Comfortable, warm hotel, perfect for a skiing holiday base. Good facilities for skiers, including ski cellar and drying facilities.
This is a quiet hotel and village - not one for travellers after nightlife. If you want noisy evenings - don't waste your time coming here - you'll spoil it for the rest of us.
Its a little odd that there's only a restaurant, and no separate bar, or lounge where one could relax after ones evening meal. Also note that the Wifi (ask at the bar for the code) only gives reception downstairs, and only for two hours on each code.
The food here is excellent. The chef is superb. A small oddity is that they only do a choice of two menus each evening meal and they expect you to choose at breakfast. A little odd, but the quality of the food is top notch. Although we booked half-board they also include afternoon snacks (very simple) which were appreciated when we returned from skiing each day.
Another oddity is that they expect you to settle your bar bill each day. To me it wouldn't be unreasonable to do it at the end of the stay. Maybe they've had bad experiences in the past with people running out of money or arguing what they'd had, but a swipe of a credit card at the start of the week would sort that.
Location and skiing - its about 5 min out of Kirchdorf village, and that's about 10 min from the Kirchdorf chairlift. The ski area at Kirchdorf is small and only really good for a warm up on the first day. After that you need to get the ski-bus (included in lift pass) to the bigger areas. The lift-pass includes: St Johann, Fieberbrunn, and Steinplatte (Waidring) which are all huge, as well as Kirchdorf, St Jakob, and some other misc small lifts. The ski-bus service between all these is pretty good, although the timetable is a little confusing. Top tip - there's an additional bus service running between Fieberbrunn and Waidring all day, which isn't shown on the timetable because its run by a different company (still included in the lift-pass though). Second top tip - the bus timetable uses 'Waidring' and 'Steinplatte' interchangeably (Waidring is the village, and Steinplatte the mountain - gondola base), it calls the Kirchdorf chairlift 'Sesselbahn' (not 'Kirchdorf sesselbahn' which would be more helpful!). Third top tip - before you go, look on Google maps and familiarise yourself with the St Johann - Fieberbrunn - Waidring/Steinplatte ring, so you know whereabouts the villages and towns are in relation to each other before you start looking at the bus timetable.
Skiing - the areas mentioned above are all really good, and have snowmakers so in season, you can be absolutely sure that there will be good skiing.
We had a really good trip here and could easily see ourselves going back year after year.
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