Seen head-on from broad Kaiser-Josef Platz, the century-old four-story "Griffin" looks timeworn and undeserving of its four-star ranking. Looks are deceiving in this case, for interiors reveal sedate Old World panache. Each of the 78 refurbished guestrooms meets contemporary travelers' demands with anti-allergenic mattresses, speedy Internet hookup, telephone, TV, minibar, and espresso-maker. Downstairs lounge and restaurant tend toward outdated stuffiness, although the staff is perky and attentive. The Greif's supersized grand ballroom turns into a Theatersaal for full-scale operatic productions during the city's annual Richard Wagner Festival.

Daily Rates: Singles €59-85, doubles €83-125

Contact: Hotel Greif, Kaiser-Josef-Platz 50-51, 4600 Wels, tel. +43/7242/45361/0, fax 44629, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., greif-hotel.at/

Rating: Quality 11/20, Value 14/20