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Gartenhotel Daxer
Ranked #6 of 43 Hotels in Zell am See
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Bingley
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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“Top Quality Hotel”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

We stayed at the Daxer for 10 days in early September. Generally it is a very good hotel, with a few (very) annoying aspects.
The views from the front of the hotel balconies are stunning and un-rivalled.
There is a debate in places over whether this hotel is 3 or 4 star. Officially ranked as 3 star, the main thing that bothers me is room and food. They are undoubtedly both 4 star. I think its not a 4 star because it lacks some things that a 4 star should have. As far as we were concerned food and room were top class ; the sauna / indoor and outdoor pools are good. Not sure what else you need to be 4 star?
The breakfast in largely bread rolls / ham / cheese. There is a toast machine ; and always scrambled eggs / hard boiled eggs plus bacon and different types of sausage every day.
On flight change over days (Wed & Sat) there is a buffet ; Wed is "Austrian buffet", which is good ; I found the Saturday "Grill" dis-appointing. The other 5 days of the week, you order your main course at breakfast. There is always a meat choice ; fish choice ; veggie choice plus one main suitable for kids - but also OK for adults. The kids course is typically Spag Bol ; snitzel and chips ; chicken and chip etc. For evening meal there is two choices of soup (the cream of ... " is always lovely!) Then salad from the buffet - a lot more than just salad though, with salmon / ham / beef / pork etc uaually around. Then the main course is served. Presentation is top class here, as well as tasting good. Then there is either a buffet desert, or desert served to your table. (The Arctic rolls are massive, and delicious!) The only gripe in the restaurant really is paying 2.50 euro's for a litre of tap water. although obviously lager / wine etc is available, but also a bit expensive. Over 10 days we paid around 40 euro's for evening meal drinks. despite having tap water most days and beer / soft drinks occasionally.
Apart from the tap water cost the only other issue is that there is little to do in the evening. There is a lounge that seats around 20 - 25 max. Most people in there were playing cards / board games. Other than that you are in your room, or down in Zell Am See.
Some people reckon the town is 20 mins walk down hill. They must be Olympic walkers! We walked down once, quiet fast, and it took 30 mins. Walking back is not really tenable, unless you are super fit. It is a 45 - 50 min hard slog up a seemingly never ending hill. Buses run from 07:15 to 18:00. Fares seem a bit of a mystery. It is generally 2.20 euros single, but some drivers charged only 1 euro. Taxi's are 10 euro's from / to the hotel to more or less any where in Zell Am See. To save money on busses, you can buy a 7 day pass for the Daxer to Zell Am See bus station for 11.20 euro's. If you intend going up a few cable cars, the Daxer hotel does not give you a Zell / Kaprun card, but you can buy one for 75 euro's. Top value, as to go up the ski lift near the hotel is 22 euro ; the 3 cable cars up Kitzsienhorn are 33 euro's in total ; the bus to the power dam at Kaprun is 19 euro and the bus to Kaprun 5 euro. So the pass (which runs for 6 conseq days) has paid for itself already.
If you want to know anything else - mail me on chrisyorkshire@hotmail.com

Room Tip: Get a room over looking the valley and lake. Our room had a shower (no bath) as that is what we ask...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We visited this hotel in August, planning to go walking in the area. The location wasgood, out of the town centre and close to the ski-lifts. Fantastic views of the lake & mountains from the balcony of our room. Whilst giving great access to the hills and being quiet it was a 30-minute down hill walk to Zell and a hard 45-minute walk back up. Busses available but the finished at 6.00 pm. Taxis available c11Euors one way.

Bus stops and ski lifts within walking distance.

Service / staff were great. Very friendly and chatty, all speaking good English. Mixture of English / German are the main residents but other europeans there too.

Food was varied and good quality. Each evening there were 4 choices for a main meal plus soups / salads / deserts to support.

Seems well kitted out for winter ski holidays.

Indoor & outdoor pools are good but small if you want to do serious swimming. Saunas & steam room good quality. No gym but plenty of places to go running.

Facilities at the hotel were good but we spent most of our time out and about.

Families catered for and dogs too.

Room Tip: Get a balcony looking out towards Zell with views of the lake.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is the fourth time my wife and I have been to zell, out of all the hotels this is very Austrian if you like traditional food with a busy atmosphere. Most customers seem to be German as they all are over here and most are friendly and willing to try and speak English. All the staff were brilliant especially at the reception and also we had a girl called Viktoria doing the house keeping who made us feel very homely.
There is a bus route very much round the corner with week passes available to town as its a hard walk.
The view on the garden side of the hotel from our room is the best we ever had in all the hotels and really stunning looking way over the lake and most of the town. It also made a nice change to be able to sleep quietly as hotels in the town are very noisy with people talking into the night and then the church bells ringing like mad in the early morning!! So be warned. The only down side although only a small one was that this hotel charged for tap water at meal times but it never put us off the full experience.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Naestved, Denmark
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

A very nice, comfortable and cozy hotel - a good value for the money. Large rooms, friendly personnel, and the best: a garden with a freshwater pool. 2 km walk uphill from town centre is tough, but taxi will take you there for 10 Euro. Many things to see in the area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melton Mowbray, England, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

We spent a week in Zell Am See (our first time in Austria) at the end of June. Whilst the entire area itself was beautiful, it was our hotel (Daxer) with the amazing food, hospitality, comfort and cleanliness which made our stay perfect. We didn't know what to expect, and as a well-travelled young couple we were blown away by every aspect of this hotel, staff, as well as the place. Austria is defiantly a summer vacation, it was extremely hot and sunny the whole week we were there, and there is so much to do in the surrounding area.

We recommend:
Taking a trip to Krimml Waterfall
Going horse-riding around the picturesque valleys
Going on a pedalo around the lake! As well as swimming in it, it's so pure you could drink the water!
White Water Rafting!
There is so many activities to choose from we found it hard to pick!

Although the walk up the hill to the hotel can be a struggle, there is a local bus link for only 2 Euros, or later at night when the bus is no longer running you could catch a taxi for 10 Euro.

The food quality, variety as well as presentation is what you would expect in a 5 * restaurant.

All in All, WE LOVED IT!

Room Tip: Pick a room with a balcony, with a view of the lake!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2012

Just got back from staying at Hotel Daxer and can't recommend it highly enough! We normally go on beach holidays but fancied something completely different and our stay exceeded our expections and have now got the taste for lake and mountain style breaks! The Daxer is clean, friendly staff, good food and great location for cable and chair lifts! 
It's a good 40 min walk up hill from Zell am See (which was hard going in 32 deg heat!!) but buses run every 20 mins. 
Zell am See and surrounding area is jaw droppingly stunning and there is so much to do in the Summer and is not just a winter resort!
Tip: if we go again we would buy the 6 day cable car, bus and lido pass which cost approx. 70€

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Irvine, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2012

Lovely small hotel just next to the gondola. Bedrooms are fresh and very clean and the bed in our room was soooo comfortable . You can walk down to the lake but would advise against walking back as uphill all the way. Well worth a balcony at the front as the view is stunning and looks down to the lake.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Gartenhotel Daxer
Address: Georg-Rendl-Strasse 8, Zell am See 5700, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Salzburg Region > Zell am See
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Zell am See
#7 Family Hotel in Zell am See
#8 Romantic Hotel in Zell am See
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Hotel Class:3 star — Gartenhotel Daxer 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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