I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of the small village Mayrhofen in Austria’s county Tyrol – if not, it’s about time. Because it’s not only a really lovely place but also where the ElisabethHotel is located.This gem of a hotel is ideal for staycations, romantic getaways, a wellness trip or a hiking holiday.
Granted, if you start your trip in Vienna, it’s a bit of a hassle to go to Mayrhofen. It’s not only in the far west of Austria (whereas Vienna is in the east) but also a bit remote there, so you have to go over some mountains (and it’s Austria, so we’re talking real mountains here) and winding roads – but that’s already one of the pros for this trip. The drive is really scenic once you’ve left the highway and approaching Mayrhofen. This small town is a gem of its own as it’s really small, perfectly nestled in between the high mountains and very idyllic looking. It only has about 4.000 inhabitants and all of them seem to be of a very friendly sort.
That’s especially true for the staff at ElisabethHotel. We were welcomed very warm and friendly and the receptionist was eager to tell us about all the things that were going on in Mayrhofen during our stay. We were lucky, because we were there during the first week of April, which was the winter-closing week and the weekend when the Snowbombing Festival (basically music, alcohol and DJs everywhere, in the town and up on the nearby skiing slopes) took place. But this review is not about the festival but about the hotel. And that one was just amazing.
First of all: It’s an adult-only establishment. That means: It’s quiet, it’s relaxing, it’s perfect. I mean, it’s not like I don’t like kids (well, I’m not a huge fan when it comes to kids running around and screaming if you want to relax); I just really enjoy tranquility. And that’s what the whole hotel manages to provide. The design of the decor bases on wood and concrete and some purple accents here and there. Our room (room no. 26 – you should ask for that!) was at the end of a hallway and it was huge. We had a very long balcony, one front of the room was entirely made out of glass, there was a sofa that was about the size of my apartment, a free standing tub, a rainforest shower, the most comfy bed ever and all amenities you’d expect from a luxury hotel. For example bathrobe, slippers and a bag ready to take to the spa.
Speaking of the spa: That one is about 1.400 squaremeters big and offers massages, treatments and sauna. There’s also a pool. Opening times are every day from 7 am to 9 pm. It’s a very nice area that’s also lovely designed and taken care of. Scents, warmth, light and almost endless space let you forget about the world outside. Here you can regenerate after a long hike or a day up in the mountains skiing. Oh, speaking of regeneration: Food. What’s more important than that? Breakfast is served in form of a buffet, which I personally always love. You can choose whatever you want from a huge variety. Eggs any style, rolls, bits off the griddle, fruit, dairy – there’s so much good food, I don’t even know where to start, because my mouth starts watering again. Just trust me: a-m-a-z-i-n-g. For dinner there’s a set five course menu but don’t worry: You can always ask for changes here too. They even made me spaghetti puttanesca, just because I felt like noodles that evening.
So after I stayed there in April and saw how lovely the hotel is, it’s one of my wishes to be able to come back again during the winter time. I would love to go snowboarding and afterwards not having to either drive home or go to a small pension that offers nothing but a too soft bed. Imagine how nice it must be to go swimming or getting a massage after you’ve been out all day, doing sports. And then getting a fancy dinner. It’s a definite on my bucket list, it should be a definite on your bucket list whenever you’re in Tyrol. It doesn’t matter if you want to do winter sports, go hiking or just relaxing: The ElisabethHotel Premium Private Retreat is one of my favorite hotels in Austria.
ElisabethHotel Premium Private Retreat
Einfahrt Mitte 432
Room prices during summer are cheaper; right now you can get a room there from about 125 Euros per Person and night.