We took the train and paid for 1 night at the station in St Wolfgang. There are no credit card machines in the Hotel, so you need cash! You buy the room and train tickets at the bottom. The first available train was full. It was a very hot Sunday afternoon and understandably busy with people so we waited for the next train. We were all crammed into the train which began its ascent up the mountain. The view is amazing with some slight cliffhanger views!
When we got off, we walked from the station up to the hotel. It wasn’t very clear where you had to go to check in, but eventually we found the unmanned reception desk. Eventually a man appeared in-between jobs and a bit rushed. He checked our ticket and gave us our key, advised where and when breakfast was. The hotel and restaurants at this point were packed with people.
We went up to the room, 1 - 2 stars if that, very very basic with a small plastic shower room. The balcony looked out over the front of the hotel. The view was amazing, you can see around the whole region. Boats on the lake below looked like insects!
Slowly the people not staying the night started to filter down before the last train at 7. By this time only a handful of people were left, including, unfortunately a highly irritating bunch of drunk people, who continued to shout and make an irritation of themselves most of the night. Dinner was adequate but not too cheap. We had a few beers on the empty veranda and walked around. A very tranquil place (without irritating drunk people).
We didn’t sleep too well, as the night rolled on, a storm came over, loud wind and rain battered the place, (as well as the drunk people running round the hotel). The next morning we had breakfast (bread, pasry and jam!) and checked out and got the first train down.
Didn't find the staff too warm or welcoming, one snapped at me when I asked a question about where dinner was. Didn't like the atmosphere of the place either. Rooms are dated and need refurb including main public rooms. I wouldn't recommend staying here at all, if you’re not feeling it you’re stuck until the first train in the morning, unless you have a parachute! I would defiantly recommend going up for an afternoon during a weekday when it’s perhaps a bit quieter.