Beautiful location, good transport links, train almost right on the door step, either going to Innsbruck or all the way to Munich and plenty of lovely stops in between. Reliable bus service to local area but in general the public transport is not that regular so you may need to plan carefully to make sure you are able to get return journeys at a time you may require.
The Hotel is comfortable, clean and tidy with a short stroll into Seefeld town which has lots of lovely coffee and cake shops, bars and ice cream parlours. Our room was available on arrival, which is always an added bonus when you have been up from 2 am, we did not have a balcony and looked out over the rear part of the hotel but the room was a reasonable size and lovely and quiet. We had sent an e mail requesting a quiet room but didn’t get a reply so not sure if this was just by luck or if our request had been taken into account. The bathroom was OK, not huge but large enough, however the shower over the bath did not have a shower curtain, not even one of those horrible plastic ones that try to cling to you when you shower. I was worried about the bathroom becoming more of a wet room so didn’t use the shower in the end. The water seemed to be lovely and warm at all times. The tap on the sink was either warm (to the left) or hot (to the right) but didn’t seem to get completely cold. Not a major problem, just an observation. There wasn’t any air conditioning in the room and it did get warm a couple of times but opening a window was enough to cool it down. We had the window open at night as there wasn’t any noise to bother about. The room had black out curtains and a reasonably sized safe deposit box, key was in the box and no one said anything about a charge. Beds were made up every day and we did ask for a twin and got the ‘Austrian Twin’, which for us was a large base with 2 sep. small beds on top. However the fitted sheet was a double so even though we had sep. duvets you couldn’t tuck them down between the mattresses, not a major issue for us travelling as a couple but could see how this may be a little bit too friendly for some people who actually want a proper sep. twin bed. The duvets were lovely and fluffy but the pillow was extremely floppy and I found I needed the small one underneath to make it seem like a ‘normal’ pillow. OK for us, but if you have neck problems this may be an issue. There was a TV in the room but only really showed news and sport in English, but who goes on hols to watch TV?
The Restaurant was a nice size with plenty of choice of where to sit, some of the tables were allocated for group guests but most of the couples just chose where they wanted to sit and mostly people seemed to pick a table for the duration of their stay, we did. The food was nice, breakfast was a choice of 3 cereals, yogs, fruit, pre prepared egg, bacon, sausage which was kept in a hot serving container and you just helped yourself buffet style, boiled eggs were available too. Also bread and you could make toast, with croissants and cake. I think enough choice to please most people, plus the ‘German’ type breakfast with cold meats/cheese. Everyone was offered a packed lunch every day which was usually ham roll, cheese roll, a piece of fruit and a cereal bar. No drinks we given but you usually were able to purchase drinks at a reasonable price from lots of locations. There were a couple of Spar supermarkets in the local area, plus another small supermarket so plenty of choice nearby. The evening meal was printed out every morning so you knew what to expect. There was always salad, soup, a main meat dish, plus usually a fish dish with a couple of veg/rice dishes with a couple of choices of pud. The coffee/tea and cake in the afternoon was a lovely touch too. Free drinks with dinner were available too, beer, red or white wine, soft drinks. Lovely. All the staff were very helpful and friendly and we didn’t have a problem with being understood. There was a nice indoor pool, which didn’t seem to get a lot of use, plus some other rooms attached. I think it was like a mini spa but I didn’t make any enquiries to find out what extra services were available. Plenty of sun loungers, chairs and tables dotted around in the garden which was nice.
There didn’t appear to be any ‘entertainment’ at the hotel in the evening but there were a couple of activities in Seefeld that Inghams organised. The reps were also lovely and friendly. I enjoyed the day trips and I thought they were very reasonably priced. We did the deepest lake/smallest village tour, plus another Merano trip which was in Italy (a fairly long but very pretty coach trip). We also got the Stams monastery trip free as we booked 2 trips. I think it would’ve been nice to do the Munich one too. But we wanted a day to go by ourselves to the Alpen Zoo in Innsbruck which was lovely. A small funicular type train trip up the ‘congress’ transfer and a few lovely hours spent looking around all for 11 Euros. Love animals and you got quite close to most of them. You had to have ‘your eye in’ to see some of them in the cages as they blended very well with the background. There was too much to do in the local area, we didn’t even get to go on the Rosshütte (seemed to be pronounced Rossitter - like Leonard the actor, but I like to call it the ‘Ross Shoot’) so would love to go back again to do more. Only saw the gorge walkway from the bus, loved the round trip on the bus via Leutasch and Sharnitz. Also loved the stroll around a nearby lake. So much we didn’t get a chance at.
So generally speaking I would say the Alpina is definitely not for the clubbing/night life culture. More of an adult type holiday, there were only 2 late teens when we stayed, would not think there would be a lot for small children to keep them occupied. I would go back to the area. I think you get what you pay for. I would recommend the area for the walking alone. Beautiful.
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