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Set at the bottom of Mayrhofen's high street, the Alpendomizil Neuhaus is one of the resort's oldest hotels and is full of history and charm. Made up of several different buildings, including its own farm where many of the chef's ingredients come from, there's a wonderful sense of space and light throughout.
It's a vibrant place to stay with a sophisticated, unstuffy atmosphere and everything you might need from a hotel when it comes to facilities. Great hospitality and friendly service are at the heart of the hotel, and with five generations of owners, it' easy to see why.
The list of facilities is seemingly endless. The Kamillendörfl spa and wellness area has to be the jewel in the Neuhaus crown with its large indoor pool, five saunas (of varying temperatures), steam baths and relaxation areas. When you're not in the spa you can enjoy more traditional relaxation such as a games lounge, après bar, Austrian skittles and more.
Getting out and about is easy as the hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the bustling centre of Mayrhofen and its fantastic après scene. The high-speed Penken gondola is about a 10-minute walk or the ski bus stop is just a minute away. From here you can even catch a bus or train to other areas in the enormous Ziller Valley, all covered on your lift pass.
Nearest lift: 850m to the high-speed Penken gondola
Tuition meeting point: 850m (at the top of the Penken gondola)
Resort centre: You're in the centre
Bus stop: 100m from the hotel
Mayrhofen has a well-deserved reputation for being a great all-rounder. The slopes are seemingly endless (over 500kms in the area) as is the nightlife, the lift system is quick, the terrain is diverse and there really is something for everyone.
The village is typically Austrian with multi-coloured buildings running along the largely car-free resort centre. You'll soon find a bar that suits your mood. The range goes from full on Jaeger-bombing to laid-back traditional oompah and everything in-between.
Don't miss a visit to the White Lounge ice bar on the Ahorn mountain. Pull up an ice seat at an ice table in the crazily lit bar, or head out to the sea of sun-loungers with your drink and work on removing your goggle tan.
The resort also plays host to some pretty big events. The Altitude Comedy Festival sees top comedy acts (John Bishop, Sean Lock, Marcus Brigstocke etc) fighting it out for laughs on and off the slopes. Snowbombing music festival is held in various venues and hotels in Mayrhofen. It can be quite full-on so we don't really recommended it for families.
Area size: 136km locally and 515km in the Zillertal Area, all covered on a standard lift pass
Linked resorts: Hintertux and Zillertal Arena
Resort altitude: 630m
Skiing altitude: 630m to 2500m (3250m on Hintertux glacier)
Number of runs: 109
Range of runs: 34% green/blue, 50% red and 16% black
Lifts: 18 drags, 17 chairs and 9 gondolas locally
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 20km
Snowmaking: 147 cannons
Resort bus: Yes
The Kamillendörfl spa and wellness area is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon or two. It's rustic appearance and calming colours certainly help relaxation.
There's a large indoor pool, small outdoor heated pool, five saunas (of varying temperatures), steam baths and relaxation areas. Or why not treat yourself to one of the seemingly endless list of health and beauty treatments. choose from aroma baths, hay baths or maybe a Tyrolean stone oil bath.
More traditional wellness treatments and massages are on offer too, including packages for kids and teenagers.
The half board menu is excellent here. Breakfast is a generous hot and cold buffet with a wide selection of breads and local produce, plus a chef cooking eggs to order.
Your four-course evening meal will help you recharge after a day on the slopes. Start with an appetizer, then move on to a choice of two daily alternating soups, fresh salads, three alternative main courses and finish with a variety of desserts.
The hotel is made up of two interconnected wings; the original Neuhaus and St Josef. The Neuhaus has had its rooms renovated over the last few years for a modern feel.
The standard double room sleep two to three people and are cosily furnished. each has flat screen TV, minisafe and full bathroom with a hairdryer, bath or shower and wc. You can request a balcony, but it's not guaranteed. Cots are available on request at no charge.
Official rating: ****+
Restaurant and dining room
Vinotheque (wine cellar)
Lift servicing all floors
Spa and wellness area with a sauna (plus a separate family sauna), steam bath, hot tub, indoor pool, small outdoor pool and solarium
Massage and beauty treatments available
Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Innsbruck
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 20 minutes