Expert guide to Saalbach
Both Saalbach and Hinterglemm have lots of mainly three- and four-star hotels to choose from, along with simpler pensions. It’s best to go for one in the centre of one of the villages, close to the main lifts that access either the north-facing or sunnier south side of the valley – some of the accommodation options are inconveniently situated along the road between Saalbach and Hinterglemm.
On Saalbach’s main street, Bergers Sporthotel is within an easy walk of lifts heading up either side of the valley. It’s an eclectic four-star that combines traditional and modern in a quirky way – think traditional Alpine décor next to a zebra‑print sofa illuminated by crystal chandeliers. There’s an indoor pool with underwater music and bubble jets, and a sauna and steam room. As well as a lively après bar there’s a basement nightclub.
Right in the centre of Saalbach, the Hotel Panther is conveniently close to the lifts. The rooms are varied, comfortable and well furnished. As well as an outdoor pool with massage jets there’s a sauna, steam room and fitness room.
Hotel Alpine Palace
The five-star Hotel Alpine Palace is by the Reiterkogel gondola that goes up to the south-facing slopes in Hinterglemm. Rooms and suites are spacious and vary from traditional to ultra‑modern. The 2,000sqm spa area has an outdoor saltwater pool, outdoor hot tub, indoor pool and nine types of saunas and steam rooms. Lots of massage and beauty treatments are available too. As well as the open-all-day main restaurant there are five more options, including Arte Vinum, which has two Gault‑Millau toques.
Hotel Eva Village
At 30m from the nearest lift, the four‑star Eva Village is perfectly positioned in the centre of Saalbach. The hotel sells itself as ‘Alpine, cool and chic’, with ultra-modern rooms, bathrooms and public areas. Right next door is its Eva Alm après bar, built in traditional style and with staff in traditional costume. The big spa area at the hotel has an indoor pool, sauna and steam room.
A typical three-star Austrian guest house in Saalbach, a five‑minute walk from the Schattberg gondola up to the north-facing side of the valley, Pension Schattberg is simply furnished but has a warm and homely atmosphere. The facilities include a bar and a games room with table tennis and table football. There’s also a wellness area with sauna and steam room.
Book it: From £629 b&b, excluding travel, with Sunweb. Includes lift passes.
Chalets and apartments
This 13-bedroom chalet-hotel is a five-minute walk from the Schattberg gondola in Saalbach. The Christina is a typical Austrian guest house building, although it’s owned and run by UK tour operator Ski Miquel and fitted with British-made quality bedding and duvets. There’s free ski guiding from 9am to 1.30pm five days a week.
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