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“Erika is a star!”
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Hotel Schonblick
Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in Ellmau
Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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“Erika is a star!”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

We have just returned from a weeks skiing as a family of 5. On arrival at the Schonblick we were offered an extra room for our 16 year old as Erika thought that the family room would be too cramped - above and beyond and we were very grateful!

The rooms are very basic and plain but clean and cleaned most days - the hotel is basic with home cooking that was absolutely fine (if not a bit repetitive, especially breakfast!), my husband and sons skied from the hotel via the Berkhof most days whilst I took the bus with my young daughter to ski school. This is where the situation of the Schonblick is not ideal. Although in a beautiful setting with stunning views, you have to work your day around bus times and not missing the last bus up the hill (16.44), it all gets a bit stressful with a child in ski boots in tow - not to mention me in ski boots! I took to having a Gluewein in the Ellmau village hotels "après ski" as it was much more relaxing, then I paid 7 euros for a taxi up to the Schonblick. 7 euros doesn't sound much but when you want to do a lot of activities in soon adds up.

The Schonblick has no guest lounge so on the couple of nights we stayed there the boys were quite bored. There is nothing to do after you have finished your supper (6-7pm).

My daughter and I would thoroughly recommend the sleigh ride and my husband and sons found the social skiing with the reps incredible. We could not fault Crystal, Tom and Grant were fabulous and nothing was a problem. They were helpful and fun and made extra effort all the time. We went to the Kaiserbad for a swim on our last night, it is a cracking leisure centre but would recommend going for more time.

The ski school was great and my daughter has come home loving skiing and with a medal! The kids even have lunch with their instructors for 10euros per day and again, I would highly recommend the ski school, our daughter sobbed when she had to leave!

Ellmau is definitely not for beginners, it has a lot of red runs mixed in with the blue runs and I found the slopes very steep but it has a fabulous atmosphere and is the most stunning little Austrian town. We met a lot of great people and it was definitely value for money.

Tip: If staying as a family and wanting a bit of Apres Ski, definitely stay in the town, a lot less stressful and easier on your pocket!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Fife, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

We were on a skiing holiday for 1-week, and our accommodation (organised via Crystal) was Hotel Schonblick. A friendly, clean, well maintained, family run hotel. It’ll never win awards for its choice of wine, but this is Austria and beer is the usual tipple. The skiing is not quite door-to-door, but close enough for most folk: a 1-minute walk from the ski-store door and you are on the piste at the start of your day, and similar on your return. The free shuttle bus stops outside the door of the hotel (although we used it on only one occasion) operate a very reduced service during the middle of the day.

We had room-1, which was a nice size, with an attached shower/toilet – all clean and well maintained. There is wifi, although it’s a bit flaky: sometimes fantastic, and other times irritating.

The dinning area was laid-out in classic Tyrolean style, and the cuisine was simple but wholesome. Comprising 4-courses: a self-service mixed salad, followed by soup, and then a choice of main course, and rounding off with a dessert. The main course was chosen from a list of three at breakfast time, and there was always something that appealed to us from the list.

Beer was available in abundance, but the hotel choice of wine was appalling. Erika came to our rescue: after she became aware of our predicament, for each subsequent night she somehow (somewhere) obtained wine that was not on the hotel list. Eventually Erika was procuring some really nice wines just for us!

Erika is fabulous…

Room Tip: Room-1 was a very fortunate happenstance: perfect location for getting to and from the ski-room
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Whitley Bay
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

Schonblick

No real complaints at all here.
Very friendly owner/staff who try and do everything to help, especially Erika, the main waitress and English speaker (she is Slovakian) who seems to work hard 24 hours a day.
We weren’t keen on the red wines on offer (2 of them) so without us asking she found some others from somewhere for future nights.
The prices were ok, €15-18 for a 75cl bottle and €18 for the 1l bottles.
A large beer was €3.40. Small beer €2.50
The meals consist of a salad buffet followed by a starter, usually soup, then the main course which you choose from 3 options at breakfast, 2 meat and a veggie option, then a small pudding.
You keep your serviette and get 1 new one a week.
The rooms weren’t huge but adequate and kept very clean.
There is no soap or shampoo provided but towels are.
The wifi is ok at times but sometimes is at an unusable low strength.
It is a 10 min walk down the hill to the village but a steep 15 min walk back up again.
The hotel is marked as a red X on the map.
The bus runs from 9am to 5pm so no good for the evening. The official stop, which is called “Berghof” after the apartments opposite, is actually 100m further up the road but the bus (which is actually a mini-bus) seems to stop right outside, especially on the way up so you could chance it stopping and get on before its official end point/turn-round at the stop up the hill. It has a break over lunchtime.
You don’t really need it as you walk across the Berghof car park and ski down to the funicular that way. It looks as though you need to walk uphill a little bit at the end of the car park but it cuts off to the right just before then.
The return is a cut-off to the Berghof car park off run 90.
My favourite run was the 91/88 combination.

Recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 January 2014 via mobile

Just returned from a week's stay. Booked last minute with Crystal. Like anything depends what you looking for but if skiing and a good nights sleep are what you are after - can't go far wrong here. Not great for nightlife (as out of town) or luxury. The location is about 15 mins walk from town. Downhill going and uphill coming back but was no hassle to is. About 5 euros in a taxi - taxis seem easy to find by the tourist information office. If you cross the car park belonging to the Berghof hotel opposite you get onto a red run which takes you to the main funicular. Not an easy run for beginners but no problem if you can do reds. The ski bus stops outside for those who prefer to bus to the funicular. There are about 16 rooms at the hotel - ours was room 7. Decent size, lots of hanging space, comfy beds, warm, balcony, good powerful shower.....all in all pretty pleased with the room which was clean. The towels are ancient but that was the only criticism of the room. Breakfast was fairly limited to cereal, fruit, cheese, ham, bread and yoghurt. Evening meals were home cooked - generally soup to start, 3 main options (including veggie for evening meal) and a fruit, ice cream or cake dessert. The restaurant is pretty basic but everyone was sat close together which helped conversation flow. 2 nights we ate out and some drinks were then given to us for free when we got out final bill - a lovely touch! We were a little concerned about hiring skis and getting them to the hotel to ski in and out. We ended up just getting a taxi on the first day after we had hired our skis and on the last day when we dropped our skis off. At 5 euros worked out fine. Overall a basic but clean and well located hotel. So quiet at night unlike other places we have stayed in the centre of ski towns. Ellmau is a nice town - a few nice places bar 66 and Chevys good for a drink (or après ski - albeit that was quite sedate!). Mexican was a nice place to eat and we enjoyed fab pizza and pasta before 2pm at memory bar for 5 Euros. We also did the Crystal fondue night (good food) and the quiz night. The ski conditions weren't great due to limited snow but all main runs
open and snow cannons keep the resort going. Was easy to ski to Soll and Scheffau. Black 60 is a lovely wide black - our favourite run of week!

  • Stayed January 2014
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

This was our first real trip abroad as a couple since our children were little. The setting was amazing with beautiful views of the Wilder Kaiser mountain range from the hotel veranda. The rooms were spacious and spotlessly clean, the food was traditional and the atmosphere of the place was friendly - both Maria and Erika were very friendly and helpful. Ellmau itself is a nice sized village - not too big or commercialized but big enough to have a couple of supermarkets, lots of places to eat out and bars etc. We were there in summer and enjoyed using the ski lifts to get to the tops of the local hills/mountains - there are plenty of walking opportunities on either side of the valley. There are lots of restaurants on the summits and if you take young children the area has lots for them to do - there were children's activity parks everywhere ! There is also a swimming /activity centre called the Kaiser Bad just in case you have a rainy day !
We took the free bus ( the Kaiser Jet) on most days to get along the valley and visit the other little villages which we found very useful. We spent a lot of time hiking and walking around both sides of the valley - there are leisurely walks for those who want an easy day or have children with them and more strenuous walks in the Kaiser mountains for those who want more of a challenge. The hotel is up a hill at the end of the Ellmau , so if your legs are a bit tired after a long day's walking, you can treat yourself to a taxi from the village centre for a mere 6 Euros !!
All in all a lovely place to stay and we would heartily recommend it

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sussex
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Reviewed 17 March 2013 via mobile

OK. you've read the other reviews, it really is a choice thing. If you want 5* treatment stay in a 5*, if you want a homely, welcoming Austrian Gasthof with friendly people (thank you Erika and Maria) with direct access to the skiing - stay here. Bedrooms very comfortable and you are able to control the temperature so can get it to suit you, comfy beds with super fluffy duvets made for great nights sleeping (or was that all the skiing). Breakfast is adequate to set you up for the day and we really enjoy the food up the mountain so were not too full for that at lunch. Evening meals start with self-service salad option, followed by soup then a choice (made at breakfast) of 3 homemade main course options including a vege one, plus a light desert. Favourites: chicken, vege pizza(homemade), apfelstrudel on last night!! The meatloaf is something of a misnomer as it is more like spam - just so you know. You can sit and drink and chat at tables for as long as you want - do try the Austrian black/red wine. Dinner sounds early 6-7 but it worked fine after a hard day on the slopes. It gives you time to relax and drink or walk into the village (yes you may want a taxi back - we paid €2 each, 4 of us). If you run up a bar bill in the hotel be aware that you will need to settle it in cash on your last night. We met some really nice people and as Erika noticed we chatted to them on the first night she put us with them on the same table. Do be aware if you travel as 2 you will be on a table with others, worked well for us as we made new friends, thank you Erika. We had a corner room(6) with double aspect windows - great for watching the mountain change colour as the sun faded away. There is a hair dryer and although no room safe the bedside drawer had a lock and removable key. As with most Austrian hotels they do not supply soap so bring a bar with you. Rooms very clean and cleaned well every day. It is so quiet we were awoken by birdsong!! Be aware that the balcony runs continually around the hotel with no barriers so other guests can wander past your windows - bit of a shock if you are changing - for you and them! We walked into and village 4 times and back twice, it's doable and a good stretch for the legs. The location is magnificent for ski in and out, which is why we chose it. It is a red run and the first day people looked a tad nervously at the little link onto the slope - but it is fine just not for beginners. Easy red run down to Hartkaiserbahn or Hausbergbahn chair lift to get over to Going. We did not need the ski bus at all as skied in/out and had own equipment. Good secure ski locker, there is a boot room but we took our boots to our room to dry them - just take them off and remove the snow first. We love Ellmau and this is our third visit, the ski area is vast - remember to note the serial number of your lift pass and enter it in to the skiwelt website (look for skiline section) as it gives you kms covered and elevations etc. we had a great time atbthis hotel and will return. Previously we stayed at the Sporthotel which is great too but we will return here not there, why? The location being up the mountain with direct ski access, restaurant here is warm not hot, this amount of food suits us better, no road noise, we like walk out some evenings and after skiing we are happy with less facilities. What did we miss from the Sporthotel - oh yes the heated boot rack!

Stayed February 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Have just returned from a week, staying at the The Schonblick. This was the first time in Austrua for 30 yrs and I travelled with family and friends. The hotel itself itself is what ii would interpret as quite traditIonal. It was spotlessly clean and felt very homely and welcoming from the start of our holiday. The bedrooms were all different and although I think we had prob one of the smallest, it was quite adequate for 2 adults. Again it was spotlesly clean with lovely comfortable beds, plenty of storage and sockets. Bathroom was again clean and modern which was maintained everyday to the same standard. Plenty of hot water for baths. The meals were quite basic I would say to some people's taste but the food was traditional and homely and very enjoyable after a hard days skiing, but 4 courses in the evening and continental with plenty of fruit, cereals etc for breakfast Ericka and Maria worked very hard to meet all of our needs and the standard of service with drinks and food was tops. She was very helpful and gave us plenty of info. there is really nothing negative to say about the schonblick other than the location. It's at the top of a long and steep hill. Beautiful views of the valleys and mountains. if you don't mind a long walk its ok but the ski buses that run are reliable and prompt and get you to where u need to be on time. Alternatively there's taxis which cost approx 5 euros one way down into Ellmau village which takes only 5 mins. Again Ericka was always happy to ring for taxis for us. Location wise for skiing its a lovely place with so many different runs and locations with beautiful scenery. Would definitely return.

Room Tip: Ask Ericka when you arrive. Rooms facing the valley have beautiful views
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Schonblick
Address: Kirchbichl 70, Ellmau 6352, Austria
Region: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Ellmau
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Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in Ellmau
Number of rooms: 14

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