What a FANTASTIC hotel!!
I have been to Austria many times, usually in 4 star hotels, but the Schönruh beats them all hands down.
We stayed on a 1 week package with Inghams in 1 single room and 1 twin (in the twin we paid extra for a balcony). The rooms were next to each other in the "new" part of the hotel and were superb. The single room was by far the largest I have ever had - about 20ft long, with 4 windows, patio door and small balcony. It also had a 3/4 size double bed, large wardrobe, flat screen telly, DVD player, fridge, sofa and a smart bathroom. Oh and bathrobe and pool towel in a little wicker basket!
The twin room was equally large with sofa, large bathroom and separate toilet; plus the extras the single room had.
The only (minor) gripes about the rooms - neither had toiletries (apart from liquid soap) - nor a hook in the bathroom to hang your bathrobe from. The twin room also had a semi-clear partition between the bathroom and the bedroom - meaning you could see what anyone was doing in there! Ok for a couple; maybe not ideal for 2 friends sharing a room.
The facilities of the hotel were excellent - large bar/lounge downstairs with lots of seats; dining room on the first floor. Also downstairs was a fitness room (didn't use, but looked smart) and the spa/pool area. This consisted of a separate "sauna land" and the main pool area. This had a large sized pool, whirlpool and steam room (where costumes were allowed - the main sauna area was au naturelle! - handy to have these separate if you were concerned about you or your kids bumping into naked Austrian/Germans!!)). There were plenty of loungers, and stairs up to the outside pool -small, but great to swim with a view of the mountains!
Back to the dining room. The food at breakfast and dinner was superb! Breakfast was a massive array of cereal, fruit, yoghurt, jam, bread, cold meats, cheeses plus hot bacon/sausages plus eggs cooked individually to order.
Dinner consisted of starter, soup, salad buffet, main, dessert, cheese board; with 3 choices of starter and soup, plus 4 choices of main - usually 2 meat and 1 fish, and always 1 vegetarian. Plus there were "special" menus during our week - Saturday was the gala dinner which had an extra fish course, and another night was the "degustation" menu which had an extra sorbet course. Plus 1 night the starter was replaced by a starter buffet, and another night it was a dessert buffet. The quality was magnificent, and the quantity ample. It varied slightly - some nights the starter was much bigger than others, and any main course with rice was always more filling than with potato. Sample dishes included suckling pig, traditional dumplings, a variety of styles of beef, trout and duck. The cold soups were an interesting experience - cold berry soup being a giant bowl of.....cold berries!
The waiting staff were exceedingly attentive - every one of them greeted you as you walked in. All spoke very good English. Indeed all the hotel staff from the maid and the "odd job man" to the manager made you feel really welcome.
Overall the clientèle were largely middle aged to elderly German speaking but there were a few families and younger couples. English people were a minority, but I'm never fussed by that.
Location is about 5 mins walk (pretty much flat) from the rail/bus station and 7 mins to the pedestrian streets in the village centre. I enjoy the tranquillity of being slightly out of the centre rather than being slap bang in the middle of things - hence choosing the Schönruh over the sister hotel Kaltschmid which is right in the centre.
Seefeld itself is a lovely little village/town with excellent walking potential for all abilities and good transport links by bus and train. It is only 20 mins from the German border - Mittenwald is a pretty town to visit just over the border with a stunning gorge walk nearby. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is about 45 mins by train; with Innsbruck to visit in the other direction.
I would heartily recommend both Seefeld itself and the Schönruh.
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