We had never really seen much of Austria, apart from sporadic weekend trips to Vienna and so we were quite happy when earlier this year we got the chance to spend some time to Innsbruck, Austria earlier this year to attend the Travel Bloggers United (TBU) conference. We knew the trip would be all the better when we were invited by Innsbruck’s nicest hotel The Penz to stay there throughout the conference.

While we got an idea from the website that this would be a super modern and stylish place to crash, little did we know that it would provide us with what could be the best breakfast we’ve ever had. After all, 5 months later we still sometimes talk about how nice it was to hang out in the sun, on the roof terrace of the glass palace that is the Penz. We’ve told you about a few breakfast wonderlands before, but this one takes the cake. The generous buffet served on the roof paired with a view of the Alps is close to unbeatable. Surrounded by palm trees and beduine-like decorations in the sun, the breakfast has an exotic feel to it (if we forget about the Alps for a minute).

Quite an oasis to start the day for any “hard working” Travelette. And if you’re as big a fan of breakfast as we are, you are in for a treat with the selection here. The Penz dishes up all the cheeses, cold cuts, eggs, bacon, croissants, baguettes, freshly squeezed juices, yogurts, salmon and a ton of other goodies you can dream of. Just their fruit selection alone is out of this world:

At night the roof terrace turns into an American bar where the friendly bartenders whip up delicious cocktails and drinks. Those who prefer a great whisky won’t suffer either. Some guests are dressed to impress, and other are more casual, but in any case you can’t go wrong with a pair of heels. Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, the bar is definitely worth a visit.

The rooms have a modern minimalist decor and feature a nice big comfy bed. As bloggers we were very pleased with the high-speed internet connection. The bathroom has glazed windows to give a great natural light and I particularly enjoyed its marble design and the bathtub.

But the Penz is not only the nicest hotel in town (not just according to us), it’s also the most centrally located. It’s just a few minutes walking distance to all of Innsbruck’s main shopping and pedestrian zones with the Rathaus Galerien, a big shopping centre, right next to it.

Whether you are looking to start your day in Innsbruck with a great breakfast, finish it with some nice cocktails or are looking to stay here all together, we highly recommend this place to anyone visiting this part of Austria.



Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.

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