Next to the Parish Church only a two-minute walk above the square is the friendly Schwechater Hof. With just seven rooms it is more restaurant than hotel. Nonetheless you'll get a warm welcome from the Pötzl family.

That short walk from the square will save you some money. Though the Schwechater Hof doesn't quite measure up to the Mader, it's close and the price difference for a double room is substantial.

The best room in the house is Number 12. It, like the other six rooms, has cable TV, direct dial phone and minibar.

Contact: Schwechaterhof, Sieringerstrasse 122, A-4400, Steyr, tel. +43/7252/53067, fax 5477054, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,, Family Pötzl, free parking.

Daily Rates: Rates from €26 per person, half board €13 per person.

Rating: Quality 9/20, Value 16/20.