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Alpenland Sporthotel
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Reviewed July 16, 2011

We booked this hotel from Interval International points and didn't know quite know what to expect from a timeshare in Austria and what Saint Johann had to offer. It turned out to be mostly very good. Positives: Had a 3rd floor rear facing studio room. The room was rather large with lots of storage space and sitting space with a "large" outside deck and beautiful views. It was the quietess room of our three week trip. The front desk and food service was excellent throughout our stay. A good parking garage with easy in and out. The breakfast buffet ($98 for the week per person) was worth it. The food was plentiful and varied and the very best of all our hotel stays on this trip. Location, location! We were within an easy one hour drive to Salzburg, Halstatt, the Krimmel waterfall, Helbrun Castle, 30 minutes from the Hohenwerfen Castle, Zell am See and only 10 minutes to the wonderful Liechtensteinklamm Gorge. Negatives: We expected a refrigerator and microwave but had only a very small refrigerator that was stocked with drinks. We were hoping to eat more in the room but we liked our room so much we decided not to upgrade to a kitchen room. There was a grocery store across the street and we were able to buy snacks, fruits and drinks to fill in for a quick meal. The bathroom was very small but well laid out.
We really thought this was great hotel and it far exceeded our expectations. There were some very good restaurants throughout town and stores to meet all the needs. Unlike some U.S. timeshares, our room was cleaned daily.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank dhen
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Reviewed June 18, 2011

The hotel is older, but the staff is very helpful and we got a great price through my father's time share. I am not sure how much it would be if you were just renting independently. We had a room with a deck with a great view. We had a small kitchen but it was VERY minimally stocked, all of the knives were dull. However, the restaurant downstairs sharpened them for us when we asked. There isn't a whole lot going on in town, but it is a great jumping off point to explore the surrounding mountains. Both restaurants downstairs had pretty good food and excellent service.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 21, 2011

Vacationed here for a week with a timeshare exchange. The room was labeled as "efficiency" and provided that. The views were great, but no kitchenette which made eating very expensive. One Euro is $1.50, so the cost of food was through the roof in the hotel and throughout Austria and Germany. The hotel is great for daytrips though as long as you have a rental car. The Grossglockner, Hallstatt, St. Wolfgang, Salzburg, Eagle's Nest, Munich, Dachau, and some castles are all within driving distance. Make sure you set aside money for gas and food though.

I did not take part in any of the amenities of the hotel like that sauna, hot tub, exercise room, or pools. I pretty much just slept there. Go to Harry's Pub near the hotel for some good Czech beer and great conversation. The bar in the hotel is pretty decent, try the Eggenberg Dunkel, but it is PACKED after 8. Restaurants in the hotel are good enough, but a little pricey. As mentioned above, the breakfast prices are ridiculous. 15 Euro per person for a buffet with cold cuts, bread, fruit, and some eggs if you order them from the server.

The hotel staff were mostly very polite, mainly at the front desk. The restaurant(s) staff can be a little rude, but it is like that almost everywhere in that region of the country. Load up on juice, water, sodas, and other refreshments at the local EuroSpar grocery store as these items are very expensive in the mini-fridge and in restaurants. 2.60 Euro for a tiny cup of coffee, no refills. 3 Euros for a liter of water, although the water is distilled and very good. Like I said, load up at the grocery.

Overall, Alpenland is a great base point to explore the area. The locals can be nice enough and the scenery is beautiful. Be careful driving in St Johann though as there are quite a few accidents, at least while we were there.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank MeddleMakr
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Reviewed April 28, 2011

Spacious hotel with good facilities including fitness, pool, jacuzzi and sauna. We got lovely rooms overlooking snow capped mountain although some rooms overlook shopping mall. Is a good base for Salzburg and surrounding attractions if you have a car.
We also visited Innsbruck and Munich so our 1 week holiday was quite hectic and enjoyable. Lots to see and do.
Hotel restaurants were good but pricey unless you went for a 1 week package which nobody should do, as it restricts your eating choice. If they could have a cheaper daily breakfast that would have been useful, Euro 75 for breakfast for a family is a bit stiff especially if some only want a light breakfast.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 26, 2011

Spent a week here during a mild April to do some outdoor activities, on a timeshare exchange. Room was moderately sized with ensuite and a balcony overlooking the mountains. Had a very alpine feel. Staff were friendly and helpful.

Lots of good restaurants in the hotel and in St Johann. St Johann is easily accessible to Salzburg and Munich, perfect for day trips.

Some good leisure cycling in the area, however we were too early in the season for mountain biking. Pool and sauna were lovely (I noted the review below stating that you are supposed to be naked in the sauna - this is true but I flouted the rule and no one complained!).

Only downsides - slightly overactive heating system which made the room feel a little dry, and you have to pay for the internet which is a bit outdated these days I feel.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank JHOManchester
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Reviewed February 28, 2011

We stayed for four days for skiing. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and the hotel was convenient for and well-equipped especially for ski hire and pool/sauna. Beware that you are expected to be naked in sauna! Note that skiing in the area is mainly red runs and has very few blues/greens.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 11, 2011

We wanted a four star hotel half board with pool/sauna etc. near ski slopes and the Alpenland more than catered for our needs. Staff interacted with humour, service was very good, the food was excellent and on occasion too rich (I felt embarrassed helping myself to so much lobster) and the facilities were very good and well maintained. If you want to look for cracks you can find them but if you want value for money and have a positive outlook then this is a good place to stay. Parking in the basement. Ski hire also in the basement. Reception staff very helpful. We loved it. 10 minute drive to serious ski slopes or 2 minutes to the slopes in St. Johann. Open air ice rink just round the corner. On new years eve they went over the top with fireworks; it was wonderful. It is a great place to have a winter break.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Alpenland Sporthotel

Address: Hans Kappacherstrasse 7-9, St Johann im Pongau 5600, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Salzburg Region > St Johann im Pongau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in St Johann im Pongau
#2 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in St Johann im Pongau
#2 Luxury Hotel in St Johann im Pongau
Price Range: $128 - $252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Alpenland Sporthotel 4*
Number of rooms: 134
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the unique combination of international flair and traditional Austrian hospitality of Salzburger Land. The 4-star Alpenland Hotel offers an in town, central location with top-equipped rooms, luxury suites, 2 specialty restaurants, modern conference rooms, and an indoor/outdoor wellness area that guarantee a relaxing vacation. The wellness area offers an 18-meter pool, 2 hot tubs, sauna, steam bath, solarium and a garden. The fitness trainer will guide you through your training, or you can take advantage of one of the aerobic courses where you can build stamina, strength and coordination. Other highlights include two onsite outdoor tennis courts as well as nearby golf courses, bike paths and hiking trails. Sports of all types - from easy to challenging. Alpenland Sporthotel is your ideal starting point for one of the best and most attractive ski areas in Austria. Whether it's a matter of sporting activities in snow or ice, reflective hikes or idyllic sleigh rides, the Alpenland Hotel fulfills all your desires. Inhouse ski rental and shuttle bus transfer available. ... more   less 
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Alpenland Sporthotel Hotel Sankt Johann Im Pongau
Alpenland Sporthotel St Johann Im Pongau, Austria - Salzburg Region

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