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Where To Stay In Alpbach, Austria: Jakober Gasthaus

Choosing where to stay in Alpbach, Austria was pretty simple. We knew we wanted to be as close to the center of the village as possible, and our accommodations needed to be fairly cheap since we’d be staying for four nights. The Jakober Gasthaus fit both of those requirements, and then some.

Where To Stay In Alpbach, Austria: Jakober Gasthaus

The Jakober Gasthaus is owned by the Larch family who run at least three restaurants, two inns, and a set of self-service apartments in Alpbach. When we arrived, we discovered that there had been some sort of mix-up with our booking and there was a 2-person room reserved for us instead of a 3-person, but this was quickly sorted out and we were moved to a room at Haus Kramer, an extension of the Jakober Gasthaus located just up the hill from the main guest house.

What they called a room was actually a suite. I have never stayed in a place with so much space! It was perfect! We stayed in room 7 which included a gigantic master bedroom for Cory and me, a large room with two single beds for Lexie, and an en suite bathroom – all in our own corner of the top floor in the guest house.

Where To Stay In Alpbach, Austria: Jakober Gasthaus

Where To Stay In Alpbach, Austria: Jakober Gasthaus

Where To Stay In Alpbach, Austria: Jakober Gasthaus

Where To Stay In Alpbach, Austria: Jakober Gasthaus

When we booked the Jakober Gasthaus, I hadn’t seen any pictures of what it looked like on the inside, so I tried to keep an open mind so I wouldn’t be disappointed. That was completely unnecessary – our room far exceeded my expectations. (Please pardon my pictures. We arrived at evening and I had no natural light to work with, so the color is a bit off!)

Natural wood beams and paneling gave our family suite a rustic, cabin-like feel. Furnishings were simple and there was little in the way of decor, but I appreciated that later as we ended up using every available surface in the room to place our ski gear on when we got back from skiing at the end of the day.

The master bedroom featured sizable wardrobes with enough space to store all of the clothing we brought with us, a sofa bed, a small table and chairs, a desk, and a television. (All channels in German, of course.) I smiled a little when I saw the separate beds pushed together, but that actually ended up being pretty nice – no one stole my covers during the night! The beds were comfortable and the fluffy duvet kept me nice and toasty.

Where To Stay In Alpbach, Austria: Jakober Gasthaus

Lexie’s room was smaller than the master, but still plenty large enough to easily sleep two people. She had her own desk and chair, as well as a television. Each bed had its own nightstand for extra storage. Besides the small, porthole-like window, there was also a skylight allowing extra light into the room. Lexie loved that – she’d never slept in a room with a window in the ceiling before!

Where To Stay In Alpbach, Austria: Jakober Gasthaus

Our bathroom was much larger than I expected – nothing fancy, but it was clean and that’s what I care about most. The whole suite was immaculately clean, actually. Besides small hand soaps, the Jakober Gasthaus doesn’t offer anything in the way of personal care products so you’ll definitely want to bring your own shampoo, body wash, etc from home. A major bonus for me – the water stayed warm even when we took long showers. (My dad always tells me I take such long showers that we have to start borrowing hot water from the neighbors!)

Where To Stay In Alpbach, Austria: Jakober Gasthaus

Where To Stay In Alpbach, Austria: Jakober Gasthaus

Where To Stay In Alpbach, Austria: Jakober Gasthaus

You want to know what my favorite part about our stay at the Jakober Gasthaus was, though? Apart from the spacious rooms, my favorite thing was by far the balcony. We had such a gorgeous view to admire every morning! We were lucky that it wasn’t too cold while we were in Alpbach, either. Otherwise I’d have been appreciating the view from inside!

Really, the only negative thing I can say about our stay was that it was a bit noisy. I’m a light sleeper and I could hear everything from both inside the hotel and outside. This normally wouldn’t be a big deal except that it seemed we often had people coming back late from night skiing as well as those getting up early to get out on the slopes at daybreak, so it was difficult to get a full night’s rest. Otherwise, I give the Jakober Gasthaus two thumbs up!

Perks of Staying at the Jakober Gasthaus

Free buffet breakfast at Messner’s every morning. Eggs, baked beans, sausages, cold meats and cheese, pastries, fruit, granola, and cereal. Everything was very tasty. Unlimited coffee as well.

Free WiFi. But don’t get too excited – the signal was awfully weak when we visited. My phone couldn’t even pick it up. Cory’s laptop was able to access it, but it was sometimes painfully slow.

Storage room for skis and boots. This kept us from having to lug everything upstairs after a long day skiing.

Proximity to ski bus stop. If you stay at the Jakober Gasthaus, you’ll be right next to where the ski bus stops to take skiers to the lifts. The bus comes by every 15 minutes.

Proximity to restaurants and shops. The Jakober Gasthaus is in the very center of the town, right next to the church. (You’ll be able to hear the bells chime from your room.)

The Alpbachtal Seenlandcard. When we arrived, we were given an Alpbachtal Seenlandcard that allowed us free admission to places in the area offering things like guided snow shoe walks, ice-skating, guided cross-country skiing, air rifle shooting, tobogganing, and ice curling. We were also able to get a price reduction on our ski equipment rentals which was really nice. Had we not spent most of our time skiing, I’m sure we would have made more use of this card. If you’ve got someone traveling with you who doesn’t intend on skiing, this would certainly be something to check into for alternative activities!

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Address: House Number 169, 6236 Alpbach

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Where To Stay In Alpbach, Austria: Jakober Gasthaus

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Dannielle @ Chicadeedee
    March 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    That card sounds like a cool idea, I think I’d be better at a snowshoe walk/cross country skiing than skiing on the mountains every day.

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    Adelina // Pack Me To
    March 5, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Okay, you’ve definitely convinced me to go here. This sounds like the perfect place to stay. I love the twin beds pushed together thing. It’s really common in Hungary too. And you’re right – no one gets their bedding stolen!

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    Stacie Stamper
    March 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    I might be able to walk in snowshoes, but skiing would just be crazy for me – zero coordination!

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    Carly @ Let Us Wanderlust
    March 5, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Wow this place looks lovely! I love snowboarding and Austria would be such a cool place to visit! Great to have a Hotel in mind for when we finally get over there!

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    Katrin
    March 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    This looks way better than the place I stayed at when I went skiing. :) Such a lovely place! I agree that I care most about the fact that a place is really clean. I do not need anything fancy. Just a clean room. :)

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    rorybore
    March 6, 2014 at 4:13 AM

    exactly what I would expect a rustic ski chalet to look like. love it. I am suddenly hating my over stuffed, over cramped home. I never thought sparseness would be so appealing to me.

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    Sammy @ Days Like This
    March 5, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    This place looks so great & so BIG! Nothing like a free buffet breakfast ;)

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      I know! Before we arrived, I was worried that we wouldn’t have any space to lay out our wet gear, etc. Yep…didn’t need to worry about that one bit. I’ve never stayed in a place that big. It felt like a house! A house where someone else cooks my breakfast….even better!

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    Jo
    March 6, 2014 at 5:47 AM

    Sounds like a place we could take the kids

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    Diana Bockus
    March 6, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    They really put a karate chop to those pillows! This looks like an awesome getaway and it’s really nice they had those extra options!

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    Natalie
    March 6, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Wow that looks like an awesome place to stay! I visited Austria when I was in high school but that was so long ago!

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    Emmymom
    March 14, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Sounds like a great place. I love how the single beds are along the wall how they are.

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    Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    March 18, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    So the next time Brent says he wants to go snowboarding I am going to tell him to take me to Austria. Perhaps I take Lake Tahoe for granted…but these slopes and lodges are just too dreamy!

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 19, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Do you snowboard or ski, too? You guys really do have a prime location in CA – both the beach and the mountains are close by! But I agree – I think you need to convince him that he needs to try out the slopes in the Alps. I bet it would be a totally new experience for him!

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        Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
        March 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        We just snowboard! We do count ourselves lucky where we live…hour to Tahoe…hour to San Francisco! Come visit! ;)

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