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“Convenient location, on a par with like Hotels in resort.”
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Olymp Hotel
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Hochgurgl
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Poole Dorrset
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“Convenient location, on a par with like Hotels in resort.”
Reviewed 25 March 2014 via mobile

My wife and I have stayed in Obergurgl for 6 ski holidays and so decided to give Hochgurgl a try as we usually end up skiing there more than Obergurgl.

We found the hotel of very good quality, clean rooms, nice pool/spa and small fitness suite.

The restaurant was of a very good standard with a good varied venue.
Position wise the hotel is very convenient to the lift system and ski hire shop.

There are no shops or restaurants other than those servicing the hotels. If you are looking for wild night life neither of the 2 resorts is for you.
This area of Austria has a very good snow record with a good number of longer runs. Queues what queues?
I have just one negative comment: there is a live band of 2 using one of those sound machines designed to be at full bass and full volume when they performed ( I am being complimentary) it was very very loud. The venue was the Tonis Hutte attached to the hotel, we were on the third floor and the vibrations went through our bed and onto the fourth floor. It was 1am before we could even consider sleep!
The band do not play more than a couple of times a week in the hotel, but guess what, they do the rounds and appeared a couple of times at the Ideal which is about 150 metres away but almost as loud and same repetoir.
There was a time when I was able to tolerate and even enjoy live bands I now appreciate maintaining good hearing and a good night's sleep.
At the risk of appearing a grumpy old person I will leave it there, except to say that many fellow guests concurred at the breakfast table.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

It's a nice family hotel, warm and homely, comfortable and friendly. The small pool was as it should be, full of rioting kids trying to wind down after a day on the slopes. The wellness area was spotlessly clean, shiningly modern, hot, subdued and quiet and in true Austrian style strictly non-textile - it was all hanging out, but everyone was politely pretending looking at the floor.
The boot room is clean and warm and the lovely hotel bar is the only pub in town - its a lovely little Austrian wooden barn with a great atmosphere, live music, nagelstock and indoor cigarette smoking - perfect.
The hotel restaurant was a little nearer 3 star than 4 star. The "deep fried Mr Bounty Bar" desert - an Austrian take on a Scottish speciality - was equally surprising and disgusting.

My only serious complaint - the website said ski-in-ski-out and that was a bare faced lie. OK its only 100 yards away to the slope - if you cross the road, walk down 50 yards and across the the car park of the hotel opposite. If you want ski-in-out stay at Top or Riml Hotels.

Room Tip: Family rooms are good value, but soul less and viewless.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

just returned from 1 week ski holiday with wife and 8 year old son, seventh time skiing in as many years .i can honestly say best skiing holiday we have had . Brilliant staff ,top quality food , lovely clean rooms and facilities first class skiing and location.would go back tomorrow ! I can only agree with other reviews . just book it as long as there's room for us next year!!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

I have gone the last two years to Hochgurgl/Obergurgl ski area for skiing with a group from work. Each time we have stayed at the hotel it was great, with a half board meals included and the spa downstairs is free to use and excellent. Also, if you go earlier in the day the massage therapy spa is cheaper and excellent. ;)

Location of the hotel is also excellent being so close to the hill, from the time you leave to the time you are in your skis is 5 minutes tops. I found Obergurgl and excellent all level of abilities to ski and the two times we have been there the weather conditions have been overall good and the snow conditions good.

However, you would think that in this modern age of credit and debit card use a hotel bar would accept them, but no. We found this a little backwards and maybe it is an Austrian thing, but unless they have changed it bring chase. you can go to the front counter of the hotel to get cash, but it is a pain and I hope they have changed it for this year. The beds by European standards are good, but fair to North American standards.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

Great hotel! Spent a week’s skiing here from 2 to 9 February and thought the hotel was excellent. Friendly staff, nice large room, great service, excellent cuisine, with six course dinners (more than you could possibly eat!) and wide choice for breakfast – even a fresh orange juice machine!

It’s in an excellent position for skiing. You just have to walk about 50 yards up the road to the steps up to the lifts – although being at over 2000m means that you’ll probably be out of breath when you get there!

Hotel facilities are good too, with an excellent leisure suite containing a pool, steam room, various saunas, hot stone beds and other facilities. Shy Brits should note that this is a “naked bathing area” and is unisex, but although most people do discreetly go naked, it’s not compulsory. So if you’re a bit self-conscious, just wrap yourself in a towel!!

A couple of things to bear in mind regarding the hotel’s location:
• It’s effectively in the middle of the mountain, which on the one hand is good as it is almost “ski in / ski out”, but it does mean that you are somewhat isolated. Buses to Obergurgl and Solden run from the bottom and you need to get down there by the bubble, but this stops at 4, so you can’t use it in the evening.
• It’s a very quiet area. There are only hotels and a couple ski hire shops in Hochgurgl, so it’s not somewhere that you can have a decent mooch about in during the evening or if you can’t ski. There’s more to do and see in Obergurgl, so if we were to come back to the area, we’d probably opt for there, or maybe Solden, which is larger still. And if you’re young and into après ski (which thankfully we’re not!), it probably won’t be for you.

The only disappointment for us (and this is nothing to do with the hotel) was the weather. We lost one whole day and two half days as it was snowing and the visibility was poor. In fact on the first day, it was misty by the hotel, so we thought we’d go up higher to see if we could get above the cloud/mist. Mistake! It got worse and we had to very tentatively ski down pistes we’d never been on before with practically zero visibility. It was very scary as we couldn’t tell where we were going, whether we were going up or down, or even whether we were moving at all! Eventually we got back to where we started and gave up. It cleared up a bit in the afternoon so we got some skiing in. I have to say that I’m amazed that they kept so many lifts running in those conditions as it was quite dangerous. When we were talking to others in the evening, some had even gone off the edge of the piste, which could have been seriously dodgy, although they returned unscathed. I’m sure we wouldn’t have allowed it in health and safety conscious UK!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mold, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

Stayed here as a group of 6 in Feb 2013.
Great Hotel is in a great position. You can take a 1 min walk down to a piste or up to a lift. Ski hire etc. just as close. The food is superb (6 courses + coffee). The breakfast is huge with a chef cooking eggs, omelettes etc. The staff are very friendly and helpful and even sorted out a spare room to escape a snorer. Rooms large and spotless. Great Spa facilities. Nice Apre Ski bar attched.

The pistes are incredibly quiet (never queued once) with lots of off piste adjacent to and between the runs and a couple of unpisted red/blacks. Not too challenging but safe and good for families, beginners and intermediates. Experts will want to get a guide for the off piste.

Easy access to Obergurgl and the Nedderhutte (a must do). Taxi 24 euros if you have a night in Obergurgl. Much cheaper than France and a much higher standard. Great value.

Room Tip: Look at the Hotel web site and get the type of room you need.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

What can I add to the other glowing reviews below? The Olymp is an immaculate hotel just 50m and a flight of stairs from the Grossekarbahn lift, which whisks you into the heart of the Hochgurgl ski area. We booked on a last minute bargain package deal with Inghams – who deserve a nod too. Set at the foot of the village (hamlet (if that)) with stunning views from the dinning room (more of that later) over the head of the Oetz valley. Service was professional and attentive from all the staff, with the standout member of staff being Christian the waiter who worked like a Trojan - often in Toni’s Almhütte the cosy old bar in an ancient wooden barn adjoining the hotel.

The room was large with comfortable beds (the Austrians have certainly cottoned on to something with their twins), and the bathroom spotless. The spa area was fantastic, with everything that could be wished for, and a few extra options beside. The hot stone beds are a blissful post skiing pleasure, and more comfortable than they sound. Public areas were pleasant with the fireside soft chairs a lovely place to relax before or after dinner. Ay, there’s the rub. The food. I can confidently say that I have never eaten better in a ski resort (in 30+ years of trying), and probably never consistently better in a hotel anywhere in the world. Buffet breakfast was the perfect way to set up for a day on the planks. Delicious bread, extensive cereals, a bewildering array of jams, fresh orange juice from a DIY machine, fresh fruit, omelettes / fried / scrambled eggs to order, cured meats, and cheese (c’mon this is Austria), seeds of every description, dried fruits, and yoghurts. Only problem was the agony of choice. Aprés ski snacks also served in the hut from 15:00 for the truly gluttonous. Dinner was a blow out of 6 courses nightly; the salad buffet is beyond description offering the full gamut of recipes known to the culinary world. Some inventive, small second courses are followed by a choice of soup. Main courses were a meat, fish, or vegetarian, with a 4th choice for the picky. All stunning, particularly the fish (if Austria can do it in a land locked country why isn't it easier to get good fish dishes in the UK?). Desserts were particularly worthy of mention, so I have. To finish the human foie gras experience there is a cheese board with many mountain favourites. Oh my word. The wine list includes an encyclopaedic choice of Austrian bottles (why the stuff doesn’t get a better press outside of the country is beyond me) and other international offerings.

If monsieur Michelin doesn’t get his fat Gallic butt sur his bicyclette and up to the top of the Alps immediately to bestow a star I am getting on the 1st train down to Cassis to do to him the sort of things that you only ever see happen in Korean horror films.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone, a great find, particularly when I wasn't looking for it in the 1st place. My one gripe only is that they charge for tap water with dinner. Is this the only place in the civilised world where this practice is still acceptable? It seems petty in the extreme and so much out of character with the rest of the hospitality, particularly when the bottled water in the room is complimentary daily. If the 3 Euro charge is really necessary to ensure the margins, then surely it could be absorbed elsewhere without difficulty.

As Austria’s most famous ex US governor and adulterer would say. I’ll be back.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Olymp Hotel
Address: Hochgurglerstrasse 1, Hochgurgl, Obergurgl 6456, Austria
Region: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Obergurgl > Hochgurgl
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Hochgurgl
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Olymp Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 74
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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