The Romantik Hotel in Zell am See firstly has a prime location - we wanted to stay close to the lake and apart from the Grand Hotel, this is as close as you can get (and probably just as good as the Grand).
We are a couple aged 26 and 28 and wanted to get away for Christmas for a change and chose to stay here and ski in Zell am See for a week.
We flew with Thomson to Salzburg and then picked up a transfer bus to Zell am See - they do not let the big buses travel through the town, so a Crystal holidays rep then picked us up to take us directly to our hotel.
On first impressions, we were extremely pleased with our choice of hotel. It is both spatious and charming and traditionally Austrian in decor throughout.
The bedroom was very sweet - do not stay here if you are looking for a modern hotel with modern facilities though. The room was clean and pretty and we had chocolates on our bed as well as basket for the 'Wellness area' in the hotel including bath robes, slippers and towels which were replenished every day. The hotel has a cellar to store skiis and equipment so this made it very easy.
Everything was made easy during our stay and I do not know whether all the extra stops were pulled out because it was Christmas or whether the same level of service is applied throught the year (I am guessing this is true). We were very well looked after and the staff were incredibly polite and welcoming.
Breakfast was plentiful (we stayed half board) with a selection of cheeses, salad, breads, jams, yoghurt, meat, cereal, bacon and scrambled egg and boiled eggs as well as juice and tea/coffee.
We were also supplied with a morning newsletter to include items such as the weather and local activities and a menu for that evening (note - the hotel appreciate it if you let them know at breakfast if you will not be around for dinner). I am a vegetarian and ate very well the whole time - they always offered delicious alternatives (I was anxious about this before I arrived).
I feel that this hotel and staff really understand the needs of a skiier, suppling lots of food and drink (snacks are provided in the hotel lobby in the afternoon) and fantastic relaxation. If you visit the Wellness area (which we did every day), be sure to experience a 'Sauna infusion' with Tomas - the Wellness Manager. The saunas and steam are all 'nude' but I am a young female and preferred to sit in a towel - which is fine :)
We had a Eucalyptus sauna infusion which really brought us back to health from being in the cold all day! Tomas seems to love providing these infusions! My boyfriend enjoyed the heated outdoor pool although this was too cold for me! - I took pleasure in drinking the herbal teas on offer (free) and resting in the jacuzzi area. The hotel also has a log fire to sit by with a drink and a pool table.
If you are a couple (young or older) looking for a traditional, calm and romantic Christmas break I would thoroughly recommend this stunning hotel. It has four stars but desevres 5. Perfect in every way.
Over Christmas (we stayed 21 - 28 December) we were surprised with hand made biscuits brought up to our room and even a lunch pack to take home on the last day as we had an early flight.
The staff are by no means 'in your face', you really can please yourself, knowing that they are there if you need them for anything.
The only thing to note is that you pay for drinks seperatly, and we were met with a bill at the end of our stay but this was no problem as we budgeted for this.
I cannot reccomend this hotel enough - truely the best hotel I have stayed in. It offers the unique blend of feeling right at home (you can relax around the hotel) but also a very special service. I was afraid of feeling lonely on Christmas Day, away from family, but did not feel like this at all!
Do not miss the Austrian night at the hotel - traditional food and an accordian player!
Only downfall was that we had 10 courses for dinner on Christmas Eve (the day they celebrate the most) and this went on for four consecutive days!! I got quite tired after two hours at the dinner table and lots of courses - it is beautiful nouvelle cuisine but definitly not necessary four nights in a row!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the very centre of the small mountain village of Zell am See, you will find the Romantikhotel Zell am See lying in an oasis of tranquillity. Just a few steps away from Zell's lively centre, you can find relaxation and tranquillity in the rose garden, or in the romantic garden by the pool.Escape from the humdrum of everyday life and get into the holiday mood. The location of the hotel is ideal in both summer and winter alike. The hotel is only a couple of minutes from the lake and the hiking region, and only a 7 minute walk from the ski bus. ... more less
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