I have just spent a week here in Saalbach at the Kristiana, it is just 5 minutes walk (in ski-boots) from the two main lifts and the main street.
The staff could not have been more helpful and welcoming, the made our holiday a special experience.
The food exceeded our expectations and was of an excellent standard, if you do not want bottled water then ask for tap water for free.
The cat is lovely, she sits on your knee and purrs like mad. Sadly I saw a drunk person roughly pet her and she responded by biting them (not hard enough), I feel that this was in self-defence and that the cat is a good judge of character. To my mind people who rough up cats deserve to get scratched.
As for the smoking issue, well if you don't like smoking don't come to Austria. The place is a bit behind the times on this one but as an ex-smoker I did not find it a problem to avoid this by choice of seating / bars. I think the problem is that they just want to make people happy, the general feeling was that at some point a ban will come in.
The lift system is amazing, and there are slopes to suit all abilities. The snow quality was poor due to the unusually warm weather all over the Alps, hey-ho.
What was really nice was how the Brits all got on well together. There was no large group annoying everybody else apart from some Belgians who seemed to having a good time.
I have had ski holidays ruined in the past by stag parties /hen dos and their ilk, kicking off and arrogantly thinking that the world revolves around themselves, never minding that they ruin everybody elses holiday by their behaviour. I wish this sort of group would hide themselves in a chalet so that we and the hotel staff don't have to suffer.
To accept hospitality, then petulantly connive to en-mass lower tripadvisor ratings seem to me un-British and a low and unfair type of behaviour that I was shocked to see having had such a brilliant holiday. I for one shall return to the Kristiana and sincerely hope that the reviewers below do not.
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