Obergurgl & Hochgurgl Accommodation
The quality of hotels in both Obergurgl and Hochgurgl is very high. There are 23 four-star hotels and one five-star, the Top Hotel, a member of the Relais & Chateau group, in Hochgurgl. Obergurgl enjoys an unusually high number of repeat visitors each year who relish the Tyrolean hospitality and comfort that the family owned hotels offer with pride.
Perhaps a key reason for the continuing attraction of Obergurgl has been the restriction on the expansion of new hotels. Rather, the accent has been on modernisation and quality, with a particular feature being the growth of Wellness centres providing a full range of beauty and health treatments, plus swimming pools and saunas.
Of a total of 4,800 guest beds, the majority are in Obergurgl mainly in 23 four-star hotels. There are eight three-star hotels, and a small number of Bed and Breakfast Pensions and Apartments. All told, 67 properties have a sauna and steam bath and nine of the hotels have an indoor swimming pool. Hochgurgl has 800 guest beds in seven hotels (one 5 star, five 4 star and one 3 star), of which all have a sauna and four hotels have swimming pools.
Obergurgl and Hochgurgl have different characters. Obergurgl is a traditional alpine village with apres-ski bars and night life, but is also spread out along the valley, with few hotels literally on the piste so you may have a short walk, or bus ride, from your hotel to the nearest ski lift. Hochgurgl is a modern, purpose-built resort. It’s much quieter and smaller than Obergurgl. And it’s also higher, sited well above the tree line at 2150m. Yet the views are spectacular and when the sun comes out, it turns into a natural sun trap. Its hotels tend to be ski-in and ski-out with access to the lift system just a few metres away.
In Obergurgl, the renowned Edelweiss and Gurgl Hotel occupies centre ground in the town with a fine statue of the founder, Herr Scheiber, outside and luxury inside. Although at the top of the price range it ticks most of the boxes for families and couples. Grouped at this end of town is the 4-star Hotel Jenewein right on the piste, and the 3-star Hotel Wiesental well positioned for the nursery slopes. For its chic character and the on-site Josl Kellar catering for Obergurgl’s night owls – it is open until 3 a.m. the Josl Mountain Lounging Hotel has remained a favourite for repeat visitors.
In mid-town the family run Hotel Alpina Deluxe has been getting a lot of plaudits from other hotel management and seasoned Obergurgl visitors. In the same area the well appointed Hotel Alpenland is strategically placed so you can ski down to any of the ski lifts and ski back. It has a comprehensive and imaginative Wellness centre. Towards the lower end is the attractive Hochfirst Hotel with its wood interior and an impressive health centre but is relatively expensive bearing in mind it is not in the centre of Obergurgl village life. Close by is the Granat Schoessl hotel, a cosy friendly hotel run by Manuel Ribis. The food at the Granat Schoessl is high quality, the bedrooms simple, the welcome unsurpassed.
At the bottom of town, next to the Festkogel lift and the huge Scheiber sports shop is the Hotel Crystal, its two halves linked by a covered footbridge over the road. The Crystal is popular with the British tour operators, and has a substantial spa complex with sauna and swimming pool. Obergurgl’s Hotel Alpenaussicht arranges ski tours and off piste activities with a guide, including glacier hiking, ice climbing or snow shoeing.
The 5-star Top Hotel in Hochgurgl is in a class of its own. Owned by the Scheiber family who also own the Edelweiss and Gurgl Hotel in Obergurgl, the Top Hotel Hochgurgl is part of the Relais & Chateau chain and worthy of its justified luxury status. It has a fine reputation in the Alps for its classy ambience and service. The interior rooms and suites are attractively furnished in a warm Austrian style with wooden panelling. Dining is naturally impressive and the breakfast buffet is worth a visit alone. And of course there is the comprehensive Wellness Centre with its windows onto the valley.
The other 4-star hotels congregated around the Hochgurgl lift station all have merit and are certainly more reasonably priced, comparable with similar hotels in Obergurgl. The one 3-star hotel, the Wurmkogl, is located close to the Wurmkogl T-bar lift. It is a very comfortable tranquil hideaway with a hotel bus to transport guests up to Hochgurgl, and well worth considering unless the bustle and excitement of a bigger hotel is a requirement.