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“Good location but the smell of cigarette smoke was overpowering”
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Hotel Gruberhof
Ranked #36 of 72 Hotels in Innsbruck
Reviewed 23 July 2016

I chose this hotel because of its location near the Patscherkofelbahnen and because most of the reviews I read on trip advisor were favorable. I booked directly via the hotel's website because they advertised that breakfast was included in the price. We stayed for 2 nights and did not spend much time in the room as we were sightseeing all day.

I booked a standard room (non-smoking) for 4 people with a mountain view. Upon arrival we were given a free upgrade to a "suite" (#303). I don't know why they upgraded us but we didn't question it! We arrived late and were tired and hungry so we ate at the hotel restaurant before inspecting the room. I ordered the dumplings plate which was delicious. However, the service in the restaurant was slow as the kitchen was apparently backed up. The server was friendly but seemed stressed. Also, we are accustomed to paying with our Visa or Mastercard but the restaurant prefered cash.

The room was big and had a nice view of the mountains, however it stank of cigarette smoke! Opening the windows helped but I really felt that I was inhaling smoke all night. I did not find the bed comfortable and woke up with a very sore back, however; my husband thought the bed was OK. The room was a bit run-down and the sofa-bed had large rips in it, maybe time to upgrade the furniture? The shower and toilet were in separate rooms from each other. This was a nice idea (making the toilet available if the shower was occupied,) however there was no sink in the toilet room! (In other words you couldn't wash your hands until the bathroom was free.) A bit of an oversight, but both the toilet and bath were clean. The free wifi worked problem free.

Breakfast was OK with yogurts, cereal, bread, cheese, sandwich meat and eggs. The juice came from a machine ("chemical juice" as we call it,) and the coffee was not good. I think that maybe the coffee machine needs to be cleaned.) The server only spoke German and did not appear to enjoy her job. However, she might have just been tired as she seemed to be on duty at the hotel from early morning to late evening throughout our stay.

The hotel stank of cigarette smoke and to my children's disappointment (but my relief!) swimming was forbidden in the "swimming pond" (swamp!) advertised on the hotel website.

To summerize, the room was large and the view was beautiful. The location was very good with walking distance to the Patscherkofelbahnen and a 9 min bus ride into Innsbruck. However, the overpowering cigarette smell put me off and I felt that the price (140€) was a bit high the room (even with the free upgrade.)

Room Tip: Room 303 was big and had a lovely view but stank of cigarette smoke.
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 June 2016

We stayed at the Hotel as we were taking part in a Taekwondo competition in Innsbruck itself which is a 10min drive down the hill.

The main reason we stayed there was price, we got a better deal including Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking by going direct to the hotel rather than using some well known websites.

The Hotel itself is in the traditional style and feels like it was built early 90's and hasn't had a whole lot done to it since. Not that its bad but it is a bit tired round the edges.
The rooms were clean if a bit worn and the staff were pleasant and helpful.

We ate in the hotel one night and the food was ok but if you are planning to eat there check out what time the kitchen shuts or you will end up walking down the hill to the village where there are some restaurant's and more hotels along with a cable car station.

Would we stay there again yes but the price has to be right for what you get.

Room Tip: Scenic views cost a few Euros more but are worth it.
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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 February 2016

This is our first visit to Innsbruck/Igls. We picked Gruberhof because of the location and price. We paid a bit more to get the mountain view. It was worth the price difference. The view is amazing. Our room is also in the new building. We walked by rooms in the main building where the reception and the restaurant is, the rooms look older and dated. Our room was very quiet, clean and comfortable. The restaurant was good, we had dinner there once. I believe the restaurant is non-smoking but you could definitely smell cigarettes there. I'm guessing it's coming from the bar area. So beware if you are sensitive about smoke. Hotel breakfast was great, lots of options (in terms of German/Austrian type breakfast). Hotel staff Gabi was very helpful when we were planning our trip. She recommended Wolfgang Platzer as ski/snowboard instructor as he has also rental shop (Snowsport Igls) walking distance from Gruberhof. Wolfgang was excellent teaching me, my husband and our 5 yr-old (first time skiers). We had a wonderful time skiing and look forward to going back.

Room Tip: They have a wide range of room types, the more expensive it is, the better the room.
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  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

Room 4, quite a cold experience in the winter, the door that is basically open does not help either...Late booking meant quite an expensive rate and the decision to include breakfast was not wise, when confronted with the poor choice. The location as said is nice but the hotel is clearly in need of serious upgrade.

Room Tip: Possibly ask for renovated room at lower floor
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  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled with family
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Gruberhof, Inhaber at Hotel Gruberhof, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2016

Dear Mr?,

Thank you for your review. All our rooms you can see via photo on our website before you book. As for your example you booked the cheapest possible room available and you also saw what the room will look like before you arrived. All our photos are 100% original and not photo shopped.
We also have superior rooms as shown on our website. Our breakfast is made fresh daily and we don't get any bad reviews for our breakfast.
Regarding your room door, we have checked all door in the building and all of them are in best order. If you would have said something during your stay, we could have solved the problem in the moment.
Thank you for staying with us and hope to see you in the future and leaving the hotel happily.
Yours sincerely,
Stephan Gruber

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Reviewed 19 January 2016 via mobile

Near the bus stop. Near the cable car. Kids ice skating nearby. Breakfast downstairs and a couple restaurants in town. Clean rooms. Mountain was right there. Made reservations online with a helpful front desk when needed. Great support staff for trains and buses.

Stayed: January 2016, travelled with friends
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Address: Heiligwasserweg 12, Innsbruck 6080, Austria
Region: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Innsbruck
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #36 of 72 Hotels in Innsbruck
Price Range: $98 - $410 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Gruberhof 3*
Number of rooms: 45
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