My wife and I, together with our 10 year old son stayed at the Hotel Sonne from 9th-16th March 2013.
We read the reviews on trip advisor before we booked and were happy to go ahead as virtually all of the reviews were full of praise. We were a little sceptical as surely all of the reviews couldn't be this good!
I can safely say that the only people that got the reviews wrong were those that didn't give this hotel 5/5!
We have stayed at many hotels in Austria and throughout Europe, including many 4 and 5 star, and we have never stayed at a hotel where the staff have been more friendly and helpful. They were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and couldn't do enough for you, and all with a warm smile. The owners regularly engaged in friendly conversation with guests during the evenings, making everyone feel so welcome.
The hotel was impeccable, with everywhere being well maintained and spotlessly clean. The bar and lounge areas were warm and comfortable with completely separate smoking area, the restaurant spacious and well laid out and the spa was relaxing with numerous facilities and treatments on offer. We enjoyed lovely massages, including with honey and hot stones! There's a pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna, relaxation room all available for the whole family, as well as a 'naked' area for adults only! There are even free to use iPads available!
As well as the spa, there was plenty on offer for the kids with playroom for youngsters and wii and pool room for the slightly older ones.
The ski room had individual lockers with boot warmers.
Although, not central, the hotel is only a lovely 10 minute walk into the village centre with its ample facilities, bars and restaurants. The ski buses stop directly outside the hotel and run every few minutes into Saalbach and Hinterglemm giving easy access to the enormous, modern and well linked ski area. Plenty on offer for all abilities both on and off piste. HOWEVER, there is no walking or ski buses necessary! The hotel runs shuttle buses to and from any lift you like both in the morning and afternoon. Even if you fancy only half a day skiing, or a trip to the floodlit pistes just arrange with reception or give them a call and they will pick you up!
Our room was a spacious and modern, yet traditional double with superb ensuite facilities, large balcony and every other comfort you would expect from a quality hotel.
The food was magnificent. The choice at breakfast was unbelievable from salmon to cornflakes and honey fresh on the comb to bacon and eggs cooked to order, omelettes, poached, fried.... And absolutely every breakfast combination I can think of! There were plenty of après ski snacks and cakes, well more another buffet really with the selection! The 5 or 6 course evening meals were varied and delicious with choices of main course including vegetarian and options for kids.
All in all, it is virtually impossible to find fault with this hotel. You couldn't wish to find a better hotel for your ski holiday. We have only been back a day but are already trying to rebook for next year.
Book the hotel Sonne you will really find it hard to find anywhere better!