I stayed for a week from 1st Feb 2014 with a mate for our annual ski trip.
On arrival we were made to feel very welcome and given a glass of chilled Prosecco to drink whilst our luggage was taken to our room.
Rooms are well appointed. We stayed in room 504 with a view up the Schmittenhöhe mountain. 5 mins walk up hill to the City Express gondola.
We chose to pay a little more to have a room with both a bath and a shower. We had a TV that included channels to view webcams up the mountain that helped us chose where to ski each day. Also in our room we had towelling robes, slippers and a wardrobe with free digital safe, plenty of hanging space and space to store empty luggage. Small minibar also has wine and waters. Beers would have been a nice option.
Claudio, Rose and Martin looked after us exceptionally well all week in the restaurant. You are given choices of 3 mains and 2 deserts most days. Breakfasts included cold meats, cheeses, smoked salmon, fresh breads, several cereal, yoghurt and fresh fruit with fresh honey from a honeycomb. Then grilled sausages, bacon as well as fried or scrambled egg freshly cooked to order or omelettes.
We had a bottle of wine with dinner each evening with prices from c€27 per bottle. You sign for you drinks over breakfast the following day and pay on checking out.
As our wives and children weren't with us on this trip we made full use of the evening Après Ski and nightlife in Zell Am See. Highlight was the 3 late nights we went to the indoor bar at Villa Crazy Daisie down by the lake. We saw a live group each time. "Boots" were brilliant playing a mixture of their own music and well known covers. Other bars we enjoyed included Crazy Daisies outside après bar for lager, mulled wine and free games of "Nails" where you use a claw hammer to knock 4" nails into a wooden log. We also enjoyed Mojitos in The Gin House, Guinness in both Flanagan's near the lake and A Little Bit of Irish. Other pop up bars for Après include The Outsider and upstairs at Greens. All places I have mentioned were 5 mins walk from the hotel.
We went to Crystal Ski's informative Welcome Meeting on the Sunday evening which was well attended in the downstairs K1 bar just off the town's main square. Amy and Julie the Crystal Reps gave passionate hints & tips to make the most of our ski holiday as well as outlining excursions.
In terms of snow, the conditions were best at the top of the Schmittenhöhe and then off to the right where there are several linked red runs. We also went across on the free ski bus to ski the glacier at Kaprun.
We extended our ski passes on the transfer bus to the "Super passes" for €16 pp extra. This added another 22 resorts on top of Zell and Kaprun We chose to get a local Post Bus from Zell's main bus station - number 680 - which for another €8.80 pp return allowed us a full day skiing Saalbach Hinterglem. Snow wasn't as good as Zell. We stayed in Saalbach 2 years ago. It is a pretty town but not as much to do as Zell.
Back to the hotel... We made full use of the hotel's unbelievable wellness facilities including pool, Jacuzzi, Salt Grotto, Sauna, Solarium, Tepidarium and power showers. All included in the prices. My mate had a 40 min massage at the hotel's "Elements" Spa on the top floor. He said it was very good. Cost €50. Please be aware that the Sauna area is available to those over 12 years old and you need to use a towel but enter the rooms nude.
Each day you have a mini note delivered to your room with a weather forecast and offers of local events the next day. For example a tour of the hotel kitchens.
On checking out we were given a cook book with popular recipes from the hotel and a lovely confectionary.
We had a fabulous week's ski trip, made in part by the warmth and passion to their jobs by absolutely everyone we met at the Family Posche's wonderful Hotel Tirolerhof. I would return in a heartbeat. Happy to answer any questions you may have about the Hotel or Zell Am See.
You have made a good choice if you have booked here!
John & Tim
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tirolerhof is a quietly located spa hotel in the centre of Zell am See, at the foot of the Schmittenhohe mountain and only a few steps away from Lake Zell.The newly renovated Elements Panorama Spa on the fourth floor offers a wide range of wellness applications and beautiful views of the mountains and the lake.Bathing and sauna pleasures are also offered in the 1,000 m² Tirolerhof Aquarena, which features a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a relaxation room with water beds. ... more less
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