Just returned from a week's skiing in Zell am See staying at the Grand Hotel. We'd originally chosen a different hotel but due to an overbooking elsewhere we were offered a junior suite at the Grand instead and were very happy with the result.
First things first, a number of reviews have mentioned the trains. Yes - there's a train track which separates the hotel from the town and the passenger/freight trains can be noisy. Our room was on the corner so we overlooked both the frozen lake/mountains - very pretty - and the train track/town - not quite as pretty. The room itself was kept fairly warm with no way of controlling the temperature ourselves so sleeping with the windows open meant being woken up by the trains. However, we were so tired from the day's exertions that we were fast asleep again so not a massive problem. If you're a light sleeper, buy some earplugs or ask for a lakeside room which doesn't overlook the track. Guests staying in those said they couldn't hear the trains at all.
Trains aside, the experience was very good indeed. The hotel itself is kept clean & smart and the staff were without exception excellent. Reception, restaurant, housekeeping - all very pleasant and helpful. The food itself was varied and of a generally high standard consisting of both a self-service buffet for breakfast and table service for dinner. Also, the couple who sat next to us were both vegetarian and were complimentary about what they received, compared to their experiences at certain other hotels.
Included was free access to the Grand Spa which I'm sorry to admit I didn't use myself, although my wife did have a couple of sessions and thought it very good.
If you need an internet connection in your room, make sure you bring a network cable and a laptop with a network socket. There's no wireless in the rooms - at least where we were - only the free wifi network in Reception and the Bar Area above.
Another tip, if you're skiing and don't want to walk across town to the City XPress gondola (10mins) in your ski boots, hire a boot locker from Intersport (just below the gondola) for about £20. Worth every penny. There is a free hotel shuttle bus but we didn't use it once.
Finally, if you're looking to buy a bottle of something for the room, 80% Austrian rum's probably not the best choice.
Overall, really impressed both with Zell am See and the Grand Hotel. We've already decided to return next Winter and combine it with a few nights in Salzburg. Can't wait!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zell am See and winter sports are like the sun and sky, great friends! Together with the GRAND HOTEL ZELL AM SEE, they form an unbeatable trio for the perfect winter vacation.Treat yourself to casual 4-star comfort, homely old Austrian tradition of hospitality, comfort and a touch of luxury alpine directly on the winter white lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Zell Am See
- Zell Am See Grand