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“Half Term Ski holiday in Zell am Ziller”
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Apartment Sonnenau
Droitwich
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5 reviews
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“Half Term Ski holiday in Zell am Ziller”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

We stayed in The Sonnenau apartments for the 2013 February Half Term Week. We had booked independently and drove from The UK. The apartments were easy to find and there was plenty of dedicated parking.

Although the owner does not speak much English, we were pretty quickly booked in and made to feel very welcome. We had a top floor 95 sqm 3 bed apartment and it was very good indeed. 3 nice sized double bedrooms, great size shared bath/shower/WC and a kitchen which was fine for cooking the odd few meals if you don't want to go out. The living/dining area was huge, we were never cold and the whole place was spotlessly clean. There is a Spar supermarket just 5 minutes walk away. Could not be easier. WIFI was available for a small charge for the week and you could book a bread delivery for most days.

So where is the but?????

There were a few minor issues but nothing that would stop me using the apartment again without hesitation but here goes....

If you are looking for a party town, Zell am Ziller is not the place you want to be. It was very quiet with few restaurants. Tip is take the car and had to Mayrhofen in the evening. There was a nice modern Italian restaurant in town though and the food in there was more than acceptable.

The ski bus stop is a good 5 minutes hike. The car is a better bet to get to the various resorts on the ski pass.

The apartments have a ski/boot room in the basement. This room has no door and so we never risked leaving the skis in it choosing to leave them in the luggage box on the car roof. To be fair, I find it very unlikely that anyone would even come across the apartments ski/boot room as the building is well out of town so I am sure it is totally safe but I did not want to risk it. The room does have a boot heater but this really did not dry the boots out well. Probably not helped by there being no door to the room keep the heat in. My boots were pertty damp all week as a result. We could have taked the boots up to the apartment but the owner is rather proud of the cleanliness of the rooms and was quite keen on footware being left outside.

As I said, minor problems but to summarise:

Big and well appointed apartments.
Very clean and well maintained with a friendly (and obviously proud) owner.
Zell am Ziller a bit quiet but a great base for day trips to the resorts in the Ziller Valley.
Plenty of parking on site.
Wifi for a small charge.
Bread delivery can be arranged.
Local supermarket nearby.
Please put a door on the ski locker!!!
Use these apartments if you have a car.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

We booked a ski holiday for a group of 11 of us staying at the Sonnenau over New Year. It is located half way between the city centre and the Rosenalm ski station. We receive a warm welcome and the appartments were really lovely: clean, light and had a well equipped kitchen. One had a garden and one had a nice balcony. We ordered bread every morning for our breakfast and the local Spar is a five minute walk away. The ski bus stop is about 5-10 minute walk away and then I think the next stop on the bus is at the main station so perfect. Nothing was too much trouble and Josef was always on hand to offer advice or find information for us and he even took us to the ski lift on the first day and the train station on the last. If you are on a ski holiday I would maybe think about taking a locker at the lift station as you can walk there and back but in ski boots and after apres ski, this is a little far. Zell would be lovely in summer too and if we come again we will definitely go back to Sonnenau.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Ireland
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

These apartments are on the outskirts of Zell, about 10 minutes walk from the centre and 15 mins walk from the train station. There's a handy shortcut if you take the path along the river and then the underpass under the train track which brings you out very near the apartments, if you go by the main road it is a lot longer!
We stayed in a two-bed apartment which had all the facilities and kitchen equipment you could need. It was very clean and cosy. Some of the furnishings are a little dated but all in good condition.
The owner/manager was very friendly and helpful. He spoke very little english but luckily we had enough german to understand each other. He was very chatty and even drove us to the train station when we were leaving as it was pouring rain!
The only issue we had was that we were expecting beautiful views from the room balcony (as per the advertising for the apartments!) - all of the balconies are on the sides of the building that directly face other buildings only a few metres away, the nice views are on the side of the building that has the stairwells only.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Apartment Sonnenau
Address: Unterau 3, Zell im Zillertal 6280, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Zell im Zillertal
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Ranked #2 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Zell im Zillertal
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Hotel Class:4 star — Apartment Sonnenau 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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