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Sporthotel Kuehtai
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kuhtai 9 | 6183 Kuhtai, Kuhtai 6183, Austria   |  
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Ranked #9 of 9 Hotels in Kuhtai
Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Fabulous food !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Stayed for a week during English half term (with some reservations having skied in Verbier once at half term and finding it really busy) instead we found quiet slopes and almost no lift queues!
It is a very small, quiet resort only 45 min transfer from Innsbruk and with the village at over 2000m pretty snow sure, with a small ski area although your pass does cover another small ski area Oetz which is a 10 min bus ride away (buses leave ½ hourly) I was worried my husband and son would find the skiing limited but with all the off piste options, there was no problem.

The hotel itself was excellent, the decor and furnishings are not amazing but it is clean, warm and the staff are very welcoming, helpful and couldnt do enough for you.
I travelled with my husband and children aged 13 and 15 and our daughter's friend aged 16. We had booked 2 twin rooms and a single (at no supplement) and actually got 3 twin rooms which were very spacious with sitting areas and en-suite bathrooms. Rooms were cleaned daily.

The food was fantastic! We were on full board and expected to eat lunch out on some days, but the food was so good, we always went back for lunch.
Breakfast (served between 8 and 10am )consisted of a huge buffet, fruit juices, pastries, bread, toast, continental hams, salamis and cheeses, hot bacon, sausage and scrambled egg, boiled eggs, yogurts fruit and seeds. unlimited tea or coffee. There was also a daily special and Prosecco on Sunday morning!
Lunch ( 12.30- 13.30) was a set 3 course affair, soup followed by hot main course (schnitzel, fish, beef, casserole etc) with potatoes and veg, fantastic salad bar and pudding or cake.
Evening Meal (18.30-20.30) was either a set menu with 3 choices per course and a soup course (3 nights) or incredible buffets (3 nights) with a gala 6 course meal on the final night. Food all cooked beautifully especially the meat. Amazing! Dont be put off by the menu translations,ie veg cooked in lard! Our son is quite an unadventurous eater but he had no problem finding something he liked.
The hotel did welcome talk and drinks on Sunday evening.

Our drinks bill was quite large by the end of the week, we had no problem getting tap water at any time but apart from an odd apres ski gluhwein, we didnt spend on food or drinks anywhere else. A suggestion would be to take a kettle to have in your room if you like a coffee as at 2.8euros a time, that can add up!. The waiting staff especially Zoltan soon learned what we liked to drink and how we liked our coffee!

Pool is nice, sauna ans solarium too although we didnt use them as it was no clothes only. here is a small gym and free wifi, although did not work on top floor. Also there is a kids club but cant tell you what it is like as didnt use it.

The hotel is ski in ski out, (although not if you are a beginner) you are required to do a little off piste to get back at the end of the day. Kuhtai also is probably not the best resort for beginners as there is only a few blue runs. Great for intermediates and loads of off piste options for experts as well as a decent snow park, half pipe and night skiing.

All in all a great place for a half term ski holiday with no queues and brilliant food! ( Although we were told to definately avoid Austrian Ski Week! )

p.s. my only reason for lower value rate was because we travelled at half term which was more than £300 more each than the week after!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Great hotel in a very suitable location, although the resort isn't lively in anyway but if your going to ski and relax then this is the venue and accommodation for you.

All staff speak exceptional English and make you very welcome, as a family of four we all enjoyed the hospitality, the hotel food was not only plentiful but diverse each lunch and evening, the breakfast buffet was also of a very high standard.

Ski room was roomy with boot warmers and plenty of racks ski's / board with a lift within a few feet so no need to climb lots of stairs with tired legs!

Reception and waiting on staff were attentive and always smiling and the hotel was very clean, although a little dated that was part of the Austrian authentic charm. Apart from getting injured on my first day I was able to relax in the hotel while the family skied and due to its great location I could easily walk around and never too far away from the hotel.

We recommend it on all counts but be warned that the resort is very high and very, very cold and some of the slopes back into the village aren't for beginners.

On a final note I would also recommend Follow Me or the main Ski School Kuhtai (blue & yellow, forget the name) and not the one at the bottom of the hotel car park (Ski Top2000) as both my children hated it, pre group assessment on a short and very narrow slope, huge groups and instructors that spoke very little English, and for the avoidance of doubt we have skied all over the world and at many, many ski schools and I can assure that Top2000 is below average.

All in all fab hotel in an equal location.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Antwerp, Belgium
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We (family of 4 with 2 children) stayed for a week during ski season in 2013. Overall we were very happy with the hotel. Location is very close to ski pistes, staff is very professional (without asking, the concierge cleaned all the snow off my car on the day we were returning home), rooms are quite spacious with nice views and the food is usually excellent with a very wide range of choices from the buffet or à la carte.

On the downside: wellness facilities are somewhat mediocre, with a rather cramped and noisy (during school holiday season) swimming pool; rooms are way too warm and dry at night, they should really improve on this; hotel uses a full board ("vol pension") formula but overcharges for drinks. 5-6 euro for a water bottle is just too much.

We are considering going back but may also look at Hotel Astoria which is the same management but is in an even more convenient skiing location right on top of one of the main slopes in Kuhtai.

Room Tip: Rooms on the front side have much better mountain views.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amersham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

We're a party of 8 with ages ranging from 4 to 65. We have thoroughly enjoyed yet another holiday at this excellent hotel. Rooms are clean and well serviced every day. Food has been even better than last year with full board providing variety and quality for both adults and children.
Pool and spa is excellent and also improved on since last year.
What can be improved - rule about buying a bottle of wine before tap water is served. Our children have tap water at meal times and although we would be buying wine anyway it does grate when this rule is stated.
Cafe curtains in the restaurant mean that the beautiful view across to the mountains is obscured. Please get rid of these nets. .

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

I stayed for a week with my fiancée at the end of January, with a last minute deal through a British tour operator. Kuhtai is very convenient from Innsbruck airport and we were lucky enough to get what was practically a private transfer to the hotel (with one minor delay in the village to help push a BMW off the road which appeared to have a frozen gearbox – it was getting on for -20C when we arrived). The Sport is on the edge of the village (which is very small indeed) about 80m walk from the ski-school meeting place. Intermediate skiers can access the piste from across the road opposite the hotel, and practically ski back to the ski room door at the end of the day from behind the hotel.
The hotel is large and imposing with good views from all rooms, most with balcony. The décor is perhaps a little dated, certainly in the rooms on the top floor, and in the main restaurant – although the smaller informal restaurant to the right of reception was lovely, bog standard Austrian (and that is meant as a great compliment). Indeed the slightly dated nature of the hotel is about the only bad thing I could say about it, and it is not a drawback at all, besides it is spotlessly clean throughout.
The food was both tasty and copious in equal measure, with full board. Breakfast had everything imaginable with cooked and continental, many good breads / rolls, and a bewildering range of cereals and DIY muesli too. Lunch was soup, one choice of main course, and a great variety of salads, with a calorific pudding to top it off too for those brave enough! Dinner was consistently good. Mostly 4 or 5 courses, with choices of main on some days, and buffet on others. Wine list is vast can comprehensive, and the Austrian choices we went for were exemplary. Weissbier (Erdinger) and Helles (Gosser if I remember rightly) on tap although the latter only available by the 0.3l glass rather than a choice of that or 0.5l as for the weiss. Mystifying. All the waiting and reception staff was charming and helpful. Zoltan the stand-out performer.
On the ground floor is a great pool with waterfall, Jacuzzi jets, and swimming-current functions, a sauna, steam room, salt cave, and a quite quacki-ish infra-red vascular stimulation cabinet. Massages and sun-bed also available. Next to the pool are loungers with views through three large windows to the mountains to watch the setting sun.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Kuhtai is not the world most extensive resort, but absolutely perfect for a beginner – It was my fiancées 1st week, and the ski-school (schischule-kuehtai) very good – very small class sizes, although that might have been because we were not peak season. The lift system is 1st class with mostly high speed detachable chairs and a gondola which can only be a couple of years old. Also included in the lift pass is skiing at Hoch-Oetz about 15 minutes away by free shuttle bus, which has a similar size ski area although the infrastructure positively archaeological by comparison.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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luxembourg
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

the new management is really bad, the cook is uncompetent, the meals are bad (on the last day before leaving, I even found a staple in my roast beef, when I complained, the cook said "I didn't put it into the meat!!!"), can't even prepare a real "Schnitzel"!; every dinner the same salads (bearing different names according to the theme of the evening : Mediterranean, asian, austrian, international; really ridiculous;
bad organisation (my son was injured while opening the door of the swimming pool (his big toe was bleeding), the reception said we have to wait until the following day to complain to the caretaker!) ; on Wednesday, there was a special buffet, starting at 6.30, it didin't start before 7.15 and then you could queue 15 minutes before getting your starter....;
cleanliness is good as usual, service as well, (the teams didn't change) but problem to regulate heating (you have to choose between overheating your room or freezing, leaving the window open);

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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west sussex
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2010

Our group had a selection of rooms ranging from the single to family room - all were a good size and kept clean by the efficient housekeeping staff. Meals were ALL excellent although sometimes a little rich, wine recommendations were generally reasonably priced and all enjoyed! Note that if wine purchased you ARE able to have jugs of tap water - this was not a problem! [contrary to a previous review] Swimming pool / spa area was sometimes noisy with children and my teenage girls where asked to remove their costumes in the sauna by other guests! - may be advisable for hotel to have clear instructions regarding these issues? All in all though, was a great week, thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Sport Hotel with no real complaints. ALL staff very friendy but would especially recommend Joe (in the office) who could not do enough to help! Regarding Kuhtai as a ski resort - NOT good for beginners as only tricky red runs back to hotels - go down to Oetz by the free bus which has lots of Blues and some nice wide Reds! Also there was an excellent slopeside hut for your Goulash etc.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sporthotel Kuehtai

Address: Kuhtai 9 | 6183 Kuhtai, Kuhtai 6183, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Kuhtai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 9 Hotels in Kuhtai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sporthotel Kuehtai 4*
Number of rooms: 53
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