My husband and I spent a week here with our 2 boys (11 and 7) in August 2012, which was booked through Crystal.
The hotel was outstanding in all areas. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The food was great: A huge choice at breakfast, with the option to make a packed lunch to take out. We did this everyday, however you could have a light lunch at the hotel instead if you were around over lunch time. There was complimentary coffee and delicious cake every afternoon, although we were only around a couple of times to have it, Evening meals were brilliant too, in particular the Pinzgau farmers evening and BBQ night were delicious. Every evening there was also a huge salad buffet. Our 2 boys can be a bit picky at times, and on a couple of occasions when they didn't really fancy anything from the salad or the menu our waiter Thomas brought them some chips...They loved him after that!
Our room, 203 had a pretty,balcony complete with cascading flowers, overlooking the pool and the Schmittenhoehe mountain beyond. Stunning!
The hotel has a large selection of bikes (adult and chil sizes) which you can hire from them for free-along with cycle helmets too. On the Sunday,as everthing was closed we borrowed 4 bikes and cycled around the lake. A great day out which cost us absolutely nothing!
Location wise the hotel is spot on. Ideally placed for some pleasant walks with breathtaking scenery at every turn. It is a 10 minute stroll to the centre of Zell and coming back it's all uphill, but not too steep!!!
Well worth a visit are the waterfalls at Krimml, but I would suggest you get on the train at Zell, like we did, and make your own way there rather than going on the Crystal tour. You'll save a fortune doing it this way and can spend as much time there as you like.
Salzburg is also a must- a fabulous city and a trip to the Grossglockner (highest mountain in Austria) shouldn't be missed either! Instead of doing the Crystal trip we booked our trip through the hotel with a local company, again this was cheaper than the Crystal trip but took you to the exact same place!
Watch out for the news sheet that you get everyday at breakfast. I thought that was a lovely little extra. It contained info about trips and activities (which is where we found out about the Grossglockner excursion), weather forecasts, menus and all the treatments on offer at the hotel.
We don't usually go back to the same place more than once as there is such a big world out there to explore. However, If there was ever a place which we were likely to return to then this is it! I cannot recomment this hotel highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lots of room for lots of vacationAt Hotel Stadt Wien in Zell am See, you will experience nature up close. Both inside and outside the hotel. Enjoy the Salzburg-style hospitality. Uncomplicated, sincere and relaxed.Step inside and feel completely at home from the moment you arrive. Our openness, natural charm and attentive service greet you right there at the reception and accompany you for the rest of your vacation. Natural materials, colors and forms radiate an atmosphere of warmth and seclusion throughout the hotel.The 57 rooms and suites are beautiful furnished for an utterly comfortable stay. Room categories "Zur Ruhe" and "Zum Frohsinn" are suitable for allergy sufferers and feature solid-wood furniture. Discover renewed sources of peace and strength in the Vitality Oasis of Hotel Stadt Wien. An open-air pool provides wonderful refreshment both summer and winter. In contrast, the sauna area will quickly have you working up a true sweat. And when you are ready for total relaxation, our masseuses Anna-Maria and Victoria will be right there at your side.Of course, any relaxing vacation also includes delicious things to eat and drink. These are skillfully conjured up on your plate by head chef Hans and his team. Meals include a nutritious breakfast, afternoon snacks along with a 5-course dinner menu. Aside from self-baked bread and home-cured bacon, cooking here always emphasizes use of regional products. We completely reject the use of any flavor enhancers or ready-made products.Amenities at Hotel Stadt Wien 57 rooms and suites Free WiFi throughout the hotel Hotel bar and lounge area Smoking lounge Free Vitality Oasis Playroom and playground Basement ski storage Free bike rentals Parking ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stadt Wien Zell Am See