We enjoyed our two night stay at the Grand Spa Resort A-Rosa very much, and overall felt it was worth going out of our way for - and going back to. The spa was the best we've ever experienced, and we have now been to several of these around Europe.
The approach to the hotel is quite built up, with a busy road passing very close, so we were initially feeling a bit misled by the pictures of idyllic alpine scenery around the hotel and wondering if we'd made a mistake. But the turn off from the road takes you far just enough away from the quaint (yet replete with stylish shops) town of Kitzbuehel, and the hotel is positioned to face the hills and ski fields. And once we were inside the door, it was as though the rest of the world ceased to exist.
Our deluxe room on the fourth floor was beautifully quiet, spacious, comfortable and well appointed. The view from our private balcony was lovely, and we had everything we could expect and want - robes, slippers and toiletries, a wonderfully sleep-inducing bed, duvet and pillow combo, a desk and high-speed WiFi connection that actually worked, a small lounge area, an elegant bathroom with underfloor heating, twin basins, enormous shower and a separate toilet (although its frosted glass surround reduced the privacy quotient) and plenty of cupboard space.
The hotel reeks of understated luxury and has a striking atrium-style central bar area and adjacent lounges with open fires ... but this appealing space was curiously deserted throughout our stay. We found the staff a bit aloof and not always as helpful as they could have been. Also couldn't help wondering ... with the female staff being obliged to wear those slightly kitsch 'Alpine maid' style dresses, why weren't the guys in lederhosen ...?
The evening restaurant arrangements let the hotel down. Eating in on our first evening there (since we had just arrived and hadn't yet had a chance to explore the town and other alternatives) was a somewhat bizarre, confusing and disappointing experience. There were three restaurants to choose from (Italian sounded appealing but it turned out to be a few minutes walk through the garage (?!) and offered only a "fish BBQ" that evening!) but not a decent a-la-carte menu in sight! We ended up in the buffet restaurant where breakfast is served, with an 'all you can eat' arrangement (really not our style) at a fixed price of 45 euros per person .... Hmm, I suppose ravenous guests back from a day of skiing might get their money's worth, but we certainly didn't. The drink prices were sky high and the service average.
On the other hand, that same buffet at breakfast (inclusive) was sensational ... loved the fabulous range of German breads and eggs cooked to order!
We had a much better dining experience the second evening at a cosy restaurant in the town of Kitzbuehel - a great two-course meal and a bottle of wine for a fraction of the price we'd paid at the hotel the night before. We recommend venturing forth - it's only a 10 minute walk into town. The loan umbrella from the hotel came in handy.
The real drawcard here at the Grand Spa Resort A-Rosa is, as the name suggests, its spa. The facilities are superb and spotlessly clean, with a classy and relaxing ambience. Swimwear is required for the lovely indoor/outdoor pool but banned in the spa/sauna area - leave your inhibitions at the door. There's a common area adjacent to the showers that has foot baths, seating and a drinking water fountain, and a serene day bed/rest area to take it easy or read a book between bouts in the amazing range of steam rooms and saunas. Try them all - it's a fabulous way to detox, get squeaky clean and relax. You could easily while away several hours here.
This hotel has a great deal going for it and would be lovely at any time of year. We'd like to go back in winter to experience the warm yet refined ambience with snow on the other side of the picture windows ...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kitzbühel - sophisticated charm, majestic scenery.Built in the style of a Tyrolean castle, the A-ROSA Kitzbühel perches on the sunny side of the valley, surrounded by the most beautiful 9-hole golf course in Austria. The views sweep over lush greens from the Wilder Kaiser region to the famous Streif. Kitzbühel is a year-round meeting place for athlets and sports enthusiasts in search of sublime nature and international flair paired with the authentic Tyrolean lifestyle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Spa Resort a-Rosa Kitzbuehel Hotel
- Grand Hotel Kitzbühel