This family-owned hotel, in a quiet side-road in a residential part of town, was originally two buildings, now smoothly integrated by a short curving corridor. We were in the Paracelsus, on the first floor facing out towards the Hotel Bismarck, with balcony, TV, comfortable beds, lots of cupboard and drawer space, and everything else you’d expect. It’s very quiet or well-sound-insulated – we never heard any of our neighbours, or the plumbing.
What was evidently the reception, bar and lounge of the Paracelsus when it was a separate hotel are now TV and games rooms, with free pool, darts and table-football, and a selection of toys for kids. The main Rauscher reception area has a computer with free internet access, as well as free wifi. We didn’t find the hotel spa area, or use the spa facilities at the Hotel Palace (I don’t know if this is standard or if it was a Crystal extra), and the outdoor swimming pool wasn’t in use. The ski-storage room for Paracelsus is in the basement below, with boot-warmers. (The Rauscher part of the hotel has a separate ski-locker room.) You can exit out from it towards the Bismarck, which makes for a slightly shorter walk to the Schlossalm funicular (a pretty half a mile walk across the park, still a bit long if you’re carrying your gear), or to the bus/skibus stop by the Volserhof a minute or two along the road. Buses ‘1’ and ‘2’ come every five/ten minutes and take you swiftly to the funicular; most of the ‘2’s also go on to Angertal. If you want to get to Dorfgastein or Sportgastein areas, you need to change at Schlossalm. It’s five minutes’ pleasant walk into the town centre in the evenings.
Food was great and local-style. Breakfasts are buffet and central-European style, with cheese, ham, eggs, cucumber, tomato, various types of bread, cereals (chocolate chips in the muesli!), juice, etc. In the evening there’s always a salad buffet, soup, and then a choice of three main courses, and usually of two desserts. Plenty of regional specialities; and we tried the ineffable ‘housemade’ Swiss Stone Pine liqueur. Service was friendly and humorous. Many guests were middle-aged/ elderly, and ‘taking the cure’ at the famous Bad Hofgastein spa, so it’s not a typical ski-hotel. Overall, it’s not ‘stylish’ or funky, but not fuddy-duddy either. It’s a good, honest, well-run four-star, and we enjoyed our week’s stay very much.
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- Also Known As:
- Rauscher Bad Hofgastein, Austria - Salzburg Region