Stayed at Chalet Schlosshof as a group of 6 in March 2012. There was very little in the way of reviews prior to our trip but for the price we paid we were expecting budget accommodation. Then a few reviews started to appear on Trip Advisor and we became a little worried what we were going to be getting-in the end we came away pleasantly surprised.
I don’t really understand the negative reviews. St Anton is an expensive resort from accommodation to the cost of a pint by Austria standards it’s expensive but a small price to pay to ski one of the world best ski areas. Relative to what you (or certainly we) paid Schlosshof was great.
Location isn’t great if I’m honest. The chalet sits at the top of a pretty steep hill in Nasserein, it’s not actually the chalet that’s location is bad per se but Nasserien relative to St Anton. There are a few bars-Dooley’s being the closest about a 5 min walk I think Nasserein would have been fine if there was a supermarket but it was trek to walk into St Anton to get to the only supermarket I knew of (Spar). Being Low Key I’d say the location is best suited to families. Ski wise the location is fine the free bus stops directly outside the chalet every half hour, but stops at 6 so if you fancy a bit of après then it’s a loooong walk with all your gear!
We didn’t get the rooms we were allocated on booking 2 rooms were on the main ‘living floor’ adjacent to the kitchen, dinning room, and lounge. I’d often get woken up by general noise in the morning. The other room was on the ground floor which seemed a much better bet if I had the choice again but it seemed to go out the window once we were the last party to arrive. The room was large with more than enough storage; the beds were pretty uncomfortable if I’m honest and creaked like mad every time you moved. I’m not picky usually and will sleep like a log in most places but struggled to get a good nights sleep at times. Shared bathroom facilities were fine, always clean and the shower was really powerful with plenty of hot water.
Dinning area was plenty big enough, and assumed from the number the chalet was at full capacity. The food (evening meal) was probably the best part about the chalet and having stayed in many other catered chalets-including a few with Crystal and would say the food was the best I’d had on a catered chalet basis. Red and white wine kept coming as long as you wanted and was of a decent standard. Breakfast was a bit of a poorer showing, not really much of the hot option but plenty of cereals, fruit, yoghurts etc which is all I’m after for breakfast anyhow. The lounge was comfortable enough but not big enough to seat everyone in the chalet at once maybe 12-14 comfortably tops. The Chalet staff were hit and miss but did their jobs fine, one girl was pretty miserable, the lad never really left the kitchen and mingled but one girl always mingled and was chatty, polite and was great.
Won’t go into much detail about the ski area other than say it is about the best I’ve been to. Coupled with a short bus or taxi ride to get to Lech and Zurs you have a huge area to go at with endless off piste too.
In summary like with most things you get what you pay for. Subtracting what the flight would roughly cost, transfer etc you’re paying next to nothing for your accommodation and to be fed and watered for a week (excluding the chalet staffs day off) it’s excellent value.
You could easily spend 10 times as much for accommodation in St Anton but I go on my ski holidays to ski so all I want is a bed and hot shower and the Chalet certainly exceeded my expectations. For those who have given really negative reviews do your research next time and/or lower your expectations for the price you want to pay.
- Also Known As:
- Chalet Schlosshof Austria/St. Anton Am Arlberg