Expert guide to Sölden
Most of Sölden’s accommodation is in comfortable hotels, which are predominantly four-star. At the less expensive end of the scale there are also traditional Austrian pensions and some apartments to rent.
The two access gondolas, Giggijoch and Gaislachkogl, are at opposite ends of the village, leading to opposite sides of the ski area, but there are regular ski buses running around town and accommodation is never too far from a bus stop. Nonetheless, it’s important to check the position of accommodation – while being in the thick of the lively and noisy nightlife might be convenient for partying, in the interests of a good night’s sleep, being a few streets away is better.
The alternative for a quieter time away from the nightlife – and first dibs on fresh snow – is to stay right on the slopes in the hamlet of Hochsölden, which is set around 700m higher than Sölden at over 2,000m in the Giggijoch sector. There are hotel bars and shops here for after hours entertainment but buses and taxis put Sölden well within reach for a night out.
The conveniently located three-star Sölderhof is 300m from the Giggijoch gondola, close to the resort centre. As well as a wellness centre on site, there is complimentary use of a nearby swimming pool. For families, or groups on a budget, the Sölderhof’s sister hotel, Resident Tamara, is 100m away and offers suites sleeping up to four people.
The central, four-star Hotel Erhart has 28 spacious, bright modern rooms and has been in the Erhart family for generations. The food here has an excellent reputation and is prepared by by chef Benjamin Erhart. The spa area has an indoor hot tub, sauna, steam room and an infrared cabin.
Right on the slopes in Hochsölden the four-star Hochsölden is very comfortable. Bedrooms are modern with polished wooden floors and fabulous mountain views, including some with dual aspect windows. There’s a large indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna and steam room.
The five-star Das Central hotel is, as its name implies, right in the centre of Sölden. Rooms and suites are spacious, individually designed and vary from stylishly modern to more traditional. It has two excellent restaurants – including the Ötzaler Stube, Sölden’s most gourmet dining. The three-story 1,500sqm wellness area (Water World Venezia) includes a large indoor pool, 10 different types of saunas and steam rooms and 16 treatment rooms.
The chic and modern five-star Bergland hotel in the centre of town has impeccable facilities and service and is part of the hip Design Hotels group. Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes and other members of the Spectre production team stayed here while filming the James Bond movie. The generously sized rooms and suites are stylishly designed and furnished and the 1,700sqm spa has a large indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, steam room, three saunas and a gym. The gourmet Black Sheep restaurant is one of the best in Sölden.
A typical Austrian family-run B&B in a central but quiet position, Gastehaus Kneisl has fairly simply-furnished bedrooms, most with attractive wooden floors, ceilings and walls. There’s a sauna, infrared cabin, steam room, indoor hot tub and a solarium.
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