We (family of 4, 2 kids aged 7 and 4) have just returned from a week skiing in Hochgurgl where we stayed at the Hotel Olymp. WOW!!! What a fantastic hotel.
Where do I start? Well, cleanliness is always at the top of my list whenever I first go to a hotel, and this hotel is not just clean, it is almost sterile. Our room was spotless, as was the rest of the hotel. The room was cleaned every day, and tidied again on an evening. There were enough towels to satisfy even the most frequent of bathers, as well as complimentary (and very good quality) dressing gowns, slippers and even more towels for the sauna/pool.
Food was equally as impressive, with a phenomenal buffet breakfast that could not fail to have something for your taste - cooked, cold, fruit, cereal (all branded) and even freshly squeezed OJ. On an evening, there is a 5/6 course A’ la Carte meal which is served at your table. (You keep the same table all week, which is priceless, as the views from the restaurant are breathtaking). The staff are fantastic, very professional, but at the same time pleasant and friendly. There is definitely a sense that this hotel is family run, not just another chain with anonymous management.
On several days we bought lunch in the Toni’s Almhutte, which is attached to the hotel and is again brilliant quality, and also, as a guest of the hotel, we were never charged for the children’s food. This place is also great at teatime after skiing as they put on free soup and cake to bring you around! The drinks are very reasonably priced considering that you are in the heart of a tourist resort.
The swimming pool and spa/sauna is the best that I have used. Again, it is incredibly clean, with even more towels, and complimentary drinks and fruit. Just be aware that the main part of the sauna is over 16 only, although there is a family room which is just as impressive.
As most people will be attending this hotel to ski, a few tips that we picked up over the week that may help.
If you do have children in the ski school, the walk to the meeting point is about 100m uphill. This can be awkward depending on the age of the children; however the hotel runs a free shuttle to and from the slope for the kids to coincide with the ski school lesson times, you just have to mention it at reception..
The conditions during our stay fluctuated greatly, particularly the temperature, and even with two pairs of gloves and hand warmers, our youngest was getting cold on a couple of days due to the wind chill. (Actual temperature -18, so felt like -25)!! As a result of this, we found that the hotel has a free supervised kids club where children can be left if required for a morning or during the late afternoon/evening.
The main chairlift from the hotel (Grosse Karbahn) is situated at the bottom of run 24. The last 150m of this run that actually drops into the chairs is quite steep, and we saw and spoke to a few people who were quite intimidated by it. However there is an alternative route if you ski around the back of the cable car station that avoids this.
A major feature of this resort is the “Top Mountain Star” restaurant and viewing point at the top of the Wurmkogl Mountain. This is an absolute must for a visit as the views are extraordinary. There is a blue run (26) that takes you back down from this point, but it is rather steep and narrow, and would not be suitable for first time or nervous skiers.
The ski room in the hotel is fantastic; however it is well worth taking a small padlock to secure your skis. Not due to items going missing, more due to the fact that some people clearly are unable to remember where they have left their own skis, so tend to pick up the nearest pair to them!!
I really cannot rate this hotel highly enough. It is not “ski to door” as described in the UK brochures, however this should not put you off, as the lifts are extremely close, and everything else that the hotel has to offer more than compensates for this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Feeling great at 2.150m in Sporthotel Olymp! The hotel for epicures and active holiday-makers in the heart of the ski paradise Obergurgl/Hochgurgl. Enjoy the comfort of a 5 star hotel and the Laissez-faire of a 4 star hotel in the Tyrolean Sporthotel Olymp. Embedded in a fascinating alpine scenery and right in the middle of the ski paradiseHochgurgl/Obergurgl, our hotel is an ideal starting point for long ski runs between 1800 and 3100 m or for restorative walks around the ski area. You can put on your skis right in front of the hotel and be off! ... more less
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