We stayed in Villa Excelsior for seven nights with the half board and really enjoyed our stay. Not least because of the excellent service with my food allergy (wheat): three different gluten free rolls to choose from in the mornings, adapted dinners in the evenings.
We thought the breakfast was great: fresh hand made fruit salad, breads, jams, cheeses, ham&salami, vegetables, yoghurts, cereal, juices, nutella...
Also salad buffet + three course -dinners tasted delicious and varied so that we never got bored. A little less of salt would have made it perfect ;) The table water could have come to the table without request: seemed funny to pay for bottled water since there is excellent tap water in Bad Gastein,
We stayed in the top floor, where the elevator did not reach. The room was spacious and spotlessly clean. Furnitures in these rooms are not the 19th century like the others, but did the job. The neighbourhood is very quiet, but the walls between the rooms are quite thin, so next door voices can be heard. Luckily pretty much everyone seemed to fall asleep around 10 pm and get up around 8 am.
It is approx. 10 minutes easy walk to the main street (but don't do the same mistake we did and walk the car road, it doubles the way). Whether the location is ok or not depends on your needs. There is a free shuttle bus to and from the Stubnerkogel ski lift. After sauna and dinner we didn't have energy to go out anyway.
Special mention for the saunas. There is a Finnish sauna (best I've been abroad!), small infrared sauna cabin for two, cold shower and normal shower. Sauna department is unisex and open 16-21, but not many seems to use it. During our stay we bathed just the two us for 6 nights. What a luxury, we loved it! Also had thermal baths and massages, both good.
Ps. In the hotel book they ask people not to come to dinner in casual wear, which was a total surprise. We didn't have any other kind of clothes during our sporty vacation! But I guess it was ok, many others wore colleges and t-shirts also. So, Christof, if you want people to dress better during dinners, give a hint of a dress code in advance ;D
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