Quietly situated on an auto-free pedestrian corridor, the recently renovated Hauser gets high marks for its central location, four-star comfort, and overall stylishness. The reception area adjoins a carpeted lounge featuring a wood-burning fireplace and shelves of books, along with Edi's Bar and its white piano. Modern art is plentiful throughout. Big double windows brighten each of 42 guestrooms; plain pine floors complement Philippe Starck-designed furnishings, textiles, and Euro-modern bathroom fixtures.

Guests can surf channels on a pair of flat-screen Samsung TVs—wall-mounted in both bedroom and bathroom. They also have access to a sun terrace as well as sauna and fitness amenities.

Daily Rates: Singles €79-99, doubles €106-126

Contact: Hotel Hauser, Bäckergasse 7, 4600 Wels, tel. +43/7242/45409, fax 45409 45, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

Rating: Quality 17/20, Value 17/20