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Hotel Pension Unterbrau
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Looking forward to next year!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

This is our second ski holiday at Hopfgarten, which is not the norm for us, but as we had such a great holiday last year, we decided to risk returning once again, with a different set of friends this time. We weren't disappointed. The hotel Unterbrau is situated in a quiet part of town ensuring a great nights sleep yet is close enough not only to the gondola station and the nightlife, including restaurants and bars. The rooms are traditional, comfortable and very warm which is great when you need to dry your gear out. The shower will always satisfy any womans need for scalding hot water as my other half had the water set so hot i am surprised my daily screams didn't cause an avalanche!!!
Breakfast was a typical continental affair ranging from cooked meats and various cheeses, boiled eggs, toast, cereals and yoghurt. There was an unlimited supply of tea, coffee and OJ.
Dinner was between 6 - 7pm and was 3 courses. There was a choice of 2 main courses every night, and if you are not keen on these, Marcus would make you an alternative meal. By the 3rd night Marcus realised that my indecisive friend could not make her mind up on which meal to choose, so provided a main meal and a small portion of the alternative for her to try to make sure she was happy. The food is always plentiful and hot.
One day we had organised a day trip to the bobsleigh run. Marcus on realising this made each one of us a packed lunch which included a bottle of schnapps to, in his words, to toast our success IF we survived! He has a great sense of humour and a greater attention to detail. Like another reviewer commented, the hotel caters for mainly europeans and also single travallers. On our 1st visit we met Jan, the flying Dutchman, who has been coming to this hotel for over 10 years. We spent the whole week this year with him, skiing and socialising, although he speaks little English and we speak no Dutch, which goes to show how friendly the atmosphere at the Unterbrau is. We were pleasantly suprised to find how reasonable the bar prices were, especially in the Unterbrau, as this is not always the case. Hopfgarten is a quiet, more european resort, with beautiful buildings, with an unspoilt traditional feel. It has 3 or 4 bars which suited us as we tended to go straight to the Rundell after sking for the brilliant atmosphere, dancing, drinking and singing along to the best german dance umpah music - not your typical english booze up. Altogether, a wonderful desination.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mark G
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Cheshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2012

Just returned from a wonderful week skiing in Hopfgarten staying at the Unterbrau. It is a very friendly hotel - the owners and staff make you feel extremely welcome. The hotel is only about 7 minutes walk from the gondola - you can either leave your ski gear in the hotel ski room or leave it at the Intersport depot - Marcus has an arrangement with them which was 5E per person for the week.

Breakfast is a well-stocked and varied buffet - everything from fruit, cereals, toast, rolls to cheese, meats eggs etc with plenty of tea/coffee/juice and if you wish you can order some cooked options at a small extra charge.

Dinner was a three course menu with two main course menu choices per night and a couple of nights there was a help-yourself salad bar with penty of options. The cooking is homely, traditional Austrian ski fare and is well cooked and tasty. The hotel has a well stocked bar and Marcus and his wife are always there to serve whatever you want - drinks are very reasonably priced.

The room that we had was, again, a traditional Austrian Pension Hotel room with very comfortable twin beds, wardrobe and safe and a good sized shower/WC room. Nothing fancy, but comfortable, clean and warm. Another good point is that the hotel seems to be in a quiet area of the town so you don't get disturbed by late night party-goers.

We had regular apres-ski drinks in the hotel restaurant which were made extra special by the bowls of nuts and crisps that Marcus gave us. It was a good chance to mix with other guests of various nationalities - everyone was very friendly.

Marcus and his wife were extremely helpful when I returned with a small skiing injury and provided ice packs etc - nothing was too much trouble for them - for example, we had an early departure and they provided a packed breakfast and coffee was available before our pickup.

We would not hesitate to return to the Unterbrau next time we visit Hopfgarten.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bill_n_Chris_9
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yorkshire
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2011

This was our 2nd stay at the Unterbrau. We were a bigger group this time consisting of family & friends celebrating my 50th.
The greeting & service throughout the week was excellent & always done with a smile.
We had decided to ski in Kitzbuell the next day , no sooner Mark had printed us a bus timetable & assured us that an early breakfast would be ok.
The Hotel is in a quiet area & rooms are clean & comfortable.
After a 5 minute walk, it's quick access to the Ski Welt. There are 2 good ski rental shops at the gondola station, worth paying a few Euro's to leave your ski's & boots there overnight if you've brought your own. Free if you hire.
Hopfgarten is a quiet town for skiers but very pretty, with everything on hand,staying at the Unterbrau is a very friendly & homely hotel.
Can't wait to go again, I just love it !

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bigaggis
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Copenhagen, Denmark
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2011

Now we have been in Hopfgarten the last 6 years and lived in a hotel Underbrau the last 5 years.
The hotel is very pleasant with a very good service.
Host pair Markus and Manuel are some incredibly nice people who are always fresh and helpful and has lots of humor.
The rooms are neat and clean.
The food is plenty and a good quality.
Gondola is only 500 meters away.
We've been with some friends son also thought that it is a great place.
We can strongly recommend this hotel to others.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank LotteJacob
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Aboyne
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2011

We loved this hotel so much last year that we immediately booked to come back this year.

Marcus and his family looked after us very well again. The food was lovely and the rooms very warm and comfortable with plenty hot water in the shower.

Marcus always has a smile and a joke and is great with the kids.

The hotel is only a 5 minute walk to the ski hire shop and main gondola and you can store your skis and boots next to the hire shop for a very reasonable 5 euros a week.

There are some pubs nearby but to be honest the bar prices in the Unterbrau are very reasonable. My hubby and the other dad in our party did venture out one night to test the pubs. The barmaid in the English pub short changed them but luckily they noticed only to catch her doing the same thing to a customer a short while later. So be warned keep a careful eye on your change!!!

I would definitely recommend the Unterbrau to anyone looing for a small family run friendly hotel with lovely home cooked food and not forgetting Ferris the dog who is so lovely.

We look forward to returning.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fairweatherskiier
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Copenhagen, Denmark
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2011

We stayed at the hotel with friends and they have been there for the last 6 years it was our first stay and very positive. The room was regular but very clean the food good homemade with very large portions. There was a very good atmosphere with many happy guests. The host Marcus and his wife was very friendly and talked and joked with all the guests in the evening. We where sitting together with our fiends and an English man who was travelling alone, we had some good good laughs together.
The hotel was very central to everything. 2 min walk to the bars and 5 min. walk to the gondol and home from afterskiing. just next the next gondol was the Rundell with the best Austrian Aftersiing, lots of drinking, dansing and singing we just loved it :O)

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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank mettesteen
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2011

From arrival to (very early morning) departure Marcus and his family could not have been more accomadating. Although we were the only English group in the hotel we were well looked after and ataff were just as friendly to us as native speakers!

Rooms are relatively basic, but clean and well decorated. Food was traditional and local, and drinks were extremely reasonable. 3€ a beer 8€ for house wine.

Would highly recommend the hotel, although Hopfgarten the town is quite quiet.

The only problem I had was only one pillow was provided, although given that I didn't think to ask Marcus for an additional one until we had left it couldn't have affected my sleep too much!

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank BobbyL82
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Property: Hotel Pension Unterbrau
Address: Braeugassl 6, Hopfgarten im Brixental 6361, Austria
Region: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Hopfgarten im Brixental
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Hopfgarten im Brixental
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Pension Unterbrau 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guests will experience traditional Austrian hospitality and a warm welcome from Marcus and his family at this pleasant hotel. Ideal for families, this hotel offers comfortable accommodation at great value with ideal location. Only a short walk to gondola Hohe Salve.Austrian twin rooms have private facilities, hairdryer, safe and cable TV. Some rooms can take a third bed. Single rooms are available at a supplement. ... more   less 
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Unterbrau Hotel Hopfgarten

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