Welcome to ‘Jako’. That’s how the locals in Graz often refer to the lively Jakominiplatz, which is where you’ll find our affordable design hotel. Here, in the south of the city’s 1st district, you have great transport connections, yet you’re still only a short walk away from the main sights and some truly beautiful places. It’s a central hub that’s teeming with a diverse range of people. You won’t find a better spot to stay for a city break.
The many faces of Graz
The state capital of Styria is vibrant, charming, open and varied. Graz is not just renowned for its great food, but for all its sights and sounds. From art to culture to pumpkin seed oil: the beating heart of the city can be heard, seen and tasted as soon as you step foot outside our hotel. It’s barely a ten-minute walk to reach Graz’s old town, strolling along Herrengasse and taking in the magnificence of the Baroque features. On the way, you’ll also come across the Styrian Armoury, which was built between 1642 and 1647 and reflects the area’s history. Following ancient narrow cobblestone alleyways in the old town, you’ll pass architecture from different periods until you get to the legendary clock tower. You can also get the Schlossbergbahn funicular railway to whisk you up to this Graz landmark. From there, you’ll have a view of your next destination: Murinsel. Near the Kunsthaus art museum, enjoy delicious Austrian coffee or attend an event surrounded by the remarkable signature design of New Yorker Vito Acconci. Is that it? No, there’s more!
At this point, you’ll still be close to our hotel – only about a kilometre away. We recommend wandering through the urban green spaces of the picturesque city park to the University of Graz. Founded on 1 January 1585, it is the second-oldest university in Austria after the University of Vienna. From there, you can complete the loop by walking southwest to the Graz Burg. Construction on this started in 1438 on behalf of the later Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III. There’s plenty to see here, from the duck pond to the orangery and the mediaeval city gate. On the way back to the hotel, you’ll pass the striking opera house, where tradition and modernity merge. Right by this historic building is a Statue of Liberty made out of steel – originally designed by Hartmut Skerbisch for the ‘steirischer herbst’ art festival in 1992, it is now an established landmark in Graz.
Your Motel One in Graz
It’s great to see our turquoise design in Graz. As a design hotel, we fit in well here, considering that the second-largest city in Austria was named a City of Design by UNESCO in 2011. At our hotel, you can start your day with a wide range of breakfast options that include a great number of organic products, not to mention Fairtrade coffee, and bring it to a close in the One Lounge, at the bar or in your affordable, comfortable room, always with free wifi included. All of that while surrounded by our distinctive hotel design. Have you always wanted to visit or revisit Graz? Book a room now in our affordable hotel, experience top-level service and immerse yourself in the inspiring atmosphere.