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MAVIDA Wellnesshotel & Sport Zell am See
Ranked #25 of 43 Hotels in Zell am See
Certificate of Excellence
Hong Kong, China
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Top notch! So glad we picked place over more popular resorts.”
Reviewed March 10, 2012

After some serious research, we decided that a small town was would provide better value and cosiness than a big-time ski resort, and we were right - Zell Am See is quaint, friendly, and just the right size. We had full-board at the hotel which means breakfast, lunch, tea time, and a 4 course dinner daily, but if we didn't pick this option, I wonder where in town we could find a decent meal since pizza joints were a plenty but not much else in plain view. Like other reviewers mentioned, the food at the hotel is simply amazing - kudos to these top chefs.

Room size is fine - I can't really comprehend why some reviewers complained about it being too small. My only conclusion is that these reviewers are much too large.

3 main quibbles:

(1) Internet - we could not receive WIFI reception in our room (219), and had to resort to old fashioned ethernet, which a cable was provided by the hotel but it was not long enough to allow you freedom to place anywhere. Once connected, the speed is a snail's pace akin to dial up, but would spike to decent speeds once in a while only to fall back to super slow again. Will challenge even the most patient people!

(2) Beds - the mattress and pillows are super soft by default, although you are given a choice to change to a firmer option - we didn't bother.

(3) Full board includes all food but the hotel wasn't very clear on the inclusion of beverages - we had to ask several times and was explained the fine print. In a nut shell, all breakfast beverages are covered but all other drinks through-out the day are additional. Keep this in mind before you decide to splurge on booze during dinner while expecting freebies.

Room Tip: I requested a room with balcony facing the pool as per another reviewer's suggestion. Good tip...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2012

Can`t really understand the hype ... - Hotel of the year 2011 ? ... beg to differ ...

Pros:

Very very good food ... - restaurant delivers to 1 Mich. * standard - constantly ... we`ve never eaten better in a ski resort on half board ... really good

Our room - we booked their "Mavida-suite" - top end on their "room menu" ... nice - large - all the trimmings ... so yes ... A + again

Design elements and whole atmosphare - inside though - nice as well ... - chill out & feel good factors high ....

Con´s:

Zell am See/Kaprun skiing area smallìsh for ambitious skiers ... - after 6 days it does become a bit boring ..

Staff often not trained enough ... - overwhelmed ... also in their SPA

Free "Fingerfood" in the afternoon repetetive and again staff not able to cope with the onslaught ..

Recpetion staff friendly ok .. - but not helpfull at all when i discovered my new pair of ski´s where nicked on thier premises ... - no reaction at all ... - "your problem sir.... " well not ... i believe ..

Main issue for me ... Value for money ... - 2 adults 2 kids - including 2 Skipasses for 6 days - 2 btls/wine per day.. soft drinks (the usual...) - 7000.- Euros/7 days... .... hmmmm ... for 5 K i`d say yes .. will come again ... but itjust deosn`t feel rite ...

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2012

I stayed in the hotel for about 2 weeks and I can say that it is the best place to stay when in Zell am See or Kaprun.
Great atmosphere, beautiful design, friendly staff, great food, the best Apres Ski, comfortable, clean and spacious rooms.
If you go with a skiing purpose, its just a 2 mins drive to Schmitten ski area.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Bangkok
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2011

The hotel turns the house keeper storage room to be a guest room.It's not in guest room area. it is in elavator hall so there is a lot of the noise of people coming in and out. In middle of the night, there was a badly smell from kitchen smoke downstair.
So if the reservation ask you whether you'd like to take a room without balcony, then you should say "No". If you would like to stay near the lake or see a good view of Zell am see, pls stay away from this hotel. The hotel is in middle of residence. one side is next to their sister hotel. the other are local road, train track and parking lot. So reconsider it if you think it is a beautiful hotel for you vacation. I always think people with bad reviews maybe in bad luck. but not in this case.
One good thing is happens for me in this hotel: Food and service is really good.

Room Tip: Do not take room ext to railway track. or room with parking lot. the best view you can get is deadly...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2011

We spent a few days in the summer at Mavida.

The room was nice but, as others have said, it was small. Yes, its Europe but it was even small for Europe - and we were in the larger room with a seperate tub in the room and a shower stall. There was only one spot where we could open up our suitcases fully. It wasn't the end of the world, but it is a consideration. The room itself was nice and the tub was very nice.

The other thing that was disappointing was being right beside the train tracks - we definitely didn't know about that and our room had a view right over the tracks. The upside of that room is you get a view north, east and south but if we could have that call back we would definitely have opted for one of the north facing rooms with a view over the pool. Something to keep in mind when picking your room.

Also, keep in mind in summer that it can get hot - and there is no air con in most places in Europe. It was cooking the first night but they fortunately did have a fan they could provide.

The full board food deal was great - very good food for dinner and a nice breakfast buffet (we never had a lunch but I suspect it would have been good as well).

The pool area was nice and the spa was good (my wife used it for a massage).

The location is good but its a 10-20 minute walk to get to the main restaurant area if you are eating out (north in Zell Am See proper).

Internet is free as well; always appreciated.

All together, it was good value but the small room and train tracks kinda detracted from the experience.

Room Tip: Get a view over the pool
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

If you want to relax for a few days, enjoy all the spa and treatment facilities and the nature, you are at the right place.
Very good and friendly service.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Newmarket, Suffolk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2011

Actually stayed here March 2009 but just getting round to writing a review! The hotel is located just outside Zell am See but you can walk in alongside the lake. It's about a fifteen to twenty minute walk. The hotel will also pick you up from the station in Zell am See. The welcome was nice but you could smell stale smoke in the reception/bar area straight away. I would imagine smoking laws have changed now as they have in Switzerland but it wasn't the nicest aroma to take in!
However the welcome was good with drinks and a tour of the hotel. Our room as mentioned in some posts was small but when you're out skiing all day does it really matter? Pillow menu was novel and I found the bed comfortable. Also took advantage of the DVD library one day as got blinding drunk one night with friends in Zell and spent all day in bed with a hangover! Lost a whole day skiing. I'll never learn!
Good location for the ski lift and the free hotel ski lockers are handy at the base station.
Breakfasts were good with plenty of choice. We ate a couple of times in the restaurant and found the food and service very good. We also enjoyed the free homemade cakes in the bar/ piano room after skiing.
Spa area was extensive. The waterbeds around the pool and sleep/quiet room were comfy and relaxing after a days skiing.
All in all an enjoyable stay.

Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: MAVIDA Wellnesshotel & Sport Zell am See
Address: Kirchenweg 11, Zell am See 5700, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Salzburg Region > Zell am See
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Zell am See
#18 Luxury Hotel in Zell am See
#19 Spa Hotel in Zell am See
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — MAVIDA Wellnesshotel & Sport Zell am See 4.5*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Design in combination with mental balance, spa and gourmet cuisine bring body, mind and soul in line”, that’s the success of the MAVIDA Balance Hotel & Spa. Numerous awards, like “Hotel of the year 2011 in Austria”, HolidayCheck TopHotel 2011 or the Golden Service Crown, category wellness hotel, underline the concept.MAVIDA Facts:43 design rooms and 4 design suites, awarded gourmet restaurant with show kitchen and walk-in wine cubus, cosy bar with open chimney, incentive room INVIDA (ca 50 sq), 1.400 sq Balance Centre & Spa with Private Spa Suite, Blue Box, Floating Pool, outdoor sport pool with terrace (summer), indoor pool, bio-, herb- and Finnish sauna, Kneipp pool, tepidarium, fitness centre and relax rooms, beach property at the Zeller lake (summer), shuttle service to the ski area Schmittenhöhe (Areitbahn in Schüttdorf)The gourmet full board of the Best Wellness Hotel Austria will persuade you:late-riser breakfast buffet, snacks, fresh fruits, fingerfood and cakes in the afternoon. In the evening the cuisine team spoils you with exquisite dishes, the courses can be combined from the à la carte menu.Position:• 5 minutes walk to the ski and hiking area Schmittenhöhe• 5 minutes by car to the 2 x 18 holes Leading Golf Club Zell am See/Kaprun• 10 minutes walk to the Zeller lake• 10 minutes by car to the hotel’s property at the Zeller lake• 20 minutes by car to the glacier skiing area Kitzsteinhorn (October-May)• 5 minutes by car to the centre and train station Zell am See ... more   less 
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