The Hotel Traube was recently refurbished and this popular small hotel is all the better for it - they've really made the most of the historic building and it's placement right in the centre of Zell's pedestrian zone, and it's great value too! It's known for having a friendly atmosphere and delicious food (you really have to go to the free weekly fondue night).
There's a trendy in-house bar/brasserie area that's also very popular. But if you're looking for something more laid-back, head to the sauna and relaxation area which is open from 4pm until 9pm each evening. This is the perfect choice for those who really want to be right in the centre of things.
From the hotel to…
Nearest lift: 400m
Tuition meeting point: 400m
Resort centre: You're in the centre
Bus stop: 300m
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, bt 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 half board meals include a delicious breakfast buffet with both hot and cold options for you when you wake up in the morning. In the evening, sit down to a three-course evening meal complete with salad buffet and a main dish of your choosing. There's a weekly fondue evening which shouldn't be missed.
The rooms at the Hotel Traube have all been recently refurbished with lovely contemporary touches - lots of natural light and a great mix of colours. The rooms have Austrian twin beds with satellite TV, a hairdryer, and a bath or shower. Single rooms are also available on request.
Official rating: ***
Sauna and relaxation area
Free fondue evening
À la carte restaurant
Regular restaurant and dining room
Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham