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Strandhotel Margaretha
Ranked #1 of 46 St. Wolfgang B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 September 2013

The Margaretha is one of the best hotels we have stayed in. It was clean, comfortable and we were very well fed. The hotel's position was incredible, the views were stunning and we liked that it was a short walk from the centre, so quieter. Our room was on the top floor with partial views to the lake and mountains. It was very large and entirely satisfactory with comfy beds and a sofa, table and chairs and huge TV! Oh and the towels (4) and bath mats (2) were changed daily. It was very well run and particular thanks to Ferenc for his hard-working efficiency.

St Wolfgang was a good place to stay and our hotel was near the cog railway and boat station so very well placed. Walks around were lovely and we enjoyed the trips, going with Inghams whom we found good with a good rep - thanks Stephen.

Room Tip: Room 302, top floor with no balcony (we felt a balcony not essential) but good views and quiet.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

My cousin and I stayed at the Strandhotel based in part on the reviews on TripAdvisor this past September - and we were thrilled with the choice. The front desk staff was super helpful as we decided our course of travel and provided recommendations for local hiking and other events.

We ate our breakfast at the hotel both days - a great buffet with everything we needed to get started. As we went off to our hike, we noticed the extra hiking sticks by the door - and were happy to borrow a pair for the day (which turned out to be not only knee-saving but possibly more!) Upon return from our 5.5 hour jaunt down the side of a mountain, we were exhausted - and they had no problem as we ordered a beer and wandered over to the lake to relax (and go for a swim). Add to the laid-back nature of the staff the fact that the staff works incredibly hard, is very helpful, and makes you feel very welcome in a truly gorgeous setting, and it's a place that shoots to the top of my "must visit again" list. It's easy to see why they have such a great ranking in St. Wolfgang - I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a wonderful, relaxing place to stay.

Room Tip: Go for a high floor room with a lake view - the lake mist in the morning is gorgeous.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

My wife and I stayed for a week at the Hotel Margaretha during August- we'd booked with Crystal summer about three weeks previously. It was not the cheapest hotel available in St Wolfgang so we were hoping for something above average and we weren't disappointed. The hotel is situated a pleasant ten-minute stroll from the town centre and is very convenient in terms of catching the train up the mountain or catching the ferry across the lake to nearby villages - the train station is about 100 metres away, likewise the ferry point. Our bedroom was excellent, possibly the nicest we've ever had - really spacious with two tub chairs and a matching sofa, flat-screen tv, tea/coffee making facilities, mini-bar etc.The storage facilities were also excellent - two large his and hers wardrobes with plenty of shelves etc. Also handy were the safes to keep valuables within each wardrobe.The bathroom was large, nicely decorated in terms of tiling and all the equipment was in pristine condition.The double bed was really two large singles pushed together so there was plenty of room.The maid who cleaned etc. on a daily basis took great pride in arranging the duvet and pillows in different ways each day - sometimes the duvet was in the shape of a heart, sometimes in the shape of a diamond etc - this added to the individual flavour of the hotel. As we had booked quite late in the day we had been promised a side-view of the lake, which is what we got. We were very happy with the view - we had a verandah which opened out onto the side of the hotel and we had a very pleasant view of the lake and some mountains on the opposite side.The poorest thing about our room (and this is a very minor quibble) was the state of the decking on the verandah - not very secure and needed a bit of attention. The staff were, on the whole, youthful. They spoke very good English and were attentive, pleasant and effective. We also enjoyed the food - the choice for breakfast was wide-ranging and of excellent quality. The Austrians don't go in for full-English breakfasts and so the cooked options were limited - the streaky bacon was a bit pallid, I don't really like Austrian sausages and tend to give them a miss - the scrambled eggs were ok. However, don't be put off by my comments regarding the cooked options - the continental choice more than made up for any deficiencies - cereals, yoghurts, cold meats, cheeses,juices, excellent bread, pasties, fresh fruit, preserves etc. The evening meal consisted of four/five courses - starter, soup, choice from salad bar, main course, sweet. The food was varied and of high quality - nicely cooked and presented - I don't think that we left anything on our plates -service was always excellent. As the weather was fine the evening meal was usually served outside on the huge verandah at the front of the hotel which was extremely pleasant. The hotel has approx.12 bikes which seemed in good condition - these can be borrowed for the day, taken across the lake on a ferry etc. The staff seemed very relaxed about the use of the bikes and locks were available.
We went on one excursion only as we had been to Austria before. We went to Halstatt on a really hot day and enjoyed the visit - we had an excellent freelance guide in David, who was very knowledgeable.You need good weather to go there however - some fellow guests went on another day and it rained all the time they were there and so it was pretty miserable.We walked many miles during our stay - we followed the Pilgrim's route to St Gilgen (approx 5 miles) - the path is basically quite steep up and quite steep down but not too difficult for a reasonably fit person - not really appropriate for bikes however.We walked to Strobl - nice easy path - took about two hours and caught the ferry back. We wandered around the slopes, meadows and forests around St Wolfgang and on the opposite side of the lake - very pleasant views. You can buy a Salzkammergut discount card which gives you discounts on various ticket prices. Be careful however, the discount is often only available if you take the full option on offer e.g. whole day ferry ticket to roam around the lake, full ticket to the summit of the mountain - not to the mid-way station - the card costs 5Euro - you will need to weigh up the benefits in light of what you have planned. We took the train to the top of the mountain immediately behind the hotel.Stunning views from the top.The hotel has a private lakeside Lido available for the use of guests, with numerous sunbeds. If you need a packed lunch the hotel will prepare a basic pack - roll, fruit etc. However, what we did was visit the small supermarket in the main street - they will readily prepare some excellent filled rolls for you at a reasonable price. Should we ever return to St Wolfgang we would certainly head for the Margaretha Hotel - highly recommended. I can't believe that anyone could possibly rate this hotel as being terrible - I suspect the he or she was describing another hotel!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Stayed for a week at the Margaretha. Would give it six stars, excellent food, good sized rooms, really comfortable bed, really friendly staff, not often that we put a resort, or a hotel, on a 'must do again' list, but this certainly was. Fantastic location next to the lake. Thanks for a lovely holiday.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

We stayed for three nights in this lovely hotel. The room we had was spacious and very well equipped. Also the wellness facilities were excellent. Hotel guests can take one of the hotel's rowing boats free of charge to explore the Wolfgangsee. For lunch I had the gnoggi which is highly recommended in this place. For the case that is not yet clear > when we return to St. Wolfgang we would definitely book this hotel again!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

My niece and I spent a week in July 2013 on a half board basis at this beautiful hotel. We were in room 112 and the room was perfect. Separate living room with bed settee, fridge and TV and stereo system. Very large bedroom with single beds and TV and 4 large wardrobes. Side balcony with own parasol table and chairs and a view of the lake. Very friendly staff, excellent selection for breakfast, hot and cold available. Dinner menu although limited choice there was something for everyone. Private lakeside garden with sunbeds and parasols and a view out of a travel brochure! Ideally situated for visits to St Gilgen, Bad Ischl, and Salzburg. We had a great time and would highly recommend the hotel, with its friendly staff and St Wolfgang to anyone. You could do as much or as little as you liked.

Room Tip: Side lake view room - felt like you were in your own little apartment, could still see the lake and...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

We stayed at the Strandhotel Margaretha for a week in July.

The hotel is in a nice quiet location, a few minutes walk from the town centre, the Schafburg railway, the ferry to St Gilgen, Strobl and other towns around the lake. It is also a minute away from a small ferry (turn right outside the hotel) which will take you to Abersee, five mins across the lake.

The hotel food is of a good standard although breakfast is limited to the same two hot options (scrambled eggs and bacon) every day, but the cold options are fine. There are four courses for dinner and, as with most Austrian hotels, you select your main course at breakfast. Service was ok but was not great on a couple of occasions. Complimentary afternoon tea is provided.

Across the road, the hotel has a nice garden and floating platform on which you can sunbathe. There are also numerous bikes outside reception which you can use. Some are a bit worn so check the brakes and tyres before heading out. We took the bikes on the small ferry to Absersee. On that side of the lake there are numerous purpose built cycle paths which are excellent and easy to follow. We rode to Strobl where we bought lunch at the supermarket (they will make up whatever rolls you want) which is much larger and nicer than the one in St Wolfgang. Halfway between Strobl and Abersee on the hillside is a dry toboggan run which is good fun. You can go on it either on your own or in two’s.

The Schaffberg mountain has fantastic 360 degree views so make sure you pick a clear day. We booked tickets the day before when we knew the weather for the following day was going to be good. Either go early morning or late afternoon as it gets busy in between. When you arrive at the top, you need to get a return ticket from the ticket office. You can pick the train you want to return on. If you are not planning to eat at one of the restaurants at the top or do some walking we found an hour and a half to be sufficient.

A really enjoyable trip is the cable car up the Zwolferhorn at St Gilgen. We took the first ferry from the promenade at St Wolfgang which leaves around 9am and goes direct to St Gilgen. A number of ferries park at the promenade overnight so make sure you speak to the staff to find out which is the one to St Gilgen. The cable car is a ten minute walk from the dock. The cars themselves only hold 4 people at a time and it can be a slow process boarding them, so you may want to get there early. There are some spectacular views and walks at the top. The walk down is steep in places and took about 2 hours. There is a nice restaurant to stop at halfway down.

Another nice walk is the one from St Wolfgang to Schwarzensee lake. A reasonably easy, picturesque walk which takes about two hours up and one and half hours down. When you get to the lake there are two restaurants. At the one on the hill to your left as you arrive, we had an excellent (large!) slice of apple strudel. We worked this off by walking around the lake, which takes around an hour.

We also walked from St Wolfgang to Abersee via Strobl. You start by walking through the town and along the road. You then turn off to walk through the small wooded Peninsula into Strobl. The walk from Strobl to Abersee is another picturesque walk along the lake. The walk to Strobl took about an hour and a half and a similar amount of time (allowing for several stops) to reach Abersee where we picked up the small ferry back to the hotel.

Overall a very enjoyable week.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Margarethenstr. 67 | Markt 67, St. Wolfgang 5360, Austria
Region: Austria > Upper Austria > St. Wolfgang
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in St. Wolfgang
Price Range: £41 - £178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Strandhotel Margaretha 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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small hotel located at the quiet westend of St. Wolfgang. 5 min. walking distance to the center of the village. 200m from the schafberg railwaystation and shipstation. ... more   less 
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