My husband and I cannot say enough good things about Hotel St Georg. This being our first Christmas holiday in Europe, we did not realize that most hotels in ski resorts book guests for 7 days. We had booked our airfare from Canada and our first 4 nights at a hotel in Salzburg (of a 2 week trip) when we chose Zell am See to spend Christmas. It was a surprise to discover it difficult to find accommodation for 3 nights. Hotel St Georg was gracious and kind enough to accommodate my husband and I for 3 nights. We should have known from the initials e-mails that the St Georg Hotel is not your typical hotel.
We arrived the afternoon of Christmas Eve and were pleasantly greeted by reception and escorted to our room. The room was spacious, meticulously clean and the bathroom was spotless. The bedding was of extremely good quality and the bed very comfortable. A plate of cookies, along with a personalized letter to greet us and a small wrapped gift awaited our arrival in our room. Because of, and thanks to Family Sauper and the St Georg team, this is a Christmas that we will not soon forget. Christmas Eve began with guests gathering outside around a fire with warm punch and roasted chestnuts complete with four musicians playing brass instruments. A very thoughtful touch by the owners. Once guests were in the dining room, everyone including the owners and their two children enjoyed a wonderful dinner. As mentioned the Christmas tree was lit with candles (a tradition that we are not familiar with), the children played Christmas carols and Santa arrived while Mrs. Sauper handed out a gift to the children. How thoughtful is that??
All dinners were delicious and 5 course (4 served at the table and the 5th is the salad buffet). The food was very good. I found it charming that the owners dined in the dining room with the guests. Breakfast was another treat and we appreciated the eggs cooked to order by one of the staff members. Every afternoon there was something provided in the bar/lounge by the kitchen. One afternoon is was delicous cakes, another it was wonderful apple strudel of which my husband greatly appreciated. The lounge and dining room are both very inviting spaces. As others have commented, it is like staying in someone's home.
My husband and I have travelled a fair bit and stayed at all types of accommodation around the world. Myself being a very detail oriented person, I notice little things. This is a well run and extremely well managed hotel. The staff are friendly and seem happy at their jobs. Mrs. Sauper tends to every detail of the hotel and the service and quality shows. In January once home we were surprised and delighted to find a postcard from the St Georg hoping to see us again soon and wishing us well. Details like this, in this day and age, you just don't see anymore. Fantastic job Family Sauper and St Georg Team!!
Should we return to Zell am See I wouldn't even think about staying at another hotel and I would highly recommend the St Georg to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel St. Georg - the elegant country hotel in Zell am See. We are certain that you will feel very much at home in our hotel, which is run by our family Sauper. The cable car City Express is only a few meters away from us - also the Schmittenhöhebahn is nearby - Golf: 30 % reduction on green fees, alpine skiing resort, Zeller lake, walking map, birdwatching-specialist. ... more less
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