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Igls: Hotel Batzenhausl

Igls, Tirol (above Innsbruck), Phone: 43.0512.386180
www.batzenhaeusl.at

Reviewed by: SL Jones from IL, review #1629

When: October 2006

This hotel is in an ideal location for Alpine hiking and also visits to Innsbruck. It offers a lot at a reasonable price.

This hotel was a wonderful value during our October stay. We were lucky to be there when we were, as it closes for their low season from mid October to early December. That is pretty normal for this area. We would love to stay in Igls, in any season - but especially in the summer, for the hiking. This hotel is, in itself, not memorable. But its location is amazing, and it is indeed comfortable. Request a room overlooking the mountain views.

First of all, the hotel is large but welcoming, with an exceptionally helpful and pleasant staff. Our room was huge & had everything we could wish for, including a nice bathroom. It came with panoramic mountain views through large windows and a small personal terrace. The cost was 80 euros a night, for both of us, including breakfast. This is a tremendous value. We were very off season (they closed right after we left).

To meet the needs of skiers and hikers, there is a new and nicely done fitness area - exercise equipment, sauna, whirlpool and steam room. This fitness area is spic and span, and brightly tiled. Very nice. There are still some rustic rooms from the original core of this hotel and they are authenticly Tyrolian. There is a library of books, a billiards table, and a big screen TV in common rooms. The décor is dated and a little dowdy, but that is typical of large hotels in this area. There is no bad wallpaper, nothing dusty or in bad taste, and it is attractive enough.

To understand the value of this place, you must understand what Igls offers. It is a traditional Austrian mountain village, which offers lots of winter sports opportunities. In the summer it is fabulous for hiking, as there are paved trails in every direction, stretching out over Alpine meadows. The village is surrounded by snow capped peaks and high Alpine meadows. Igls is especially easy to get to from south of Innsbruck, from the Brenner Pass and the autoroute – there is an exit from the north/south autoroute for Igls. The local tourist office will help plan walking circuits in the area.

What pushes it even more over the top, is the tram service. This charming electric tram goes up and down the mountain between Igls and Innsbruck. It stops at other villages, and at Ambras Castle. Hikers make extensive use of it, as there are trails everywhere. One particularly beautiful trail includes the castle and a memorable WWI cemetery. You can get off anywhere and walk. Because you can easily take the tram into Innsbruck, the city is easily available for museums, shops and gorgeous Baroque buildings. It’s nice to have a city available if the weather doesn’t permit enjoyment of the mountains. The tram runs on the hour from May till the end of October, and takes about 30 minutes. Even the stations are charming. The Igls station is just across the road from this hotel and you can even buy tickets at the desk here. The tram linking Igls to Innsbruck is #6. Once you get into Innsbruck, you can jump on the connecting #1 tram (same ticket, good for 24 hours) and it takes you to the center of the old city. This is all so convenient.

Down the street from this hotel is a wonderful traditional Austrian restaurant called the Agidihof. www.aegidihof.at The Batzenhausl has a restaurant but we didn’t try it.

I do not recommend the Schloss Hotel in Igls (part of the Relais and Chateau group). We stayed there for one night before finding the treasure featured here and found it less comfortable and appealing at almost 4 times the price.

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