We stayed at the Bellevue for one week at the end of March. We had come here for a snow holiday - you know, ice skating, skiing, tobogganing, snowmen etc. Obviously, as the resort was open until mid-April for skiing I assumed that there would be snow in the resort until then. Well, stupid me. I didn't know about snow cannons. When we arrived, having DRIVEN from the UK to Austria on a 20 hour journey with a five year old in the car, there was no snow in the resort. We were shattered from the journey and disappointed about the snow. The hotel staff were great, had all our stuff ready, and upgraded us for free from a one bedroom apartment to a two bedroom.
The apartment was really spacious and not only had two bedrooms but two bathrooms too! It was exceptionally clean and tidy and had everything you could need (OK, it didn't have a pasta machine). The cupboards all had lights in and there were loads of towels. Cleaning cloths, teatowels and washing up liquid were all supplied. Our apartment had views over three sides and we could hear a waterfall (charming, but of course it was only flowing because all the snow was melting....) There was also a bath, which was heaven after a day on the slopes if we didn't go to the pool. And speaking of the pool, the pool complex was very nice, very empty when we went, with a coldish pool, a little children's pool with a slide in it and a huge hot tub thing with two sorts of bubbles. The rest of the things of offer we didn't to as we had to pay extra and Austria was pretty expensive to start with. There was bowling at £15 a go which our son was desperate to do. Happily, they offered it in the children's club for free.
The hotel provided free childcare which was fantastic. Our son was the only one there some days as we went in term time, but Sissy, the chilcare lady, was fantastic with him. He came home with a toy, a book or something he'd made every day and on the last day she took him on the bus to the next town to a great playground. He loved it. Unfortunately the childcare times didn't match up very well with the ski run opening times - for instance the childcare was m/t/w 3-7 and the ski runs closed at 4, so we couldn't drop him off and ski together without him. The snow was rubbish, like sugar, as it was mostly melting (it was hotter there than in the UK most days) so we were happy to come off them early. The locals call it accident snow.
The hotel had a nice little bar, which was expensive of course, but only as expensive as drinking in a major UK city. It had happy hour 5-6 when it offered a list of selected cocktails, beers and wines, and happily the happy hour did tie up nicely with the childcare.
The town is really pretty and has a fantastic waterfall which is worth taking a look at. We also went on the walk part of the way along the river - but what a climb back up! As the town is on the side of the mountain every road is incredibly steep. We hired our ski stuff from Gastein Ski, which is opposite the bottom of the Stubnerkogel lift, and we were able to leave them there each night so that we didn't have to trek around in ski boots, thankfully. Also as others have said, cars have to be parked away from the hotel and it's a pretty steep walk to get to the car park (cue arguments about who fetches things from the car).
There was a nice bakery down from the hotel which we walked to in the mornings to buy pastries from. We also went to the Jagerhausl restaurant, which was nice. We found a lovely restaurant by mistake one night. We were heading for Steak & Mehr but found it closed, so we went over the road and down a little to a really lovely restaurant which had amazing food and was a really good price. I can't remember what it was called, but it was just up from the casino on the same side of the road. It had nice vegetarian things too (not many though - nowhere did). We booked and went there on our last night too.
I would definitely recommend the hotel - it had everything we needed and a few things we didn't, like the youth area and the pampering bit and a restaurant with expensive and bizarre fixed price menus featuring such delicacies as 'Greek Cauliflower'. Mmm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bad Gastein is a special place in the middle of the national park Hohe Tauern. The architecture of Art Noveau gives a Feeling about this great time. The Bellevue is part of the belle epoque History and represents Service with style. 2 restaurants, one Bar, a amazing wellness area and breathtaking views from every window of the hotel gives you unforgettable holiday impressions. The Restaurants serving breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Our lobbybar will be ready for a sundowner. especially for children we have a large playground, our famous Kidsclub with our "Toni" and for the little older ones a Club with a lot of Games. Bellevue lies in the heart of Hohe Tauern. Ready for a lot of excursions, trips and hikings. In the Winterseason we have one of the best ski areas around austria. One hour by car you need to visit the beautiful town of Mozart, Salzburg. Just like that, you need one hour to Wörthersee. Over 169 easy and heavy trails around the hotel. Come and visit a Legend! Visit Bellevue! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mondi-Holiday Bellevue Hotel Bad Gastein
- Mondi Holiday Bellevue Bad Gastein