We only had one night on our Austria trip in Innsbruck, so when we were choosing where to stay, we looked for a hotel as close as possible to all the sights we wanted to see while we were there. We found Hotel Maximilian in the Old Town area of Innsbruck, and after seeing that we’d be able to walk everywhere we wanted to go from the hotel, we booked right away. We spent just a little more than usual on our room, but since we were only staying the one night, we felt we could justify a little extra expense.
The Hotel Maximilian is owned by Johann and Isolde Penz and named after Emperor Maximilian I, a very important figure in Innsbruck’s history. We would be seeing and hearing a lot about him during our short stay in the city since it seems he had a hand in many of Innsbruck’s major sights, like the Goldenes Dachl, the Hofkirche, and the Hofburg Imperial Palace.
When we arrived at Hotel Maximilian, we realized there had once again been a mix-up with our reservation. We used the same booking website for both of our hotels in Austria and neither time did it register that we’d be traveling with a child and would need an extra bed. Even though the hotel was completely booked and we wouldn’t be able to switch to a larger room, the staff at Hotel Maximilian kindly removed a bedside table from our double room to allow space to bring in a small cot. I was very grateful for their kindness and hospitality in dealing with the issue!
Our Room at Hotel Maximilian
We stayed in room 403 which was not large by any means, but even with the addition of the extra bed, we never felt cramped. We had a very bright, clean space to stay in – I particularly liked the parquet floors since carpeting in hotel rooms isn’t always the cleanest. We had a large, super comfortable double bed with separate duvets. (This was a new experience for me in Austria and I really think it’s a genius idea!)
Our bathroom was en suite and separated from the main room by clear glass doors with translucent privacy panels. While they did make us feel a little exposed (anyone else like their toilet time to be completely private?), it also made the room feel larger to not have that space completely enclosed. Hotel Maximilian also provided all of the standard toiletries you’d expect from a hotel – shampoo, conditioner, body soap, etc.
After spending three days skiing and one day exploring Innsbruck (the Hotel Maximilian really was perfectly situated for sight-seeing!), we were exhausted and decided to turn in early after dinner. I cozied up under my giant duvet and had one heck of a good night’s sleep. I didn’t hear a single other occupant the entire night. I was kind of sad to leave – even my own flat isn’t that well sound-proofed! Plus, I don’t get to see a glimpse of the mountains when I open my shades at home, either!
Things to Know
Rooms at the Hotel Maximilian come with free WiFi and satellite TV. A buffet breakfast is supplied in the morning, but it’s an extra €11 a person. After already spending a little more on the room than we were used to, we chose instead to have our breakfast at a bakery down the street and spent less than €10 total for all three of us.
The hotel is only a short distance from the airport. There is a bus that stops near the hotel that will take you to the airport, or a short, 10-minute taxi ride will get you there for €10-12. After such a short, pleasant stay, I really don’t have a single complaint about our experience. I’d highly recommend the Hotel Maximilian to anyone traveling to or through Innsbruck!
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