We stayed in Hofgarten during January 2015. The snow conditions were fantastic after a slow start to the season.
Our choice of apartment proved to be excellent. It was extremely easy to make the arrangements for our chosen week thanks to great help from the owner, Michelle. She answered all our pre-travel questions and gave us very useful information with regard to flights and transfers. Hopfgarten is easily accessible from a number of airports.
The apartment was fantastic! The living/dining area was entirely open plan - great for families and groups of friends. Even the poor souls working in the kitchen can still be part of the après ski conversation! It's a big apartment with windows to three sides of the building. Compared to previous accommodation choices, we had a lot of space to relax and recover. The kitchen was well equipped and clean. The three bedrooms, bathroom and separate WC would be perfect for upto 8 people.
Our trip from Munich Airport was trouble free and the apartment was easy to locate. Underground parking meant that we weren't digging the car out of the snow on our departure day! We couldn't fault the location. Restaurants and supermarkets were literally just down the road (or up the hill). The whole town has a compact charming quality that is welcoming to visitors.
We decided to rent skis from Intersport and took advantage of ski and boot storage for €2.50 per night. This meant that the five minute walk from the apartment to the gondola station was even easier as we weren't wearing ski boots or carrying equipment. The staff in the shop were very helpful.
The lift system in Skiwelt was efficient and reliable. We only used one drag lift during our stay - the rest were chairlifts and gondolas. The physical layout of the mountain meant that getting from one place to another took a little while but there were no queues so time wasn't wasted. We felt that the ski area best suited intermediate skiers as the majority of the runs seemed to fall within the European 'red' level.
The restaurants on the mountains were cheaper than any we have found in Italy and France. The same applied in the village - prices seemed very fair compared to our previous holidays.
My only negative observation would echo a previous reviewer. The shop on the ground floor created noise from around 6:30am each morning. This wasn't a problem for us as we were mostly able to go back to sleep. It would have been more of a consideration had my children accompanied me on this trip or had we been light sleepers. The good news is that the bakery was open every morning for fresh cakes and bread!
All in all, it's a wonderful apartment in a brilliant location next to an extensive ski area. Austria was the cheapest country we have skied in and the people we met were genuinely helpful. Full marks, fully recommended!
Just back from an 8 night stay in this property with 2 children aged 14 and 11. Plenty of space for us all and very well equipped but with more than enough room for our own things. Excellent location with all amenities very close by. No need to use the car really unless you want to go further afield. Plenty of bars and restaurants and very close to the gondola to the top of Hohe Salve which we'd strongly recommend as a 'must do'. Excellent Tyrolean evening at Salvena and only £5 per adult (children free). Would also strongly recommend the open-air bathing at Salvenaland, a pleasant stroll from Hopfgarten itself. Apartment owner very helpful pre-departure and all was as it should be on arrival.
Tip - the apartment is on the main street and directly above a bakery which is ideal in terms of amenities, but also meant there was a lot of street noise from very early in the morning. Earplugs would be a wise investment unless you're a very early riser!!
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