A few minutes’ walk from Innsbruck Altstadt, this design-minded hotel with an urban-cool vibe has plenty to offer, not least one-of-a-kind rooms revealing a razor-sharp eye for detail, fabulous breakfasts, a basement gym and spa, and a hidden oasis of a walled garden.
- Kerry Walker, Travel writer
Tucked down a quiet street on the fringes of Innsbruck’s Altstadt, NALA is a couple of minutes’ walk from the Triumphpforte triumphal arch. It’s handily located for the main railway station, a 10-minute walk away, where buses run frequently to the airport. The big-hitter sights like the Goldenes Dachl, a Gothic oriel shimmering with gilded tiles, and the Hofburg imperial palace, are all handily located within a 15-minute walk. For hiking, skiing and year-round staggering views, take the Nordkettebahn up to the peak of Hafelekar.
Style & character
NALA truly merits the term ‘design hotel’. A lot of thought and attention to detail, texture and colour has gone into the bright, stylish, highly original interiors, which have totally overhauled the original 1950s structure. Architects and designers have pooled their creativity to come up with playful, space-maximising spaces, which show off decadent touches in tiles, eye-catching lighting and a curious (but successful) mix of the old and the ultra-contemporary – an ibex head here, a modern chandelier and vintage sofa there.
Service & facilities
The mood is very easy-going, geared towards savvy city-breakers that prize individualism over conformity. You’ll find chillout/work spaces, with free water and fruit on different floors, and, in the basement, a well-equipped gym and small spa with relaxation area and sauna. Hemmed in by ivy-draped walls and lantern lit after dark, the garden is decked out with boldly coloured, egg-shaped chairs overlooking a fountain trickling into a rectangular pond. It’s a relaxed spot for a drink or cracking open the spine on a novel. For the best views of the Alps, head up to the roof terrace.
- Fitness centre
Each of the contemporary rooms is different, but what they all have in common is a large mural of the namesake Nala, a primordial mother figure. Designs swing from the open-plan Mosaic, with Arabic-style mosaic tiles, dark parquet flooring, pops of bright colour and Eames-style rocking chair, to minimalist monochrome Zen, and bright white Snow White, with its mountain-facing balcony. Many of the beautifully tiled bathrooms come with walk-in showers. And there are nice luxe touches in all the rooms: from Nespresso machines to carafes of fresh mountain water and natural-based, lusciously scented MALIN+GOETZ products.
Food & drink
The day gets off to a cracking start with one of the best breakfast buffets in town: eggs, salmon, cakes, pastries, strudel and delicious-looking breads, regional cheeses and hams, antipasti, a muesli bar – you name it. When the weather’s fine, you can sit in the garden. This is also a great spot for an apéritif before dinner. The menu makes best use of regional and seasonal ingredients in dishes from wild garlic soup with quail egg to goulash with buckwheat risotto and strawberry tiramisu. Salads, sandwiches and other light bites are also available.
Value for money
Double rooms from €100 (£86) in low season; and from €139 (£153) in high. Breakfast from €20 (£18). Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
The three Nightingale rooms are adapted.
Yes. The hotel has baby monitors, interconnecting rooms and suites big enough to accommodate families. Cots for children aged up to three are free, and extra beds are also available.