We stayed at Haus Andreas over Christmas on a Crystal ski package primarily for snowboarding.
First impressions were very good, Andreas welcomed us personally, and he was very friendly and gave us all the information we needed. He also has a great sense of humor and when he accidentally ‘married’ us on the booking in forms which we all had a good laugh about.
The Haus is typical Austrian style and functional, remember this is a guest house not a hotel, so there are no facilities other than dinning room/bar on the lower floor and a nice little room to use for reading, chatting and playing games next to reception. For us this is perfectly fine and is normal in a guest house in Austria.
Haus Andreas is just down a little lane directly off the main street in Alpbach and is perfect for access to all that the village has to offer. An extra bonus is that ski bus and Postbus stops no more than a minutes walk away, with the trip to the closest gondola no more than 10 minutes. InnerAlpbach is slightly further and I think is served by fewer buses.
The main house is down a slight hill so they have put the boot room in a second property they own (I think also you can stay there) that backs off the main road. If you’re a skier this must be a god send, I suspect, as it means to don’t have to wall up the hill in your boots.
Our room was slightly smaller than I would have expected but they still managed to squeeze in a seating area and we did have a balcony, mind you being on the village side of the house most of the view was of the house right next door. None of this was a problem as we were there to snowboard not sit in the room. The room was clean and the beds were remade everyday but don’t expect new towels or sheets during the week. This is typical practice in all Austrian Guest houses and adds to their eco credentials. I am sure that if you really needed them changed that there would be no problem.
The bathroom was quite small too but the shower was hot and powerful, you need to take turns in there though.. the bathroom I mean not the shower. It served its purpose well enough. If I had to have a grumble it would be to say that for me the towels were slight small and coming near to their end, so new fluffy bigger towels would have been great, my partner had no issue.. she is a lot smaller than me..
The dining/breakfast room has a good panoramic view of the other side of the valley and I think has recently been refurbished and although we never did I am sure you could sit there and have a few drinks after dinner.
Breakfast was standard Austrian bread, meat & cheese, with all the cereals you could want and ‘bacon’ and scrambled eggs. Coffee was good and strong and a fair size pot that gave 6 cups in total. Very important!!
Now, I have to say that having been to Austria a number of times we were expecting the food to be ok and of average portion size. Well I must say that this is where Haus Andreas excels. All the food we had was very good and portion size was more than you would normally get, every day we left the dinning room very happy and stuffed!! If we were to have one very minor complaint it would be that the choices invariably included something to please the English, I think we would have preferred everything to be typically Austrian but we do understand why they would do this, as most of the guests were English after all.
There is no fixed start time to dinner like a lot of guest houses and the food is cooked fresh when you go down to dinner.
Slightly unusually you have to choose your main courses for the whole stay on that first day. Again this is not really a problem for us.
Overall we enjoyed our stay here.
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