Review of Hotel Rubin, Soll – Previously the Hotel Tenne, Soll
As you may have noticed there are not many reviews available for this hotel since its been renamed. Before I stayed here I was trying to look up reviews but unfortunately couldn’t find any so hopefully my report will help some of you looking for a review (and some Photos that I’ve taken J )
Arrival- the Entrance to the hotel is on the left hand side of the building which is hidden and not easily found. The front of the hotel is the entrance to the Red Horse and Sports Bar (all one pub really). So you can get to the reception of the hotel through the bar or through the side Door at left of building. Its not a traditional reception at all, just a lobby area really but the staff were waiting there on our arrival with Keys waiting. Rooms were ready about 2pm. There is also Free WiFi in the hotel which was great, slow connection but that was ok
Rooms – the Rooms are typical Austrian Style which is clean, functional and basic enough but that was fine seeing with us as we were off skiing during the day and didnt really spend much time in the hotel. We were allocated 4 rooms for 8 people. 3 twin rooms and 1 triple room. The Twin Rooms (207,208,209 in our case) had 2 twin beds, bed side lockers, a wardrobe, Colour TV with 30 channels mostly foreign channels but 2 BBC News channels which were in English. The Sink was in the main room with Mirror and there was a small room for the Toilet and shower. There was also a very large balcony facing the slopes with a fantastic view. The Triple Room(206) was definitely more spacious than the other rooms and the bathroom had the shower, toilet and sink all contained in the same bathroom. There was a Balcony also facing the slopes. The Showers were fantastic plenty of hot water and really strong pressure water. The rooms were cleaned daily to a good standard. You could hear the music from the Bars downstairs at nightime and we were on the 2nd floor but it wasn’t too noisy you could just barely make out what song it was and I still slept every night without any problems but it is considered a Party hotel so what do you expect! The music will always finish up before 2am as a rule.
Food – We were staying here on a half board basis so Breakfast and Dinner were included in our cost. The Breakfast had a great selection of again a typical Eurpoean breakfast of choice of 3 ceareals (Corn Flaskes, Museli, and some other Bran Cereal), Tea, Coffees both Americano and Cappacinos from a fancy coffee manchine, hot chocolate etc. Boiled Eggs, 3 types of Breads, Cheeses and Meets and Jams, honey nutella etc. Orange and Apple Juice were available also. The Dinner wasn’t great quality but I have to mention that I have found this to be the case in most Austrian Hotels that offer harf board in Austria– we’ve stayed in 4 star hotels and it has been the same standard. I wouldn’t say the food is bad or horrible but just very standard, I took some pictures of the menu’s available. The Soups and Desserts were always the nicest part of the meal for me. We ate in 5 nights out of 7 in the hotel (There are some really nice Italian restaurants that are very reasonable in the Village)
Red Horse & Sports Bar – The Bars down stairs are very popular in the resorts, the Back Red Horse bar is non-smoking which is a great relief from all the smokey bars. Its lively and great fun with music and a mixed crowd every evening. The front bar is the sports bar and shows most of the Football and Rugby from Sky sports etc. Like most of the Soll Bars the Pints are only €3.40 J I should also note that there is a security door from the bar to the hotel for security that is locked most of the time and only rooms keys can enter the hotel part and rooms – this was a very important feature as the bars are very busy downstairs and ensures safety.
Staff – The staff were always helpful and welcoming in the mornings and evenings for dinner.
Location – The Location is right beside the main supermarket so great for dropping in next door – 1 min walk. Its approximately a 10 minute walk to the main Gondola in Soll but this hotel is one of the closest to the slopes from the village so most other hotels would take 15 mins plus. You are in the village and most bars and restaurants are no longer than 5 mins walk and the most. There are about 3 other hotels / guest houses that are right beside the Gondolas but then they are not in the village and it’s a 10/15 minute walk from there to the village so I personally preferred to be located closer to the village. We left our Ski /Snowboarding equipment in lockers at the bottom of the gondola for €14 for the week which saved us walking every morning and evening with our heavy equipment
Skiing/Snowing Boarding in Soll – The Skiing in Soll was good but as its not a very high resort the snow conditions weren’t the best, approx 1/3 of the mountain area was showing its grass and not covered by snow which was very strange. They had pisted all the runs which were still intact but very strange skiing on snow and large patches of green alongside the slope. The do have snow machines which give a light fresh topping of snow but not great still, I would go for a higher resort to be guaranteed better snow. (The best snow and village area I have been is Saalbach in Austria)
Overall – This hotel is classed as a 2 star hotel so I think the standard is very very high for this rating. I have stayed in 4 star Austrian hotels that are very similar. The price isnt that cheap for a 2 star hotel still :(
Good Points –Location
Bad Points – The Dinners
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