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!
- 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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