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Hotel Sonnschein, Niederau, Austria – summary

By on January 10, 2015 in Austria

The Hotel Sonnschein, Niederau, Austria was good, very good. One of the nicest ‘solo’ (single) ski rooms I have had and the package from Crystal Ski was one best value solo ski deals I have ever come across.

Hotel Sonnschein

Hotel Sonnschein, Niederau, Austria

The Hotel Sonnschein was large and very Austrian. The staff on the hotel front desk were English, and there was a mix of nationalities staying.

One thing that was odd, and something that I have not come across before, is that the hotel was not ‘run’ by Crystal Ski (often a ski company will take over a whole hotel), but was run by the owners and a number of ski companies (Neilson and Inghams) also had guests in the hotel.

The hotel is about a 10-minute walk from the ski area.

The Sonnschein also has a sister hotel (below) – the Harfenwirt – which is closer to the ski area. The hotel has a ski hire shop in the basement and guests of the Sonnenschein can leave their skis are the Harfenwirt.

Hotel Sonnschein

Sister hotel

The Sonnschein has several large dining rooms and the package I had included breakfast (help yourself from cereal, toast, bacon, sausages, eggs, fruit juice, tea, coffee etc.), served 8 am to 10 am daily, and an evening meal – 6 pm to 8 pm. There is no afternoon post-ski tea. However, there were tea and coffee making facilities (and a large flat screen colour TV) in the room.

Hotel Sonnschein

Dining room at the Hotel Sonnschein

Hotel Sonnschein

Every night a candle

Every evening there was a lit candle on my table (why?), and the evening meal did not include drinks.

The weakest part of the hotel experience was the food. It was OK, but not great, and there wasn’t enough in my opinion. The photo below is of a typical evening meal.

Hotel Sonnschein

Not enough food

You also picked your food for dinner at breakfast in the morning.

Hotel Sonnschein


One interesting thing was the letters in brackets after each dish. These are an allergen code. I also saw this on other menus.

Hotel Sonnschein

The menu code

The hotel also had some pretty good Christmas decorations.

Hotel Sonnschein

Snow flakes

The hotel also offered free wifi. Even though there seemed to be some WiFi transmitters spread around the hotel the WiFi was only available in the lounge (below) and bar area. This made sense for the hotel as it pulled people out of their rooms and into the bar, where they spent money on beer and wine. Smart move.

Hotel Sonnschein

Lounge and bar area

The hotel also had a very good ski and boot room in the basement, with heated boot racks.

Hotel Sonnschein

Ski and boot room at the Hotel Sonnschein

There was also a bomb-shelter in the basement.

Hotel Sonnschein

Hotel Sonnschein bomb shelter

And a swimming pool….

Hotel Sonnschein

Swimming pool

There was also a collection of cards and notes on the stairs to the basement. These were from former guests thanking the hotel… It was also interesting that a surprising number of guests at the hotel returned. Always a good sign.

The hotel was certainly popular with families.

Hotel Sonnschein

Notes from previous happy guests

Overall, a very nice hotel in which I enjoyed my stay (apart from the food.

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