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Hotel Sonnschein

Sonnhangweg 5, Niederau, Wildschonau 6314 Austria
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Well furbished family run hotel in two acres of private park land. Perfect place to relax and enjoy the top class hospitality of the Thaler family.Spacious light and airy rooms with a homely feeling. Two heated indoor pools, two saunas and a steam bath. Solarium and massages available at an extra charge. Top quality cuisine and friendly service provided by our loyal team.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Heated pool
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Breakfast buffet
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English, German, Hungarian, Serbian
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This is rated in Austria as 4* but certainly not by our standards. The rooms are very spacious with twin beds pushed together and space for a sofa and desk and lots of storage. Absolutely awful foam pillows provided but luckily we brought our own. There was a huge balcony with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and mountains. Included for free are a safe, mini fridge and Wi-Fi which all worked well. The kettle in the room had no safety switch or tea/coffee but these are available along with numerous others essential items from Reception at extra cost. Both outdoor and indoor swimming pools were lovely and free to use but again towels cost extra. The towels provided in the room were poor quality and too small and soap/shampoo dispenser was fixed to the wall rather than providing individual supplies. The shower was above the bath and worked fine, however drain was blocked so the bath fills up as you use it. We stayed for 8 nights on a coach tour an a HB basis and were very disappointed with the kitchen. Breakfast is Continental only with some over-cooked eggs but nothing to go with them like bacon or sausages. Evening meals were boring and repetitive. A soup followed by 2 choices of meat and a vegetarian dish. The same buffet salad with pickled vegetables was offered every night with some stale bread. Drinks are over-priced with Supermarket wines at €26 or more and bottled water at €4.50 Lovely location with some delightful country walks nearby and of course perfect for the skier. Unfortunately the hotel does not try hard enough to satisfy its guests and is poorly maintained so nowhere near a 4* standard.
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the hotel is situated in a quiet side rd away from traffic noise its well equipped with a good spa area nice hot pool and a cooler bigger pool also new is an outside unheated pool and sunlounger area the staff are excellent but the uk visitor must be aware that the hotel caterers for many German tourists and you are in the minority although we had a seperate dining area it was clear all entertainment is aimed at the German trade, food was very good but when the hotel says evening meals are 6 to 8 pm it is clear you are not welcome to linger over a leisurely meal and after 8 lights start to be turned off so with efficient service you are in and out within 35 to 40 minutes for the brits the biggest annoyance is the wine list most wines are 25 to 35 euros a bottle when both local stores sell several Austrian wines at 3 to 5 euros so wine sales were zero most of us including the ladies stuck to beer know your market mr sonnschein the brits wont be conned on wine and why when you can have free tap water in the bar do your staff refuse to give it in the dining room we pay the local tourist task i think a glass of water should be free , skiing wise the hotel is in a very good position for lifts which is a bonus i gather from skiers its regarded as a good beginners area
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Stayed here with family comprising 2 adults and 2 teenagers. Had a duplex room with bedroom balcony and shower room downstairs then upstairs large bedroom bathroom and balcony this was perfect for a family. I was very apprehensive after reading the reviews but was pleased with everything. 2 indoor pools one is for adults only with adult areas for sauna infra-red room and showers and a bonus outdoor pool area with showers and sun lounges. Crazy golf area and outdoor chess. The breakfast had 3 different hot egg options with breads, cheese and meat selection, cereals, fruit, jams and chocolate spread. A variety of teas and cold drinks machine. The evening meal was chosen at breakfast and there was an adequate selection with the starter being soup, 2 choices of main and a vegetarian option, a salad buffet and bread every day and then a set dessert. A couple of times the girls didn't like the menu choice so we asked the staff about this and they did them chicken nuggets and fries. I think a kids menu should be available but if you don't like anything please ask the staff they were very accommodating. The Wildschonau valley is lovely with the bonus of the local cable cars being free. We explored and walked everywhere during our week and would definitely go back again.
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I know I've reviewed this hotel several times before - this was my 10th visit - but its worth noting when things change. For the groups we take here (large groups of people with severe disability, either summer or adapted skiing, for a charity THE JUMBULANCE TRUST) this is just about the prefect destination. The whole public area is wheelchair accessible and spacious, rooms are massive and bathrooms accessible, there's a wide choice of rooms from twins, large double, triples and even family mini-suites, the staff are super friendly and helpful and SO accomodating of our very odd and special requests. Since our last visit, i'd say the food has improved, there's a decent choice, vegetarian options are not great but hotel did accept that feedback, and the WIFI is improved (now works in the rooms) - Love visiting here and for our very particular needs its spot on. Be back in January 2020!!
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We have been visiting the Alps for walking holidays for the past 15 years and have stayed in a wide variety of locations and accommodation types so have a good idea of what we need from a hotel. When we were deciding where to stay in the Wildschoenau, we found that it was hard to find a hotel with both good reviews and a convenient location. After much deliberation, we settled on the Hotel Sonnschein in Niederau, as it seemed to have the best location from our point of view. The varying tone of the reviews leading up to our arrival was slightly concerning, but we decided to reserve judgement until we had actually stayed there. Now that we have returned, it’s much easier to understand why the reviews of this property are so variable. The hotel is quite large for an alpine property, so it appears to have had to diversify its client base to keep the rooms full. Nearly all of the other alpine hotels that we have stayed in have mainly catered for the walking market in summer but, during our stay, the Sonnschein was mainly catering for large coach parties of German/British tourists on short term stays. This had the effect of dampening the atmosphere for walking guests like us, particularly during the evening, as the coach guests were seated together in the largest part of the dining room, whereas the rest of us were scattered across various smaller areas of the dining room. This meant that we weren’t able to meet and mix easily with the other walking guests, which is something that we like to do on walking holidays. We also felt that the evening entertainment that was put on for the coach guests was too loud and went on too late for such a quiet and peaceful valley. It was also impossible to get a seat on the terrace in the evening. That said, we did have an enjoyable stay at the Sonnschein. The staff were a particular highlight and everyone was pleasant and friendly. We found the evening meals to be of good quality and certainly didn’t experience the packet soup and frozen vegetable issues that other reviewers have mentioned. We did not mind choosing our evening meal from a menu as this is pretty standard in the Alps. The food at breakfast was also of good quality, but there was very little variety day to day – and it was a real surprise not to see any sausages or bacon all week. As other reviewers have mentioned, the drinks prices were quite steep, and we felt that €4.50 for a 750ml bottle of water was unreasonable so generally went elsewhere for drinks after dinner. The hotel facilities are in mixed condition and did not really live up to what was advertised. The adults only pool was good, but the main pool looked very tired. The sauna and steam rooms were not operational during our stay. They are currently in the process of building an outdoor pool which looks very nice, but the money would probably have been better spent on upgrading the indoor areas. Our room was in similar condition – it was advertised as being in the superior new wing, but in reality it was pretty tired looking, and our room was one of the smallest in that wing. We were particularly annoyed that the advertised fridge (which we were planning to use to store ingredients for our packed lunches) was only a minibar and did not actually keep things cool. We reported this, but it wasn’t fixed during our stay and we ended up spending more on lunches than we had budgeted for. We also thought that the lack of fridge would stop us being able to make tea and coffee, but luckily the local MPreis supermarket sold mini pots of coffee creamer. The room had very little storage space, and the advertised ‘seating area’ only had one chair. The bathroom also looked a little tired, but the shower water pressure and temperature were pretty good. We had asked for a room with a west facing balcony, but were given one with a north facing balcony, which was a shame, but probably a good thing due to the high temperatures that week. We had no issues with the Wi-Fi. So, after all this, why have I decided to give the Hotel Sonnschein a review score of 4 out of 5? It’s partly because of the hard-working staff, and partly because Niederau itself is such a lovely place to stay. Overall, I just don’t think the hotel was right for us, which isn’t their fault, and they have clearly had a tough couple of years and are trying their best to keep things going. So, if you have booked to stay here, you should have a good time, it might just not completely live up to your expectations. And Niederau itself is lovely!
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PRICE RANGE
$120 - $233 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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sonnschein hotel niederau, sonnschein hotel austria, hotel sonnschein
LOCATION
AustriaAustrian AlpsTirolWildschonauNiederau
NUMBER OF ROOMS
143
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