We stayed for a week half board in Feb 09 and thought the hotel was excellent. We paid extra for one of the "suite" rooms which are in a building opposite the main hotel (connected via an underground passage) and it was well worth paying extra. The rooms were fabulous and massive. Chocolates on the beds every night and fresh towels everyday. The hotel has a large ski locker room which we found better than previous hotels. The location for the slopes is excellent as you can ski almost all the way back (about 50m), alternatively if you dont want to ski back, there is a ski bus stop also about 50m from the hotel. The ski area was good, although as intermediate skiiers, by the second to last day we had skiied the entire mountain, and so, to be fussy, we would have like a larger ski area. It is worth getting the ski bus (free) to Kaprun for a day or two.
The hotel facilities were good and having an outdoor pool was a novelty. We did not find the bar noisy at all, if anything, it was very quiet. But, this was to be expected as the hotel is located about 10mins from the main town where there are plenty of livlier bars (our favourites being Crazy Daisy's and Gin House). In general we found Austria very smokey. The hotel restaurant was a bonus being non smoking. The food in the hotel was good - very traditional and there was always more than enough.
The village of Zell am see was stunning and has a lot of character. It keeps you fit walking back up to the hotel from the town after a few drinks! Every week they have an Apres Ski festival in the town centre and also a freestyle ski/board night where nutters do huge jumps off one of the runs back to the gondola! There is plenty to keep entertained.
We went with Neilson and thought the rep (Kate) was fantastic. The transfer and pick up was smooth and she was very informative about the mountain and was in the hotel every day in case we had any questions.
I would definately reccommend Zell am see and hotel Waldhof. I didnt want to leave and want to go back!!
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