What do you do if you are staying for 24 hours or less in Innsbruck and need a place to sleep that won’t cost the earth, but which isn’t a hostel either. Stuck? Well, you needn’t be, because I found the answer during my short stay: Basic Hotel: Innsbruck.
With rooms starting at 70 Euros a night, Basic Hotel: Innsbruck does what it says on the tin – well, and actually a little bit more. Most hotels around this price-point in a city are either located on the outskirts away from it all or, are centrally located but a little dingy and worn around the edges. Basic Hotel: Innsbruck bucks both of these trends. Located a hop, skip and a jump from the historic old town and with the River Inn just behind it, Basic Hotel: Innsbruck’s location couldn’t be better value for money if it tried – and if you are travelling to Innsbruck with MeinFernbus from Munich it gets even better, because it’s also only a short 10-15 minute walk from the bus stop, too.
The rooms fit the hotel name and are ‘basic’ in size, but they have a bright and modern style which makes up for the smaller space (thanks to their recent renovation). The contemporary look continues in the wet-room bathrooms, which do have some basic (excuse the continuing pun) all-in-one toiletries if you happen to be travelling without your own. Sadly I don’t have any pictures of the hotel this time except a shameless selfie – blame a late bus journey and crashing straight onto the comfy bed as the culprit. Although some rooms face the road, noise isn’t much of a problem, unless you sleep with the window open during summer in which case it could be troublesome. And, while on that point, it should be noted that the rooms don’t have air-conditioning (although the installation of ceiling fans planned for April 2016 means that the prospect of long, sweaty summer nights won’t be an issue here) The rooms also have another big plus point: cleanliness. Standards seem to be high at Basic Hotel: Innsbruck, the rooms and hotel surroundings appear to be spotless – something which should never be overlooked no matter what the price per night of the hotel.
Free wifi is available in the room for you to surf for sightseeing tips to your heart’s content – and although you may think this is to be expected of hotel stays nowadays, I can assure you that even some of the world’s top hotels still don’t offer this as standard.
Basic Hotel have also gone the extra mile to make things convenient for guests too, with an automated Check-In Terminal for late arrivals, to allow for flexibility. A nice added touch to the stay is the on-site bakery, so those that don’t want to search around for food on an empty stomach can pick up a light bite from there.
So, the verdict. Basic? Yes. But on location and price, for a short stay in Innsbruck as a solo traveller, it’s certainly hard to beat.