Stayed in the Abendrot for a ski holiday in February. First time we have stayed in a chalet style hotel which we were a little nervous about. The difference with the chalet hotel being it is run by an English tour operator team (Ski Total in our case) who work the reception, meals and the bar. We found this meant the staff running the operation had a good grasp of what the guests wanted. Sometimes foreign ski hotel owners seem to have their own strict and sometimes odd rules, but this was not the case.
The other difference to note is the eating arrangements, which are communal with tables made up of groups. Larger groups had their own table. If socialising isn't your thing, or you want a romantic break maybe this isn't the best arrangement, but if you want to get involved and socialise (which is the focus of Ischgl après ski) then it shouldn't be an issue.
What more to say?
Location was super. Pretty much in the middle of town just off the main road. Not quite ski in ski out but no more than 40m walk at end of day from slopes if you know where to go on run 1 home. 100m walk to either of the gondolas and between 9 and 10 the queues were huge. Would take 40 mins to get to front which was really only negative point but more a function of how busy the resort was.
Room was great, best we have had on mid budget skiing holidays. Hotel is only a couple of years old, so room modern, great bathroom (some have baths with shower attachment, others large showers). Beds very comfortable, plenty of cupboard storage, Flatscreen tv, side couch and balcony.
4 floors, 4th being for staff and owner, do 3rd is highest possible and we heard very little noise from other guests or outside. This wasn't generally a problem but other guests mentioned they heard people come back late at night, but not a big deal.
Boot room downstairs next to bar was good, albeit a bit of an awkward L shape to get in and out of when busy.
Food was excellent. 2 choices for 3 course dinner each day plus vegetarian options. Wine plentiful and of good quality. Breakfast adequate with range of cold ham cheese etc, plus cereal and drinks. A couple of hot options could be ordered each morning. Afternoon tea served 4-5 and cakes were excellent. Bar was small but adequate for a drink before or after dinner. Staff attentive. If you're looking for a proper bit of sing song apres ski in a packed bar, you'll need to head out elsewhere.
Other notes (more Ischgl related)
Check ski pass and hire rates before you go. We found no price difference in pass price whether prebooked or bought on the day. Ski hire was cheaper in resort than prebooking but either way Ischgl rental prices up there with most expensive we have seen.
Beer is about 4-5 euros or more depending on where you go. There is a Spar shop at the end of town up the hill for bits and pieces.
Skiing was fantastic, nice range of runs, perhaps not the best for beginners. Lots of fast lifts. Some great mountain restaurants at reasonable prices. Brits in the minority of the visiting population but good English spoken everywhere.
In summary great accommodation, clean, efficient and comfortable. For what it is it can't be faulted. If coming to Ischgl again would stay here without hesitation. And then there is the après ski.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- After many years of repeated guest requests we are delighted to offer Ski Total skiers a hotel in Ischgl – and this one is very special! The Chalet Abendrot has been built specifically for our Ski Total guests and has it all, from a modern and stylish interior to a location that is hard to better anywhere in the Alps, all combined with a warm and professional welcome from our Abendrot hotel team! ... more less