A reader from Munich insists that we include Hotel Schlair, his discovery, and we are delighted to agree with his enthusiastic report. Eric Kux, an American with a huge chuckle, is also an impressive chef, who trained in France and Italy. In the dining-room, which is restricted to house guests only, he serves 'Austrian dishes with a twist'. There is no set menu, since dishes are prepared from the best produce available each day in the market. If you do decide to eat out there are several decent restaurants in town, which serve typical Austrian fare.
The central location makes it an easy distance to most of Austria's cultural attractions: Vienna, Salzburg and Graz are easily reachable within an hour and a half. The hotel itself consists of two buildings. The Hotel Schlair, big and square, is in the newer part of Kremsmunster. Two minutes' walk away, up the hill near the former market place, is the quiet, 800-year old Zur Alte Muhle annexe. Breakfast is worth the walk: 'I can't name the many different kinds of bread that are served ... the sweet smell of coffee and sugar early in the morning is just fantastic.' Since the breads come from the bakery next door, run by Erik's brother-in-law, this really is a family business.
Although bedrooms are stylish, with the conveniences demanded by both tourists and business visitors, it is the Kux family's 'individual attention' that our reader remembers. A solo traveller, he 'never had the feeling of being ignored'.