The hotel has been open to guests since the 15th century and still retains a country house feel. Its location is great too; in the village square and next to three lifts so you are minutes from miles of red and blue runs.
It's decorated to a very high standard inside with modern furnishings that still give a nod to the hotel's long history. The lounge and bar area is huge and still has the traditional wood-lined walls and carvings. There are three small restaurants, one with a winter garden and great views to the Schattberg mountain.
The hotel wellness area is a modern addition and very stylishly done too. It includes an indoor pool connected to an outdoor pool and various saunas and steam rooms, all designed to help you relax in style.
From the hotel to…
Nearest lift: 80m
Tuition meeting point: 50m
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.
Area size: 270km in Ski Circus area
Linked resorts: Leogang andFieberbrunn
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
Rest and relaxation
The spa area is impressive and contemporary with views out over the garden. You have to experience the swim-out heated pool at least once. The mountain views are amazing from the outside.
There's also a sauna, two steam rooms, heated stone benches for deep relaxation and a sunny relaxation areas with panoramic view of the Schattberg mountain. Don't forget you can also book massage or beauty treatments too. All of the wellness facilities are free for guests to use, except the massage and beauty treatments.
Food and drink
The half board meals are mainly traditional Austrian with some Mediterranean influences. Breakfast is the traditional hot and cold buffet and there are four courses in the evening with a salad buffet. Once a week there is a gala dinner and if you stay over Christmas or New Year then the gala dinner is included.
The 50 rooms are really spacious with lots of room size choices to suit your party. Each has a TV, mini-safe, hairdryer and an en-suite with bath or shower. All rooms have Wi-Fi too.
Families and kids
There's a children's menu in the restaurant and high chairs if you need them. You can have dinner early if the little ones can't stay awake and there are buggies to borrow too.
Official rating: **** Superior
Stylish bar and lounge
Impressive spa with indoor and outdoor pool
Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham