We went back to Ellmau again after 23 years spent mostly going to the French Alps. We had taught our younger children to ski there and wanted to see how things had changed. The Pension Claudia is right opposite the nursery slopes and friendly efficient ski school, so if you are looking for facilities like that, this is a winner. The Claudia is part of the larger Hotel Hochfilzer, 250 metres down the street. You get B&B at Claudia where most of the rooms are pleasant and comfortable with mountain and slope facing balconies (try to avoid the basement rooms which do have windows, but are also too close to the boot room where nosy early skiiers could break your sleep). After a buffet breakfast (nothing hot on offer though), you can get straight out on to the slopes opposite, and then the whole Wilder Kaiser world opens up for you. There is also a ski bus service, and a funicular railway to take you up to the top of the mountain. After good active days, dinner is taken at the main Hotel Hochfilzer, which is family run by the warm and friendly Frau Ingrid Hochfilzer and her family. This is a delight with a wide ranging menu (which you choose earlier at breakfast) and served with good wine by friendly staff who speak English. The evenings are mostly rounded off with varied musical entertainment in the large bar area. The lovely hotel also has an indoor swimming pool and outdoor sauna for your use, and a supervised children's room. Ellmau is a splendid family resort, with packages bookable direct or through Inghams, and gives you all the wonderful atmosphere of Austrian skiing at its best.
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- Claudia guesthouse is in a quiet garden setting about a 5 minute walk from the Hochfilzer Hotel. ... more less
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