I stayed with a friend at the Alpenhof for one weeks ski holiday which we had booked through a Company called Direct Ski. Having chosen the hotel because of the half board rate advertised in the package, we were both very disappointed with the quality and choice of food. We had both lived in Germany before and had spent a number of holidays skiing in Austria, so we knew generally what to expect from Austrian cuisine...
Breakfast was the standard choice of meats, cheese and scrambled eggs that you find in most Austrian hotels, however dinner was something else. It consisted of the standard Austrian Salad bar, a starter and main with a sweat, but no choice what so ever except what salad to pile on you plate to compensate for the terrible food. For example, one evenings meal comprised sliced artichokes covered in vinegar for the starter, for the main a thin slice of pork covered
by an unidentifiable green sauce with a tiny scoop of potato, then to finish off, a couple of rings of tined pineapple sprinkled with brown sugar, glazed and served with a tiny portion of sorbet. This example was typical of the evening meals and we decided after the third night to spend the rest of the week eating out.
On the good side, the room were clean and the maid did a good job of negotiating the piles of smelly ski kit left around the room. The hotel shuttle service to the ski lifts was ok, but if the driver ever smiled I missed it. There was also an extremely efficient and regular resort ski bus service to and from the bus stop outside the hotel.
This hotel is in desperate need of modernisation, its decor is stuck in the 1930's, but if ugly wood panelling and water stained pictures
is your thing you will be in heaven. The rooms were ok for size but only had a shower, so if you wanted a bath you needed to walk down the corridor. Also, there was no TV in the rooms, the hotel apparently thinks that a good substitute is a 1970's radio cassette player.
The best memory of the place was the receptionist, Bettina, although she had failed the Austrian 'welcome host' humour test, she was a certainly a site for sore eyes.
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- Also Known As:
- Chalet Alpenhof Hotel St. Anton Am Arlberg
- Alpenhof Hotel Austria/St. Anton Am Arlberg