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Hotel Bauer (Saalbach)

Saalbach and Hinterglemm,
 Austria
Your holiday includes
  • Flights from Gatwick or Manchester
  • Resort transfers
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Half board meals
  • Free wellness area
  • Gift & drink on arrival
About the hotel
  • Central location
  • Traditionally Austrian
  • Indoor pool & sauna
  • Daily après ski snacks
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • 100m to the lifts
About the resort
  • 270km ski area
  • Resort altitude: 1000m
  • A traditional village
  • Very picturesque
  • Perfect for intermediates
  • Great nightlife
  • Short transfer

Hotel Bauer is in a great location. It's right in the centre of Saalbach and you only have to walk five minutes to get to the ski lifts and slopes. You can't miss the place as it's the one with turrets and towers on the high street!

 

The hotel is classically Austrian. Inside it's traditionally styled with plenty of natural wood and a slight 'olde-worlde' feel. The bar area is a really relaxing place to relive your exploits from the day.

 

 

Head to the wellness area if your legs are tired (they probably will be with so much to explore). It's like an enchanted cave with a pool, sauna, steam room, rocks and plants. It's free for guests to use and definitely takes you to another place!

 

The dining rooms are cosy and rustic and the hotel team has really focused on the quality of the food. There's an à la carte menu and you can select courses. They've had the same chef for 12 years and he's built up a good reputation.

 

 

From the hotel to…

Nearest lift: 100m

Tuition meeting point: 150m

Resort centre: You're in the centre

 

 

About the resort

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 stats

Area size: 270km in Ski Circus area

Linked resorts: Leogang and Fieberbrunn

Resort altitude: 630m

Skiing altitude: 630m to 2500m

Number of runs: 70

Range of runs: 45% blue, 48% red and 7% black

Lifts: 24 drags, 21 chairs and 23 gondolas

Night skiing: Yes (Hinterglemm)

Cross country trails: 11km

Snowmaking: 90% of runs covered

Resort bus: Yes

 

 

Food and drink

The half board meals are great at Hotel Bauer. Breakfast is the usual hot and cold buffet and has plenty of options to fuel you for an active day. Their evening menu really shines. There are four courses and you can choose each from the à la carte menu. There's also a salad buffet for the health conscious.

 

Christmas and New Year is a real celebration with a six-course gala dinner. Live music, fireworks and a midnight buffet to finish the night off. Smart attire is a must.

 

 

Rooms

The 35 rooms are cosy with wood furnishings, dressed windows and white bed linen. There is a good mix of room sizes to choose from ranging from single rooms with showers to larger rooms that can sleep up to four. Each room has a TV, mini-safe, hairdryer and an en-suite with bath or shower.

 

 

Hotel features

Official rating: ****

Restaurant with à la carte menu

Café with home-made cakes

Lounge and two bars

Free use of 'Waluliso' wellness area with small indoor pool and massage showers

Free use of sauna and steam room

Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel

 

 

Travel info

Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester

Departure day: Saturday

Arrival airport: Salzburg

Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours

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