The Hotel St Georg is a wonderfully traditional hotel that makes the most of its quintessentially Austrian mountain charm. It's convenient too as you can ski back to within 50m of the hotel from the mountain.
There are weekly wine tastings and families will be pleased to know that there are children's menus in the restaurant. The spa is particularly relaxing thanks to the fact that it's made up of an indoor pool, two saunas, a steam room and a fitness room.
Over the years the St Georg has developed a great reputation for wonderful customer service and good food. It's a customer favourite of ours for sure. Check out the cosy lounge when you're looking to relax, or head to the cocktail bar and ask them to mix you up something special.
From the hotel to…
Nearest lift: 200m
Tuition meeting point: 200m
Resort centre: 300m
Bus stop: 100m
About the resort
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 138km 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, but transport isn't.
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: 55
Range of runs: 42% blue, 35% red and 23% black
Lifts: 20 drags, 17 chairs and 13 cable cars
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 40km
Snowmaking: 100% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Food and drink
The Hotel St Georg does half board meals, so you'll start your day off with a hot and cold buffet breakfast, while the evening meal consists of a five-course dinner with a choice of main and a salad buffet. They also mix it up with a weekly Gala dinner, which includes a cheese and dessert buffet.
The 37 rooms are traditional Austrian twins with an optional extra bed. They all come with a bath for a good soak at the end of the day, but on top of that you'll have cable TV, a hairdryer, a safe and a minibar.
Balconies are available at a supplement, so you can take advantage of the amazing mountain views. Junior suites are slightly larger and made of one large room with Austrian twin beds and a lounge area with two sofa beds and an en suite. All of the rooms make the most of wonderful natural light.
Official rating: ****
Pool, steam room and two saunas
Weekly wine tastings
Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Salzburg
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
Third off lift passes in Dec & Jan on all ski holidays