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Hotel Kendler (Saalbach)

Saalbach and Hinterglemm,
 Austria

    About the hotel
    • Ski-in ski-out
    • Central location
    • Award-winning restaurant
    • Free use of the spa
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • 20m to the lifts
    About the resort
    • 270km ski area
    • Resort altitude: 1000m
    • Perfect for intermediates
    • Great nightlife
    • Very picturesque
    • A traditional village
    • Short transfer

    You're on the slopes from the moment you arrive as the Kendler sits right on the blue Bernkogel piste at the top of Saalbach's high street and just 20m from the Bernkogel lift. 

     

    Kick off your boots at the end of the day and enter this stylish and very cool hotel. It manages a mix of tradition and contemporary incredibly well. The bright colours blend seamlessly with earthy wooden sculptures and solid furniture.

     

     

    The spa is simple but luxurious with fantastic ambient lighting to ensure you're immersed in calming light! There's an indoor pool and a swim-out outdoor pool, different types of sauna, a steam room and a 12 person outdoor hot tub to relax with a view; just right after a day on the slopes of the 270km Ski Circus area.

     

    There's a spacious bar and the à la carte restaurant is recommended in various foodie guides. The food is (as expected) delicious and it's an intimate space to eat with traditional wood-lined walls and carvings. Every day they have complimentary après-ski snacks to keep you going until dinner.

     

     

    From the hotel to…

    Slopes: You're on the slopes

    Nearest lift: 20m to the Bernkogel  gondola

    Tuition meeting point: 100m

    Resort centre: You're in the centre

    Bus stop: 100m

     

     

    About the resort

    Saalbach and Hinterglemm are two pretty villages that sit in one of Austria's largest ski areas; 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: 1000m

    Skiing altitude: 630m to 2095m

    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

     

     

    Rest and relaxation

    The newly renovated 1200m2 is super stylish and a beautiful place to spend an hour or two after a day on the mountain. Everything bar the massage and beauty treatments are free to guests.

     

    The list of things to aid aching legs or aching anything is pretty impressive, so here goes: Heated indoor pool and outdoor swim-out pool with jet current, outdoor sauna, large outdoor hot tub, infrared-sauna, Finnish sauna, bio sauna, steam room and various relaxation areas and sun loungers.

     

     

    On top of that there's complimentary juices, tea, fresh and dried fruit to keep you hydrated. If you feel like going the whole nine yards, enjoy massages and beauty treatments.

     

     

    Food and drink

    The food at Hotel Kendler is award-winning. The half board includes a hot and cold buffet late-starter breakfast from 7.30am until 11am. When you come off the slopes, there are complimentary après-ski snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. The evening meals are five courses with a vegetarian option and once a week they have a gala dinner.

     

     

    There's a seven-course gala dinner at Christmas, and New Year sees the same seven courses but with added fireworks, a DJ and a show. It's a great place to see in the New Year with friends and family.

     

     

    Rooms

    All of the 63 bedrooms are a really good size with stylish modern interiors with natural wood furnishings. Families, or couples who want more space, will love the larger suite rooms which have an apartment feel. Each room has a TV, mini-safe, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer and an en-suite, and some also have a balcony.

     

     

    Hotel features

    Official rating: **** Superior

    Elegant hotel bar

    Restaurant with conservatory

    À la carte restaurant in a modern alpine style

    Sun terrace

    Free use of the newly renovated 1200m2 spa area

    Heated indoor pool and outdoor swim out pool with jet current

    Outdoor sauna, Finnish sauna, bio sauna, steam room, outdoor hot tub and infrared sauna

    Weekly live music

    Baby phones

    Children's play room