My wife and I tend to like small, family run hotels, this was our first time in Obergurgl and the Hotel Olympia didn't disappoint.
It's located slightly out of the village centre, up quite a steep hill, and it isn't ski-in, ski-out but it is possible to ski very close to the hotel, meaning only a short walk from the piste.
I read one review on here that said "Don't bother staying here unless you are German..." - to that I say "Rubbish". During our stay, my wife and I were the only English guests and the staff, other guests were all extremely friendly. When we arrived the owner greeted us, like a lot of Austrian men can do, he did come across as a bit surly but he was very pleasant and even gave us a welcome drink of prosecco. His wife worked on the reception most of the time we were there and she was lovely always taking time to have a chat with us after we'd returned from a day's skiing.
The staff in the restaurant were excellent, very attentive without being overbearing. They couldn't do enough for us and again they made an effort to actually talk to us - and they always made eye contact and said goodbye was we left the restaurant - unlike a lot of hotels where the staff barely acknowledge your presence.
The food was incredible and there was plenty of it - one evening we had a gala dinner that consisted of 8 courses - yes that's eight courses! All food was freshly prepared and very well presented. We were served some things we ordinarily wouldn't have chosen but I can honestly say we ate everything. My wife (after years of saying she doesn't like them) even found she liked tiger prawns!
Our room was on the first floor and it was quite pleasant. The view was out of the front of the hotel and so wasn't fantastic. It was also just a bit on the small side. I'd probably choose a junior suite next time.
We travelled with some friends who were staying in much more expensive hotels but they didn't seem to get the level of service we did.
The plan is to go back to Obergurgl next season and without doubt we'll be staying at the Olympia again.
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- Also Known As:
- Olympia Hotel Obergurgl