Ride in to summer 2020
The Stadt Wien is ideal for those looking for a really nice and peaceful hotel to go back to after the slopes close. The hotel's owners, Klaus and Christine, pride themselves on the excellent service from their very helpful staff.
There's a welcome mix of stylish design with crisp, clean lines and more traditional elements such as chunky wooden beams. This runs throughout the hotel making relaxing very easy here. The large bar and lounge all the comfy and colourful cushions to add to the contemporary feel.
You'll find the hotel on a gentle hillside above the resort centre so you have some pretty impressive views over the town, lake and surrounding forests. You're also very close to the speedy cityXpress gondola and the Abfahrt 16 blue run, so conditions permitting, you can ski straight up to the back door of the hotel!
The wellness area is not to be missed. There's a fantastic heated outdoor pool which is a great place to chill out whilst looking out over the mountains. There's also a sauna, steam room and massage treatments for a little holiday treat too.
The Stadt Wien has it all really - location, atmosphere, great décor, a fantastic spa and friendly, welcoming staff.
Nearest lift: 375m from the cityXpress gondola
Tuition meeting point: 375m (at the mid-station of the cityXpress gondola)
Resort centre: 500m
Bus stop: 20m
With lively nightlife, picturesque scenery and great skiing for all levels, Zell am See is one of Austria's best loved lakeside resorts. On the mountain, it has a nice mix of runs that are perfect for complete beginners to the advanced. It's a fairly large ski area as well with 138kms of runs with great snow conditions.
Head over to Kaprun (15 to 20mins away by bus) and you'll have guaranteed snow on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. A trip there is covered on your Zell lift pass too.
When you're not exploring the area, head into the Old Town and you'll be absolutely charmed by its magical medieval setting. The town is awash with cafés, bars and restaurants suiting all different budgets and tastes. Après starts on the mountain at around 3pm, the Berghotel is a good place to kick off!
Area size: 138km
Linked resorts: Kaprun. Saalbach and Hinterglemm (on Salzburg superski lift pass)
Resort altitude: 755m
Skiing altitude: 755m to 3030m
Number of runs: 62
Range of runs: 40% blue, 44% red and 16% black
Lifts: 15 drags, 17 chairs and 15 cable cars
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 40km
Snowmaking: 100% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
The spa area is a lovely place to spend an afternoon or two, and you have plenty to keep you nice and relaxed. Keen swimmers will love the large outdoor heated pool with its integrated hot tub. Do some laps or simply lie back and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
Indoors, choose from one of three saunas, a steam room or salt grotto before letting your body rest in the beautiful relaxation room while you enjoy the incredible views of the Salzburg mountains.
It's half board at Stadt Wien, and what a selection you have to look forward to. From the moment you walk in, you're greeted by the superb staff and a welcome drink after your travels.
There are four modern and airy dining areas with comfortable seating. Start your days with a hot and cold buffet breakfast which include tea and juice bars. After your day on the slopes, head back for an après ski snack between 3 and 5pm.
This should keep you going before your five-course evening meal which has a choice of main course and daily soup, salad, starter and dessert buffets - phew!
To top it off, there's a weekly Pinzgauer evening with traditional entertainment as well as a Stadt Wien buffet evening. The hotel also offers early meals for kids as well as your Christmas and New Year's Eve gala dinners.
The 57 bedrooms slightly vary in style, but each is modern and a good size with plenty of natural light and lovely views. There'a choice of single, Austrian twin or junior suites which also have balconies.
All rooms come with a flatscreen TV, free Wi-Fi, a minisafe and full ensuite with hairdryer, bath or shower and wc.
Official rating: ****
Room service (for drinks only)
Bar and lounge
Weekly Pinzgauer evening with traditional entertainment
Free WiFi throughout
Spa and wellness area with a heated outdoor pool, saunas, steam room and salt therapy grotto
Massage and beauty treatments available
Children's playroom with toys
Free sledge hire
Lift to all floors
Ski and board equipment storage including heated boot rack
Departure airports: Birmingham, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Salzburg
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes