As TripAdvisor reviews have been such a help to my travels to-date, it's about time that I returned the favour and for this, my second review, I am sharing what I believe is a bit of hidden gem.
This is our second stay at the Hotel Post in Lermoos, our first stay being as part of our honeymoon in June 2008. The hotel was suggested by my parents, who have long enjoyed the village of Lermoos, in the Tyrol region of Austria, for its summer walking and climbing as well as its great - though almost unknown in the UK – compact but varied ski areas. They had not stayed at the Hotel Post since its renovation, but often ate there and told us about the major changes that took place two or three years ago.
The big problem that I have with so many hotels is that they just don't get the basics right: providing you with a good night’s sleep. The Hotel Post is one of the few hotels that has never given us any problems – the rooms are all solidly built with what seem to be solid block walls dividing each room, and I guess concrete ceilings, ensuring that we never hear a loud neighbour's TV or conversation. The beds are comfortable. In the two rooms that we have stayed in so far there has been one large bed frame with two mattresses placed together, along with two single duvets. It's an unusual combination for many, but provides for a great night's sleep.
One of the first “quirks” is that all the rooms are all referred to as “suites”. They are not all suites in the traditional sense of multiple rooms, but I guess the name makes sense when you see just how big even the standard “rooms” are. A sofa area, balcony, big bathroom and good wardrobe space mean that you can really make yourself feel at home. There's a lot of natural pine in the décor, but then this is the Alps and it all works very well. There are a lot of nice extra touches too, from the controllable traditional tile oven in the corner of each bedroom to the “beach bag” that is great for lugging your bits and bobs to the indoor pool area and sun terrace. The obligatory fluffy bathrobes get a lot of use for getting down to the pool.
The real joy of the hotel is this pool area. The indoor pool is a dream, with floor to ceiling windows giving an unbeatable view of the snow capped 3000m Zugspitze and Sonnenspitze mountains. There are plenty of loungers in this area, as well as on the outdoor sun terrace. The indoor pool is linked to the outdoor pool by a very cool automatic glass door, meaning that you can enjoy swimming in the wind and rain outside without ever have to expose any more that your head to the elements. A nice touch is that the outside pool temperature is quite warm, whereas the indoor pool is cooler so you can do some lengths in comfort.
Being a shy Brit, there is a whole area of the hotel that I never explored – the nude sauna areas. If this appeals to you, then I imagine that you will be as impressed with this as the main pool area.
Another quirk is that it seems, certainly when dealing directly with the hotel, difficult to book anything other than “full board”. When we first booked I was somewhat concerned by this, but in reality it makes life very flexible – plus there is nowhere else in the village that comes close to the hotel's food offer in terms of standard of cooking and comfort.
When you arrive at the hotel you are allocated a table in the dining room for the duration of your stay, so it’s all yours for breakfasts, lunch and dinner as you so wish. You also have the option to eat on the outdoor terrace for all meals, so weather permitting you can enjoy a romantic dinner watching the sun set on the Zugspitze!
Breakfast is a one of the best buffets that I have had - and working in the conference industry for much of my career my figure has occasionally suffered sampling a lot of breakfast buffets!
Lunch is also a light buffet – usually some kind of soup, pasta or meat dish with a big salad buffet, bread, and mineral water on tap. You are invited to have other drinks, but these are to be paid for. A lot of people pass on lunch as there is so much to do in the area during the day.
The same goes for the mid-afternoon cake buffet – a bit of a sin. Again, mineral waters are on tap at no cost but you need to sign your teas and coffees to your room.
Dinner, which runs from 6pm to quite late, is a bit of a five course marathon, though many people just pick two or three courses as over many days it can all get too much – even though the portions are never overbearing. There are usually two choices for each course, usually a fish, meat. There is also a vegetarian option, available – if not listed the kitchen quickly obliges. The joy of dinner is that the staff are very attentive, charming and always inject good humour.
This is quite a different experience to the traditional and pricey “palace hotels” that can be found throughout the Alps, but to an equally high quality.
We find it very easy to relax here, and on the odd wet day it’s a pleasure to give the mountains a miss and just to take it easy by the pool.
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- Post Hotel Lermoos
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