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Hotel Karwendelhof
Ranked #17 of 59 Hotels in Seefeld in Tirol
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 17, 2012

Husband and I stayed here for a wonderful week in June. There was only one other couple staying from the UK - maybe, as a previous reviewer said, the name Casino Hotel puts people off, but the casino is in separate building and has little impact on the hotel.

Location: Great. A minute from the train station - although one can hear the trains the noise is not intrusive. The back of the hotel looks over the park and bandstand, and the front over one of the main streets. It was good to be able just to walk out of the hotel and immediately be in an area for a post dinner stroll in the evening. The Rossehutte cable car is about a ten minute walk away, the chair lift on the Gschwandtkopf about ten - fifteen minutes in the other direction.

Room and public areas: We had upgraded to a 'posh' room which was super - a good sized balcony overlooking the park, an large room with seating area and enormous bed with a lovely foam mattress, loads of storage, a kettle, and a large bathroom with separate shower and good quality fittings. The corridors and other public areas are decorated in a strange mix of traditional and contemporary which works beautifully. The dining room (a table is allocated for the duration of your stay) is bright but gets quite warm. The lounge areas are comfortable. There are a few tables outside overlooking the park.

Food: we were unsure of what to expect as we have never stayed in an all inclusive hotel in Austria before, and were therefore relieved that there was little difference between this and other Austrian hotels. The breakfast buffet was good with a range of cereals, yogurts, fruit, cooked meats and cheese along with bacon and scrambled eggs. One selects dinner at breakfast time. Starters and soup are served to the table, a help yourself salad buffet which was very good, mains served to table and then help yourself puds and ice cream. The vegetarian options were excellant - some of the best I've had in Austria. The only night there wasn't a vege option was on 'Gala Dinner' night (where there is a fixed menu) but I mentioned this to the waitress at breakfast and a vege alternative was provided. The waiting staff served drinks at the start of the meal and topped up if they could, otherwise one helped oneself from the drink station. The house red and white was good, and beer and soft drinks were also available. Lunch is served 1.30-2.30 in the lounge and bar area - soup, rolls and salad. This was fine apart from on rainy days when a large group of guests descended like locusts and the staff had trouble renewing supplies to keep pace!

Staff: very helpful and friendly. The receptionists were lovely, and happy to give any information you needed. The waiting staff were friendly and generally efficient. Housekeeping staff did a good job.

Nowhere of course is perfect. The main issues that could have been better were that, in common with a great number of Austrian hotels, there was no air conditioning in the room and no ceiling fan, making the room very warm at night. Again, like most hotels, the same duvets are used winter and summer. Although it must be great to snuggle under 15 togs of feathers in winter on a hot June night it is not so good!

Overall a fantastic hotel in a great location. I would love to return and would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

We have stayed at the Karwendelhof every year as a family for over ten years, we would not stay anywhere else. All the rooms are spotlessly clean and comfortable with wonderful views. Antique chests and cupboards decorate the public areas with flowers and paintings. Tea and cakes at 3pm every day, welcome party once a week. Wonderful food with huge choice morning and evening. The staff are friendly and efficient and provide 100% customer care. Directly opposite the station where all the ski buses stop to take you to the ski areas. Fabulous location, not all of us ski so we explore the beautiful town of Seefeld - something for everyone. Log fire in lounge area with many different places to sit - wi fi free in this area too. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Susan P
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Karwendelhof in June - booked as a last-minute holiday through Travelzoo and extremely good value. We were on full-board and had the option of a picnic lunch if we were out for the day.

The hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The food was excellent, with a good choice of both buffet and waiter service. In addition, there was unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks throughout the day and evening.

We had a very spacious bedroom with sitting-area, bathroom and balcony. Because our room overlooked the main street we were twice awoken by late-night noise from people leaving the nearby bars and nightclub, so if you want a peaceful night's sleep ask for a bedroom overlooking the public garden at the rear of the hotel!

We took advantage of the 12 euro bus pass (available from the local tourist office) which gave us unlimited travel around the Seefeld area and nearby villages for the whole week and was incredible value.

If you enjoy walking, join one of the guided walks (book via your rep or the tourist office): we had a wonderful day with a small group in the Karwendel National Park. Another lovely place is Mittenwald, just over the Austrian/German border: the violin museum there is well worth visiting if you're interested in music and historic instruments.

Room Tip: Request a bedroom overlooking the public garden at the rear of the hotel.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2011

We have just returned from a wonderful week in Seefeld staying at The Karwendelhof. Hotel.
The hotel was new to All Inclusive this year and I don't think they have got it quite right yet. The food was very good but unfortunately sometimes choice was limited and some dishes ran out and were not replenished at lunch and evening buffet, Breakfast was excellent with a huge choice.
The room we had was spacious if a little dated, the bed appeared new and was very comfortable. The staff were all very friendly and helpful.
There was a Jacuzzi, Steam room and Sauna which was very nicely presented, everywhere was spotlessly clean with crisp white table cloths and napkins on the dining tables.
Overall whilst this hotel doesn't quite come up to 4* standard we would be happy to stay there again at the price we paid which made it good value.
I don't understand why the hotel is listed as Casinohotel Karwendelhof as the Casino is separate from the hotel and the name could put some people off.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank GLOBETROTTERS09
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Reviewed December 13, 2010

Good value for money, clean, rooms spacious, very comfortable beds. Wide variety of breakfast, dinner good quality, though portions may not be sufficient for big eaters. Location is perfect, 30 m from train station and at walking distance from the slopes.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Vangelis0161
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Reviewed March 11, 2010

We were looking forward to returning to this hotel once again this year but as soon as we arrived we noticed the changes .The hotel has not got the same family feeling that it had ,and this was due to the fact that the hotel has changed hands .Lots of little things have changed and unless you had stayed there before you would probably not notice it ,the main thing that irked us was the bar being closed at 11pm and being told we could not have a drink after returning from a meal out ,another thing we didnt like was on arrival being told the single room we had booked with a balcony was to be upgraded to a room without a balcony .....It looked like they had overbooked this type of room we were not offered any compensation for this even though we had paid extra ,I have been in touch with the booking company and am awaiting an answer.
The meals had changed all together ,there were choices but if they had run out they were not replaced and you had to get down very early in the morning to get a full choice for breakfast,Dinner was very reptative and once again if you were not down early the vegetables would have gone along with choice of meats ,you had to have what was left .
Bar prices were very expensive ,we found ordering wine in the restaurant was cheaper than in the bar ,so we would order extra and take it into the bar after dinner,also make sure you ask for tap water or else you will be charged a hefty fee for bottled,which over the week adds up.
Would I stay here again ? Probably because the location cannot be beaten you are just minutes away from everywhere.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank Torii
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Reviewed January 16, 2010

just returned from the karwendelhof,we found this to be an okay hotel,we paid extra for a larger room but this was no bigger than other rooms in hotels we have stayed in.Hotel bang in centre which is good but very noisy as there are bars and discos surrounding this hotel.church bells ring every morning at 7 as well and go on for ages just to make sure they wake you up.casino at side of hotel is very good,a good night out.food okay but not brilliant,breakfast oksy but evening meal the portions are tiny,make sure you stock up on bread.would go to seefeld again but not sure about the hotel

Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
2  Thank homer123England
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Address: Bahnhofstrasse 124, Seefeld in Tirol 6100, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Seefeld in Tirol
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #17 of 59 Hotels in Seefeld in Tirol
Price Range: $161 - $497 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Karwendelhof 3.5*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
What can a holiday have in common with painting? Well, while a painter selects the most beautiful shades from any palette, trasnfers them artistically onto canvas and creates a colourful work of art, for that initial motivation it helps to have a tranquil to secape from all the stress of every day life. The hotel "Karwendelhof" is such a place. Over the years it served the Tyrolean artist Fritz Wilberger as both a retreat and a source of inspiration: you can even admire his works in Karwendelhof. Why not to follow his lead: leave the mundane behind and enjoy the stimulating atmosphere of Karwendelhof. Here you'll find new energy, you can work on your physique, refresh your inner spirit and revitalise your soul. Sincerely yours Family Albrecht & Karwendelhof-team ... more   less 
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