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“Great family hotel with easy access for travelling”
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Hotel Plankenhof
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Pill
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 January 2014

Super welcome 'to our home' from Michl and his wife.
Rooms as expected for a family hotel, spotlessly clean, linen quite new.
Food excellent as was the service from his son, daughter and a few helpers, I was advised that most is prepared with fresh and local ingredients, and it all tasted like it. Plenty of variety for the buffet breakfast, including a delicious home-made jam alongside the usual portioned jams, pate, cheeses and nutella. Meats, cheeses and breads varied during the week so it wasn't a case of 'same old'.
Careful though of venturing into the basement, this is a part of Michl's business but seems more of a hobby - distilling Schnapps using local fruits - once down there you may end up with a rather extended visit as you taste the many different varieties.
Locality is very good for accessing this part of the Inn valley. 15 miles along the A12 motorway and you're in Innsbruck, but because of the usual city parking I used public transport - bus 4125 hourly from outside the post office (100 metres from the hotel) - just under an hour right into the centre of Innsbruck at the combined bus/tram/railway station €5.15 and well worth it as a sightseeing excursion. Same price for the train (half-hourly) which takes 20 minutes and is only 5 minutes walk away from the hotel.

Room Tip: Ask when you book, rooms at rear have valley and mountain views, but looking North so always in shad...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank GlynnOswestry
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Georgk405, Manager at Hotel Plankenhof, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2014

Thank you Glynn for your nice words!
On behalf of your Staff I would like to thank you for having us and would be great to see you once in a while again here in Tirol at the Hotel Plankenhof!
Kind regards

George Khuen

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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Parking is so easy at this hotel and it’s just moments to the reception door and a lovely welcome from Michael, your host. But before you get even that far, there must moments to spare and take in the view; the pretty shutter-painted windowed hotel against a mountainous backdrop of cloud-capped peaks and descending snow line into the dark-to-black high, pine forests; a most welcome and glorious vista to travel-weary passengers; a wonder to those who hadn’t been to Austria before, and a kind of ‘welcome back’ to those who return The magic has started before you reach the door!

This isn’t just Michael's hotel - it is, as he puts it, ‘his house’, which means his home as well as yours for the duration of your stay. There’s nothing corporate or flashy, it is just under-stated supreme efficiency, charm, and a traditional homeliness that wraps around you with an elegance of middle European grandeur, all condensed into a sumptuous, not over-done, haven away from it all. The reception hall to the bar ahead is strictly also the lounge area, and nothing has been spared on the quality of furniture, all beautifully carved, turned and upholstered. Tall stools line the bar under glass-bell lamp-shades, a softly inviting glow of chic. There’s a small lift to all floors, and from each floor, the landings of which are of baronial size and decorated equally, the grand stairway sweeps back down. The rooms are perfect, again, nothing corporate but all fitted with a well finished en-suite and tastefully suited furniture. The beds are so comfortable and are ... well, obviously expensive!

It would be rude not to spend some time at the bar with Michael, his son George or the Hungarian-born barman and waiter, Gary, but when able, George helps porter in luggage, and there is a great kindness in that alone in a hotel these days. Porterage is either one of those things you pay for or you don’t, but here it appears to be a part of the service, althouh I can’t guarantee that could be said for all arrivals. Who knows? So that’s all the men sorted out, and it means that Michael’s wife Maria can only be in the kitchen, producing with her team the most excellent food. Not only does she and the kitchen serve the most delicious homelike meals of an easy sophistication, but they manage to cater for the separate foibles, diets and tastes of all with such ease. Look out for the house-special aperitif, a delicious mix of white Austrian wine with elderflower cordial. Meals are served timely, table by table, with Gary even managing to take drink orders in between – an oiled system of competence which speaks of great care to detail. If there is one extra thing I can say about the excellent food enjoyed, they even served seconds! Where else but at home does that happen, and in its turn, again, how homely!

This is a very historic building and rooms go off everywhere, from oak-panelled and dark, cosy dining rooms to large windowed, modern, beamed-ceilinged rooms that can easily cater for 50, and then by drawing back a wall-curtain, seating for a further 100 at least! There is a schnapps bar in the cellar, which seems to be run on a franchise basis perhaps, and a schnapps museum around which your host offers schnapps tasting tours, as it is all made and sold in situ. I have never experienced anything as funny and ‘off-the-wall mad-cap’ enjoyment as this schnapps tour. Our host was clearly on form this evening, as the tour for 21 lasted an hour and three quarters! I doubt I will ever encounter the likes again. He was happy, we were more than happy, and well, ‘cheerio!’ but you needed to have been there to understand that. Again, if Michael’s house and home was our house and home, for the next few days, well, he was such a good friend to have there. His rules really are relax, be happy!

Breakfast was a buffet: hot and cold, of bacon, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, meats and cheeses, nice breads and rolls with packs of Alpine butter - simple, good food, beautifully presented - coffee in pots on all tables, a boiling hot water urn steaming away, and seamless service.

Opposite the hotel is an easy wooded walking trail towards Schwarz with return bus service. There is a local service shop for casual food shopping, and the train station is an easy walk, but perhaps not with suitcases.

So, elegance, sophistication, attention to detail, peace and calm, comfortable polished rooms of charm for ease and relaxation, what more could you ask of a hotel and what more could be offered? This is the place to stay. Enjoy life, but enjoy it more by staying here where Michael's home is also you home. Home from home!

Room Tip: Ask for a room that looks to the mountains.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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4  Thank GrahamTourGuide
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

spent easter in this family run hotel. lovely room with view of mountains.food delicious,staff very friendly and helpful.schapps experience fantastic!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 March 2010

Hotel is situated in old building but it is very comfortable. The staff is very helpful, breakfast very good.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Stayed: November 2017, travelled on business
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Address: Dorf 6, Pill, Schwaz 6136, Austria
Region: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Schwaz > Pill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Pill
Price Range: RM470 - RM487 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Plankenhof 4*
Number of rooms: 30
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