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Hotel Neuhaus

Just across from Mayrhofen's train station (which isn't visible from the hotel in the summer time), a busy receptionist and manager, Elisabeth Gredler, runs the four-star Hotel Neuhaus, making sure guests in its 150 rooms are well tended to.

The hotel actually consists of three connected buildings. The newest rooms were built in 1995 and they are considerably larger than the original ones. About 90 percent have balconies. Those facing south have the best view. Most also have a separate toilet and bath, and a bathtub rather than just a shower. Heated towel racks are standard, as are double sinks. And the lighting in both rooms and baths is excellent.

Between the high seasons and the Amway invasions, the Moigg family is trying frantically to renovate its older rooms. At Christmas last year, new carpet and curtains were put in the older rooms; the lobby and guest restaurant were also recently refurbished.

In the oldest part of the house are three small restaurants open to the public, each of which serves a different menu. Other guest amenities include an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi, a three-lane bowling alley, billiards and table tennis. Under construction in the basement is a new sauna. And the hotel is actually connected to the town cinema and another pub. Parking is available on the street or in the hotels garage.

Daily rates: Singles 720 to 1200 AS ($56-$94), doubles 1440 to 2400 AS ($113-$188)
Contact: Josef Moigg, Hotel Neuhaus, Marktplatz 202, A-6290 Mayrhofen, tel. +43/5285/67 03, fax 63 8 08
Rating: Quality 15/20, Value 11/20

Hotel Strass

Mayrhofen's Strass family reportedly owns half the block of Hauptstrasse next to the Penken gondola. Its Hotel Strass and Sport Hotel Strass are especially well-known among British tourists for a lively après ski scene. In addition, the family owns the Garni Strass and the romantic Villa Strass.

The decor in these establishments ranges from modest and unremarkable at the Sport Hotel to luxury rooms with hand painted authentic farm furniture and canopy beds in the Villa.

All rooms include a bath or shower, toilet, balcony, TV, safe, radio, and telephone.

Nonsmokers and vegetarians get special attention here: the hotel reserves a section of its dining room for nonsmokers and offers a vegetarian menu as one of three daily dinner choices.

For sports enthusiasts, the Strass offers two squash courts, an indoor swimming pool, table tennis, billiards, an arcade, solarium, and a hot tub with its own bar. Underground parking is available for an additional fee.

Daily Rates: Strass Hotel & Sport Hotel - singles 520 to 970 AS ($41-$76), doubles 1040 to 1940 AS ($81-$152); Villa Strass & Garni Strass - singles 410 to 860 AS ($32-$67), doubles 820 to 1720 AS ($64-$134)
Contact: Familie Roscher, Hotel Strass, Hauptstrasse 470, A-6290 Mayrhofen, tel +43 5285/6705-0, fax 63477
Rating: Quality 13/20, Value 12/20