The Salzburgerhof is a genuine five star hotel with exceptionally well trained and helpful staff, most of whom speak good English. The decor is traditional Austrian and perhaps slightly on the austere side - which is the way Austrians and Germans seem to like it. The gardens are quite wonderful in summer and include a natural swimming pool (ie a pool built to look like a natural lake - it's very authentic). The are two other swimming pools - indoor and outdoor, the outdoor one has swimming jets for training. There is an amazing spa area with a gym, sauna (which is outside in an authentic sauna hut with an outside shower), tons of relax beds, water beds and rocker beds, many different types of steam and hot rooms, two jacuzzis and various massage and body treatments. There is even a sauna meister who gives lessons in how to use the saunas as well as running various fitness classes. There is an indoor golf range. The hotel has a fleet of bikes that are free to rent, one of which is electric assisted. The food here is very good, the Stübe restaurant gets 16 points in the Gault Millau guide which would be about 1 Michelin star but this restaurant wasn't open during our stay - I think it operates in the ski season only. The food in the main dining room is still very good and there is a decent wine list dominated by Austrian wines. The hotel is right in the centre of Zell, so very convenient and has car parking. However, Zell is quite a noisy town, the rail line runs across the lake shore only a few yards from the hotel and is busy most of the night with freight trains, the dustcarts come around every morning at 5.30 and delivery lorries seem to need to do a lot of reversing. At 6.30 the postman comes with his cart and the church bells start at 7.00. None of this matters if you have your double glazed windows closed but in a hot summer and with no air con in the bedrooms you will probably have them open.the solution is to avoid the rooms with a lake view and go instead for a garden view room which will be away from the noise and cheaper to boot. Although the lake view is hypnotic, the garden is very lovely too.
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- Salzburgerhof Hotel Zell Am See
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