This small-scale, three-star pension provides a calm retreat just a few minutes walk from the medieval town center. The rustic dining area (where tasty Styrian standards are dished up) is awash with ephemera evoking Styrian rural charm. Guests share space with antique stoves, garden gnomes, cut flowers, rows of dried corn and other knick-knacks, none of which would look out of place in an Austrian farm house. This personal attention to detail very much reflects the welcome offered by the manager Birgit Sommer.

Out front are tables where guests can relax amid chalked menus, potted plants and sun canopies. The building is set back from Lendplatz, and features window boxes and green wooden shutters.

The quaint clutter of the restaurant/bar area does not really extend to the 14 bedrooms. These are rather more modern and functional in feel, yet retain the odd homey touch. Rooms vary in size, though all have white walls, satellite TV and en suite shower and toilet. Room 13 has wood beams on the ceiling, and like the other rooms facing Lendplatz, a fine view of the hilltop clock tower.

Daily Rates: Double rooms from about €80

Contact: Gasthof-Pension zur Steirerstubn Lendplatz 8, Graz A-8020, tel & fax +43/0316/71 68 55, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rating: Quality 13/20, Value 15/20