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This is a hotel that's full of character with quirky interiors, lavish fabrics, crystal chandeliers and mirrors at every turn. It also has a really fun atmosphere in the Prosecco bar, and the circular galleried bar regularly hosts a dance night and memorable Elvis show.
There's a brightly decorated indoor pool and wellness area too. Great if you fancy a night off the dance floor or to ease aching muscles. If you need some extra attention, you can book a massage or beauty treatment for a local charge.
It's only a short walk from the ski lifts too so within minutes you'll be at the top of the Schattberg mountain with access to miles of runs across the 270km Ski Circus area.
As well as the in-house bar, it's a great place to enjoy the lively and traditional Austrian après-ski. Saalbach is livelier than the neighbouring Hinterglemm and a good choice is your looking to enjoy your time off the slopes as well as on.
Nearest lift: 50m
Tuition meeting point: 100m
Resort centre: In centre
Bus stop: 250m
Saalbach and Hinterglemm are two pretty villages that sit in Austria's largest ski area; the Ski Circus. It has the name because the slopes literally surround you. There's 270km of picturesque red and blue runs with mountain huts dotted all around. This place was just made for the mile-hungry intermediate skier or boarder.
If you want to attempt a full circuit in one day then you'll need to get up early. Or try the long run over to Leogang for lunch to check that your legs are up to it. If you're more advanced, there are some steep blacks and moguls under the Shattberg Express gondola and the freeriding is some of the best in Austria!
The après-ski is a genuine Austrian experience and starts on the mountain at about 3pm. Saalbach is the livelier of the two villages and you can keep going until the early hours if you have got the pace.
Resort altitude: 1000m
Skiing altitude: 930m to 2095m
Ski area size: 270km in the Ski Circus area
Number of runs: 70
Range of runs: Easy 45%, medium 48% & difficult 7%
Lifts: 68 comprising of 24 drags, 21 chairs & 23 gondolas
Night skiing: Yes, in Hinterglemm
Cross country trails: 11km
Snowmaking: 90% runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
The small wellness area has an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and a relaxation area, all of which are designed to ease any aches and pains you may have from trying to do a full circuit of this magnificent ski area!
You can also choose from a good range of massage and beauty treatments if you need a bit more pampering.
The half board food gets great feedback from guests and there's plenty to keep the hungriest skier or boarder going all day long. Breakfast is a traditional buffet and the evening meal is four courses with a salad buffet and choice of main. Once a week they have a traditional Farmer's buffet and gala dinner.
If you stay over Christmas or New Year, Gala dinners and live entertainment are included.
All 60 rooms are cosy thanks to the heavy curtains and lavish soft furnishings. The hotel rooms are four-star but there's a convenient three-star (plus) annexe making the hotel a good choice for most budgets. Some rooms have a balcony and every room has an en-suite. Most rooms can take a sofa bed so can sleep up to four.
Official rating: ****
Restaurant & à la carte restaurant
Two bars & in-house nightclub
Free use of wellness area
Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Salzburg
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: 1 hour 30 minutes