Hotel Cortisen am See
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cortisen am See St. Wolfgang
Wonderful place, wonderful holiday!
My mum and I stayed at the Cortisen mid-June and had a wondeful holiday.
Firstly, the location - St Wolfgang and the surrounding lakes, is breathtaking. There is so much to see and do. A trip up the Shafberg, a trip to St Gilgen and up the cable car to the zwolferhorn, cycling, walking etc etc.
We went with Crystal and the reps were very friendly and organised the tours very well (we did the farmers walk and the day trip to Salzburg).
The hotel was truly wonderful. The staff were extremely friendly and polite (this can especially be said for the waiting staff).
The food was amazing and consistently good each day and night. Being half board, we had a huge variety of foods for breakfast (egg, bacon, meats, cheeses, cereals, bread, jams and honey, fruit salads and nuts) and a 5-course meal each evening. And of course, not to mention the delicious cakes in the afternoons.
The setting was perfect. There is a large lakeside garden (most other hotels only have small gardens, which the hotel guests need to walk a distance to as their hotels are not on the lakefront). There is also a lovely decking area if you just want to sit and read your book rather than sunbathe. We were very lucky with the weather - 30-32 degrees each day with the thunderstorms only at night. The lake warmed up to 24 degrees whilst we were there, which made it refreshing to swim in rather than ice cold!
There is a very well equipped gym for those wanted a workout on holiday! Each day I used it, I was the only one in there, which was v nice!
There are also health and beauty treatments available, all at quite good value for money.
The only negative we could find, was that the room we had was facing the road and so was incredibly noisy, especially first thing each morning. We also tended to get the kitchen food smells creeping into the room.
However, this is only a minor point and so if you can afford to, I would recommend you take a lake-fronted room.
We both thoroughly enjoyed the holiday to St Wolfgang and in particular, the Cortisen, and would certainly consider going back.
Fantastic in every way
We have just returned from a week at the Cortisen to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary. We had been to the hotel for a meal about 8 years ago so were expecting good things but the reality far exceeded our expectations.
The weather was faultless - late 20's/early 30's every day and although St Wolfgang is a lovely place to visit, it is definitely better in the sunshine!
We had one of the superior double rooms on the third floor which had a lake view and balcony. I had previously e-mailed the manager to ask whether they provided anything for anniversary celebrations and as well as a bottle of sparkling wine, he offered a room upgrade at a lower price than in the Inghams brochure. I would definitely recommend doing this if you are celebrating (or even if you're not).
Contrary to the previous review, I found the Manager - Roland, to be extremely accommodating, if a little reserved. He went out of his way to ensure that we had an excellent holiday.
A recent addition to the hotel is the outside chill-out area - I understand that the Cortisen is the only hotel in the resort to have one. This is a lovely, shaded area during the hot days and in the evenings has lighting, chimineas and patio heaters to provide the perfect lounge experience outside.
The food is exceptional - 4 courses plus a salad course in the evening and a very varied continental breakfast with the option of scrambled eggs & bacon or boiled eggs.
Free cakes are served between 4 and 6 in the afternoon.
I could carry on singing the hotel's praises for hours but you're probably best just checking it out for yourself!
Needless to say, I will return.
Oh its raining again.
My wife and I stayed in this hotel late May early June 2006. The hotel is well appointed, clean and the more delux room are large with excellent lake views, that is when it stops raining!!. I would suggest that you pay the money and get a better quality room as some of the smaller ones overlook the road and can be a bit noisy with vehicles. The staff are very helpful and give good service and St Wolfgang seems to be a pleasant place when it stops raining again!!. As you may gather it was a tad wet for the whole of our weeks visit. The only down point with the hotel is the manager who is a bit dour to say the least but if you chose to stop there ignore him and have a good time because the hotel is not bad.
Suberb location and service
We have just returned from a week in the Hotel Cortisen and we can not say enough postive things about this hotel.
The hotel is family owned and is right by the lake side. The room we had was on the first floor and was light and well decorated, with a large balcony facing the stunning lake and mountains. It was spotlessly clean and our ever smiling maid cleaned it every day.
The restaurant was excellent - the flood first class - and we found the restaurant staff were some of the friendliest we had ever met - they spoke superb English and were always keen to share a joke with us. The food was very good - very Austrian - 5 courses if you include a salad bar - and a choice of 3 main courses. The soups were delicious, as were the sweets ......... hence my expanding waist line.
The hotel is located in the centre of town - near to the lake, and within a 5 minute walk of the shops. The Pro Travel Office is next door - that is where everyone hires their skis of organises trips so it is perfect. You are also a very short 5 minute walk from the promenade.
The hotel is becoming an adults only hotel in May, but I fail to see why this should cause any problems -there are many hotels in the rest of the world that are classed as 'Couples Only' and apparently bookings have soared for the Summer.
One tip if you want to go to the Cortisen - they have some superb suites and I am not sure if they are available through the UK travel agents ----- try booking a standard room and then contacting the manager directly on their web site and he may offer you an upgrade via them. Very classy!
Rather than go on and on, just to end by saying that we looked at the other hotels in that area and found none better ---- I would be surprised if anyone who used the Cortisen came away disappointed.
Lets first deal with the good points of the Cortisen am See hotel...
The hotel sits right on the lake shore with its own rowing boat and lakeside garden. Its perfectly placed on the fringe of St Wolfgang with the ferry landing stage and the Shaftsburg funicular just 2 mins walk away. The hotel is traditionally decorated and very clean throughout.
The rooms on the front of the hotel face the road (the traffic is quite busy during the day but is quiet at night) and rooms on the back of the hotel face the lake and have balconies. The garden is a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon and free cake is served mid-afternoon. The shed in the garden contains mountain bikes - these belong to the hotel and can be taken free of charge.
The reception staff were extremely unwelcoming - as were the hotel owners. All of he English visitors were placed in one corner of the restaurant, ostracised from the other guests and well away from any windows or the restaurant terrace. The food in the restaurant was of questionable standard; everything was extremely salty. I know that this is the Salzkammergut, but that doesn't mean you have to go crazy with the seasoning! The menu choice was also limited - with the only real options being for the main meal. The vegetarian choice was limited to non-existent.
Having said all of the above this is not a disastrous hotel by any means. Some things would have been forgotten had we been made to feel more welcome - this was a comment shared by many of the guests staying at the hotel.
It all comes down to how much you are willing to pay for this level of service. Personally I thought that this was no where near a 4 star hotel, and I have stayed in many better 3 star hotels.
p.s. The White Horse Inn and the Sound of Music is played on the TV sets in the rooms continually. You will know it word for word by the time you leave.
***Cigar Smokers Paradise***
If your after a relaxing time in a spotlessly clean hotel, this is it.
This is my second visit to the Cortisen and will be going every 2 years for Christmas.
If you can, choose a lake view room or suite as the scenery is probably the finest lake and mountanins view you will see ever!!
Peace and quiet is a great thing with NO trafic noise at all.
You will find:
Very friendly staff
High standard of cleanlyness
Ideal for romantic couples (young & old) for a break away from screaming kids!!!
If you fancy a quality fine cigar or 2, you will be very well accomodated**, as the "cigar lounge" is a cigar smokers paradise.
If your after a winter wonderland holiday choose Christmas over New Year because a lot of shops are closed.
The relax room is so chilled out after only 15 mins the most stressed person will be half asleep!
This hotel is a 10/10!!!
Mr. Darren Brown
The hotel was a beautiful hotel if you didnt have children. WE went to the hotel in January with our toddler. WE found the owners of the hotel very miserable, arrogant people. We didnt feel comfortable in the hotel at all, they certainly didnt make you feel welcome!!! WE are going back to St. Wolfgang next January but we will be staying at the Zimmerbrau.
I am glad they have now stopped families with young children staying at their hotel, it will stop families feeling uncomfortable and awkward on their holiday. Lets hope we can relax amongst happy people on next years holiday at the Zimmerbrau.
What more but more Apple Strudel and chocolate cake !!
We've stayed at the ideally located Hotel Cortisen for Xmas in 2003 and returned in Xmas 2004 to meet up with two other couples to sample the plentiful breakfasts before heading off on the Skibus which stops right outside the hotel to ship both skiers and non skiers upto the slopes to work off the calories by snow shoe walking suitable for all ages, messing about with snow toys(sledging) and skiing of course !!
The hotel is family run and have hard working staff making your stay as enjoyable and comfortable as you would hope. Superior and Suite Rooms with superb views overlooking the lake and mountains are well furnished with everything you could need. The gym and relax rooms certainly are a lovely way to end the day !!
Will certainly return and stay here again, enjoying the small town facilities with coffee shops/Xmas Midnight Mass/sleigh rides and river cruises. A few bars are open in the evenings but this resort suits couples of all ages rather than catering for the masses.
This was simply a wonderful hotel to stay at
It is in such a picturesque area with wonderful people
I defy anyone who stays here not to enjoy themselves - I would return tomorrow
We were guests at the cortisen Am See hotel - St Wolfgang in Ausugt 2005 for two weeks and wish to say what a great hotel this is - spotlessly clean - very tastefully furnished - two very comfortable lounges with leather armchairs and settees - bedrooms have everything that one would want and so comfortable. We had a PBWCBLV. It is situated directly on the lakeside and there is a great seated area equipped with loungers - tables and chairs - also free bicycles if wished - gym and soloraium for the 'keepfit' people. Food - great choice and delicious. Staff - very courteous and friendly, and nothing is too much of a bother for them.
All in All - a great place to stay - do not hesitate to book and see for yourself.
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... here. Oh well, i have to eat.
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... does indeed take its day of rest seriously. So we too decide to take a short period of rest before venturing out once more in search of food.
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