THE place to stay with your family when skiing in Sillian Hochpusteral – is the Dolomiten Residenz Sporthotel Sillian. This four-star resort hotel is perfectly situated directly across the street from the Sillian gondola. Sillian offers big mountain skiing at this fun mid-sized Austrian ski area in the East Tirol.
We loved our family suite at Sporthotel Sillian – tastefully decorated with alpine wood, native stone and excellent lighting. Our balcony was very spacious – with views of the Italian Dolomites and the valley stretching below. We could see the train crossing the valley amid farms and chalets, such a European scene. Our room had an inviting king bed with fluffy down duvets, plus a double bed with curtains we could close at night for the kids sleeping area.
Each morning, your day at Sporthotel Sillian starts with an extensive self-service buffet in the grand dining room. Breads, meats, cheese, and fresh cooked eggs, plus yogurts and cereals, fresh fruit, juices and coffee fortify you for your day of skiing. Kids love the crepe and pancake station with toppings, and the various cereals – its a smorgasbord of treats. The Chef’s omelet station was egg-cellent. It snice that the Stuberl has seating designated for couples, and a separate dining rooms is for families with children. Like a cruise ship, your table is your table for your stay. The waitstaff is cheerful and efficient, and most speak English, German, Italian, and so on.
As a Sporthotel, the ski room and boot room keep your equipment organized, warm and dry (and out of your guestroom – reducing clutter). From the ski room, you are a directly across the street, with an underground passage, to Sillian’s ski lift – the Gondola. Here you find ski school and kids learn to ski programs as well. For younger children, the Sporthotel has a playroom with supervision, art and crafts and activities each day.
The ski terrain at Hochpusteral Sillian is fun and vast and so scenic. See our Sillian Hochpustertal ski ara review. You ski right down to the hotel, at day’s end, fun to see your hotel as you descend your final run on Run #1, along with the Heinfels castle ruin perched above town.
Afternoons, a light snack is served buffet style for half board guests, with salad, meats and cheeses and breads, a hot item as well. Kids will gravitate toward the indoor pool apres ski, with a big waterslide, and a fun elephant slide and kiddy pool for the smaller ones.
Sporthotel Sillian’s adult spa is much quieter and sublime with its labyrinth of treatments rooms, damp saunas, Finnish saunas, light treatments, an indoor outdoor jacuzzi, plus refreshing showers of varying temps, and an ice bath. Its nude, very European – no swimsuits required – robes and slippers are provided in your room. If you would like a massage, facial or a pedicure, all this can be arranged with Sporthotel’s staff. In fact, they offer a line of local Tirolean beauty products, Magdalena – featuring Austrian herbs and healing potions (Arnika for muscle soreness), we enjoyed sampling these as amenities in our room.
Evenings at Sporthotel Sillian, you can enjoy your welcome cocktail in the beautiful lobby watching the sun set over the Alps, while the kids play in their respective areas – the teen room with foosball, ping pong and games, or the kindergarten room.
Dinner is a bountiful 5 course meal, starting with a soup and salad buffet, then plated starter and your choice of main entree followed by dessert, and cheese from the buffet if you still have any cravings not satiated. Kids have their own buffet with favorites like pasta, chicken and fries, and make your own ice cream sundaes. My husband liked the kids offerings better than some of ours.
For families, SportHotel Sillian is so ideal! With family suites, kids programs – a kindergarten style daycare for young ones, and a teen room, pool plus an Adult Spa, and meals all included, its relaxing for parents, fun for kids. This lovely hotel is so organized that they offer a weekly calendar of fun activities – each day a special offering– walks, sledding, crafts and music nights.
Besides being a short walk to the gondola ski lift, you’re also a short walk to the beautiful Heinfels covered wooden bridge and the castle ruins up the hill. And if you need anything outside the hotel, a Spar grocery and a ski shop are steps away, as well as an après ski umbrella bar.
A family ski week at Sport Hotel Sillian would be ideal, and the skiing at this family friendly ski area is very special – from the variety of high elevation terrain to the incredible views.
See our review of skiing Skizentrum Hochpusteral Sillian
Sillian Hochpusteral is in the East Tirol which also includes– St Jakob im Defereggental, Lienz Zettersfeld Hochstein, Obertilliach, Kals Matrei – Grossglockner. The Snow Card Tyrol is valid at these East Tyrol ski resorts, and over 90 ski areas in Austria.
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