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Reviewed 16 July 2017

This is a first - I was so impressed this year, I've booked the Daxer again for 2018's ski trip. Why? Simply because its hitting the 'value for money' button. OK it's not the cheapest but it's certainly offering much more than you are paying for relative to most hotels in the area. Its an absolute gem.

So what do you get?

The rooms:
Last year we had a modern double room with a balcony and a shower room that was huge. The room was well laid out with plenty of space and storage with additional seating and big flat screen TV - not that we had the chance to use it. We'd normally expect to pay twice the price for a similar room. The room didn't have a kettle (typical for Austrian hotels though) but don't worry there are free hot/cold drinks throughout the day/evening from dawn to dusk. When we booked we had a basic room with a balcony but it was far from basic, we peered into some upgrade rooms while we were there and to be honest couldn't see much difference, perhaps a bigger sofa or they face the lake rather than the mountain. This year we've booked the same, well we didn't see any need to pay more when we enjoyed the experience as it was.

The food:
Food is very subjective - if there is plenty of what you like its great, if there isn't its not!
For us, my wife is very fussy, picky and lactose intolerant which in a dairy loving country normally involves disappointment. NOT at the hotel Daxer - I hope they haven't changed the chef or the small army of well trained waiters/waitresses - they are excellent, always on hand and very helpful. For a hotel of its size/price the choice of food on offer is wonderful and changes every day (although some items are available every day - not always a bad thing). As for the chef, after explaining my wife's lactose intolerance, he couldn't do more, they prepared lactose free meals, desserts and even lactose free milk for breakfast. You can have a big hot breakfast or cereals or continental selection or all three. And of coarse I mustn't forget the bread rolls cooked meats and cheeses - ideal for slope-side snacks. Mid-day (4pm ish), just after you get off the slopes, they also provide light snacks and cakes along with the free drinks. But a word of waning don't eat too many (they are tempting) as you'll need to save some room for the 4 course evening meals. Is it 5 star Michelin quality/choice , well no but it is good and varied food with excellent speedy service. The children in the hotel all seemed to be happy with what was on offer for them especially the ice-cream bar! Whatever your taste, you wont go hungry. After breakfast, they give you a diner menu for you to make your choice of the days main meal, which has to help in providing a speedy service in a hotel this size - but if you change your mind later on they will cater for you so its a win win.

The bar:
It's compact with limited choice but plenty of seating. Prices, again subjective depending on what you are used to paying - its not London prices but remember you are in a holiday destination so its not Wetherspoons!

To be fair, after the skiing, sauna, dinner and good wine, we didn't spend too long at the bar

The other hotel amenities:
Go prepared. Make full use of the other facilities, these are a real bonus after a day on the slopes. A good sized steam room, 3 sauna rooms, small but ok swimming pool and the relaxation room with the vibrating chair. If you are brave(mad) enough one of the saunas leads out into the snow - I was happy enough to just watch!!!

Locality:
If you are looking for late night entertainment then you'll need to head into the town - downhill (20 minutes) you can use the ski bus down (5mins) and get a taxi back (c10-15 euro). Otherwise the hotel is ideally located for skiing...a fairly level walk across to the 3 main lifts (I'd say 3-5 minutes depending on how much gear/kids you have to take) and a nice red run back to the hotel road. As you are part way up the mountain
already you avoid the queues of the lake-side lifts. The skiing is excellent and the new lift system has opened up the mountain a far bit. The hill is well served with bars and restaurants and most have stunning views. The runs are looked after and offer good variety from blue runs through the trees, long windy reds and some decent long black runs...but if you get through them all you can head across to Kaprun and the Kitstienhorn glacier on the ski bus. If you have more time there is also a bus that serves the Saalbach Hinterglem resort (which I think will soon be linked to Zell via the new lift system).

Finally:
The people. From the minute you arrive to the sad day you leave they are all exceptional.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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3  Thank Clonallon
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

We recently spent two very enjoyable weeks at the Hotel Daxer, Zell am See and can thoroughly recommend it. It has a peaceful, elevated location with a lovely view of the lake from our balcony and the terrace and an excellent half-hourly bus service to the town. The hotel has an informal and friendly atmosphere with efficient and helpful service from the hard-working owners and staff. Our room was comfortable and scrupulously clean. The food at the Daxer is outstanding, with a wide choice of expertly prepared and well-presented meals.We very much appreciated the afternoon tea and snacks and the provision of self-service soft drinks, chilled water and tea and coffee all day - all included. The summer card which was provided enabled us to take full advantage of the mountain lifts in Zell and neighbouring Kaprun, and also covered entry to many attractions such as the lovely Sigmund Thun gorge, and bus journeys for just one euro within the area. The trip to the Kitzsteinhorn summit at over 3,000 metres was breathtaking experience,and free with the summer card. It was good to have a quiet, relaxing retreat above the bustling town which, although very attractive, could be busy, noisy and very hot in the scorching June weather. If we return to Zell am See it will certainly be to the Daxer.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the lake have lovely views and are cooler in hot weather.
  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank PatBridg
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

Came here for a walking and cycling holiday with my son. We had a larger room in the new wing which had two Austrian beds and a new sofa bed which was very comfortable. Room was large, very clean and more than adequate. We paid extra for the large room being 2 men and it was well worth it.
Large shower/toilet bathroom fully tiled.

The food was typical Austrian but to a good standard and plenty of it and also a wide variety of choice. The hotel are also ok with you preparing pack up after breakfast which was a great bonus. Again a lot of choice with meats and cheeses plus apples and bananas.
The hotel has indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and steam room, decking area with sun beds, storage room for bikes or skis.

Now it must be said that the hotel is well up the side of a mountain but in providing the Summer Card for free, you can get a bus (every 30 minutes) up and down the severe hill. One day we biked up and stored our hire bikes overnight, not a good ideas idea unless you are good uphill on a bike!

But advantage is you are immediately on one of two cable cars up the mountain. Great for walking and I expect even better when skiing.

Two main shops hiring bikes in the town, one immediately next to where buses terminate.

Very friendly staff, great choice of food, good amenities (including children's play area), with regular buses at just 1 Euro using summer card, the hotel has a lot going for it and I would return if we revisit the Zell am See area. Also good free wi fi.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Thank RandGP
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Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Visited Daxer in March for a skiing holiday and I can't honestly say it was fantastic. The staff are so friendly, rooms well kept and accessibility was perfect. Really enjoyed the food, something for everyone each night. I will be returning for sure!

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
4  Thank Louise M
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Having read such positive reviews on the Daxer, we were looking forward to our skiing trip in March. We were not disappointed! The hotel is very warm and comfortable, the rooms a good size and very well appointed with a large bathroom and a balcony with nice views over the lake. The food was outstanding with a buffet with a wide selection of hot and cold dishes. In the afternoon there were cakes and lovely snacks on return from the slopes which was just fabulous.. The free coffee, tea and soft drinks all day was a nice touch. The evening meals were superb with four courses and four mains (to choose from in the morning at breakfast). We quite like to eat out in the evenings but didn't bother as we would have been unlikely to find food just as good. The bar was very pleasant with reasonable prices too. The location is ideal for skiing with 3 lifts just across the road meaning you avoid the queue at the City Express in the town. The town itself is a good 20 minutes walk away but much longer up the hill to come back. However the bus is free with your lift pass and taxis aren't expensive. In terms of the skiing, There are some nice runs though it is a fairly small resort. However the lift pass covers the glacier skiing at Kaprun (about 40 minutes on the free bus) where there are excellent slopes and the snow is better in the late season as you are much higher. In conclusion I cannot recommend the Daxer highly enough ... you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank JoeMcScotland
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