Behind the brightly colored stucco and dark shutters of this 16th century building is one of Innsbruck’s most charming retreats. Owned by the Ultsch family since the early 20th century, the Schwarzer Adler has become known for its accommodations as well as its cuisine. Each guest room is uniquely styled with an uncluttered aesthetic and period furnishings, along with oversize beds to sink into after a day on the slopes or exploring the old town.
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The Schwarzer Adler is located just outside the compact inner core of the old town, and is close to the Hofburg Imperial Palace. The nearby Congress Station is the starting point for the Zaha Hadid-designed Nordkettenbahnen cable railways, which zip up to the nearby mountaintops of the Nordkette range in less than 20 minutes.
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Rooms: 52 rooms, junior suites, and suites. Check-in: 4pm; check-out: 12pm. Dining options: Rich wood panels in three parlors add to the cozy vibe of the hotel’s restaurant. The menu is heavy on traditional Austrian cuisine, highlighted by seasonal Tyrolean dishes, such as Speckknödel (bread dumplings with bacon) or Kaspressknödel (flat cheese dumplings). For views of the old town and Nordkette mountains, ask for a table at the restaurant’s rooftop terrace. Spa and gym: The Crystal Sphere spa is complimentary to guests and includes a sauna, stream bath, and solarium. Massages can be booked in advance.
Who's it best for: Couples looking to experience the region’s rustic Tyrolean style. Our favorite rooms: The antique furniture, cozy fireplace, and wrought iron bed of the Kaiser Maximilian Suite bring out the hotel’s true Alpine charm. Dining secret: Check out the restaurant scene at Wiltener Platzl, located just a few blocks south, not far from the central train station.