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“Fourth year at Hotel Sonnleiten!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Apartotel Sonnleiten
Calgary, Canada
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“Fourth year at Hotel Sonnleiten!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

My wife and I recently had the pleasure of staying in Hotel Sonnleiten for the fourth straight year skiing in St. Johann. The owners, Ottmar and Katrin Meier, are the most hospitable B&B owners we've met and they make us feel like family. We always stay in the same room, the cozy Sport "honeymoon suite" (Room 7). On this visit, we were upgraded to a very large apartment in the annex building for our first night, because our normal room was not available on the first day of our week-long ski trip. It was a lovely apartment but way too large for our needs, so we moved back into the honeymoon suite for the remainder of the week. Every year the owners add new touches. This year all the rooms now had flat-screen TVs and some had new furniture, all tastefully decorated in authentic Austrian-style chalet motif. Most (all?) of the rooms rooms have lovely balconies with dramatic views of the Wilder Kaiser mountain range, and fluffy blankets to cover yourself in the winter. For skiers, there is a small ski room by the garage to store your equipment, but InterSport near the gondola station allows you to leave all your equipment there overnight for 7 Euros a week, a very good option as it saves you from having to lug your skis up the very steep hill to Hotel Sonnleiten. The other reason we love our apartment is the kitchenette. Every morning we cooked our own breakfast before hitting the slopes! The hotel is always spotless, clean and well maintained.

The hotel location is very good. It's located about a 7 minute walk to the main gondola, and a short 5-minute walk down the hill brings you to Max Pub, our favorite place in St. Johann for Apres Ski and nightlife (don't miss karaoke night! the restaurant attached to Max has excellent weinerschnitzel!). It takes about 15 minutes to walk into the heart of downtown St. Johann's old square, where you will find great restaurants, grocery stores, ATMs, ski and gift shops and train station.

We normally fly in to Munich and rent a car for the 90-minute drive to St. Johann, but on this trip we took the train (about 2.5 hours from Munich Hauptbahnhof, or 3 hours from Munich Airport). The St. Johann train station also has regular trains to Kitzbuhel and other nearby ski resorts, but quite frankly we've never been a fan of Kitzbuhel so we just stay in town; St. Johann is WAY more laid back and not pretentious at all.

Incidentally, the snow conditions in Austria were the best we've experienced in five years. If you are lucky enough to ski in 2012, make it happen and stay in Hotel Sonnleiten. You will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

We visited in August 2011 with our 5 year old daughter and 9 month old son.Great hotel in great location.We hired a car which meant we could explore the surrounding areas.The super market is a 10 minute walk away and all of the local restaurants serve great food and are very family friendly.The hotel pool facilty meant that we could spend an afternoon at the hotel and our Daughter loved the friendly dog that belonged to the hotel owner.
We wanted a mountain hoilday with lots of out door activity and thats what we got.Very good value for money.

Room Tip: we chose a 2 bed apartment which was called kitzbhuler horn
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Worthing, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2011

We stayed in the Kaiserblick apartment which was perfect. Very well equipped, totally comfortable, clean and well maintained... and, of course, a stunning view of the Wilder Kaiser mountain!
Family Meier are excllent hosts and we would recommend the Sonnleitn as a family holiday or for couples as well.
Excellent clean facilities - lovely outdoor pool with lots of loungers umbrellas etc.
St Johann is a very good base for a holiday in the Tirol lots to do and many other fantastic places to visit within a short drive. Plenty of good places to eat in St Johann itself and all the shops you need for self-catering.

Room Tip: The views are all good, the website is very helpful in getting the right apartment for your needs
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2011

My wife and I recently returned from a very relaxing two week stay in June at the Sonnleiten.

Our stay was in one of the self-catering apartments for two people and was very neat and clean with nice traditional décor and equipped with everything we needed.

The apartment’s star feature was the balcony with its fantastic panoramic view over the valley and the dramatic Wilder Kaiser Mountains with the village of St Johann below.
It was a lovely peaceful setting and at times the only sound we could hear was the signing of birds in the forest just beside the apartments. Now and again too, we caught sight of a squirrel among the trees. Below the balconies, the sunny pool and garden area was very clean and well maintained.

It is only a short 5 to 10 minute walk to the centre of the village of St Johann. There are two good sized supermarkets on the main street –this is great when self catering as everything we needed was within walking distance -the village also has a good selection of restaurants and cafes.

As an earlier reviewer here has pointed out, the Sonnleiten is located up a hill on a steep incline, but don’t let this put you off ,as we found that the walk up the hill was actually quite short and easily manageable even when we were carrying shopping bags.

The Hotel Sonnleiten is family run, very friendly and informal and the owner ,Ottmar Meier is eager to offer information on the local attractions.
We availed of the optional, morning bread delivery service which Ottmar provides. It was so great to get up every morning and find your fresh bread rolls hanging there in a bag on your apartment door. A simple little extra service which added to the luxury of our stay.

Yes we will definitely go back and we are already planning our next trip.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2011

We were at Hotal Sonnleitn in the end of March 2011. It's a really lovely place to stay. The appartment has a lot of space. Every bedroom has its own bathroom. The livingroom and kitchen are in the same space, but it's big enough. On the balcony you can enjoy the sun. It's very clean and the service is great. The owners are very very nice and really care for you. If you want they can bring bread in the morning, so you don't have to go to a bakery. We had a baby with us and they really cared about our baby. When we came there, there was also a bed and chair for the baby.

Next year we want to go again!!!!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tel Aviv, Israel
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2011

This is our second time at this hotel and we really enjoyed staying there. Excellent cosy, clean rooms, polite staff, friendly attitude. Great view of Alps, close to the ski school. Next year we plan to stay at this hotel as well.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Veenendaal, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2010

We stayed for 2 weeks in the summer and had a fantastic stay at Sonnleitn.
Appartment: big rooms, good beds, kept very clean and Ottmar and Katrin Meier are just superfriendly hosts that take great care of the guests ánd the facilities. Fantastic swimming pool at the Hotel.
Location: from the terras, you overlook the valley and have a free view of the Wilder Kaiser, beautiful. And very nice and quiet and cool in the evenings, great to get some wonderful sleep ;-)
Activities: we took our race-bikes and had plenty of great possibilities in the area. Very close (200mtr) are Sommerrodelbahn, great Fitness-center and the cable-cabines that go up the Kitzbuhler Horn. So many things to do in the area: water-biking on Pillersee, panoramastrasse Kitzbuhler Horn, shopping in Kitzbuhel and St Johann, Rodel in Fieberbrunn, biking with family alongside the small river in the valley, mountainbiking, road trip to Gross Glockner, etc.

And they have true free Wifi that you can use !! So take your laptop and get on the internet in your appartment (and not simply a PC with internet, what you often see with others).

If you like an active vacation, this is simply a top-location.

And, for a very reasonable price if you compare it to a sweaty, hot cabin in Italy... ;-)

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Apartotel Sonnleiten
Address: Sonnleitenweg 8, St Johann in Tirol 6380, Austria
Region: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > St Johann in Tirol
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in St Johann in Tirol
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Apartotel Sonnleiten 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Find your accomodation where St.Johann is at it`s best! Aparthotel Sonnleit'n - The Balcony of St. Johann... is situated in a wonderfully quiet location on the hills to the south-west of St. Johann, approx. 50 meters above the village, with a magnificent view of the "Wilder Kaiser" . Our family-run house, furnished in a rustic Tyrolean style, offers quiet comfort and convenience with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Free WiFi in house and all rooms. Open-air Fitness - Outdoor Wellness. The most beautiful gardens of St. Johann with approx. 3.000 m2 of garden ... more   less 
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