When describing the tourist offer of Nassfeld there is often the need for superlatives and this time was no exception, as we couldn’t overlook the fact that in just the past two seasons alone more than 26 million EUR was put into the Mokrine Ski Centre (along with The Pressegger See), with 110 kilometres of slopes now stretching across the four valleys on the Austria-Italian border and offering skiers 30 modern cableway machines with four and six-seat chairlifts. More than 350 snow cannons are always on hand to help keep the ski season going and you definitely won’t have to fret about going hungry or thirsty, as the culinary offer in all of the twenty-five cabins is quite diverse and also inexpensive. Attractive in both summer and winter, the hotel is located in the centre of the village, just 100m from the first ski slope.
Villach is one of the busiest traffic routes of the region and a half hour’s drive will get you to Hermagor, the economic and administrative centre of the valley and also home to the Nassfeld Ski Centre. The route to the Falkensteiner Hotel in Mokrine starts in the village of Tropolach, at an altitude of 610 metres. This is the first stop of the 6-kilometre long Millennium Express Gondola and also the biggest car park. Skiing from the top of the gondola at 1919 metres to the bottom can be quite an adventure in good conditions.
COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics
The hotel building sits in the very centre of the village and doesn’t exceed the locally stipulated maximum height. The modern architecture is softened by the wooden facade made of larch and that has aged into a gray color due to UV beams, giving the building a special patina. Despite the large surfaces, the architecture as a whole appears pleasant and appealing, and its big atrium gives it particular character in how it is reminiscent of a canyon or an Alpine valley. It also has an open ceiling, offering nice views of the surroundings.
The interior design and furniture follows Falkensteiner’s “Welcome Home” philosophy and contributes to the exceptionally pleasurable stay in the hotel. The modern design and use of natural materials continue into the wellness centre, a place of complete relaxation after a strenuous day of meetings.
WARM APPETIZER - Staff and catering
A stay in one of Falkensteiner Hotels wouldn’t be complete without excellent cuisine, the key to a guest’s heart, and the Carinzia Hotel is no exception. The restaurant offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, prepared with fresh ingredients of local origin, a self-service bar, daily fresh desserts and exquisite wines. The pension dinner is partly served and partly self-service. Pasta lovers will also be delighted by the hotel pizzeria and we were blown away by the ‘local corner’ with authentic Carinthian cuisine, top-notch service and a personal approach in line with typical high standards of the hotel chain. The culinary story continues at breakfast, which is, in our opinion, one of the best in the region.
MAIN DISH - Conference hotel service
Solid hardwood flooring in darker shades of brown gives the above-standard sized rooms special character. The premium suites are additionally equipped with a jacuzzi and a Finnish sauna. The bed linen is excellent and makes sleeping a special experience. There are also beautifully furnished and very spacious bathrooms, equipped with a large bath and a shower. What could possibly top that off? Well, what about some panoramic views of the local summits available from most of the rooms.
DESSERT – Additional facilities
The hotel’s centre of well-being, “Acquapura”, stretches over 2,400m2 and offers an indoor and outdoor heated pool overlooking the ski slopes, various saunas, a jacuzzi, a Kneipp bath, a fitness room, massage rooms and beauty services. It is one of the most attractive wellness centres in the region.
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
The hotel bar seems a bit gloomy at night, but that doesn’t really affect an exceptional stay at the hotel.
TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES
Amazing cuisine in the hotel and authentic experiences of the local cabins are definitely a big plus. There are actually 25 ski cabins and restaurants at the ski centre.
OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
The Falkensteiner Hotel and Spa Carinzia offer excellent service to their congress guests, which is quite simply stating a fact. Its modern conference rooms can be used for different types of meetings and the wellness centre is one of the best in the region. Its location in the village of Mokrine (aus. Nassfeld) means it is one of the most sunlit destinations in the Alpine region, as the “Hohe Tauern” mountain range has a protective effect, while still keeping the slopes white in winter. This gives meeting planners a range of possibilities for organising team building and other events in almost every season of the year. The natural conditions and the hotel’s great service are a winning combination that has positioned Falkensteiner Carinzia among the very best incentive hotels in the region.
FINAL GRADE: 4.76 SILVER RESORT MEETING HOTEL
GOLD final score from 4.81 to 5.00
SILVER final score from 4.61 to 4.80
BRONZE final score from 4.41 to 4.60