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Schloss Prielau Hotel & Restaurants
Ranked #33 of 42 Hotels in Zell am See
Reviewed July 9, 2009

We booked a "family suite" and were amazed to have three bedrooms, two huge sitting rooms and three bathrooms. The antique furnishings and hunting trophies gave it incredible atmosphere. We did not get to try the restaurant, as we only stayed one night and the restaurant was closed. It was a great stay.

Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 29, 2009

When we first visited Schloss Prielau in Feb 2008 for a long weekend, we fell in love with this romantic boutique hotel from the moment we set foot in it, and before we left, we had booked it as the location for our wedding. We returned with the future mother-in-laws just before Christmas in 2008 and they too duly fell under Schloss Prielau's beguiling spell.

In Feb 2009, we filled the entire Schloss ( including the Fischerhaus) with 25 of our closest friends and family for our winter wedding. Anette arranged everything with extraordinary attention to detail. She and her team had the rare ability to always be on hand without ever appearing intrusive. Much to Mayers’ credit, they have a team of exceptionally loyal and charming staff, many of whom have been with them from the outset. Everything was beautifully understated but done to absolute perfection from the lovely sleigh ride, the stunning flowers, the wonderful photographer, the fabulously fun hunting horns band, to the exceptionally talented musicians.

The hotel: Schloss Prielau has all the luxuries and the service you would expect of a top 5* hotel (with the exception of a lift, which we did not miss), but Anette's deft touch gives it the charm and friendly feel of a beautiful country house. It is in a gorgeous setting which makes it incredibly tranquil and provides a real sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The bedrooms/bathrooms: All of the rooms in the Schloss have wonderful views over the mountains, and the ones at the front look out over the lake and Zell. The rooms are all unique and beautifully decorated without exception. The bathrooms were modernised this year and now offer absolutely state of the art luxury.

Food: Breakfasts are lavish and a real highlight, as are all meals, whether you dine in the Schloss itself or in Mayer’s restaurant. It was a fantastic privilege to have the great Andreas Mayer as the chef for our wedding reception. His sommelier helped us choose perfect wines and the food was quite simply divine.

Anette and Andreas, we can never thank you enough. The Schloss has been a delight every time we have stayed with you, and our wedding weekend was no exception. Suffice to say that both we and our wedding guests will be going back to Schloss Prielau for many years to come. We cannot recommend Schloss Prielau highly enough.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 24, 2009

Since I am an academic in literature I was delighted to find a fabulous getaway for a four-day skiing trip in the Austrian Alps that was owned by the playwright and poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Schloss Prielau is an amazing hotel--with all amenities of a four-star hotel plus the feel of a family-run guest house, where guests are not only very welcome but also treated in a very personalized way. The atmosphere of this fabulous, historical villa-turned-hotel inspires tranquility, harmony, and relaxation. Location and view are magnificent; the sauna a delight (particularly after skiing); and the rooms and the common rooms on the different floors charming. The food at the hotel--particularly at the gourmet restaurant run by the prize winning chef Andreas Mayer--is sublime, absolutely unforgettable. Frau Anette Mayer is a splendid, attentive, and warm hostess. All members of the hotel staff were marvellous.
As soon as I have a chance (and the money) to go back, I will do that! A glimpse of paradise!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2008

Our "room" was an enormous suite of 3 rooms and a beautiful, spotless bathroom. Everything was impeccable -- the decor, breakfast, etc. There is no elevator.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 30, 2008

We just booked a double room and were amazed on arrival to have a room with two double bedrooms a living area and bathroom!!! We felt like royalty!!

The Hosts were lovely and very helpful, checking the weather conditions for us and advising us where to go to see something( It was very wet and foggy!)

The breakfast was a buffet style and was plentiful and varied...and the TV is satelite but only has one english channel ...Why go to this fabulous location and watch TV?

It is a long walk into the centre but it was easy to get a taxi should you fancy a few beers...

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2007

We stayed in Room 23 which is on the top floor on the opposite side from the entrance in one of the rooms with a turret. Huge room with a sitting area in turret area with many windows and a view of the lake. All rooms now have large modern bathrooms.
Lots of steps to the top floor with no elevator. Front desk carried our bags up. It's a small hotel (about 9 rooms) and the staff at 6pm goes over to help in the restaurant across the way. No problem-you are given a key to use if you go out. Almost like having a castle to yourself at night. Good breakfast.

We had dinner one night in the 1 or 2 starred restaurant (Mayers) on the grounds. Very hip but with presentation seeming more important than the food. Lots of foam/infusion touches. Things like amuse bouche of cream of mushroom soup (tasted just like Campbells') using a pippet or another soup in a test tube. Small portions except for the desserts.
Good wine pairings with the dinner. Not worth the money to us who like good food ( excellent 3 star in France the week before) over presentation.
The second night we went to Lohnighof Restaurant in Thumerbach about a mile from the Schloss and had a very good dinner at a very resonable price. Seemed to be all locals on a Saturday night.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2007

This building was supposedly a hunting lodge for the Bishop of Salzburg. The interior still has a 17th century feel, with low doorways and original dark wood panelling. (See attached photo.)

The rooms are off a common area on each floor and while each room has its own modern bathroom, some of them are across the common area. The beds were very comfortable

The location is not convenient for skiing (a good distance out of town), but we were there in summer, and its position at the head of the lake is beautiful.

We ate inside the hotel most nights, where the food was good and typically Austrian. On the last night we ate at the one-star Michelin restaurant on the grounds, Mayer's, which some of my family rated as better than the two-star Landhaus Bacher in the Wachau.

The hotel is run by Herr Mayer's wife who was very helpful. The desk was not always manned throughout the day giving this hotel more of a Bed & Breakfast feel.

My whole family agreed that this was one of the best hotels of this trip.

Stayed: June 2007
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Address: Hofmannsthalstrasse 10, Zell am See 5700, Austria
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Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Salzburg Region > Zell am See
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Zell am See
#25 Luxury Hotel in Zell am See
Price Range: $145 - $413 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Schloss Prielau Hotel & Restaurants 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Schloss Prielau is located in idyllic grounds, just 200 metres from the north shore of Lake Zell. The former residence of writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s family was first documented in 1425. Since 1980, Schloss Prielau has been owned by the Porsche family, who converted it into a country hotel for lovers of the Austrian hospitality and cuisine. Anette and Andreas Mayer have been your hosts since 2004 and spoil hotel guests and visitors to MAYER’s gourmet restaurant with plenty of love and personal care. They have seven double rooms, two suites and an apartment in the fishing lodge available. The rooms are furnished in a rural style yet possess all the comfort of an international four-star hotel. Fires and tiled stoves create plenty of opportunity to snuggle up in a romantic atmosphere. Delicious breakfasts are served in the cosy castle kitchen, where you can also while away the lunchtime and the afternoon. On the terrace, with its view of the castle grounds, you can enjoy the sun and the tranquillity while you watch the on-site deer. In the rustic bathhouse you can relax with a visit to the sauna and steam bath or treat yourself to a massage. Thanks to the unique surroundings and dreamlike location, Schloss Prielau is the perfect venue for your wedding or family celebration for up to 300 people. We look forward seeing you! ... more   less 
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