12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We had an early bird ski break here 9th Dec - 15th Dec 06 and had a truly wonderful time. Not only is the hotel fantastic in every way but the position of it is the best ever, literally the chair lift starts from the boot room! It is also next to the ski school meeting place. The skiing in this area is also very good and we will certainly be visiting again and again (as so many people seem to)."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of November 2007
another fine holiday
"We stayed in Hotel Edelweiss for three years in a row and have booked again for 2008. The hotel has a wonderful location right beside the lifts and in the middle of the village. The view from the south facing bedrooms is of the slopes and lunch every day during our stay early last March, was had on the terrace outside in the sunshine. It is a quiet hotel with a friendly staff. The majority of guests are in the 40-60 age bracket (that's us) with some young families with babies.Try to avoid booking the smaller southfacing rooms as they are quite compact and have no safes. The other rooms we stayed in were most comfortable.The northfacing rooms overlooking the street can ,on occasion, be noisy due to departing guests in the early saturday morning.The indoor and outdoor pools are absolutely fab and the spa area is a delight and contemporary in style. Evening dinner is generally buffet style with some courses served at your table. The food is beautifully presented and of a high quality and is eaten in a very attractive restaurant. There is a lovely little coctail bar and a larger lounge with open fire for after dinner drinks.The ski hire shop forms part of the building where we again met friendly, obliging staff when collecting our skis on the first day."
- Travel date: Thu 1st of November 2007
"We stayed here early July for a walking holiday in the region.
The hotel is one of the biggest in Obergurgl, and right opposite the bus stop, which is handy when it's raining.
We had booked a larger room with sitting area, and were pleasantly suprised to find we had a bedroom and separate sitting room off a hallway, with a balcony right round a corner of the building. It was comfortable, and very clean.
The 5 course dinner was good, with sufficient choice. The waitress was a bit officious (bossing young waiter around, poor thing), but OK, and helpful if there were queries.
The pools (indoor and outdoor) and 'wellness' area were on the second floor, and were lovely after a day walking.
Location wise the hotel is excellent for exploring the Otz valley, with good bus connections.
The only negative was the demolition of the Hohe Mutter chair lift and subsequent building work as it is replaced, which was noisy, and meant a constant stream of lorries through the village.
Staff were friendly and helpful, and I would gladly go back (when the building work is finished!)"
- Travel date: Sun 29th of July 2007
I'll be back.
"Visited late August/early September 2006.
First time into the Alps and we just loved every minute! Although (or maybe because) it was the last week of the season the staff were as attentive as anyone could wish without being 'in your face'.
The hotel has attractive Tyrolean decor throughout, with a variety of bars and rest areas. Cleanliness was faultless, especially the excellent 'wellness' area and pools. The staff never even blinked at sweaty walkers, still in hiking boots, lounging in reception.
Food was excellent, however here's my one petty gripe - 5 regional courses every night for 14 nights without being able to 'opt out' for a simpler menu now and again - it did get tedious, though to be fair the quality and service were truly exceptional. Eating out in Obergurgl isn't a serious alternative in September, restaurants are generally closed.
The Edelweiss is centrally situated so I guess it could get a little noisy outside in high season. Most promotional photos of Obergurgl show the hotel in the middle of a grassy meadow. Not anymore it isn't. There's alot of development going on and they're old photographs. Get used to builder's cranes interrupting your view of the Alps, but don't let that stop you from going here, it's developing for a reason, it's a great place!
Pack summer clothing sensibly. Although mainly it was shorts and t-shirts weather, Obergurgl is very high in the Alps, and it snowed in August.
If you haven't been here yet, then go, Obergurgl is great for hiking, whatever your ability. It's so beautiful that I even considered coming back for skiing! Fortunately my aging knees had a serious word with me when we got back home and won that argument convincingly.
Oh, and don't go on the coach trip into Italy unless you have nerves of steel. Remember the Italian job? Enough said."
- Travel date: Tue 12th of June 2007
Great location for a walking Holiday
"I stayed in the Edelweiss Gurgl at the end of June. This appeared to be the first week of the Summer Season, therefore the hotel was not as crowded as some reviewers noted. The hotel is a typical Austrian 4 star, with white walls and natural wood furniture. As you would expect in Austria, spotlessly clean. Leisure facilities excellent, the pool opened at 6.30, which is a great way to start the day. Very good breakfast, although not with a great variety of fresh fruits (to be expected given its location). The hotel also provided a packed lunch. The meals were of a high quality, but I had better is some other Austrian resorts. I would return."
- Travel date: Fri 30th of March 2007
Excellent family skiing holiday in a very nice hotel
"We've just returned from a very enjoyable half-term week of skiing at the Edelweiss & Gurgl Hotel. I read previous comments on Tripadvisor before booking, so thought it only fair to give our family views too. We have two young children a boy aged 8 and a girl aged 6 and having stayed at another hotel for skiing last year which was a 20 minute drive from the chair lift, decided to book a ski out, ski in hotel this year. We found it really convenient as it is only a few steps from the hotel's ski/boot room to the bottom of two chair lifts. The nursery slopes for the children are a 5 minute walk through the village and we have a great deal of praise for the Obergurgl Ski School. We booked both children in for a 5 day course. Our daughter didn't get on too well on the first day and said she wasn't going to do any more skiing. Luckily for us, Georg, who was in charge moved her into a much smaller group which ended up being just our daughter on one day. She made very rapid progress and by the end of the week had won a 'gold medal' for speed down the nursery slopes - she was very happy and so were we!
We stayed in a two room suite on the second floor which was very comfortable and had a nice view over the village church, valley and mountains - great to wake up to see the sun catching the snow on the tops of the mountains. It was very quiet and peaceful. The swimming pool has an internal part and an external part which you can swim to from inside. One day it snowed heavily and we all swam outside to have a snowball fight in the pool (you could collect snow surrounding the side of the pool). The pool and jacuzzi did get very busy after the ski lifts closed, so we had to wait for the jacuzzi on a couple of days.
The spa was very enjoyable for us parents (the children went to the kids club to give us some time to ourselves and anyway nobody under age 16 is allowed in the spa area). I had read a previous review from an American which commented that the British all wore swim wear in the spa, although the signs clearly state "nude area only - please do not wear swimwear". We were quite happy to comply with the signs and really enjoyed the steam room, various saunas and Laconium.
The food was good at breakfast and dinner, but is organised to efficiently feed the guests - after all, everyone wants to get out onto the slopes in the morning. Lunch time was very efficient. Although the children from the ski school and many other skiiers all descended on the hotel at lunchtime, the staff have a very efficient system to ensure that you get fed quickly with good food. Dinner was enjoyable with some 6 courses and 3 choices of main course every night and we found the staff pleasant and helpful - there is also an a la Carte restaurant which we ate at on Valentine's Day, a bit more expensive but worth it. We've already put our names down for next year."
- Travel date: Wed 21st of February 2007
"This hotel is a little Gem. My partner and I have just returned and we will be booking again for next year. The village is very pretty and the setting is stunning. We stayed in the chapest room they had but this was still huge with separate W/C and Bathroon and seating area. My partner is a veggie and was more than happy with the selection offered. The food is wonderful and all the staff have very friendly especially the resturant staff. The ski lift is next door to the hotel. The outdoor pool and the spa were also amazing after a long days sking.
All in all an wonderful hotel and location. By the way I found the previous report on this hotel offensive."
- Travel date: Thu 9th of February 2006
Good but could be better
"Just returned from a combo business/ski trip to Obergurgl. Stayed at the Edelweiss und Gurgl in a suite on the fourth floor. Very pleasant room, with nice, clean and simple decor, and a balcony with fabulous views of the village and down the valley. Slightly annoying queen-sized bed in the European design of actually being two separate mattresses side-by-side. Comfortable enough, I suppose, but hardly very romantic. Actually, now that I think about it, it was pretty uncomfortable. The spa was terrific, except for its limited opening hours which coincided with the close of the ski lifts each day (meaning it got very, very busy). Highly amusing to watch the hoardes of self-conscious Brits sit in the saunas and steam rooms in their bathing suits and towels, despite the numerous signs instructing them not to! We stayed on a half-board plan. Breakfast was great, dinner less so. The food rarely matched the descriptions and promise of the menus. The restaurant atmosphere was strictly regulated to the point that we wondered who was supposed to be benefitting -- us or the hotel management? Europeans on vacation packages might find it acceptable, but independent travelers will probably find it highly annoying (although, to be fair, similar regulations are probably typical of vacation hotels elsewhere in the Alps). The wait staff are pleasant enough, but the maitre d'hÃ´tel seems to take particular delight in being rude and aggressive to diners which rather spoiled our dining experiences on several occasions. The hotel's location is outstanding -- right in the center of the village, no more than a few minutes walk from anywhere, and right at the bottom of the RoÃkarbahn lift. Definitely a ski out/ski in hotel. There is a ski rental place in the hotel's basement. Overall, a decent hotel, but one that really should be better."
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of February 2006
a gem in the snow
"We have just returned from a weeks skiing in obergurgl staying at the edelweiss & gurgl hotel - what a find - cannot praise it high enough - the superior rooms were warm and spacious - the food was fantastic and the staff were always smiling and ready to serve you - the wellness centre is a fab place to unwind at the end of the day - will definately be going back next year"
- Travel date: Sun 29th of January 2006
Location could not be better, walk out o...
"Location could not be better, walk out of the excellent changing rooms and 2 of the resorts main lifts are literally in front of you. Similarly, skiing back to door, or the popular umbrella bar.
Rooms are comfortable, those south facing offer excellent views of the piste. Spa facilities (gym, whirlpool, indoor and outdoor pool) are first class. Excellent to relax after good days skiing.
Restaurant is good, perhaps only gripe would be tables tend to be located almost on top of one another and the buffet area is a little too small to cater for a full restaurant. Having said that the quality and range of food is excellent.
- Travel date: Sat 1st of January 2005
I stayed here with friends in September...
"I stayed here with friends in September 2004.
Fantastic rooms, service and food. The location is superb, central and next to lifts. Nearly all the rooms have valley views.
In the summer the fantastic pass over the Timmelsjoch is good for a quick trip over the mountain to Italy - two holidays for one price!
This only got a 9 out of 10 because we were too early for snow;).
- Travel date: Tue 31st of August 2004
Wonderful Winter Wonderland
"The Edelweiss in Obergurgl is a wonderful hotel. We stayed for a week in Feb 2004. The hotel food is excellent with 6 courses most evenings.
The breakfast is good too- The hotel is right on the slopes and near the main chair lifts so is perfect for people wanting to get on the slopes easily. There is a ski store on the ground floor and an excellent umbrella bar which we relaxed in after a great days skiing.
The staff are very friendly and the service excellent. There is a kids club which was good too. The rooms are big and the spa is a wonderful place to relax in after skiing. We will deffinately be booking for next year."
- Travel date: Mon 8th of March 2004