Also in the category of plain but adequate is Ferdinand and Elisabeth Moigg's three-star Hotel-Garni Almhof.
Despite its central location (about 1/4 mile from the town center), the Almhof is peaceful and quiet. Every room has a balcony, a small bathroom with a shower (no tubs, but plenty of hot water) and toilet, plus a TV, radio, phone, and safe. Parking isn't a problem.
In our small corner room, which featured windows across the length of two sides, we awoke the first morning to a fantastic view of snow-capped peaks glistening in the sun and the Penken gondola starting its morning climb up the valley wall. At night, however, the lighting in both the main room and the bath was rather dim.
Still, if chatting with a cheery hostess in the morning while enjoying a traditional Austrian breakfast orange juice, coffee or tea, cold cuts, cheese, rolls, and jam gets your day off to a good start, then the Almhof is worth a visit.
Daily Rates: Singles 320 to 380 AS ($25-$30), doubles 640 to 760 AS ($50-$60)
Contact: Ferdinand and Elisabeth Moigg, Hotel-Garni Almhof, Laubichl 141, A-6290 Mayrhofen, tel +43 5285/29 32, fax 29 32 20
Rating: Quality 11/20, Value 15/20
The Elisabeth is the finest Mayrhofen has to offer and, though a stay here will put a serious dent in your wallet, the hotel and its staff will probably make it worth the expense. Mike Thaler, a son of the owners, has worked for the Ritz Carlton and other fine establishments all over the world and recently returned to share his experience with the town's only five-star hotel.
Every guestroom is decorated differently, but all feature wood paneled walls and ceilings, a balcony, mini-bar, satellite TV, and separate rooms for toilet and bath. Some doubles are bright and airy, others tend more toward dark and cozy. Most of the bathrooms are a bit small for a grand hotel, and even here, the lighting was disappointing.
Amenities abound at the Elisabeth. In particular, the fitness center is a destination in itself, with a large indoor pool, sauna, solarium, steam room, body styling, massage, beauty salon, and Jacuzzi. And its restaurants, Die Gute Stube, serving Austrian and international cuisine, and Mamma Mia, with pasta and pizza, are popular with locals and regular Mayrhofen visitors.
Daily Rates: Singles 1090 to 2250 AS ($85-$176), doubles 1980 to 4700 AS ($155-$367)
Rating: Quality 17/20, Value 13/20