I will be staying in Halstatt for two nights in late July and most places seem to want only full week reservations. I need a hotel that will rent two rooms for two nights, I would prefer a bed and breakfast but will consider anything!
Hi Donald, My husband and I stayed at the home of Alfred and Helga Lenz in Sept 2013. They have two very large rooms that overlook the lake. Breathtaking view, best in town although you do have to walk up to their home. Helga is a great host and makes a great breakfast for guests. I highly recommend a stay here is going to Halstatt.
"most places seem to want only full week reservations"
I find that really hard to believe since there is not anything in Hallstatt that takes a week to see. Most people recommend spending only one night in Hallstatt, although I did manage to spend two nights there in 2009.
I had kind of the same experience, but I thought it was just because I was single and they didn't want to rent their double rooms to just one person.
I finally found a place 1 km south of the town of Hallstatt in Lahn (at the end of the highway bypass and at the base of the incline that goes up to the salt mine). She has two double rooms, in case there are two of you. She also did not want to rent to a single, so she arranged for me to stay in the farm house of her mother-in-law across the street.
It was interesting. There were chickens running around in the front yard. The 80ish woman got up with the sun to milk the cow in the barn. The neighbors had sheep and a goat. The goat had a bell that only rang when the goat was eating. The bell rang from sun-up to dark.
But the room was large and clean, and breakfast was good. I speak enough German. The old lady doesn't speak any English, but apparently it's not a problem. The first morning there was an Asian couple in the breakfast room who didn't speak German; the second morning it was two Italian who didn't speak German, and somehow it worked.
From Lahn, it is a 1 km walk along the pedestrian walk to Hallstatt. There is a stop for the bus that goes around to Lahn, where you can catch the same train that goes through Hallstatt bahnhof.
This is the website for the 2 double rooms across the street.
Two hotels you could check are Gasthof Simony and the Seehotel Gruener Baum. Both are located right in the main part of town, and an easy walk from the boat dock (I assume you're arriving via rail and then boat?). Check their respective websites for prices and other details. Unless they've changed their policies, Gasthof Simony doesn't require a minimum stay.
Good luck and happy travels!
We stayed at Pension Sarstein for two nights in late August a few years ago. We had a lovely room with a balcony over the water. It was one of the best places we stayed in on a month-long European trip.
I have stayed at both Pensione Sarstine and Gasthof Simony. Three years I went back to Hallstatt. I tried to reserve at Sarstine first inJan/Feb and they would not take reservation that early for June. I tried about 6 weeks later but then they said they were full. Yes it is a great place. Then I finally got confirmation from Simony but it took awhile and I had to confirm by phone. Sarstine is nicer imo but aa longer walk - Simony is right by the boat dock.