Drinks on us
You couldn't be more central when staying at Sporthotel Manni as you're on Mayrhofen's main high street. That doesn't make this a noisy stay as the four-star quality comes in to play. The whole hotel is comfortable and furnished to a high standard in an elegant country house style.
The crowning glory (literally) has to be the rooftop spa and wellness area. The outdoor pool and hot tub have enviable panoramic views of the resort and the Ziller Valley. Even when it's snowing, you'll be bathing in toasty 32° water.
The food is just as important as relaxation here. The hotel chefs will bring together traditional Austrian cuisine with an innovative menu of outstanding quality. Everything from your vitalising breakfast to the delightful four-course dinner will excite the taste buds.
Being so central makes access to the local shops, bars, restaurants and high-speed Penken gondola really easy. You have quite a choice too as Mayrhofen is a lively town so you can party as hard or a little as you want.
Nearest lift: 400m to the high-speed Penken gondola
Tuition meeting point: 400m (at the top of the Penken gondola)
Resort centre: You're in the centre
Bus stop: Outside 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 rooftop spa and wellness area is dominated by the incredible panorama. Relax after a day on the slopes in the outdoor pool or hot tub while you take in the views.
Back indoors, you'll find another pool, a variety of sauna environments, a steam bath and more fantastic views from the panoramic chill-out lounge. There's also a range of massage treatments available for a bit of post-piste pampering.
It's bed and breakfast here. Start your day in the Tyrolean mountains with a very generous continental breakfast of bread, meats, cheese, cereals and jams. There's also an organic corner for the more health conscious.
Head out in the evenings to explore the many restaurants in Mayrhofen, or head next door to try the pizzeria and International menu available in Manni's restaurant.
The 47 rooms here are just a well thought out as the rest of the hotel. Each has an authentic Austrian feel with plenty of space and a considered use of wood, leather and fabrics.
The classic double room sleep two and are cosily furnished. Facilities include a flatscreen cable TV, minisafe, minibar, balcony and full bathroom with a hairdryer, bath or shower and wc. There's also a tablet which has access to local news, weather and ski webcams for the latest info.
Official rating: ****
Restaurant and dining room
Large bar area
Rooftop spa and wellness area with a panoramic outdoor pool and hot tub plus a variety of saunas and a steam bath inside
Massage and beauty treatments available
Ski and board storage with boot warmers
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