Review – Grand Austria Hotel
A Dice Drafting, Action Selection game.
Title: Grand Austria Hotel
Year Published: 2015
Designer: Virginio Gigli, Simone Luciani
Publisher: Mayfair Games
Game Time: ~120 minutes
Set-up Time: ~5 minutes
Theme: 1800’s Austria
Mechanisms: Action Selection, Dice Rolling, Set Collection
How to win: Score the most points by serving guests, providing them with a room and pleasing the Emporer.
In the thick of the Viennese modern age, exquisite cafés are competing for customers. Inspiring artists, important politicians, and tourists from all over the world are populating Vienna and in need of a hotel room. This is your opportunity to turn your little café into a world famous hotel. Hire staff, fulfill the wishes of your guests, and gain the emperor’s favor. Only then will your café become the Grand Austria Hotel.
Set Up, Game Play & Game End
The most important thing here is down time. There is a LOT.
Now, it depends on who you play with and if they’re paying attention, if they plan ahead or if their table banter is distracting enough that time goes quicker. But, in a 4 player game, you go 1st and 8th and that can easily be 15+ minutes between taking your two actions.
The game itself is really fun though.
You’ll be gathering food and drink, dishing them out, preparing rooms and moving guests into them which all makes thematic sense.
It’s all done with the dice which is a really neat mechanism.
The fact that you not only choose your action, but the power of that action is determined by the number of dice there is very cool. It provides an unbalance that you have to deal with giving you plenty to think about.
You also need to think about the Emporer, the penalty can be brutal.
Passing is also very tactical, skip your turn so you can reroll the dice and cross your fingers 🙂
Overall it’s really good and even though you only take 14 ‘proper’ actions throughout the game, it feels like a lot more.
A very nice game, depending on who you play with 😉
I give it 7/10