I booked this trip at very short notice so that I could join three friends staying in central Saalbach. With few accommodation options because I was only staying Wednesday to Sunday (all the hotels here only really like Saturday to Saturday bookings!) I originally booked to stay at the Hotel Bärenbachhof (300m up the road towards Hinterglemm). But when I arrived the owner informed me that the hotel was fully booked so I was to stay at their sister hotel. I was initially hesitant but when he kindly drove me and my luggage closer into Saalbach I quickly changed my mind. And when we pulled up outside the Auwirt (50m from the Schattberg X-press lift) I started to realise how lucky I'd been. That feeling continued to grow as I went into the hotel, up to my room and saw the exceptional facilities within the building.
My room was very modern (so not for traditionalists!) and very spacious. The bed was probably one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in at a ski resort - and I've stayed at more than 50! There was loads of built-in wardrobe and cupboard space and a superb en-suite bathroom with a huge shower cubicle (rare!) and even a radio that came on with the lights!
The ski/boot room is great with lots of room and benches, heated boot racks, high security and very easy / convenient access (being down a short flight of stairs right next to the hotel entrance).
Breakfasts were excellent with attentive and friendly staff. I can't comment on the dinners as I ate with my friends at their hotel.
Internet access was important to me as I still had to do some work whilst away. The reception desk provided me with a free ethernet cable and the charge was EUR.2 per hour or EUR.7 per day - since these were accumulative prices (you only pay for the amount of time you're actually online) the EUR.7 option lasted me all four days.
Despite having limited English (but far better than my Austrian!) the staff were incredibly friendly, polite and very helpful.
I would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone and intend going there again - hopefully for a longer stay next time.
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