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.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Hotwire, Booking.com, Priceline, Travelocity, Orbitz, TripOnline SA, Cheap Tickets, Cancelon and Evoline ltd so you can book your Hotel Karwendelhof reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.