This property is now run by Neilson, and they are operating it as a Lodge - the only obvious difference to a Chalet is that you pay for your alcoholic drinks with dinner ! This does add a bit to the price (they aren't cheap), but you decide how much to drink !
The location is reasonably central - walking distance to the Maiskogel chairlift (or a more comfortable short bus trip from the very close busstop), and has a direct bus link to the Kitzsteinhorn gondola. It is worth learning the bus times at the start of the week (currently 17 and 47 mins past the hour) - we didn't and wasted a bit of time waiting for buses.
The room we had was spacious, lovely bedding and it had a decent wardrobe - the only problem was the sofa bed. The folds in the sofa bed I had created peaks and troughs of their own, which made sleeping on it difficult - I suspect it needs replacing !
The bathroom was a decent size, clean and with a great shower - powerful, nice and hot, and enough room to turn around without hitting the walls ! If you are looking for a soak, the town swimming pool (Optimum) is closed - but the Tauern Spa on the outskirts of town (15 euro or 25 euro with sauna access) is great.
The wifi in the entrance hall was not working, but there is free wifi in some of the bars (including Paletti) and restaurants (including Hilberger's Beisl), or outside the supermarket in the centre of the town.
The afternoon cake was my favourite food - plenty of it, nice and light and a different one each day. The breakfast service runs from 8-9am and gets a bit busy, with the staff struggling to keep the juice/milk/coffee/bread available. I think they need to rethink how they operate this as it wastes time waiting for the staff to bring them out. The breakfast itself consists of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, and one hot item each day (egg or sausage etc). Somewhat different to the typical breakfast you get in an Austrian B&B.
The evening meal consists of a starter (usually soup), a main course and a desert - the quality was reasonable and quantity was just right. It was very english though - don't expect an austrian experience !
Overall whilst the week's experience was perfectly pleasant (made more so by the excellent last minute bargain price), the design of the lodge does not give it the cosy feel that some chalet's manage - with the bar in the basement, and the log fire in the entrance hallway there isn't a natural area to sit and chat.
If you go, I'm sure you will enjoy your week, but if you are booking in advance at the full price rates, you might want to look elsewhere.
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