We booked the Hotel Persal through Crystal Holidays now a weeks ski holiday over New Year. The price was great, good ski area and the description said there was a spa at the hotel, 4 course dinner and a ski bus stop outside the hotel. Great, I thought so we booked. We were both thrilled with the hotel and our choice.
The hospitality was second to none and we were told we were the first Crystal guests there. The owner speaks a good level of English and was really helpful with giving us info about things going on in the valley. The restaurant staff were so friendly and appreciated our school-learnt German and likewise enjoyed practising their English with us!
The food was fantastic. Much better that anticipated and consistently good throughout the week. There was hot options every morning on the buffet (scrambled egg, boiled eggs, bacon and frankfurter style sausages) and there was a variety of themed meal nights including a farmers buffet night and fondue night too on top of the gala dinner on New Years Eve. Amazing value for a Crystal 3 star property.
Every morning the owner produced a daily newsletter our breakfast table with events going on that day, weather reports etc. This was in German mainly but she did translate bits into English for us. It was these little extras that really shined through for us and made our stay.
Logistically, the Persal is ideal. The hotel is on the main road (but this went unnoticed as our room faced the scenic valley) and ski bus stops directly outside the hotel. The bus service is regular and stops at all the gondolas from Mayrhofen up to the Hintertux Glacier making getting the most out of your lift pass very easy indeed. The hotel has a ski room in the basement with an 'inhouse' ski tech to help you with your equipment if you need it. There's a newly equipped fitness room with weights, cross trainer and running machine and a sauna and streamroom.
As a village, there's not a lot going on in Finkenberg at all. There are 2 bars which are pretty cool. Mayrhofen is 5 minutes down the hill on the bus and it a huge town full of all the shops and bars, clubs, restaurants etc. As long as you know this before travelling, your fine. We wanted a nice hotel, close the bus route with the option of going out for a few glueweins and schnapps if we felt like it. Finkenberg and the Hotel Persal offered us all this and more. Enjoy!
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