Solid is the word for this pleasant hotel located on the main square in the very center of town across from the tourist office.

Separated by an arcaded courtyard, two circa-1694 Renaissance buildings originating as side-by-side inns now function appealingly as four-star lodgings in the heart of town. Floral-print draperies, crisp white curtains, white painted walls, and light wood ceilings brighten each of the 56 comfortable, spacious, individually furnished guest-rooms. All are come with cable TV, direct-dial phone, minibar and a sparkling, well-lit bathroom.

Warm-weather outdoor dining in the courtyard's Schanigarten is a delight. Indoor spaces include a stone-vaulted wine cellar, also the rustic Altwirt Stube and elegant Schubertstüberl.

Breakfast is downstairs in the café where you'll be joined by local farmers and shoppers dropping by for coffee or a morning snack. On good weather days, the scene moves outside to the courtyard.

The combination of comfort, location and price make the Mader our first choice in Steyr.

Daily Rates: Singles €80-90, doubles €128-148, half-board €20

Contact: Landhotel Mader A-4400 Steyr, Stadtplatz 36, tel. +43/7252/53358, fax 53358-6, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rating: Quality 15/20, Value 15/20