Stayed at the Schneeberger during June 2010 just when the weather was glorious. We paid a small supplement for one of the rooms in the newer part of the hotel - which is seemlessly linked to the old original part. The room was spacious and very nice - a comfy austrian twin bed - a good size bathroom with powerful shower, TV and balcony. Would have been nice to have tea and coffee faclities - but thought the supplement paid was worth it. We were in a party of three adults and our friend who came along stayed in a single room (one of the reasons the hotel was chosen as it catered for singles). However, his room was in the original part of the hotel and was very very tiny with no balcony - and considering a single supplement was paid it didn't warrant the cost. He also said the ensuite shower wasn't very effective either - so single travellers beware!
Our room was adjacent to the 'famous' funpub/disco element of the hotel and although no noise could be heard from the venue itself it seems it is used by the staff and workers from the other hotels and bars in the resort as their recreational venue. As such it is open until at least 5am (I'm told by another bar owner that 7am is not uncommon) so occassionally you can hear people as they leave. But all said it wasn't as bad as it might sound - it is only open from Thursday through the weekend - but think its worth mentioning.
Overall the half board provision was okay. The evening meal - normally a choice from 4 options, together with a salad, a soup and desert was mostly fine - and as I'm afraid I'm no fan of austrian cuisine it was as good as is often found elsewhere. However we did find the breakfast a little limited both in terms of choice and also the amount of food and drinks provided. We felt breakfast was catered not so much in a 'just in time' mode more as 'just about enough' - with cereal or fruit or yoghurt or milk or teabags often running short. The water from 'the machine' was also never hot enough for a decent cuppa but thats often the case in europe.
The family that run the hotel are all helpful and seem happy to serve and look after you and everywhere was clean and tidy. The austrians still haven't got to grips with the no smoking aspect of public buildings but the Brits were all grouped together in the dining areas and no one smoked - but the adjacent bar area used by 'the locals' allowed smoking.
Niederau is a pretty little village and the hotel sits in a reasonably good location easy to get to the rest that the village offers. However, if your a serious(ish) walker you might find there is only a limited amount to excite - in our one week stay we did about everything that could be done from Niderau including from the top of the cable car plus a walk starting fom Oberau which is close by (3km).
Overall, the holiday was very enjoyable the individual bars and those in the hotels were all pleasant and the staff everywhere friendly and helpful. However, having been once it would be hard to return to the resort as the walking (our main reason) was quite limited (but you'll cope for one week).
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