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.
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.
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.
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!
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!)
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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