Review: The InterAlpen-Hotel Tyrol, Telfs, Austria.
A management offsite took me to Telfs, Austria and to the InterAlpen Tyrol hotel. I would get the opportunity to spend two days in quiet and picturesque luxury in this alpine resort located high in the mountains of Austria.
Review: The InterAlpen – Hotel Tyrol, Telfs, Austria
“An Old World Alpine Lodge that Allows for Peace and Tranquility with World Class Views”
The InterAlpen – Hotel is a luxury premium 5-star superior hotel in the middle of the Tyrolean Alps and a member of “The Leading Hotels of the World”. It’s located at 1,300 meters elevation amid a bank of mountains and surrounds it visitors with a Tyrolean Alpine feel.
Booking the InterAlpen – Hotel Tyrol:
My employer hosted an off site event for us at this particular property as a manner to get many of the executives together. The property couldn’t have been in a more spectacular location.
My stay at the InterAlpen Tyrol was booked through the hotel event planner. As a premium luxury property, room rates were publicly available starting at 698€ ($715 USD) per night for a a Premium Double Room on a Half Board basis.
In terms of reward opportunities, the “Leading Hotels of the World” is part of the “Leaders” reward loyalty program. The Leaders Rewards program isn’t super exciting offering a few select pre-arrival upgrades, complimentary wi-fi and continental breakfast for two.
Despite being an upscale independent property, surprisingly the property is not part of the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts.
Getting to the InterAlpen – Hotel Tyrol:
I arrived to the InterAlpen – Hotel Tyrol by car, having driven from Munich, Germany earlier in the morning.
The hotel is located at 1,300 meters in the mountains of Austria. The hotel has a resort location well into the mountains, so it’s not easily within walking distance of many other features.
The road itself was a little twisty on the way up from Innsbruck, but not impossibly so.
Arriving to the hotel, the arrival garage is very impressive for a hotel, and was among one of the most luxurious garage features I’ve ever had the opportunity to experience.
The parking garage area also featured bike and ski lockers, which was a convenient place to store equipment. The ski valet area was closed for the season, as a result of my July visit.
As with most of the themes of the Inter – Alpen Hotel, the public areas of the hotel were tremendously opulent and luxurious.
Checking into the Inter Alpen Hotel Tyrol:
I proceeded up to the lobby level of the Inter Alpen Hotel for the check in process.
The lobby is a grand and opulent space that was beautiful by every stretch of the imagination. The lobby was styled similar to a mountain manor or luxurious chalet. A series of double staircases wrapped their way around the double level space.
The windows off the lobby fronted the alpine view of neighbouring mountains, making the lobby area a transition space for heading outside.
The upper floors of the lobby contained event and conference space. The area was widely spaced and had enough capacity for people to gather between sessions. The hotel was well set up for an event hotel and was fully self sufficient for a gathering of our group size which was approximately 150 participants.
Getting back to the check in process, on our arrival at 11 AM, not unexpectedly, our rooms were not available until the check in time of 3 PM. We were invited to visit the lobby for tea.
I ended up enjoying a short coffee while we waited for our room assignments and our colleagues to arrive.
The Room: A Deluxe Double Room
68 m² – Bedroom with a double bed mostly with second bedroom with one bed, dressing room, living area with tiled stove, bathroom with bathtub and separate shower.
While I was having coffee in the lobby, the reception brought over a whole handful of keys and distributed them. As I was checking in as part of an event, I wasn’t expecting and special treatment given that they were processing about 150 people within our group.
I wandered my way up to Room #224, which was physically on the third floor. The hotel, like all others in Europe, count the first floor about the ground floor as the first floor.
I let myself into the room. The decor of the room was very old world and designed in an Alpine Ski Lodge feel with matching decoration to match. The ambience felt older and old fashioned.
Immediately upon entering the room, you found yourself in a thin hallway. The hallway contained a bathroom on the left, and a dressing / compact sleeping area on the right. The hallway led into the main part of the room.
I was assigned a deluxe double room, which contained two doubles. The beds were spacious for a single business traveller. However, it would have been a little compact for two travellers sharing a double bed.
The beds themselves were comfortable. The beds offered the thicker European duvets that don’t wrinkle. The rooms at the hotel property were also quiet and absent of any background noise as a result of it’s wonderful location set in the alpine mountains.
The room led into a living room area, that was closest to the windows. The living room featured a couch, an occasional chair, a table and chairs, and a drawing desk with integrated flat screen television.
The couch itself was quite green. It was quite faded and older looking; certainly not the type of couch that I saw myself jumping into. As a result, I didn’t spend any time sitting there.
The balance of the living space featured a make up table and chair, along with a dinig area that was half booth, half chairs.
The dining area of the room had a fun European cow themed light, complete with alpine cow bell.
The room television was off set from the bedroom area. It was located above a small writing table.
The living area of the room was well equipped as a 5 star hotel should be. It featured a variety of glassware, along with a fully stocked mini bar that contained champagne, white wine and some soft drinks. There were no spirits located within the mini bar. However, there was certainly enough there to get you started.
Towards the front of the room, there were able storage areas for outdoor clothing. These storage spaces were integrated into the wall. It also contained the hotel’s in room safe.
Opposite the bathroom, there was also a small dressing area that could double for a child’s sleeping area.
The bathroom was large and spacious. It was well equipped with a bathtub and a stand up shower. In European style, the bathroom also featured a bidet.
The hotel room also featured white cloth terry ropes, something that I always appreciate while staying as female traveller.
The hotel is shaped in a hexagonal six sided shape. Most of the rooms at the property have great views. The room also offered room service and everything that could be expected from a five star hotel.
Room with a View:
The best part of the hotel room was the view from my deluxe double room. It looked out over the mountain range. There was a variety of weather systems passing through the adjacent mountain ranges which led to a variety of views throughout my two day stay.
The balcony featured a small sitting area for two. This allowed a view over the lower level hotel gardens.
The views ranged from completely cloudy and obscured to distant and welcoming.
Overall, the room itself was a little bit of a dated space consistent with the alpine resort feel of it. The best feature of the hotel room was the view of the surrounding mountains.
Around the Resort Property:
Outdoor Hotel Grounds:
Being set in the mountains, the Inter-Alpen Hotel Tyrol had some spectacular hotel grounds. Off the ground floor and lobby area, the hotel had expansive viewing opportunities of the local mountain ranges.
It was really impressive to see the changes in alpine weather, and impressive to see the different types of views that you have between each weather system.
On a lower level, the hotel offered an outdoor pool and lawn area. The pool made for a beautiful setting for a swim. Despite visiting in July, I didn’t find the area to be all to warm. As a result, I would consider the outdoor space to be an “alpine” swim.
Food and Beverage:
During our stay, which was part of an event, we had organized dinner prepared by the hotel. While we didn’t eat in the hotel’s Inter-Alpen Restaurant, the food was tasty and well prepared.
The Bottom Line: The Inter – Alpen Hotel Tyrol
The Inter – Alpen Hotel Tyrol was a traditional and classy hotel nestled in the alps. It was very peaceful and quiet with nothing around to distract you from relaxing. I found the rooms to be a bit on the dated side, while the views outside your window were world class.