This is a really good hotel, very recently renovated. We had asked for a quiet room on principle, but were offered a front room which was much bigger. Mariazell and the street in which the hotel is found are very quiet, and the rooms are all double glazed. The room was quite magnificently spacious, with a proper double (king-size) mattress and the usual separate duvets. The furniture was all new in a traditional mahoganyish style, including a bombé front wardobe. There were nice plush-velvet sitting chairs and damask curtains. The rooms were nicely lit with illuminated coving on the ceiling. The bathroom was one of the best I have come across, with a proper high fixed shower rose as well as a separate hand-held washing rose. The quality of the renovation was extremely high. Breakfast was OK. Tourism in Mariazell is concentrated at weekends, so mid-week things are very quiet. The main sight in Mariazell is the pilgrimage church. This is a serious cult site, and unfriendly to tourists (no photos in the church). The main feature is the silver shrine to the Virgin, the focus of the cult. The church is gothic with heavy seventeenth century stuccoes overpowering not very good frescoes. There are some very interesting votive paintings in the Kunstkammer going back to the eighteenth century, admission to which gets you into the galleries along the side, which is worth it for the view into the church. No photos again: as the attendant said, the votive images belong to the Virgin Mary, who, as we know, dislikes photography. There are two baroque towers flanking the gothic centre section. Just outside the church are dozens of stalls selling religious items. The town is mostly hotels.
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