Castello Hotel Konigsleiten – Zillertal Arena

The Castello is a family-friendly alpine ski hotel and a haven for skiers, in the pretty ski village of Königsleiten which is a part of the vast Zillertal Arena ski resort complex in Austria. The Biohotel Castello Konigsleiten sits at 1600-meters (5,250’) beyond the ski towns of Zel am Ziller and Gerlos. This is the eastern section of Zillertal Arena’s expansive ski terrain – which is the Zillertal region’s largest ski area. We loved lodging up in Königsleiten with its high elevation it feels quieter, and quite ideal – you are in an historic authentic Austrian mountain village, not the busier ski towns down the hill.

Owner Christian greeted us warmly upon arrival and showed us with pride his family hotel, with its restaurant, bar, spa, ski and boot room, and finally to our spacious room upstairs.

Leaving our car in the underground car park, we took an elevator up to our 3rd floor suite. We’d stowed our skis and boots in the downstairs ski room where heated boot dryers, and benches, perfect for suiting up in the morning after a lavish breakfast, and for storing our gear at ski day’s end knowing it will warm, dry and ready next day. I love how European Alps ski hotels make a ski room a top amenity, keeping your bulky gear out of your nice hotel room too.

Our lovely family suite at Biohotel Castello Konigsleiten was alpine chic, with modern appointments. A grand entry with hooks and closets led to two rooms with pine furnishings, a living room with sleeping for the kids, and a separate bedroom. A lovely bathroom with stone, heated towel bar, and walk in shower completed the suite. The highlight was the grand private balcony with views of chalets on the hillside and snow-covered pine trees.

Our family ski hotel package included Castello’s half board, with a daily breakfast buffet, and a multi-course dinner. There is also a mid-day snack served for guests – making it more like ¾ board. Being a short walk to the lifts, having a beautiful view of the forest, and not having to concern ourselves with meals made for a very relaxing stay. Kids are welcome here, including child-friendly food options, and games, and just a relaxed vibe.

Starting each day at the Stuben restaurant downstairs, a cozy Austrian wood-lined room, in our ski base layers and slippers, we’d enjoy a full breakfast buffet, with local foods of fresh eggs and cheeses, meats, yogurts, fruits and cereals. With fresh brewed coffee and squeezed juices, even Austrian pastries, we were well-prepared for the ski day. A quick trip to our room to put on ski togs, down to the ski room to grab our gear – and we’re off to the slopes!

Skiing Zillertal Arena’s vast slopes was perfect, and the kids ski school programs were easily accessed at the Konigsleiten’s base area and the Plattenkogl area where the novice terrain sits in the sun.

We look forward to returning to our “Castello” hotel after skiing. The adult Bio Spa awaited downstairs with all kinds of relaxing rejuvenating treatments in this lovely dedicated grotto area with Finnish sauna, damp bed steam room, showers. You can even book a massage. The relaxation room offered a serene setting, the entire Spa is adult-only and swimsuits are not needed – Euro nude is the norm. Robes and slippers plus a carrying bag are provided in your room for your entire stay for visits to the spa.

Afternoons, a hearty snack of soup, salad, or cheese and meats, and a homemade dessert, are set out in a self-service buffet spread. This was a perfect bite to tie us over til dinner time at 6pm.

Being a Bio-hotel, meals at Castello feature healthy local herbs, vegetables, and sustainable offerings. The Hotel is also the local pizza place with a thriving little takeout business, and kids can always order pizza versus the buffet offerings.

Christian and his family also organize a week’s worth of activities for guests, including live music one evening, a guided winter hike to the local Krimml waterfall, a torchlight walk with Christian’s father, an alpaca farm visit. A highlight is Christian’s outdoor grilling of Austrian Kaiserschmarnn – this decadent Austrian cake is fun to eat outside with a hot glühwein or cocoa for the kids.

The Castello is family-operated, casual and charminga top Austria ski hotel without being stuffy despite its name as a “Castle.” Also the Castello allows certain pets, in select rooms. Christian’s mom and dad, wife, and his own children are often seen around the hotel, you feel like part of their 4-generation family.

Castello Konigsleiten is ideal for a week or even a few nights on a family ski trip. With all your meals included, a spa, and family activities planned, plus easy access to Zillertal Arena’s 52 lifts and vast trail network, you have plenty of ski terrain for a week here. 

A family ski week in Austria’s Zillertal Valley is easily reached from Innsbruck or Munich.