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Alpenland Sporthotel
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Maria Alm
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“Mountain Setting Extraordinaire”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

This was the second time we had stayed at Alpenland Sporthotel and we found it as friendly and charming this time as we did a few years ago! If you like to hike in a beautiful mountain setting, then this hotel and this area of Austria is worth considering. The hiking trails are well marked, an improvement from 5 years ago. And in the area, you have some options of lifts for part of the way up the mountains. Public transportation is good. We used bus and train for our travels.

The hotel is mostly a time share resort and so most guests stay for a week. Rooms we have had were small, but comfortable and quite adequate. Maid service was very good. The front desk is very helpful and friendly. They even loaned us hiking sticks for our hikes. WiFi is available for a fairly modest fee.

The hotel restaurant offered a great breakfast buffet which can also be purchased by the week, as can evening meals. We wanted to try local restaurants this time so only did the morning buffet package. Their freshly baked homemade breads are wonderful with whole grain goodness in every bite. You slice your own bread, then you can select from several crocks of delicious jams. My favorite was the pumpkin seed whole grain bread with the blueberry jam. There was always a nice selection of fresh fruit, especially the pineapple. I was fond of the herbed spreadable cheese on the dark grain bread. Their made to order omelets were good too.

The evening meals at the hotel were very good as well. The indoor pool is nice. Perhaps the best for us though was the view from our balcony! We could see the mountains, the church and trees which was so relaxing. We paid extra for kitchen facilities which was helpful. The kitchen area is quite tiny, but it is works for the limited cooking we did.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We were in Alpenland, Maria Alm in July 2013. Our experience with the Hotel and the place was simply remarkable. Everything was just perfect. The staffs were very nice and the resident Manager, AnneMarie was lovely. Our one week stay was filled with excitements. Love Maria Alm and Alpenland Hotel. Will go again.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

We stayed here for a week in march for skiing. The hotel was very comfortable and reception polite and welcoming. Our room was of a good size with twin single beds pushed together in the main area and a separate bedroom with separate twin beds. As there was only 2 of us, the extra room was very useful for storing our ski outfits. Food was of a very good quality, we stayed on a bed and breakfast basis. There was the usual help yourself buffet of cooked items - sausage, bacon etc and a variety of cereals, dried and fresh fruit, yoghourts. We ate our evening meal at the hotel on several occasions. First was a buffet of all types of salad, fish, various meats and vegetables and lovely desserts. Next time was off the menu and served by the waiter. Other nights we sampled different restaurants in Maria Alm and found all the food quite delicious. There is an indoor swimming pool which was lovely, a small gym area and a sauna which we really liked, until we were told we had to conform to the rules of 'no swimwear' allowed ! If we return to ski at Maria Alm, we would happily return to this hotel.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Princeton, New Jersey
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Let me preface this by saying that we chose this hotel for the area, the only one offered by RCI. I note that this is the same condition with Interval International. However, we also consulted Tripadvisor, which had very favorable reviews.

Something about the vacation. The area is amazing, with mountains, castles and views abundant. Tours are offered through the hotel's relationship with Eder Tours, located in the town, easy walking distance. Examples of tours offerd are Neuschwanstein castle (the inspiration for Disneys' castle in their productions), Eagles Nest (Martin Boormans gift to the house painter for his 50th birthday), Vienna, and Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria and one of the highest in the alps. We had arranged to take a rental car from Munich airport We chose the Neuschwanstein tour, and Donnie, our driver and tour guide, was very knowledgeable and humorous, and had a number of useful bits of information. Be aware, however, that the trip to Neuschwanstein costs 115 euros apiece, and took the whole day. Donnie, our driver, picked us up at 6:15 AM at Maria Alm and then picked up a family of 5 at the hotel's sister hotel in St. Johan am Polau about an hour later. We were returned to the hotel about 8:00 PM. Not sure if trip needed to be that long, since it appeared a lot of local (non-toll) roads were used. This was one of the reasons we decided to use the car to go to Salzburg, and also used it to get to Grossglockner and Innsbruck, and were glad the tour to the Eagles's nest (52 euros apiece) did not happen due to the lack of the minimum number of people the tour company required. On the way back to Munich airport, we visited Schlossherrenchimisee at the suggestion of Donnie, our driver. This is one of King Ludwig's castles (not as well known as two of the other's, Neuschwanstein and Linderhoff), but for our money the more beautiful one of the two we saw. The former is more impressive on the outside, the later incredibly beautiful on the inside, as well as on an island. Throw in the ferry ride (6 euros for a round-trip), and 11 euros admission to the castle (which includes access to the monastery and the museum), the same cost as Neuschwanstein. Everyone we encountered on the trip was very nice.

Every one was very nice at the hotel as well, including Ann Marie, the manager, and most of the staff. But we were somewhat disappointed. The facility should not have required the high amount of points required to trade for this facility. It has no air-conditioning, nor any heating anywhere in the hotel, a fact not mentioned on their website. In addition, the balcony door and one window have a facility allowing it to open at an angle from the top, which would have provided ventilation were it not for the presence of mosquitoes.So we were forced to keep the thin and thick drapes closed, limiting outside air. During the day when we were there (early July) ventilation would have been helpful during the day, as it gets stuffing and a slight mold smell was present. The fact we were time-share owners didn't seem to make any difference in our treatment. Original room offered (B205) had very limited view, and only one electric outlet, in the bathroom, so we asked for another room. The second (A212) had a much better view (spectacular, actually) and five (5) outlets. Prices for the breakfast buffet and dinner were way overpriced (much better deals in town at a number of places, with excellent food, more later). The tour desk was never occupied, just a bunch of brochures. So for any information, you needed to go to the reception desk. The head clerk, Laszlo, seemed reluctant to make arrangements for tours (insisted that 6 people were needed for all tours, and said it was up to us to find 4 others for the tour, and hotel required cash (although tour company in town took cards). Also, timeshare owners from Chicago from the Lions Cub, who we befriended at the hotel told us at other time-share locations, owners received welcome receptions, introductions to other owners, etc. As they were 4 people, they were given adjoining adjoining rooms with a hotplate, which it would have been nice to have. Also irritating that they charge for Internet use, where I understand that most hotels in Europe offer it for free. The Chicago people are submitting a report to their time-share company, and I have submitted a report to RCI. The pool was very nice, the shower water was good, but the very narrow floor of the bathtub and the small horizontal grab bar made taking a shower an adventure.

Speaking of places to eat and shop, they were all located in the town, about a 10-minute walk from the hotel. It should be noted that the shops close about 6:00 PM, although the eating establishments stay open until 9:30 - 10. The best of them in our experience is the Eder, a gasthof (guest-house) which we went to and had a lovely dessert consisting of an apple strudel and vanilla ice cream the night we came back from the Neuschwanstein trip. We got to talking to Josep ("Sep") and his mother, and Josep (who studied hotel /restaurant management at the St. Regis hotel in New York City) gave us a history of the gasthof and the renovations they had and are still doing. they suggested we try their buffet breakfast. We did so the next day, and found it offered a lovely morning buffet consisting of cereals, eggs, fruits, rolls, cheese, cold-cuts, teas, coffee, juices, etc. at a very reasonable cost of 10 euros apiece. For those who are interested in architecture and construction, we suggest you visit their water closets (restrooms), a memorable For those who like pizza, the Nick Pick pizza parlor offers pizza, pasta, burgers made from beef, veal, or pork, and salads at very reasonable prices.

All in all, an acceptable stay if all you want is a hotel room with a great view, if you are used to making your own arrangements (car is very useful), and don't mind exploring on your own. If anyone has any questions not covered here, please feel free to contact me.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We got one room through Interval International. All the rooms have a balcony where you can see an unforgetable landscape - Alps mountains covered with snow on May! the room was clean and the staff was friendly and polite, the breakfast was tasteful and various, and even if it was raining almost all the time we made nice trips in the beautiful city of Salzburg and more.
We have to mention that ALL the staff and room service were OK bus especially Emi (Emina) - the young lady from the reception - was very kind, she gave us good information about the touristic area and we are grateful for her kindness and lucky we met her. I hope to see her again, thank you.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We got two rooms at a fantastic rate through Intervals International using the Get Away option. The rooms were the ones without a small kitchen in the "B" section of the hotel, but they did have a small refrigerator. We overlooked the front of the hotel and had a great view of the mountains, when they were visible. We were there in early June 2013 when in rained excessively for days and there were road closures when you attempted to go anywhere in the area. The hotel staff were very helpful in providing directions on what roads were open and closed.

We did get the breakfast package so we had a reserved table every morning and the staff was very courteous. We did pick the 5 day package, but used it 6 times and they just extended the lower rate without any issues. It has a wide variety of choices of fruits, cereals, scrambled eggs/sausges, yogurts, etc.

The room was very clean and having read other reviews about worn carpeting, etc. seems to have been taken care of. The shower is unlike other european ones in that it is totally enclosed in glass. If you are short it may be a little hard to get into and out of but otherwise great.

The door and window to the balcony can be opened normally or set so that it hinges at the bottom and is open at the top. This is a nice feature to be able to get cool air into the room. There are no screeens however. This helped as one of the two rooms was always warmer than the other even though the heat was turned completely off.

It has a great pool and work out room at the back of the hotel and there are slippers and robe for each person that gets changed daily.

On the slightly negative side, you do have to pay 8 euros for 3 hours of wireless internet and the bar was closed the entire time we were there, but we could get drinks from the restaurant.

From an american perspective I would rate this as a 3 star hotel, but at the very top of the list. As shown on the site, there are two single beds next to each other. They were comfortable, but the pillows were sort of lumpy. There are two closets with ample space and shelving.

If you go out the back parking lot and turn left it is a very short walk to the center of town, which is small but very clean with a variety of stores and restaurants.

We all agreed that the staff were excellent. They were all very friendly and helpful with a positive attitude at all times.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

After visiting their other sport hotel in St. johann which is not far away, I believe that this hotel is better only for the ski season and if you want to ski.The sport facilities are much less here than in the other hotel and no jacuzzi at all. According to the hotel site they have free wifi but when you arrive you learn that it is true not for every guest, such as Interval for example, and they try to sale the service for more money, which leave some bitter taste.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Alpenland Sporthotel
Address: Hochkoenigstrasse 31, Maria Alm 5761, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Salzburg Region > Maria Alm
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Maria Alm
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Hotel Class:4 star — Alpenland Sporthotel 4*
Number of rooms: 82
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