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Where We Stayed: Innsbruck

Hilton Innsbruck

Normally we don't stay at Hiltons: in our experience, we find that we get a better deal and more things included at mid-range hotels. However, we found a great deal online that made the Hilton pretty competitive with the other centrally located hotels. And the location was great: the Hilton Innsbruck is about a 5-minute walk from the historic city center and is also walking distance from the main train station. We had no trouble getting around.

Inside, the Hilton looked much like other Hiltons in the US. It had conference facilities, a fitness center, and a pricey restaurant. The rooms were as big as those you'd find in a US hotel, with typical Hilton-like touches such as fancy toiletries and expensive mini-bar items that you hope your child does not touch.

We were pretty happy with our experience here. Our only complaint was that the Hilton did not provide blankets for their cribs. When we asked about this, they said that they were not allowed to provide blankets for them. Now, I am aware that blankets increase the risk of SIDS, but the guideline against using blankets in cribs applies only to infants under 12 months of age: my daughter is 2 and has government-issued identification to prove this. I can understand that the hotel doesn't want to give crib blankets to use with a baby, but it seems like there should be a way for toddlers to have blankets in their cribs if their parents have proof of age. My daughter insists on sleeping with a blanket, so we used extra bath towels as her blankets. Luckily, this made her content.

Air conditioning: yes
Bathroom: shower/tub combo. There was a small step down as you entered the bathroom, so we had to make sure our daughter--and we ourselves--were careful and didn't stumble as we went in.
Blow dryer: yes
Breakfast: included with the room. This was the place that had the most extensive spread, though I guess that's no surprise because it was the largest of the hotels. They had all the items that we had come to expect in a Central European breakfast: bread, cold cuts, cheese, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereal, and muesli. The mini chocolate croissants were my favorite! There were also a few items we hadn't seen elsewhere, like smoked salmon and stuffed tomatoes.
Crib: pack'n'play type
Elevator: yes
Internet: in-room Internet is available, but very expensive (about 30 Euro a day if we recall correctly). Instead, we had wireless service through our Innsbruck Cards. The Innsbruck Card includes admission to a variety of sights, free rides on buses and trams, and free wireless service. Prices are 29, 34, or 39 Euro per adult for a 24-, 48-, or 72-hour period, respectively; kids age 6-15 pay half price, and kids under 6 don't need a card because most attractions are free for them anyhow. We did some calculations and figured out that even just for the sightseeing we would come out ahead on using the cards, so getting them made sense. The Innsbruck Card wifi had some difficulties: we never got it to work on our phones, and sometimes we had trouble with the connection. Our guess is that many others choose the card's wifi over the one offered by their hotel, which means that the system can get overloaded. Still, these little annoyances were worth the money we saved on internet fees.
Nearest playground: Adolf-Pichler-Platz, a 5-7 minute walk if you cut through the Galeria on Maria-Theresien Strasse

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Recommend to childless friends: sure
Recommend to friends with young kids: yes, just get extra towels if your toddler wants sheets
Website (in English): http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/INNHIHI-Hilton-Innsbruck/index.do

Thanks for reading! I'll review some of the places where we ate in my next post.

Posted by amikulski 20:45 Archived in Austria Tagged children hotels

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