The Hotel Tirolerhof is a family-run luxury hotel at Zell am See in Austria’s SalzburgerLand. The chalet-style property is a five-minute walk from the heart of the town and a couple of minutes’ stroll from Lake Zell’s shore.
Both the Hotel Tirolerhof ’s architecture plus the interior décor of its public spaces are in keeping with the Alpine traditions of Austria’s SalzburgerLand. Expect to see flowers blooming on balconies during summer months. The staff also wear the region’s traditional costumes, helping reinforce that you’re in the Alps.
The lobby features a fireplace where an open fire crackles and glows, providing welcome warmth on winter days. Seating is ranged around the hearth, which proves a cosy place to sit and sip a drink before heading into one of the town’s restaurants or after a day of skiing.
Zell am See is just a few minutes from the Kitzsteinhorn, part of a highly regarded Austrian ski region whose glacier ensure skiing beyond the usual winter sports season. As you’d expect, the Hotel Tirolerhof offers storage facilities for winter sports equipment such as ski-boots and skis, plus a free shuttle service to the lifts that lead up to the pistes. The same mountain draws hikers and cyclists during the summer season.
The hotel’s bar is traditionally furnished and serves a broad range of drinks until late into the evening. Austrian wines, beers and spirits count among the options if you want to sip local flavours. When the weather plays along you could choose to sit outdoors on the terrace, and enjoy drinks looking out onto the Alps. There’s a gazebo just in case the weather isn’t perfect, but you still want to sit outside of the main hotel building and chat.
The restaurant, in which you can help yourself from an expansive buffet breakfast each morning, is also on the ground floor of the hotel. You can ask for an omelette to be cooked too. The Tirolerhof’s fine-dining restaurant serves dishes inspired by the produce of the Alpine region.
The guestrooms in the Tirolerhof Hotel range from single rooms up to suites. Connecting rooms are an option if you are travelling as part of a larger family group or with close friends.
The bedrooms strike a balance between traditional Austrian cosiness and modern chic. The bathrooms are spacious and have deep bathtubs, which are ideal for soaking after a long day outdoors up in the mountains.
Alternatively, you may prefer to use the hotel’s sauna facilities. There’s an indoor swimming pool on the lower level of the hotel, where you can work off lactic acid in legs following a day or skiing, cycling or hiking. The cardiovascular sporting equipment within the fitness area is also an option. The complex of rooms in the sauna is also a good place to unwind after a strenuous day in the Alps.
The Hotel Tirolerhof is well-located to be a comfortable base for exploring Zell am See and the surrounding region. If you enjoy spending time in welcoming surroundings where you can indulge in regional traditions, it’s worth considering booking into this hotel.
Hotel Tirolerhof, Auerspergstrasse 5, 5700 Zell am See, Austria.
Tel: +43 (0)6542 772-0
Located in the heart of Zell am See, a couple of minutes’ walk from the shore of Lake Zell, the Hotel Tirolerhof is approximately two-and-a-half hours’ drive southeast of Munich International Airport. Salzburg Airport is about 75 minutes’ drive northwest of the hotel. If driving, turn off Loferer Strasse, the main road into town, to park up at the hotel.
Type of Hotel: 4-Star Superior hotel
Number of Rooms: 91 guestrooms and suites, including complimentary Wi-Fi.
Price Band: High
Insider Tip: Plan time to unwind in the hotel’s rustic sauna and take a dip in the pool. Remember that it’s common is Austria for saunas to be textile-free zones, which means having to strip off your bathing suit to sit in the heat. For a special treat, book a treatment in the rooftop Elements Alpen Panorama Spa, which has panoramic views of Zell am See. Like the idea of travelling in Europe with you four-legged friend? Ask about accommodation for them too, as the Hotel Tirolerhof is pet friendly.
Factbox: Find out more about the attractions of the town that the Tirolerhof Hotel is in on the Zell am See-Kaprun website. For more on the surrounding region, take a look at the SalzburgerLand website. The Austria Tourism website is worth visiting if you’re planning a holiday in destinations across the country.
Reviewer’s Rating: 8.5/10
Stuart Forster is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specialising in food and travel related features.
Photographs by Stuart Forster