Last year in December I had the pleasure to visit the outstanding wellness hotel Der Krallerhof****. It is located on a sunny plateau in Leogang, which is a small village in Austria’s county of Salzburg. The Hotel towers 850 meters above sea level and is one of its kind. It is a member of “Best Alpine Wellness Hotels” and one of those gems where you feel like you get five star service, even though officially it was awarded with four stars. When we arrived we were already awe struck because of the exterior.
There’s the location for starters. The hotel is located just a few steps away from the Steinberg cable car. And that one takes you directly to the ski arena of Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, which is just huge and one of the Alps’ hotspots. With a total slope length of 270 kilometers it’s also one of the biggest in Austria. Second, the whole hotel was decorated lavishly with all kinds of Christmas stuff. Not in a kitschy way though. It was the right amount of everything everywhere. Small fairy lights were dangling from the roof of the hotel, in the Lobby freshly baked cookies were served and it smelled like nutmeg, cinnamon and apples.
The service team at the check-in was extraordinarily friendly; I always appreciate it if somebody takes you to your room and explains all the fancy lighting systems, the aircondition/heating system to you, or in our case: shows you how the sauna works. Right, exactly. We didn’t only have an open fireplace but also our own sauna in our bathroom. Simply amazing! Even though I always get bored in saunas and tried to read the newspaper in there. Don’t recommend it. Doesn’t work. Nope. But still, the sauna was cool.
Of course our own sauna (I just had to say it one more time) wasn’t the only feature that made our room amazing. We had a balcony, a modern smart TV system and also enough hooks for our wet towels and bathrobes. It was very tastefully furnished and decorated. As there wasn’t enough snow yet to go snowboarding or skiing we spent a lot of time in the vast wellness area, had some amazing treatments and enjoyed the water beds in one of the relaxation areas. All of them are differently decorated – and that’s the only thing I didn’t like there: The Hermann Nitsch relaxing room. It’s decorated with “art” by Nitsch and I’m just not a fan. Not at all. After some minutes in there we had to go to a different relaxing room. I couldn’t relax cause Nitsch always enrages me. But all of the others are quite fine.
The food, we got to talk about the food as well. We really enjoyed the sheer endless selection at the breakfast buffet and the amazing dinner menu. Very excellent food, nice presentation and fast and alert service team – an unbeatable combination. We also liked the fact that the manager took his time to stop by at every table to have a nice talk with the guests. And, again: The just lovely Christmas decoration with lit candles, ornaments and fairy lights. Sides from delicious food and the relaxing spa with steam rooms, treatments, pools and water beds the Krallerhof**** is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway, for active holidays during the summer as well as during the winter, with slopes just around the corner. We loved every minute there and would recommend a stay there to everyone.
Wellnesshotel der Krallerhof****
Rooms from 197 Euros/Person and night during the winter time, 15 Euros per night short stay surcharge for stays up to two nights. Special packages available!
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