We flew to Salzburg Airport and then hired a car from the airport for the 1.5 hour drive to Bad Gastein. Fantastic roads, well signposted, although we had purchased a road map of Austria before leaving UK. The Mondi Bellevue is an aparthotel, so you stay on a self catering basis, although they did have a buffet restaurant open in the main hotel building where you could have breakfast and evening meals. We decided to self cater most of the time, although we did have a couple of evening buffet meals, which were fairly good value at 16 euros per person for three courses (basically you could eat as much as you wanted, except the dessert which was brought by a staff member). Because we were 'out of season', i.e. not there for the skiing, the hotels two other restaurants were closed until June. The hotel had a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym and jacuzzi which we made regular use of. It also had a self-service laundry room with ironing board in one of the annex buildings. We were close to the railway station and took the opportunity of going to Salzburg by train for the day. What we really noticed in Austria as a general rule is everything is very clean. The hotel staff were very helpful and spoke in both German and English (and possibly other languages too). The hotel does have a 20-minute drop off parking area directly outside the hotel, but the main free car park is away from the hotel and quite a walk back, although you can cut through one of the other annex buildings connected to the main building by glass bridges. We were told that Bad Gastein is heaving in the ski season, but when we were there in May it was really like a ghost town, with only a few shops open. Even the Casino/Hotel was closed, so couldn't gamble an evening away there.
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24 June 2011
Thank you very much that you had been guest at MONDI-HOLIDAY HOTEL Bellevue and thank you that you have found time to write a review about your stay. Your opinion is very important so everybody can benfit from your experiences and impressions about our hotel.
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Unfortunately your stay was in low season. Some of the hotels in Bad Gastein are not open all year long as we are. We are sorry to hear that you had the impression to stay in a "ghost city". At the end of May the cable cars open again for the summer season and also most of the other hotels reopen again. So it will get busy again in town with lots of interesting and attractive events.
Best wishes from Bad Gastein - your MONDI-HOLIDAY-Bellevue-Team!
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