The hotel is charming and well maintained. It was clean. The room we had was very, very large--too big, in fact. We didn't know what to do with all the space. And oddly enough, the bathroom was sooo small, that it just made the room more obviously too big. Small bathrooms don't usually bother me; it was just strange that two people could not stand in the bathroom and the toilet area was very cramped, when you had such an enormous room. The beds were horrible. They were worn out--hard, but worn so that there wasn't any support and you could feel a lot of sagging. A refrigerator would have been nice in a room so large.
The staff was friendly. The gentleman that I assumed was the owner was not nearly as friendly as the staff in the restaurant and at breakfast, but he seemed very rushed and busy.
The hotel room was noisy. There is no a.c. so we had the windows open and it was impossible to sleep in, as the church bells rang extremely loud and the traffic was non-stop. I am sure the traffic had to do with the busy season, but is something to keep in mind. You are right in the middle of a main square and you hear all the traffic. The church bells seem like they would be a nice wake-up call, but...not so much for us in the end.
Good location for the area, would not return ourselves, but would recommend the hotel to a friend that really wanted to go to St. Gilgen.
I should mention that we were not that taken with St. Gilgen in general--I think it had to do with the time of the year. It was in August, during a high season, and it was sooo busy with tourists and day-trippers that it felt hollow and "staged." It felt packed all the time and lost the quaint feeling we were hoping for. I would prefer a smaller town or something a bit off the grid next time, as it was so busy that there were no spaces to lay out at the public swimming area--defeats the point of a "lakeside retreat." Not a fault of the hotel, just a quick mention regarding the area.
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