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“A delightful hotel with homely feeling”
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Waldrand
Reviewed 2 March 2010

It was my first ski holiday and I absolutely loved it! And the hotel we stayed contributed a lot to this great ski holiday. The Waldrand hotel is very conveniently located in Scheffau, which is about a few mins walk to the shuttle bus to the ski resort. The room was basic, but kept very clean. One of the nicest things about our room is that it has its own balcony looking out to the snow mountain, and we spent a lot of time there in the afternoon drinking beer and chatting away happily.

George the landlord and his family made sure our stay was very hospitable. The food they provided at breakfast and dinner were simply delightful. Especially the dinner, which was always something we could look forward to at the end of days of skiing, was a wonderful 4 course meal, and everything was homemade too! They actually handpicked blackberries to garnish the dessert one night and I still miss the clear soup with pancake.

The only thing I wish they had was a hot tub or Jacuzzi, so we could relax at the end of a hard day. They do have a sauna room though which I never used. Also it's best to go with a group of friends or bring some board games with you, coz Scheffau is a quiet little town with nothing much to do at night.

Overall, Waldrand offers good value for money, with a real touch of home feel.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 February 2010

Whilst this Hotel will not appeal to those who like their Spas/Pools/Fluffy duvets, it will certainly appeal to any cash strapped Brit who appreciates being within a very reliable 5 min bus ride (every 12 mins) of the greatest Ski area in Austra (Ski Welt). This was our 3rd trip to the area and, with plenty of snow, we had a great time. Yes, for another £200 each, in many Elmau,Soll or Scheffau 4 star Hotels, we could have had a higher spec room and bed, fancier food and more "entertainment" but we came for the skiing not the frills. In any case, George and Ingrid are great hosts who put on a perfectly acceptable and very reliable 4 course meal every night. The drinks prices are fair and the food range at breakfast is as good as you will see at most Austrian hotels unless you are looking for standard British fare. Basically, you get what you pay for leaving you with more money to spend on Ski lessons or even a return holiday the following year. We would certainly consider going back!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2009

The Hotel
The hotel food was great, nothing fancy but just the ticket after a hard day skiing. George and Ingrid the owners work so hard and nothing was too much trouble. The sauna was great too to relax in although it was a little bit small when it's mixed sex! Our only two complaints would be the size of our room (209) was tiny and very little storage and the hotel would benefit from its own private bar rather than one that is in the dining room. Carlos the dog is great.

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Scheffau is a very quiet resort and only has one shop, a Spar and one bar so don't expect much to do at night. The skiing was excellent as it is linked to the Ski Welt and it is really easy to ski around it to visit other ski resorts. If you're after good skiing and night life I would suggest Ellmau or Soll.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gav875
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Reviewed 16 February 2009

Just returned from a week at the Waldrand.
Owners George and Ingrid very friendly and helpful, Carlo the dog more interested in sleeping on the rug in reception.
Room was large with good shower and plenty of hot water although furnishings a little tired.
Food was much better than expected, breakfast the usual meats, cheeses and preserves plus boiled eggs. Dinner started with a large salad buffet of around 10 items followed by a good soup. Only 2 choices of main (1 veggie) but this was enough and followed by dessert. I've had smaller quantities and poorer quality at higher star rated hotels in Austria.
Beer and wine was good value at €3 for 0.5/0.25 litres. Only drawback is there is no bar or lounge area so you stay at your table for after dinner drinks.
Overall excellent value for the price, pity about the weather, it snowed all week apart from 1 day and 1 morning with very poor visibility. Skiing was made more difficult by lack of piste maintenance leaving moguls on even blue runs.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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1  Thank peterkarole
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Reviewed 12 January 2009

We stayed at the Waldrand the first week in January. Initial impressions were dissappointing - the room was rather basic with very old and shabby furniture and the room was rather small despite paying a supplement of £140 for a larger room for the week. Not sure what you get if you book a small room! We were lucky that we hadn't brought too much stuff with us as the wardrobe was tiny - the clothes had to be hung side on as the wardrobe wasn't deep enough. The bathroom also very small.

However, after our initial dissappointment things picked up. George was very helpful if there was anything you needed and the meals were generally pretty good and plentiful. The hotel was also clean, warm and had plenty of hot water. We liked the family atmosphere at the Waldrand and enjoyed the company of Carlo the dog - a mild natured St Bernard.

The hotel was convenient for the slopes - 5 min bus ride to the main gondola with the bus running about every 15 mins and the bus stop a 5 minute walk in ski boots.

Ski Welt area provides great skiing - 278km of piste - there are now new lifts linking the Westendorf area to the rest of Ski Welt - new for 2008/9.

As mentioned by previous reviewers Scheffau is a quiet picturesque village with not much night life - if you've come for the skiing and are happy with the a good meal and a quiet pint or two in the hotel or the one or two bars in the village you'll like it. If you're after somewhere more lively I'd try Soll.

Overall, if you are looking for a good skiing holiday with all your basic needs well provided for without breaking the bank, this guest house fits the bill.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Minski1
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Address: Scheffau 114, Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser 6351, Austria
Region: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser
Number of rooms: 23
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