Size that inspires
If you are a skier, driving towards Saafelden will give you a tingly sensation. You will want to grab your skis and head to the nearest ski lift station or put on a pair of hiking boots and take off into the mountains. The region is the heart of active experiences in Austria, famous for its excellent hotels. A special family hotel was built, a stone’s throw away from the ski slope at a spectacular location. It was the vision of husband and wife duo, Birgit and Alexander Strobl, who grew the small family hotel into one of the best hotels in the region. Sitting on the edge of Steinerne Meer mountain massif, the estate stretches across 450 acres of land, allowing their offer to develop in a big way. The hotel is perfect for events and praised by meeting planners, especially those organising car launches and active programmes.
The motorway from Salzburg to the Saalfelden skiing heaven branches off in Bischofshofen, a picturesque drive that is part of the overall experience. Orderly railway connections are also a great option to get to Saalfelden. Salzburg is an hour and a half away and Munich is also not that far. The hotel is 5 kilometres away from the very centre of Saalfelden and a large car park is available for guests arriving with cars.
COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics
The hotel evolved through different phases, but the needs of event organisers were always at the forefront. The design is an upgrade of the typical Alpine/Austrian architecture with a modern twist. A bird’s eye view reveals how vast the resort actually is and it’s then that you realise what the hotel is capable of. You will also start to appreciate the owner’s entrepreneurial spirit, transforming the place into a resort with one of the most complete congress offers in Europe.
WARM APPETIZER - Staff and catering
The staff’s kindness and hospitality are above standard. The large team is obviously well taken care of and that translates to their service. Self-service breakfast is great with a lot of front-cooking and local ingredients. There’s a lot of restaurant-looking spaces around the hotel inviting you to sit down and grab something to eat. Their catering offer is also high quality, satisfying the needs of the most demanding meeting planners.
MAIN DISH - Conference hotel service
The rooms are modern and well furnished. Because of different development phases, there are many room types, but all of them are very spacious. Use of wood is predominant, just like in most hotels in the region. All rooms feature gorgeous views of the mountainside and a balcony or terrace. The bathroom is above-standard and as a whole, the rooms can easily be placed in the 5-star category.
The resort boasts 23 congress halls and 3.500 sqm with the largest hall capable of accepting 700 participants in plenary set-up. Six incredible event locations that even the largest European congress centres would envy are available throughout the resort. Different combinations are available, making the hotel’s meetings offer truly diverse. Together with the OAMTC driving centre, the hotel is a match made in heaven for automotive events.
DESSERT – The extras
Event Room – 700 sqm of space adapted to the needs of automotive event organisers. Industrial design, a car wash and everything you might need for the perfect car presentations is there.
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
Because of its size, getting around the hotel resort can be complicated at first, but everything is well marked, helping you orientate.
TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES
The resort has an 18-hole championship golf course with a recently renovated clubhouse, where you can also carry out corporate events.
OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
A hotel that is developing and growing at such a fast pace is hard to find anywhere else in Europe. 30 years of development and listening to guests’ wishes has lead Hotel Gut Brandlhof to create an incredible offer that can not be fully described in just a few sentences. Guests spending time in their hotel rooms is something that rarely happens in Brandlhof, as the accompanying offer is so rich. Not to mention the excellent cuisine. The requirements of meeting planners are different. Some are satisfied with the basic, others want spectacular. One thing remains true for everyone, we all love a complete package and that’s exactly what you will get in Hotel Gut Brandlhof.
FINAL GRADE: 4.85 GOLD 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