Obergurgl and Hochgurgl offers an excellent selection of family-owned hotels offering the best Tyrolean hospitality. Standards generally are high and the resort is especially popular with families. The number of repeat visitors each year is high and the choice of accommodation also includes chalets and self-catering apartments.
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.
Obergurgl Hotels and Apartments
In Obergurgl, the Alpen Wellness Resort Hochfirst is every inch a 5-star hotel. Outside there is a ski lift just next to the hotel. Inside there is a 1500 m² spa area and a 220 m² indoor and outdoor pool, as well as 2 hot tubs, a steam bath, bio sauna, an aroma steam bath, infrared cabin and relaxation rooms.
The family-run, 4-star hotel Haus Gurgl is located 350 yards from Festkogelbahn Ski Lift, but in normal snow conditions you can ski to the door. It also has impressive spa facilities. The 4-star Hotel Jenewein is practically on the piste next to Hohe Mut and Rosskar cable cars, and the 4 star Hotel Gurglhof is is only about a hundreds yards away. The 4 -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.
Self-catering apartments too tend to be high quality. The Gurglhof Apartmenthaus is three minutes walk from the centre and the lifts and has 4-star apartments with optional breakfast deliveries each morning. Haus Verwall is situated at the bottom of the piste (you can ski to the door) next to the Festkoglbahn lift. Its apartments are classified as ApartHotels because there is a restaurant nearby and breakfast deliveries can be arranged so you only have to cook when you want to. And there are dozens of more basic apartments as well.
Hochgurgl Hotels and Apartments
The 4 star Hotel Riml is the epitome of a large luxury mountain hotel. Perched at 2200 metres above sea level with stunning views of the surrounding Ötztal peaks, inside it has an indoor golf course and a 1000 m² wellness centre with spa, sauna and swimming pool. The Sporthotel Olymp has comparatively modest facilities but has an unbeatable location right on the piste.
The one 3-star hotel, the Mein Wurmkogl, is located next to the Wurmkogl T-bar lift, very close to the slopes but a long walk from the resort. 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.
Chalet Holidays in Obergurgl and Hochgurgl
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