The local PR lady explained that she had chosen to book me in to Hotel Tennerhof as that is where Ian Fleming had stayed. I was flattered that she had recognised my James Bond-like qualities, and thanked her for so doing. She looked bemused: “I chose it because Mr Fleming was English – like you.”
The room Fleming allegedly stayed in – when the place was a private house rather than what it is now, a charming boutique five-star hotel – has been rendered much as it would have looked when he was there. But it now has mod cons such a flat-screen television. This room is near room eight so what do you think the number is? That’s right – nine! But open the outer door to the room and the inner one does at least have the 007 logo on it.
Hotel Tennerhof is a short walk – downhill going, uphill returning; there is little that is flat around here – into Kitzbuhel. This Tyrolean alpine medieval town – 90 kilometres to the east of Innsbruck – may be better known for skiing and walking, but is justifiably also growing a reputation as a golf resort. It has four golf courses, two of which, both nine-holers, are in the town itself.
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