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“Bliss in Obergurgl”

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Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl
Ranked #3 of 33 Hotels in Obergurgl
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Reviewed August 20, 2009

Mary, Ellen and Brian-Monaghan, Ireland
I have just returned from a wonderful two week holiday in the Austrian Tyrol with my two children aged 7 and 8. We stayed in the Edelweiss and Gurgl Hotel in the picturesque village of Obergurgl . It was my first time taking my kids abroad as a solo parent,and we had never been on a walking holiday before . I set out with a little trepidation. I need not have worried. The hotel was wonderful- warm friendly staff, child friendly, amazing food, cosy room, and views to die for. The surrounding scenery was breathtaking, and my children quickly adapted to donning their little hiking boots, and off we set on our daily adventures to explore this beautiful corner of Austria.I must make a mention of Karina, our wonderful waitress who welcomed us warmly each morning and evening, along with her assistant, Christina. Together the made our Irish contingent feel like kings and queens. Such hospitality is rare. We especially loved Friday evenings when every sort of dessert imaginable was sumptiously displayed a la buffet for our consumption. we also enjoyed visiting the lower valley villages, in particular Langenfeld with its amazing Aquadome facilities. On August 15, we awoke to loud cannon fire and Church bells peeling wildly throughout the mountains. To our relief, we discovered it was tradition to herald in the Feast of the Immaculate Conception! An amazing procession followed through the village with the local people in traditional Austrian costume, cannon fire, rifle shots into the air, prayers in German and Latin, followed by a beer fest and brass band in the village centre. A perfect way to end our holiday! Greetings to Rosie and Paul- hopefully we will see you next year!!!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

Myself and my husband have just returned from a week in Obergurgl staying in the Hotel Edelweiss and Gurgl. The hotel was excellent, food was lovely and staff were really friendly and helpful. We are not fans of half board and usually go self catering so we were a bit wary about the quality of food. However, we need not have worried, the food was excellent, each evening you had an appertiser, a choice of soup/starter, salad from the buffet, a choice of 3 main meals and dessert. The quality of food was superb and the Austrian wine excellent. It was waiter service each night, our waitress Karina was a real ambassador for the hotel, she was professional, friendly and knoweldgeable. I wasn't feeling well one of the nights and she even had a special bowl of boullion made up for me!

The bar areas in the hotel are lovely, reception have a large selection of games etc which you can borrow each evening and a lot of people seemed to do that. There was a great buzz about the place. The pool area is lovely, there is even 2 water beds to lie on. The spa area is pure luxury and anyone I spoke to who had a treatment said is was amazing. One word of warning, the spa area is nude only (which my husband loved!) but if you're shy you can keep your towel on!

We had never went on a walking holiday before and did not know what to expect. The scenery is amazing and the hotel guided walks very good. We are definitely converted to this type of holiday. Will never do Lanzagrote again!!-

If I had to have one grumble it would be the size of the bathroom, the shower was a bit too small, we did tell the receptionist but as the hotel was full she couldn't move us. We would definitely return to the Hotel Edelweiss and Gurgl, but next time it will be for 2 weeks.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2009

We have just returned from spending one week in the Edelweiss and Gurgl hotel, Obergurgl, Austria. We travelled along with our two kids - a boy aged 10 and a girl aged 8. The hotel was fantastic. We had a suite which had 2 separate bedrooms, generous storage, separate bathroom and wc, and a large balcony.
Breakfast was buffet style with a wide range of food and drinks. Picnic lunch was provided for our walks and comprised a drink, 2 bread rolls, fruit and biscuit. Our evening meal was superb - 5 courses of sheer delight. Kids menu was a bit repetitive but they could eat the from the adult menu if they wished.
Staff were all most helpful, friendly and courteous. All spoke good english.
Outdoors was like a little piece of heaven and the guided walks were a great way to get around. (High ankle walking boots a must.)
Weather was great averaging 25 degrees.
Shop prices locally not any more expensive than normal holiday destination and the local Spar was good for drinks and snacks.
There was Archery for the kids and a pony arena owned by the hotel where the kids could book a horse riding lesson. The pools and spa facilities in the hotel were
fabulous.
Bus service down the valley every hour with plenty of activities in the other villages. The Aqua Dome well worth a visit. The day trip to the Italian town of Merano over the Torrelsjoch Gap was amazing. The road is twisty and the drops are hair raising but well worth experiencing.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 21, 2009

I was looking for reviews about Obergurgl in summer before booking a week through Inghams as a last minute treat. We're keen, but not manic, walkers, as happy on the flat as up mountains, and happiest of all with a cold beer on a hot day looking back over a day's exercise... Even though most reviews of the resort are about skiing, we took the chance and booked anyway.

We arrived to find our breath clouding in the Alpine air, even though the town thermometer said 12 degrees. But during the week we had everything from low teens to thirty degrees (three days), sunburn (in thin hot air) to heavy rain (two days), and finally, on the day we shipped out, six inches of snow that had fallen throughout the night. Talk about shock to the system!! Even the staff were a bit horrified and as for the faces on the incoming tour group as we left..........

The hotel has real advantages - the public areas are lovely and even though it's a big hotel that was full when we were there, we never felt overcrowded. The public rooms really are as good as they look on the website, but our own room (we paid for superior north-facing, and got south-facing, which was a bonus) was a bit bleak, basic and dark. Much of the room was taken up with a traditional-style tiled stove, and the carpet was in a terrible state and patchy grey/green. Not one of the luxurious bright orange-y jobs on the website. But the bathroom was lovely, and the balcony got a lot of use (especially for boots!!) - the beds were a bit shaky, and memory-foam mattresses aren't my thing - a bit hot in summer - and the pillows were painfully limp. Maybe we were unlucky but I didn't find either of us got a good night's sleep while we were there, which was a surprise with all the walking and the fresh air.

Partly because our neighbours had a small child that woke in the early morning and started screaming to the point of sickness, with no apparent parental input. After three bad nights we were desperate enough to ask to be moved and the charming manager tried to help, but the only rooms available were the tour operator's room (tiny and basic) or another which was part of a 2-room suite and had no balcony. He admitted that going through an operator like Inghams means your room allocation will be lower priority than their own loyal guests, some of whom return year after year, which is fair enough at the price we paid; there really was no alternative but, as he put it, to 'turn to Schnapps last thing at night and hope for some artificial sleep'!

The bar is fine, the restaurant lovely with great food, the staff almost faultless. If you're an Inghams guest, you can order packed lunch the night before (couple of rolls, choc bar, apple, juice), so it's really full board to all intents and purposes, with food as good as anywhere I've stayed in a big hotel. Sunday's a buffet and Thursday's a barbecue. Every night there's a choice of meat, veg and fish course, and the salad buffet could feed an army on its own.

The Edelweiss runs free activities such as progressively energetic hiking, including overnights in one of the huts, archery, wellness events etc. The local and very active tourist board also run activities, charged for individually or €59 (I think) for 5 days which saves a fortune, including a trip into Italy with cab back and other hiking above gondolas - they take you out free of charge on the first day to acclimatise you and assess your fitness level. As the whole resort and the hotel pretty much run on a Saturday-Saturday schedule, this walk goes out on a Sunday, and Michael, the guide, speaks superb English. And while it's what they term 'easy' for the area, it's a 4-hour round walk from the hotel and back via the nearest hut/bar. Only one of our 11 who set out gave up - but then, there is 1/3 less oxygen at this altitude and it can be a suprise how unfit you can feel at first.

The resort itself however has less to offer in my humble opinion, unless you are into serious mountain walking and enjoy organised outings. It's at the head of the valley, with one bus in and out (oh how we got to know that bus route..) and the vast majority of the hotels don't open at all in summer. There are only 450 inhabitants, and in winter they cope with 5000 visitors. And that's the problem for me, as a half-hearted hiker - the place really does feel like an out-of-season ski resort, whereas other such places we've visited in the Tirol have the feel of real villages or towns that just invite visitors in. So we found ourselves in Solden most days, 15 mins by bus (or 5 hot hours on foot along the river), where we watched the grass cutting and the thrum of real life all around us, a lovely place to visit. Also note the Spar in town (the only shop apart from the cig kiosk and therefore the place to buy water and other vital supplies) is only open Mon-Sat and until 5.30, so if arriving as we did on Saturday evening, you'll have to wait until Monday for anything you've forgotten. It's not a disaster, you can get overpriced water from the hotel (their description, not mine) and the kiosk has a few bits and bobs. But better be prepared for that, just in case.

Don't forget to pick up your free hotel 'guest card' as soon as possible from reception - this bit of paper will get you 50% off all Otztal buses. We saved about €60 during our trip we reckoned. The 'official' Otztal card gets free travel on the buses and one trip per day on a gondola so in retrospect maybe that would have saved even more. That's something like €39 for 3 days, €59 for 5 and so on and has to be used on consecutive days.

We're a bit anti-social so didn't do any of the organised things at all, but still found plenty to do, from walking to and beyond Solden and Vent to visiting the Umhausen waterfall to the loooong journey (nearly 3 hours each way) to Innsbruck for a gentle day out.

So over-all, to anyone wondering about summer in Obergurgl, I'd say, it's a great place with many advantages, the hotel is very good, the staff brilliant, but if you're not 100% sure about the serious walking, or going on organised trips, you might consider one of the other nearby resorts first. Personally, while I had a brilliant time, I wouldn't stay again in Obergurgl itself, as it's too cut off for those looking for things other than very active walking; but if hiking IS your thing, it must be paradise - they take you out across glaciers and over the border and all sorts of adventures - other people there at the same time as us were staying two weeks and doing the organised programme all over again as we left.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2009

Stayed in the E & G for a week in July 2009. Excellent hotel, with very friendly and attentive staff. Good facilities. Hotel restaurant hard to beat for food quality, selection and service. Good facilities and very good location in Obergurgl - worth coming for the view from the bedroom balcony alone! Would highly recommend. Good bus service to other villages.
The only downside in the summer is that there is very little happening in the evenings - only drinking at the hotel bar. After saying that, the lounge areas are very nicely fitted out.
Would love to go back!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2009

Stayed here for one week in early March and was very impressed. The location is perfect for skiers as the cable car and chair lift are just a few yards from the hotel. The booth for buying a ski pass is also just a few yards away too. Coupled with an excellent ski room in the hotel, with ski and boot storage racks allocated by your room number, it makes the preparation for ski-ing an easy process. The only downside is if you are a total beginner because the ski-school location is a ten minute walk away.

The buffet breakfast has a good variety of food that should please anyone and the dinners were excellent too. Dining room is well presented with a good atmosphere and efficient, friendly service. Plenty of room to relax in the bar too but some of the drink prices were a little high. Room was comfortable and we visited the spa a few times also. I thoroughly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 3, 2009

Stayed H/B in the Edelweiss 21 - 28 Mar 09. Paid extra for a superior (larger) room though we're not convinced that thats really neccessary. Didn't see a standard room but we're sure from the good standards we saw throughout the hotel that a regular room would be more than acceptable. This is a traditional chalet style hotel with lots of character and charm. It has 130 rooms so is a good size but we felt it presented a cosy and comfortable face. The staff were all friendly and obliging and spoke very good English. The food was excellent, well presented, plentiful and very good quality with waiter service for dinner. The hotel is situated right in the centre of the village, at the foot of the slopes next to two of the village lifts and is ski-in, ski-out. It has a good 'umbrella' bar and cafe terrace right by the lifts giving great views up the slopes - great for catching a few rays! Our room was good and spotlessly clean. The bed was cosy and comfy with lovely soft pillows. The hotel has lots of spa facilities, all of which (except massage etc) are free of charge - great after a hard day falling down!

The village is small and pretty and caters mainly for the family market - though we didn't encounter many children. It trys to encourage 'grown-ups' rather than the young boarding crowd and there were certainly more skiers than boarders. Night life is quiet, centered around the hotels but some of the mountain huts put on great evening entertainment about three nights per week and is not to be missed. The skiing was fantastic - some of the best cruising pistes we've seen - think of the widest piste you've ever seen, then double it! The Hochgurgl area was wonderful.

Thanks to the euro it's not a cheap place to go just now but we got the impression it's not a cheap resort anyway - it helps to deter the wrong kind of visitor. All in all, a great hotel and destination. We are thinking of going back there next year in the summertime - it must be stunning then.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Ramolweg 5 | 6456 Obergurgl, Obergurgl 6456, Austria
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Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Obergurgl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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#2 Luxury Hotel in Obergurgl
#2 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Obergurgl
#3 Spa Hotel in Obergurgl
#4 Family Hotel in Obergurgl
#8 Romantic Hotel in Obergurgl
Price Range: $224 - $533 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl 4*
Number of rooms: 132
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LIVE THE HIGH LIFE ON HOLIDAY Your four-star hotel in Obergurgl at 1930m Nestling between lush green meadows and the towering peaks of the Ötztal Alps, in the centre of the idyllic mountain village of Obergurgl, lies the four-star Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl. Surrounded by no fewer than 21 mountains over 3000m, guests can look forward to a memorable holiday, including: peace and quiet from the moment you arrive,fine four-star service in an exclusive atmosphere,excellent food and drink in our award-winning restaurant,relaxation in the hotel's own 1200m² Glacier Spa,the highest riding stables in Austria with a glass front offering magnificent views,top rental equipment from the hotel's own sports shop,and much more. ... more   less 
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