We have now stayed at Hotel Edelweiss seven times since 2007 and, just back from yet another great holiday I thought I should write a review. We have had five skiing holidays and two summer vacations there and this review reflects our experience over those 45-odd nights.
Edelweiss is family-owned and it is their hospitality and professionalism that keeps us coming back. From our very first visit we have been made to feel really welcome. Herr Bauer, the owner, and Franz his son, the manager, make considerable effort to ensure everything is going OK. This often involves the preparation of special cocktails, juices and samples of new wines to taste!
After hospitality, the next reason to stay at Edelweiss is the outstanding food. It is a fine dining experience and although five course dinners are offered the portions are reasonable and so one does not feel bloated afterwards. Considerable effort is made to showcase local produce, especially in the summer. We are always amazed at the vast collection of tableware - there seems to be a special plate for every dish. If you want to eat less that is possible. When our children were small, they would often have just wiener schnitzel and desert.
Herr Bauer is a wine enthusiast and has a vast cellar of fine wines from around the world, although personally I enjoy trying the Austrian wines that are not so easy to find at home. I think he must own all the available styles of Riedel wine decanter!
The rooms are comfortable and reasonably sized. Most have quite large balconies and good views. Most rooms seem to have flat screen TVs now.
The location is excellent for skiing. It is a couple of minutes walk in ski boots to the Bergfried T bar from which you can ski down to the ski school area and the big Westgipfel and Zwolferkogel lifts. To ski on the North side of the valley, walk up to the Reiterkogel gondola takes about 5 minutes. It's not quite ski-in-ski-out but close. You can get your lift pass at the hotel.
I prefer Hinterglemm (where Edelweiss is) to Saalbach, but that is a personal preference. Saalbach is bigger and probably has more going on in the evening, but the best skiing is at the Hinterglemm end of the valley. There is a good free ski bus that will take you up and down the valley and you can ski all the way to Leogang and back. There is a footpath linking the villages and it takes about half an hour to walk (not in ski boots).
We have tried many different ways of travelling to Hinterglemm, but recently have taken to driving. If you fly to Munich I suggest you order a car to collect you as you are unlikely to use it until it is time to return. Train to Zell-am-See is another option.
If you want to relax, enjoy great Austrian food and wine, then Edelweiss is a great choice.
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