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“Beautiful pre-Christmas break” 4 of 5 stars
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Ebner's Waldhof
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   Seestrasse 30, Fuschl am See 5330, Austria   |  
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Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Fuschl am See
Certificate of Excellence 2014
huddersfield, England
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11 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful pre-Christmas break”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

We booked a Gutl Villa room as a special treat and we're not disappointed! These rooms have a large living area, two bedrooms, two modern bathrooms and a balcony. The expensive room meant that we could dine in the better restaurant and have free parking. Our only complaint was that it wasn't cleaned on the second day. I'm sure it would have been if we had mentioned it, but we didn't.

We travelled with two children aged 6 and 9 and the facilities were wonderful for them. They loved the horses, children's club and swimming pools. Most of the clientele at this time of year are couples and older people and our (sometimes) difficult six year old did get a few hard stares at times which was a bit uncomfortable. The staff, however, could not be faulted and made every effort to accommodate them.

The food was lovely but we couldn't always get to the lunch and cake buffets because we were skiing or out on trips. Menus and daily activities were printed in English for us (a check by a native English speaker wouldn't go amiss but then they wouldn't be nearly as entertaining!) A small kids menu is available. We tried the main restaurant too and found the the food to be just as good. Our children preferred the ambience of the posh restaurant though and demanded the same table at every meal (spoilt brats? definitely!)

Entertainment in the hotel is very low key and aimed at the older more discerning customer (think musical recitals and jazz evenings). One recital started in the atrium outside the Gutl restaurant whilst we were having dinner and the musicians were placed in front of the the restaurant doors and on the landing outside our room door above. This meant that restaurant customers had to leave via the kitchen and we had to climb over instruments to get to our room. It didn't particularly bother us but I can imagine others would not be happy as these are the most expensive rooms. They need to redesign the stage set to face the other way next time I think, so that customers can leave through the normal doors and are not inconvenienced.

Speaking of entertainment, the village itself was almost deserted but we did take advantage of a very reasonably priced boat trip organised by the hotel and the lovely Christmas markets of St Wolfgang are only a short drive away. The Hintersee ski was closed while we were there and the 'Alm' next to the hotel suffered from lack of snow so we couldn't really use the ski facilities there (a great shame but can't be helped). We headed for Postalm and during the week had the slopes virtually to ourselves.

Our six year old cried when we had to leave and had to be carried out of the kids club (more hard stares from the clientele). Would we return? Absolutely - Ebner Waldorf brace yourselves!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Northamptonshire
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11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

It is difficult to write anything new because the hotel is timeless but does change which is how things should be. We were lucky to find this place many years ago when it was much smaller, but it has never lost it's friendliness or helpfulness over the years although it has certainly grown!

The Ebners are such lovely people and all of the staff seem to feed off that and are an extended family. We feel so much at home and so relaxed here - doing just as much as you want or not - its down to you.

Thank you all very much.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This is the most wonderful place, it had everything a pretty picky family group could want. And the food (quantity, quality and availability) was marvellous. All facilities terrific. Golf at The Alm lived up to billing, this is not a mere pitch and putt!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This was one of the nicest places I have stayed with regards to atmosphere and food. The service was friendly, the food fresh, inventive and delicious and you cannot beat the location. I loved swimming in the lake- cold and refreshing- and then heading to the pool to sit by the jets and warm up. They had litlle rowboats and kayaks you could use on the lake, which was an added bonus. We went to the spa and I had the best pedicure and facial I have ever had. My only suggestion is to update the rooms (weird to have a window from shower to rest of the room). We had a partial view of the lake, but you really could not see it. Close to Salzburg but far away from that maddening crowd. Took a day trip to Hallstatt which was lovely. Would highly recommend staying here for a true Austrian experience and hope to be back someday.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Good hotel for a vacation away from a big city. Fuschl is a small village -- a few hotels, 4-5 restaurants and that's about it, on a wonderful lake among scenic slopes, forests and fields.
The hotel is located near the lake, has its own small beach with several boats (wooden, with two oars), and plastic canoes which may be used free by hotel guests. The hotel has several swimming pools, including one reasonably sized open pool with warm water amid a very nice garden, and a sauna area open from 3pm to 7 pm (four saunas -- dark one where you can pour water on the rocks, one milder one with color lights, a steam and an infrared, in a naked area). There are also separate facilities in the SPA -- which offers good massages and other treatments. The hotel has a tennis court -- located up above the hotel in a nice forest with a walking/jogging trail. There is a golf course nearby.

We took an ordinary room with a lake view -- it was 30 m, quite large, suitable for two adults and one 5-year old, althought the reception claimed there was no space for the child, but the extra sofa in the room is comfortable to sleep even an adult. The room was nice. The hotel looks as if just renovated.

The food is good -- a reasonable choice for breakfast and a choice of 5 courses for dinner and two reastaurants to chose from. There are a couple of simple restaurants on the lake shore near the hotel to have lunch (but the menu there is not as good as the choice offered by the hotel for dinner).

If you are lucky with weather as we were in July, you can enjoy walking around amid fantastic scenery -- green hills, blue skies, the lake, enjoy the smells of countryside and good Austrian food, plus swim in the lake (water is from 18-21 Celcius). It is possible to rent bikes in the hotel.

In the evening the choice is to dine in the hotel and then enjoy a drink in the garden near the pool or when the weather is cool -- in the bars inside the hotel and then have a walk near the lake.
Mr. Ebner welcomes guests at breakfast, drives a horse cart during the day, plays some tunes at night, or helps take a few guests on a small boat on the lake.

Service in the hotel is very friendly, although sometimes a little slow (you might notice this in the first day or two, but then relax and enjoy the slow pace in this jem.

If you would like more action, you can take a taxi to a nearby larger lake and take a boat in a very scenic cruise to several slightly bigger towns.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We had a fantastic time at Ebner's Waldhof.
What we liked the most:
- spa treatments were high standard, it felt like the staff there was properly trained and really knew what they were doing.
- outdoor pool was not too busy and had the perfect temperature
- Service was really good & the staff was polite
- Traditional austrian atmosphere in the Gutel Restaurant

What we didn't like so much
- our Junior Suite was only half floorboards, the rest was carpet which feels outdated
- the whole complex is a bit disjoined and there is a lot of walking around between different parts of the hotel - some of the areas feel outdated and stuck in the 80s.

Overall we had a fantastic stay and will definitely come back

Room Tip: It's worth getting a view with a balcony, the lake-view is lovely.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swindon
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Everything about this hotel is special, but the crowning glory is the staff. Herr Ebner leads the team from the front, as my son and I were met at the airport by Herr Ebner himself, and were greeted by him most mornings at breakfast.
Nothing is too much trouble for the team, and they made us feel like we were the most important guests in the hotel.
We stayed over Christmas week and had a fantastic holiday together. With a large room, free wifi and fantastic food.
The only disappointment we had was that the Winter Alm snow facilities were not open, but this was the fault of the weather. I would add this as a note of caution for anyone going early winter season. The lack of this facility didn't "ruin" our holiday, but it was a disappointment for my son, who was looking forward to snow tubing.
Even with very little snow having fallen in the area, we were still able to get out skiing for two days (which we had not planned), and also took the postbus along to St Gilgen to go up the cable car there.
We took part in several of the activities which are arranged, and thoroughly enjoyed the spa and outdoor pool. There is something magical about sitting in an outdoor pool with snow on the ground around you!
We will definitely return to Austria, and definitely to this hotel.
The most special holiday I have had in a long time

Room Tip: We stayed in a mountain side room which was lovely. I can only imagine the view from the lake view...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Seestrasse 30, Fuschl am See 5330, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Salzburg Region > Fuschl am See
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Fuschl am See
#2 Luxury Hotel in Fuschl am See
#2 Romantic Hotel in Fuschl am See
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ebner's Waldhof 4.5*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The fabulous setting on Lake Fuschl, the proximity to the city of Salzburg and its famed festival, the largest private spa in the Salzkammergut region, and the outstanding cuisine all make the Waldhof well worth a stay – any season of the year. ... more   less 
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