My husband and I went skiing with friends in Feb 2013 to Seefeld and stayed in the hotel Tyrol-Alpenhof.
After reading some of the earlier reviews we weren't too sure what to expect but needn't have worried. I would ignore all of the previous reviews before Dec 2012 as the hotel has been under new management since then.
We had a fantastic week. The hotel is in a nice spot at the end of the town but not too far away that you can't walk (with skis and boots) to the nursery slopes in the morning.
The room was great, we had Austrian twin beds but they were pushed together, the bathroom was clean and tidy and had everything we needed. The room also had a nice balcony overlooking the street. The only noise we heard was from the truck taking the excess snow away in the morning, but it was a good wake up call.
The food in the hotel was nice. The portions were huge! I can see it might not be everyone's cup of tea as presentation isn't like you get in other hotels but it was all very tasty and more than enough after a hard days skiing. There was a large selection of buffet salad to start with and we chose our starter and main course at breakfast for that evening. The dining room feels a bit like a wedding reception the way it's laid out but it's fine. The waiting on staff were quite busy and got friendlier by the end of the week. The hotel also puts on tea and cake in the afternoon which is great to go back to after a day on the slopes. They also had a themed evening on the Wednesday night which was good fun.
We didn't use the pool so can't comment on that.
The lounge and seating areas in the lobby were very nice and it meant that you didn't feel like everyone was crowded together. There is also a lovely log fire in the front lounge/lobby area which the owner keeps stoked up in the evening. Also a tv in one area and some books to read. The hotel also give you free wifi for an hour at a time (in the lobby area only) but this is not limited to one hr a day so if you need more you just have to ask at reception for another code. There is also a kids playroom off of the main bar area but we didn't hear too much noise from this and it meant kids were entertained if parents wanted to sit in the bar area and keep an eye on their kids at the same time.
Seefeld itself is lovely. It's not very lively so if you're looking for loads of après ski this is not the resort for you. Most of the après ski is hotel based. It's the type of place that is prefect for an evening stroll after dinner where you can have a nose around the shops and pop into a quiet bar if you want to but we didn't even find many of these.
The nursery slope is great as there are three different sections which meant it wasn't very crowded. If you go up the main ski lift and over the back you come to a bowl which has different paths to take and can be a bit more of a challenge if you are an intermediate wanting to find your ski legs or you're a beginner who has had a few lessons and wants to practice on some different terrain. There is also a nice restaurant over the back.
My husband had a ski lesson through the ski school and came on leaps and bounds and wished he'd done it sooner in the week!
The shops are quite expensive for ski gear but its quite an up market kind of resort.
We also did the snow rafting which was held on the nursery slope and was great fun. We had to book this through Inghams even though we holidayed with Crystal because Crystal hadn't had enough takers for it.
Me and one or our friends who is a boarder took ourselves off to the Roschutte pistes (10mins on bus)while our other halves stayed on the nursery slopes back in the village.. The bus service was really good and the ski lifts and slopes were great with some challenging bits if you wanted them but also good for intermediates.
Once our other halves had built their confidence we all took the bus to the gschwandtkopf slopes which is another set of red and blue pistes. Again only 5-10 mins on bus. There are restaurants at the bottom and we saw beginners having lessons on some of the blues although these were steeper than the nursery slopes in the village.
If you want to do all the pistes at Roschutte and Gschwandtkopf in one day it's possible to do but I don't see the point in that. Expert skiers who want black runs would probably not like this resort but there is more than enough slopes to occupy up to good intermediates.
Seefeld also has a train station right in the centre and only 2 mins up the road from the hotel but you don't hear any noise as trains aren't that frequent so don't let that put you off. There is a level crossing which comes down when a train is coming through. We got the train to Innsbruck on our day odd from skiing. It only took about 40 mins and was a fantastic journey with great views over the valleys. Innsbruck itself is nice to have a mooch around for a day off skiing with interesting buildings and nice cafes/restaurants.
All in all a fantastic resort, which has plenty to see and do. I would recommend for couples, families, friends and singles but not for you if you want to party scene and lively après-ski.
PS if you go to Austria skiing you have to try a germknoedel (giant yeast dough dumpling usually with plum filling and served with custard, or kaiserschmarnn (thick pancake usually cut up and served with apples or cherries and sprinkled with icing sugar) or hot chocolate with rum or a gluwein!! We usually try and have all during the week - and then wonder why our salopettes are tighter by the end of the week :-))
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Immersed in the magnificent unspoiled nature we welcome you in one of the most famous place of the Alps, the olympic region of Seefeld. Due to the particular location we are the perfect starting point for skiers, wanderers and all amateurs of mountains and nature. The Hotel Tyrol-Alpenhof - centrally located only 400 metres from the centre of Seefeld - consists of two connected builings and is the perfect place to spend your holidays. The 77 elegant and tastefully furnished rooms are equipped with shower or bathtub, toilet, hairdryer, satellite flat screen TV, telephone, minibar, safe, free wifi Internet access and mostly also with balcony. In our restaurant, furnished with Swarovski chandeliers, in the morning a rich gourmet buffet breakfast is offered. In the afternoon we welcome you in our bar for coffee, tea and cakes. After a hard and exciting day in the mountains you will enjoy in the evening dinner choosing a 3-course-menu including a rich salad, vegetable and starters buffet. In the wellness centre guests relax in the swimming-pool, sauna or steam, bath (included in the rate). Other free offered services are games corner for adults and children, table tennis and wifi Internet access in the whole hotel. Parking is available free of charge. The skibus stops in front of the hotel. Rates include our rich gourmet buffet breakfast. Supplement half board: 10 Euro per person per day (please indicate upon reservation). Reductions for children sharing the room with 2 adults: 0-1 year for free, 2-6 years 50% discount, 7-12 years 30% discount (upon prior request). ... more less
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