Stayed here in March 2013 for a week on a ski holiday package (through Crystal Ski) and loved the place. Location was great, right in the centre, with beautiful views of the town and surrounding mountains (or of the park if you're at the back of the building, not quite as spectacular, but still nice). Unfortunately a large portion of the town centre is boarded up as apparently some investor bought up a load of buildings to 'renovate' and has done nothing with them. I still felt the town kept its charm and beauty though - especially with the waterfall running right through it. Hopefully something will be done with the buildings soon though, as I think it is affecting trade for some of the local business, and it would be such a shame to see such a beautiful town centre go to ruin.
The main ski lifts are only about 5-10min walk away from the Hotel, but it is up a steep hill, which you probably wouldn't want to walk if you were carrying ski equipment, so the hotel run a very regular shuttle service to and from the lifts. There is also a very good skibus service (free of charge if you have a lift pass) in the town that you can get from beside the main ski lifts, (or from Motzartplatz - which is a little closer to the hotel in the other direction - and avoids the steep hill) . This skibus service connects you to the other ski areas - Sportgastein, Badhofgastein and Dorfgastein - running from early morning to about 5pm, so basically getting around the area couldn't be easier - and the ski opportunities are plentiful, with slopes up to 2700m.
Just as a side note on the area - The ski bus was particularly useful for me, as due to injury I wasn't actually skiing, so I could get around this way to the many hiking routes and other activities while my other half was on the slopes. There really was Tonnes to do besides skiing, so the location was perfect from that point of view. Also very useful, particularly for non skiers, is the Gastein card - which you get from the hotel free of charge (I think it is available to anyone staying in a hotel in the Gastein area, you just ask for it at reception) - This offers lots of discounts on activities and transport and provides considerable savings. If you're not skiing you can get a pedestrian pass for the ski lifts, which allows 6 trips within a 21 day period and costs only €80 - unfortunately I didn't notice this option until half way through my week, so the few times I used the lifts I just paid the discounted pedestrian fare of 18.50 but will definitely avail of it on my next trip.
Anyway, back to the hotel itself....
On arrival to our room we were welcomed with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a couple of chocolates, which I thought was a lovely touch. The room was spacious and very comfortable. The breakfast buffet was fantastic, with lots of options to choose from. I was even able to make myself a packed lunch for my hikes each day as the buffet included lots of sandwich ingredients (I'm sure you're not supposed to do this but what harm!? :) Also, due to the fact that the town is built on some sort of spring, there is fresh running spring water in all the taps, so I could just fill up my water bottle in the bathroom sink and have lovely fresh drinking water!
The pool and sauna were really nice (although we were there at a quiet time so they might get a bit crowded during busy periods - as it was we had them almost to ourselves a lot of the time, which was great!) We didn't go for the half board option, but we did eat in the à la carte restaurant a couple of nights and the food was lovely.
Staff in all parts of the hotel were friendly and helpful and really made for a very comfortable stay. There is a lovely bar, which unfortunately was quite often empty due to the week we were staying being quiet, but we did pop in a couple of times to have a quick night cap and a chat to the friendly barman.
One slight negative (although I'm nit-picking now) was in the Spa. I went for a massage one of the days, which was lovely, and very enjoyable, but the room was quite brightly lit, and there was no music or anything playing (I couldn't help focusing on a rather irritating ticking clock the entire time!), so it just wasn't quite as relaxing as it could have been.
Overall though, I really enjoyed my stay here and would highly recommend the hotel. The whole week really felt like such a treat, I loved every minute of it!
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