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Alpenhotel Tirol Galtur
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Galtur
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 1, 2012

We spent Christmas at the Alpenhotel Tirol. I can confirm all of the positive comments in previous reviews - especially those regarding the excellent food, high standards of service and the warm welcome. We arrived on Christmas Eve, and signs of the festive season were very low key - as is the Austrian way. It's a quiet hotel, with a good mixture of predominantly German couples and family groups there.
As mentioned by other reviewers, the approach to the hotel is via a steep slope; it's quite difficult going up with luggage and coming down in ski boots. This is the main reason I can only grade the hotel as 4 out of 5 as I slipped once, and we had to side-step down when the hill was icy. Our Crystal reps helped us with the luggage on arrival and departure without being asked.
Skiing at nearby Ischgl is excellent. Lift queues at Silvrettabahn tend to be longer than those at Fimbabahn, the next stop. The two days we tried to ski at nearby Wirl were affected by bad weather, but it seems a pleasant albeit small area. Ski buses are frequent at key times - but they are very crowded.
Don't miss the barrel-plank races on Tuesday evenings in Galtur, near the sport centre.
In summary, it's a great hotel - but take care with that hill!

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

We three couples were recommended Alpenhotel Tirol by friends who have skied there over the New Year for many years. Our group 'The Family Mantle' holidayed in August 2011 for a walking / mountaineering trip. The hotel is a member of the 'Tiroler Wanderhotels'. The welcome and care for us was exceptional, Peter the owner and day to day manager was first class, with an expert local knowledge of both routes available and the Tirol area.
The food over our 10 day stay was invariably superb with five course evening meals, magnificent breakfasts and substantial packed lunches. Hotel staff were delightful and we enjoyed our daily conversations with lots of fun. Our walking/ mountaineering guide Barbara, provided a mine of local information and a safe enjoyable walking experience each day. It was particularly enjoyable being with Austrian and German walkers each day. The 'attention to detail' in all aspects of the Alpenhotel Tirol was remarkable (Peter provided a translation of the evening menu especially for us each day). Our holiday was fantastic a 'best ever', the Galtur/ Tirol area is outstanding and Peter of the Franz Lorenz family at Alpen Hotel Tirol ensures a delightful holiday.

Room Tip: A room with a balcony is recommended
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Martin L
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

Have done many ski holidays, chalets, B&B, but few genuine, quality hotels.
The hotel is not exceptional in terms of facilites but is well situated close to town and has good connections down the valley to Ishcgl. There is a small spa and sauna in the basement. What makes it stand out is the quality of the food and the quietly efficient service. A family affair to its roots. A very pleasant and relaxed place to stay and lots of repeat visitors. A holiday as well as a ski trip!
John

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 3, 2011

We booked the hotel with Crystal and I went with my brother for a week's skiing. We would agree with many of the postings.............. the food and service are excellent.

It is difficult to convey the care taken in the preparation of the meals but not only was it exceptionally tasty but it looked very good. If the hotel was in the UK the daily 5 course dinner would be sold out and the cost many times more than we paid. The afternoon cakes and savoury open sandwiches are an absolute delight (but remember you pay for drinks).

The staff at the hotel were friendly, helpful and efficient. The owners were accommodating in the various requests we made and their attention to detail a lesson in how to run a hotel.

The room we stayed in was a largish family room with a sofa (put-you up), table and chairs and a balcony on two sides. The room is typical mid european from the 70's/80's, but had a separate loo and largish bathroom. It was comfortable, spotlessly clean and everything worked.

The ski area of Ischgl links over the mountain into Switzerland with runs to suit all standards, Galtur has a more limited selection so most days we went to Ischgl. The bus service was frequent, on time and at the end of March uncrowded. Snow conditions were good until about 1400hrs when they started to get a bit slushy but as we had started at about 0900hrs this was not a problem for us...........early Apres Ski.

The way from the main road to the hotel is steep but not that long; perhaps it is the case that if you go for a ski holiday and cannot walk uphill perhaps you are the sort of person that parks in the disabled parking space when you go the Gym! Skis and skiboots can be left at the InterSport shop (an arrangement with the hotel) next to the bus stop, which does make things easier. There is also a flatter, albeit longer way from the back of the hotel to the main village area and the bus stop.

Galtur is quiet and for the people that want to party a taxi ride away from Ischgl and its vibrant Apres Ski, however, the accommodation in Galtur appears far more affordable and better value for money.

Having been on an annual sking holiday for about 20 years now, and satying at mainly 4 star hotels, this ranks at the top for value and quality of food.

Highly Recommended

Room Tip: Check options to book passes etc. through Hotel
  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 2, 2011

Thought I was going with my grown up son on a cheap and cheerful end of season ski trip with Crystal. Found that the hotel very substantially exceeded expectations. The balcony room (worth the extra) was large, clean and comfortable, but not the most modern in styling. But who cares if the important things are right. Above all the quality of the food and unfailing excellence of service make this hotel one to visit again.
Yes the approach is steep. Mountain villages are like that. Used Intersport 2000 for ski hire which has a depot to leave boots and skis near the ski bus stop. Worth doing to save carrying them to and from the hotel each day.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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1  Thank david-clayhill
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Reviewed March 27, 2011

About the Hotel:
We are in our 40's and I went with my two friends, partner and child who is 2 years old. When we arrived we were lucky as we had a minibus that dropped us off at the front door with our luggage. It is a steep hill and I found it very difficult walking up and down it in my own shoes let alone ski boots. When we were leaving the next customers had to bring their luggage up the hill, crazy. Not suitable for the older generation, unfit or disabled. The rooms were immaculate, traditional, spacious and warm. The atmosphere was as dead as a do do after dinner - people must have gone to bed at 9pm, we stayed playing cards in the bar part but at midnight the waiter asked us to go up to our room as he wanted to go home!. The food was gorgeous with a salad buffet everyday, although a little rich as they used a lot of sauces with cream in them but really I can't fault the quality, we all felt the same. The hosts are professional and very helpful, the owner Peter had our lift passes ready for us as I emailed him before we left the UK, they were £30 cheaper than prebooking with your travel agent.

About the skiing:

We left our ski boots and skis at the ski shop next to the chairlift in Wirl. They charge 1 euro a night and it well worth doing this if you are skiing in Galtur. The skiing itself is fairly limited but with brilliant snow. There are 3 chairlifts, 3 draglifts and one gondola. We went into Ischgl for 2 days only. It was just too busy and I was disappointed as the resort in Ischgl wasn't as traditional as I'd have liked, there were no huts, just massive purpose built restaurants, although OK stylish, oh and very expensive.

Childcare for non skiing children from 2 years old in Wirl/Galtur is fabulous and only cost Euro 49 for the week, lunch childcare is an extra Euro 5 per day. Ursula was great with our little one.

I would recommend this hotel, the resort is very quiet, no apres ski but you can ski all day albeit up and down the same runs without seeing many people.

When my son is old enough to learn to ski, it is a good place to go back to.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 24, 2011

We booked this hotel as part of a ski package from Crystal selecting to upgrade to a room with balcony and bath (well worth it). The hotel rooms are a bit dated but are extremely clean and given that this is a ski hotel (you are not likely to be spending huge amounts of time in your room!) more than adequate. The only other small negative is the walk up and down to the main road with ski boots on and skis is a but treacherous when icey as the hotel is above the main road...but we are talking a very short walk along a steep driveway and then it's just 5 mins on to the ski bus stop on the flat. (quick warning ...the ski buses to Galtur are v quiet being a tiny resort but the buses to Ischgl are packed and standing even for the short ride is a bit of an ordeal with everyone jammed in like sardines... sardines carrying skis and poles I should say!)... back to the hotel...
What was amazing was the food and the service. Breakfast was an extensive buffet including scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, cold meats, cereals fruits...the free afternoon tea consisted of some amazing deserts and cakes plus tasty canapes (drinks not included so tea and coffee are extra) and a delicious 5 course evening meal that was exceptional every evening ...if you love good food this is the hotel for you. The other thing was just how helpful the staff were. One evening half of our party wanted to night ski so the hotel provided an early dinner for them do they could eat before hand. Most evenings after the main course we would be asked if we were full or wanted second helpings (the sort of care you get when visiting your mum ... not at a hotel or restaurant!)...nothing seemed too much trouble! Everyone in our party of eight was impressed! The hotel also has a pleasant spa area which includes an 8 man jacuzzi, 4 person steam room and 5 person sauna)

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Nr. 68, Galtur 6563, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Galtur
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Spa
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#1 Luxury Hotel in Galtur
#3 Spa Hotel in Galtur
Price Range: $160 - $338 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Alpenhotel Tirol Galtur 4*
Number of rooms: 38
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