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Elisabeth Hotel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Kuhtai
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“Ski Holiday kuhtai”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

Arrived in Kuhtai on the 15th of December travelling with my two teenage children and my husband. The hotel was clean and welcoming with large rooms and excellent views of the slopes from the balcony. We had three days of ski lessons which were excellent. Dominic and Bernie our instructors were patient, encouraging and fun and made full use of all the facilities which catered for both my daughter and I, who were in the intermediate group as well as my husband and son who were in the beginner group. The staff all worked very hard and were very friendly and tried to cater for all our needs. The food improved throughout the week as the staff were new to the hotel and any problems were quickly rectified. Afternoon tea was very much appreciated with soup and an assortment of cakes which were served in the lounge creating a lovely environment to socialise with the other guests. This continued during aperitifs at the bar before dinner where the bar man Dan made excellent cocktails. Overall we had a great Holiday in Kuhtai, great skiing including night skiing which came free and excellent snow without the crowds. Our only complaint wouldn't be with the hotel but with the tour operator, Inghams, who we travelled with who were solely responsible for the complete disorganisation and chaos which lead to a twelve hour delay for us in returning home (and we got off lightly). It would put us off travelling with them again.

Stayed December 2012
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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

The Chalet Hotel Elisabeth surpassed our expectations. We have just spent Christmas in Kuhtai and had the time of our lives, thanks to the professional, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful staff at the hotel. Nothing was too much trouble for Cora, the manager, and Jack, her assistant. Cora's husband is the chef and all of the meals were delicious. We were pleased to sample the canapes every evening and try a different aperitif before dinner, freshly shaken by Dan. All of the staff were friendly with the children and they all made the effort to speak to their guests at every opportunity, checking to see if everything was ok and if there was anything else they could do for us.
The rooms in the hotel are spacious and comfortable. We had a beautiful view of the slopes and the church. The lounge proved to be a popular place for guests to relax and socialise after skiing, whilst drinking tea and coffee provided for the guests and eating a selection of freshly baked cakes. There was often soup on offer too which was well received.
Cora and our Inghams rep Simon, organised an evening meal for us at one of the mountain restaurants followed by a 2.5km floodlit toboggan run back down. This was a very entertaining evening and it was enjoyed by many of the guests from the Chalet Hotel Elisabeth.
The ski area is great for intermediates and the scenery is spectacular. Skiing at night down the floodlit slopes behind the hotel was a highlight for us.

Room Tip: Interconnecting twin rooms that share a bathroom are spacious for families.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

Kuhtai is promoted as a family resort which is one of the reasons I chose this particular skiing destination. Unfortunately I have to say that Kuhtai couldn't be less family orientated if it tried. Off the slopes there is very little going on, we went in the first week of the season and the town was dead but I'm told this is pretty much how it is all the time. You take your entertainment in your hotel or not at all because there's no Après Ski to be found in the town.
We stayed at the Hotel Elisabeth which couldn't be any closer to the lifts and the slopes but then Kuhtai is so small that goes for pretty much all the hotels. We were disappointed that our hotel marginalised children by setting a separate time for 'high tea' at 5.30pm, the adults ate at 7.30pm and children weren't allowed and entertained themselves in the lounge while adults ate their evening meal.
The food served up for adults was of a reasonable standard given the price we paid for the holiday; the food served up for children was appalling beyond belief. A disgusting lasagne made from leftover vegetables, a pizza with nothing more than tomato purée and bland cheese, an attempt at macaroni cheese that contained nothing more than boiled pasta with a white tasteless sauce that was probably an ingredient or two short of being bechamel let alone cheese sauce. I guess they reasoned that children wouldn't complain and of course they didn't but we genuinely struggled to make sure my son ate enough in the hotel because he wouldn't touch what was served up for high tea.
The hotel itself is nice enough, reasonably clean and modern with friendly staff. Given the lack of entertainment it would be good if they could sort out the wifi connection they claim to have, connection is hit and miss and painfully slow when you do manage to connect, you're out of range when in your room, well I was on the second floor and there was no wifi signal there. All in all this is a reasonably good hotel with good staff just let down by lack of attention to detail in a few areas. Attending to the following would make Hotel Elisabeth and excellent Hotel...
1. Sort out the wifi connection.
2. Provide tea and coffee facilities outside of meal times.
3. Raise the standard of children's food and preferably have an option that allows them to eat with adults.
4. Nobody wants to hear terrible 80's rock during breakfast. Play music at appropriate times not all day.
No complaints on the snow front, it snowed continuously and we were knee deep in powder most days. I think this is pretty much guaranteed in Kuhtai with it being Austria's highest resort. It also benefits from being a 45 minute ride from Innsbruck airport, 60 minutes if the driver stops to put the snow chains on.
Kuhtai is possibly the worst resort I've been to for beginners, there are very few green or blue runs and the vast majority of the ski area is red runs. Beginners are started off on a small slope to the rear of the hotel and whilst the lower half of the slope is accessible by magic carpet this rarely works; in fact it is very sensitive to snow so of course is often out of commission when most needed. I noted snow being shovelled off the magic carpet at least an hour after the lifts had opened and this showed poor management of the limited facilities for beginners. The top half of the beginners slope is accessible by chair lift but the problem here is that the gradient is far too steep for most beginners and most would be pushed way out of their comfort zone due to lack of appropriate ski runs for beginners. I was disappointed that the local ski school wanted to throw the towel in pretty quickly with my 3 year old son because he cried during the early stages; they suggested that I transfer his ski lessons to a crèche placement. I suggested that they show a little perseverance and actually try and teach him to ski. I may have just been unlucky with the children's instructor because my partner, who is also a beginner, got a very good ski instructor.
All in all Kuhtai is a small but beautifully formed ski resort, it isn't good for children and therefore isn't a good family resort. The lack of Après Ski means that its also unlikely to attract the younger skiers and boarders. Kuhtai is ideally suited to mature couples or groups who are happy to provide their own entertainment after hours. Or anyone who is simply happy to relax with a book or a couple of drinks at the hotel bar.
A word of warning with regards to the local shop in Kuhtai... There is only one shop so he has a monopoly on most things he sells and the prices are truly outrageous. A bar of chocolate was €3.80 as was a bottle of sparkling water, a packet of biscuits was another €4. You get the point, take your own supplies if you want anything beyond the catering supplied by your hotel. Even the ski supply shops are expensive so don't go planning to buy reasonably priced ski wear or boots; get them in the UK if you need them.
It's a little unfair to promote Kuhtai as a family resort because it simply isn't suited to families or beginners, that being said it is a fantastic little resort for competent skiers who are happy with quiet relaxation in the evening. Joe M

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Shropshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2012

Well, it's taken a while to write this review - part of me wanted to keep quiet about just what a wonderful family hotel this is. Don't want to find it all booked up when I come to take my next skiing holiday!

I quite simply cannot find enough positive adjectives to describe the friendly, welcoming and efficient staff. It seems that every single one had been handpicked to provide superb customer service. We were more than apprehensive about taking a catered holiday as our 8 year old son suffers from multiple, complex and severe allergies (anaphylaxis is no stranger to us). Letting go of the reins and allowing a complete stranger to cater for him took some doing. However, having paid the £30 special dietary requirements supplement Inghams provided us with a contact number for the Chef before our departure.

On arrival the Hotel Manager, Caroline, identified us and had already arranged for a sit-down meeting with Luke, the Head Chef, before he began cooking. It does not stop there . . . the food which left the kitchen blew me away - totally surpassed any expectations which I had, inventive, tasty and beautifully presented. Sad to say that I was reduced to tears on several occasions when my son's food was presented to him - Luke had taken it to another level. Absolutely inspiring. The care and attention which had been lavished on his meals was incredible.

I cannot praise highly enough every member of staff for the care and attention they provided. My son also required several drinks per day to be warmed up in the microwave, truth be told I was expecting a roll of the eyes and a bit of a huff after the novelty wore off but by day 2 every member of staff who saw me approach with a carton of rice drink and a mug anticipated my need and offered to do the necessary, willingly and with a smile!

To the skiing - as a group of novices we had booked lessons. 8 year old son happily trooped off with his group and absolutely loved every second, as did the adults. Superb location. The nursery slope and lifts to the top of the mountains are quite literally just round the corner from the hotel entrance! Challenging runs for novices but exhilarating and rewarding when conquered. Perfect if you are bold and love a thrill, not so good for those of a nervous and hesitant disposition unless you are able to recognise when you have overcome a challenge! Would definitely recommend ski-skool - the instructors cover all abilities and you can move between ability groups if you find yourself struggling or progressing faster than you anticipated. We thought that even an experienced skier would enjoy the benefits of being with an instructor in this resort.

Hotel accommodation - clean, tidy, light and spacious. Perfectly placed lounge with panoramic views of the slopes, similar from dining room. Comfortable beds with mid-week linen change if requested. I didn't find time to sauna/spa (open 4-7 every evening) but did take a look and the facilities were spotless.

I can't comment on the rest of the resort, between ski-skool and lounging between afternoon tea and evening meal (5 courses takes a while to get through although we turned down cheese and biscuits most evenings - too much) we just didn't manage to find time to wander and explore.

We did walk up to a bistro on Wednesday evening and toboggan back down the slope (40 mins casual walk up, basic bistro meal and a couple of drinks - very reasonably priced). Well worth doing on the evening that the hotel staff have a much deserved night off. I don't remember the name but the Inghams rep or hotel staff would have the directions, a seasoned Kuhtai skier who was a member of our party told us that in previous years the Inghams rep had arranged a group trip up the mountain for this fun event!

Room Tip: Every room has great views of the slopes - all clean, light and airy with good storage space.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

For a family of 3 the hotel was an excellent base to introduce our 4 year old daughter to the slopes. The nursery slopes are literlally out the back door and the chair lift for access to the slopes is to the side of the accomodation. What could be better?? The accomodation , book through Inghams, top rate newly referbished.. Food equally top rate.
However there is still work to be done.. The ski school is mainly aimed at the Germans and the Austrians. We attended the first day of our childs ski school and there was no brief in English and the whole opperation seemed to be thrown together, not what you would expect in Austria. We had a moan to the Inghams rep (Ross) and the next day there was a brief in english and we and our daughter knew exactly what was happening.
On a whole for beginers the ski area is good, for advanced skiiers you will be wanting moore after 3 days there is scope for good off piste but the lift system does not warrent lift assited to these areas, take your skins and get some local knowlege. Preferably the Austrians..

Room Tip: Room 205 has a balcony veiw of both slopes and the chair lift. Aspect is to the east up the valley...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Cambridge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2012

Great hotel, ski to door location, awesome food, huge rooms, great staff team and very easy-going. Fantastic!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Herefordshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2012

This delightful hotel, has an unrivalled location right next to a lift which gives you access to the whole ski area, meaning you'll only have to walk about 10m in the morning.

The hotel is run exclusively by Inghams as a chalet hotel , and once you’ve arrived Caroline and her team make sure you want for nothing during your stay. The whole team are totally customer focused, and they work tirelessly to make sure their guests are happy, and it’s all done with a smile.

The food was superb throughout the week, thanks to the amazing efforts of the kitchen brigade led skilfully by Luke the Head Chef. On top of plentiful breakfasts and appetising evening meals, there were some really yummy cakes served up each afternoon for tea, which was most welcome after a days skiing.

The rooms are well sized and have loads of storage space, the beds are big and covered by warm duvets so we had a great night’s sleep. The bathrooms are clean, and importantly hot water was never in short supply.

In terms of other facilities there is a small guest bar, at the front of the hotel, a lounge area at the back, and as we visited during a loverly hot week a welcoming terrace to sit out on overlooking the slopes across the road – great place to enjoy those previously mentions cakes.

The basement has a small spa area with a sauna and steam room which is great at the end of the day. There is also a boot room and ski storage area which lead directly out onto the street, so no stairs to negotiate.

Overall, our stay exceeded our expectations, and we’re looking forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Elisabeth Hotel
Address: No 43, Kuhtai 6183, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Kuhtai
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Number of rooms: 28

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