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.
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