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Hotel review: Activhotel Veronika, Seefeld, Austria

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The Activhotel Veronika is an outstanding choice for value-for-money and quality hospitality in a very convenient but quiet location in the Austrian village of Seefeld, well known for its Olympic skiing and fashionable shopping.

The hotel has been owned by the same family since they started it in 1928 when skiing first took off as a sport in Europe. Over the years the first modest guest house has expanded to a 49-room mega-chalet with every modern comfort and convenience.

Leisure complex

In the basement is an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym and sauna complex more like the type of facility found in five-star establishments. The public rooms are extensive with a large lounge area with a well-stocked bar. Service is extremely efficient and friendly.

Families are especially welcome in this hotel and ‘little guests’ treated with dignity. But couples are also carefully looked after with quiet rooms and their own places in the extensive restaurant. Not that noise is an issue as the hotel is tucked away just outside the village centre and very quiet.

Most guests take the half-board option that includes a four-course dinner and this is to be recommended. The chef is clearly a person of ambition and imagination and the results are quite superb with an accent on local specialities. The breakfast buffet is as comprehensive as you could imagine. Gourmets will not be disappointed.

Low prices

Yet the prices in this hotel are very reasonable, particularly if booked in advance or on special offer. This correspondent paid around AED5,000 for a week for a couple, some five-times less than a very similar experience in a hotel in Zermatt a few years ago, albeit without an early discount.

Seefeld is also an excellent choice of destination for winter sports enthusiasts from the UAE. You can fly into Munich and take a train in three hours or less in a hire car. This probably makes Seefeld the most accessible skiing resort in Europe.

The village is also very beautiful and full of typical Tyrolean style architecture. There are bars and restaurants of high quality by the dozen and an Olympic sports complex with ice skating. The village nestles among the Alps and there are many walks available.

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Written by Peter Cooper

February 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Posted in Hotels, Restaurants, Travel

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