We had a fantastic time at this hotel and were lucky with the weather- warm and sunny enough to enjoy a lake swim.
Public areas are beautiful, majestic with high ceilings, large windows, wonderful lake front terrace for dining. Wonderful new indoor pool and renovated spa area- lounge in bathrobes outside the spa/pool area on recliners set out on the lawn overlooking the lake. Very relaxing!
The adjacent outdoor pool pavilion and lake front access are a short walk through the woods. This area is also amazing and beautiful- very cool and old fashioned. Open to the public but not an ugly mob scene. Kids tend to stay at the back near the outdoor pool area and adults on recliners on the lawn in front of the lake.
There are beautiful homes and villas in the immediate area and the pool pavilion crowd looked affluent and sophisticated. I would advise wearing water shoes because there are a few concrete protrusions in the roped off lake swimming area and it's possible to scrape yourself while swimming. Lake water was the perfect temperature and a gentle current added to the enjoyment.
We were sooo glad to be staying in the residential Bad Schachen area and not in Lindau proper or Bregenz. Coming back to our peaceful hotel in the woods felt like a luxurious treat. Parking was a breeze- a few times the gravel, wooded lots were full at night and we parked steps away on the road leading out of the property. The entire area feels safe and secure for any car or person.
Front desk staff were pleasant. We did have some odd experiences while trying to book a room via email and by phone but everything was in order when we arrived.
Our junior suite on the top floor was spacious and had a great view of the lake but was in need of refurbishing. There was also an odd, musty smell that persisted during our entire stay despite windows being wide open- kind of like grandma's attic smell. If you require a four or five star room you will be disappointed in this hotel. Maid service was excellent but carpet and furniture need to be replaced. The mattress and linens were fine.
Meals- breakfast was excellent and both the interior dining area and outdoor areas are stunning. Indoor dining features huge windows, light, airy and bright. We enjoyed lunch but dinner was a bit of a disappointment- too continental hotel style with foam etc. and many Austrian dishes which did not appeal to us at all. Some of the courses were good though- if we go again, would probably not have dinner here. Cooking oil for deep frying was in desperate need of a change. Both the french fries at lunch and potatoes dauphine at dinner had a rancid, off taste.
Overall, a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. Highly recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Founded in 1752 and still owned and managed by the same family, the beautiful Hotel Bad Schachen was painstakingly rebuilt in 1906, faithfully embracing the Belle Epoque style. The hotel is idyllically situated in its own park, which leads directly to the shores of Lake Constance. Stunning views across the lake to the medieval island town of Lindau are afforded. An attractive outdoor pool on the lakefront and the new spa are the perfect places for recreation and wellbeeing. Indeed, the entire region's exceptional beauty and supreme tranquility make this a uniquely charming Bavarian summer retreat.125 guestrooms including 4 suites, in elegant and comfortable surroundings, mostly with balconies, thoughtful touches throughout, and every modern convenience. Most rooms face the lake, with glorious views across the water to the Swiss and Austrian Alps beyond.Spa and wellness center with beauty treatments, massage, fitness gym, saunas and steambath. 1920s-style outdoor pool, 2 clay tennis courts, a host of water sports on the lake (boat rentals, sailing and windsurfing), 2 beautiful nearby golf courses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bad Schachen Hotel