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“No frills base for skiing, but not much else” 3 of 5 stars
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2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Bismarkstrasse 20, Bad Gastein 5640, Austria   |  
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Ranked #35 of 38 Hotels in Bad Gastein
Sussex
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“No frills base for skiing, but not much else”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2010

It's easy to be down this place, but it ws OK value considering I stayed there in high ski season. Bad Gastein itself is beautiful and well worth visiting. The ski resort is fantasic and Penion Laura (not prefixed with 'Sport' any longer) was a useful base.

Laura is a bit out of town, which provided for lovely views going to and fro, but could be a pain if carrying ski gear. I kept mine in the rental place in town, but would have had to use the bus each time if wanted to store my skis in the hotel. Bad Gastein is built around a valley, which contributes to its beauty, but means a lot of hill walking to get anywhere. If you're daunted by hills or have mobility problems you might want to stay in the centre of town.

I'm generally not fussy about where I stay, so long as the place is clean and the staff are friendly and helpful. Pension Laura is mixed. I can imagine many people thinking the place is rundown, but this didn't bother me greatly. It was clean, for the most part, but the kitchen is located right by the entrance and at the bottom of the main stairs. The staff leave the door open and are generally cooking fried food - the smell of which drifts around the whole place and gets into your clothes. I had a pizza in their restaurant, which was tasty, but had to change and shower again before going out as I smelled like a greasy-spoon cafe.

The proprietors do not speak English well, so you're on to a loser if the conversation becomes any more complicated than asking for food or fresh towels. They advertise that guests have use of the hotel's sauna and thermal bath, but they would not let me use the sauna unless I could recruit 2 other people to join me as they did not want to turn it on for less than 3 people.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Location
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 stars
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ireland
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2009

we stayed at the pension laura in late febuary on a ski trip,we paid for half board through our holidy company (direct ski . com) but never ate in the place all week because the food was so bad .the walkways through out the building are dirty and unkept. i would not recomend this pension to anybody .it just stinks

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Timisoara
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2009

The general impression about this pension is negative.
In room was very cold, the skilt are too small, and when we talk with the owner about this, he told as that in winter is cold and in summer is warm, and he didn't do anything to make as feel better.
The room was very dusy, with old furniture. From the entrance in the pension you can feel the smell from the kitchen, and believe me, it was a bad smell ( like smoke from burnt oil and more...)!!!! The kitchen haven't any ventilation system, only the door was permanently open; so the smell it was all over in the "restaurant" ( if y can say to that room a restaurant!!!!) and in all the rooms!
The breakfast could be more varied, we have only cheap salami, butter, jam, and juice, cofee (something like cofee) or tea.
The dinner was a combination of bad foods: the soup was semi-product ( not home made) and very salty, the main course was allways some meat with a sauce- only once was good, and the dessert was icecream, or fruit yogurt.
Finally, i would not recommended this pension to anybody.
The rest of the trip was very nice, the Bad Gastein city with all the around areas are beautifull. Don't hesitate to visit them!

Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Address: Bismarkstrasse 20, Bad Gastein 5640, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Salzburg Region > Bad Gastein
Amenities:
Restaurant Spa
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Ranked #35 of 38 Hotels in Bad Gastein
Hotel Class:2 star — Sportpension Laura 2*

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