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Seehotel Gruener Baum
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Hallstatt
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Beach Park, Illinois
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70 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“What a great hotel !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

This wonderful hotel fulfilled our every need with spacious rooms , wonderful baths, and delicious foods. The staff was amazing! Sandra checked us in an provided helpful advice throughout our stay. Our room overlooked the central square with it's fountains and waterfall. It was great to sit on our balcony and watch life in the village. The backside of the hotel faced the lake. A great lakeside terrace and dock fitted with couches, pillows, and coffee tables was the backdrop to an afternoon drink and conversation as swans and ducks cruised by looking for attention. The dining room shared the same vistas through expansive glass windows. Our servers were first rate both at breakfast and dinner, as was the quality of the carefully prepared foods. We enjoyed the spacious bath and huge bathtub, very relaxing and luxurious. This was our favorite Austrian hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Corona del Mar, California
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34 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

The hotel is renovated, light and airy. The decor, wood floors and lighting are very attractive, and the furnishings and linens are topnotch. Our market platz view room was very nice, with a lovely little balcony where we enjoyed drinks and view. But there are insufficient electrical outlets in the room. There were more lamps than outlets, so the decorator evidently was not coordinating with the electrician. Breakfast was very good, but there were flies (as mentioned in other reviews). Most of the guests appeared to be Asians, so I'm thinking there must be some far eastern "Rick Steves" who has passed the word that Hallstatt is a must-see and Gruener Baum is the place to be. The bar on the ground floor and the room next to it are lacking in ambience, not very welcoming (and the terrace was not open in spite of good weather so we went next door to the Simony for drinks outdoors in their garden). All in all the hotel was in the perfect spot for everything we wanted to see and do in Hallstatt in a 2-night stay. Parking in the structure at edge of town and shuttle service (to and from) was perfect.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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77 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

The SeeHotel Gruener Baum has to be one of the best hotels I have stayed at in Europe. I have traveled extensively throughout the continent and wish I could have stayed at this hotel for longer. The location is perfect. To be on the lake and also right next to the central square was perfection. The rooms were very well decorated and pleasant. The bed was beyond comfortable and the linens a very good quality. The hotel itself is quant and staffed very well. To be able to sit on the patio and look out on the lake was wonderful. We had dinner in the hotel’s restaurant and it is a not to be missed dinner. The fish caught from the lake was done to perfection along with every other food item we had that evening. Some of the best Apfelstrudel (and I am very picky with my Apfelstrudel) I have had other than my grandmothers. It is a must if staying in Hallstatt.

Room Tip: I would recommend a corner room with a balcony is available
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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62 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

We stayed at this hotel in July of 2013.
This gorgeously located hotel and village wowed us so much that we extended our stay. We chose to have 2 rooms-- mine was a cute double facing the market square, and my companion had a room on the side. Neither of us had the lake view rooms but the views are unparalleled. We saw them.
I actually loved my own balcony which allowed me to spot the goings on in the fairy tale market square. This was a month long trip, and we decided to make this our "do nothing but relax" haven in the middle of our journey.
Car parking is at the edge of the village, and a shuttle takes you through the winding streets of Hallstatt to the hotel. Easy.
Receptionists were both very friendly, and the owner is a wonderful woman offering many tips on things to do in the area. A very special lady.
Breakfast is terrific. The view of the lake is even better than the pictures show. It's right there at your feet.
All the public spaces are charming, old worldy, and clean.
We had dinner at the hotel every night. Simply delicious. Fantastic, actually.
Hallstatt itself is like a dream. Many old customs are still followed. An elderly local villager had passed away while we were there and the town held a beautiful processional for his funeral. Everyone in full costume, somber, the band playing music as the parade marched through the square... A glorious event to have witnessed. Such respect being paid by the entire village. Really took my breath away.
Visit the salt mines. Terrific fun!
Also, ladies should shop in the boutique on the square called Tara. I got to know the owner very well, and she is an amazing, generous woman who gives some of her proceeds to Tibetan refugees. She has also written a harrowing book called "Spiked" about her own personal life of having been kidnapped and nearly killed at the hands of some very wicked people. Her name is Sharron Gold, and her story needs to be heard.
Sorry to have digressed, but it is that important.
I would highly recommend that anyone who is planning to stay in Hallstatt should book a room at this lovely and charming hotel. Highest marks all around!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

My cousin and I stayed for one night at the hotel in September 2013. They helpfully arranged for us to have separate twin beds, and we upgraded to the lake view - what a great choice! Our room was 302, on the third floor, and the view of the lake from our balcony was spectacular! We walked in after a few days traveling and it was as if we'd walked into the lap of luxury.

The hostess (whom I can only assume was Monica but have not confirmed) was so incredibly welcoming to us - allowing us to deposit our bags into our room early, giving us instructions on how to make sure our laundry was done (it came back the same day, mere hours later!) and arranging a cab from a neighboring town to take us to the Dachstein glacier cable car. In short, the service was spectacular from start to finish, and the view was a true gift. Of course, no description of this place would be complete without also mentioning that the beds, the finishes and the rooms in general (not to mention the bathrooms) were amazing (clearly the rehab is finished). We had drinks one night on the dock, and the only challenge is that because it's on the water, it can be buggy at night - so there was some challenge with managing the ventilation in the room.

All that said, having traveled to more than 20 countries in the last 24 months (for work and pleasure), I can honestly say it's one of the best hotels I've stayed in anywhere in the world. I'll be back, it's just a question of when.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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UK
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32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

The hotel is situated on the market square and has rooms overlooking either the market square or the lake. We had a view of the market square. Small balcony with two chairs and a table to enjoy this lovely view. The hotel rooms must have been refurbished not too long ago, the finishing are clean and modern. Spacious rooms with comfortable beds. Both members of staff at reception were very helpful and friendly, unfortunately the bar staff were rather miserable and let their colleagues down. Beautiful view of the lake from the restaurant / breakfast area. Good breakfast but please cover the cheese and meat plates to keep the flies off it, how difficult can that be?! Will recommend the hotel and stay there again at a future visit to Hallstatt, one of the most beautiful places I have been to!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helsinki, Finland
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51 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

The hotel is still under renovation. It is nicely decorated, we had a double room on the second floor with balcony facing the market square, the room is spacious and newly renovated, the room has a sitting area and a sleeping area.We are three people and the extra bed is just a sofa bed. No air-con but it was cool in the evening in August, so it´s not a problem. Price is higher than other hotels, It is just a minute walk to the harbour.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Seehotel Gruener Baum
Address: Marktplatz 104, Hallstatt 4830, Austria
Location: Austria > Upper Austria > Hallstatt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Hallstatt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Seehotel Gruener Baum 4.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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