aches and pains. There is also a steam room and soothingly lighted relaxation areas for lounging between sauna and steam sessions. Spa robes, slippers, and plenty of generously sized towels added to the experience.
Two members of our group shared a room in the front of the hotel where they could hear the street noise at night with the window open. Quieter rooms are at the sides and back of the building for those who like a bit of fresh winter air. Other than this, we have nothing but fond memories regarding our stay at the Grand Hotel Europa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Europa is a top hotel in Innsbruck, Austria, and one of the most impressive hotels in central Europe. The hotel’s location makes it perfect for exploring Innsbruck, and the beautiful surrounding countryside. The location, modern amenities and stunning decor make the hotel highly regarded. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Innsbruck
- Grand Resort Innsbruck