The three of us went to Familienhotel Post in Millstatt at Easter and had a great time. We have been to a couple of other Kinderhotels and this one is my personal favourite (my son's opinion is different because another hotel had a waterslide but he also really liked Familienhotel Post).
The service and friendliness were the strongest bits. Peter is the owner's son- and he is friendly and warm. When our arrival dates overlapped with a period the hotel was closed for renovation, he booked us into a nearby hotel for the first days of our holiday and arranged transport for us back and forth. He suggested loads of activities for us to try and personally leads mountain bike treks, fishing trips, etc. He also popped by to check in with us at least once a day- not in an obtrusive way, but in a friendly, personable way. He makes you feel more like a friend and house guest rather than a client. You can tell this approach is working as many of the guests have been coming every year for years and years.Tthere were a lot of families with teenagers who have been coming since the children were babies.
The building is nice- a classic hotel but updated with lots of amenities. The pool itself is really special, with huge windows and the pool itself is stainless steel- very striking and modern looking. There's lots of outdoor space too- there's a brook out back next to a sandpit which was great for building lakes and dams. There's also a pedal-cart track and a big lawn for playing. The building is very nice and although it's in the town it feels like it's an outdoor holiday when you're there.
The food was really nice too, not quite as 'gourmet' focused as some other kinder hotels but good quality and in generous amounts. The alcohol was good and reasonably priced too, There's even a cocktail bar with mocktails for the kids.
We had initially planned to ski while there but due to the warm spring we ended up having a spring holiday instead. There are lots of activities around- local tennis courts, the lake, horse riding, a nearby climbing wall. I can't vouch for the skiing (the one day on the slopes I had was decent as far as late season skiing goes) but I heard that the resort is being expanded and redeveloped this year.
The only less positive comments I would make are not really around the hotel itself and are more about us: we came with a 5-year old and the reality is that the space and activities are probably a bit more suitable for older children. The hotel itself is more 'adult' in decor than other kinderhotels as well- which we enjoyed but I could see this being a place we go back to once our son is a few years older. The other point is that the regulars at this hotel are primarily German speakers- so while they are all very friendly it might be a little tough for English-speaking children to make friends. Our son is pretty outgoing so didn't have a problem but this might be an issue for others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Familienhotel Post is a family hotel with up to 8 professional, loving child minders. In front of the house: a lovely sun terrace, and for the little one’s first attempts on skis there are caring nannies to make sure the experience is just perfect. Everything close by: 9 fantastic ski resorts - 1 ski pass, sleigh rides, sledding, ice skating on the lakes, curling, winter hikes, cross country skiing, snowshoeing with your hostess, getting to know the ski tours with guide, and rustic ski lodges ... Indoor water world: a panoramic indoor pool, a children's pool (34 °C), a youth gaming room, sauna, steam room, whirlpool, mountain water grotto, fitness room and palm rest room, solarium, massage, beauty treatments, a private fitness trainer, children's playroom and baby pavilion. Just 500m from the hotel you will discover a beautiful private beach at the hotel Postillion Lake with 120 m of sandy beach (lake temperature up to 27 °), a romantic lakeside sauna, 20% discount on green fees at the local golf course Millstatt, private fishing water in the lake, guided fishing trips, boats, etc. Outdoor water empire: A heated pool area with paddling pool and lots of sand, a flower terrac ... more less
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