Continuing with my Luxury Collection resorts stay in Europe, I head to the Schloss Fuschl next which is an easy 2 hour drive away from Zell am See. This resort compound is next to the Sheraton Hotel Jagdhof though they are both best accessed via a car as they are located in a small town outside of Salzburg and has limited public transport services.
Schloss Fuschl is a former castle as its name connotates that is located by the Fuschlsee or Lake Fuschl. It is located about 30-40 minutes away from Salzburg depending on traffic. Valet and self parking are complimentary in this resort, and electric vehicle charging are available here making it a great place to stay for those driving around Europe and Austria. Comprised of several buildings, guests arrive to the lobby located in the Waldhaus building. Arriving in the afternoon meant there was some wait for the bell boy and I was able to self-park my car across from the lobby since I had plans after checking in.
Inside, we were ushered into the 2 reception desks located by the foyer with chairs for guests to be seated while the check-in was completed. A glass of iced tea was served to us and this was a nice touch.
During check-in the agent confirmed our rooms were ready and that one of them has been upgraded. Breakfast was included in the rate and we were provided maps of the property indicating to us the location of the hotel’s dining venues. Keys provided in this hotel was a conventional key with a large circular disc with the hotel’s logo as the keyring.
Room No: 108 Category: Junior Suite
One of the room was a Grand Deluxe room while the other was a Junior Suite. While the Grand Deluxe room was located just next to the Suite, there was some stairs on the corridor between both rooms. This is due to the property being an older heritage building. Since the decor and layout of the room was exactly similar except for the living room, I would just review the Junior Suite.
The Junior Suite enters like a conventional hotel room with the bathroom on the right side upon entrance with a large wardrobe space on the left. By the door there was a small ledge to place your keys and other small belongings that you might want to remind yourself to bring on the way out. I found this feature to be neat! The bathroom was nicely fitted out with double sinks and has a bathtub on the left corner. There was no windows between the bathroom and the bedroom, and the narrow and long bathroom felt somewhat small, since there is a shower cubicle beside the bathtub as well.
The toilet was situated to the right of the sink with its own sliding door and a shelving cabinet. While it might not have a bidet, I did not find it missing and this bathroom was definitely premium and luxurious enough for me.
It was definitely nice to see plenty of bath amenities by the bathtub and on the countertop. Since this was a suite, the amenities were in larger containers too. However the scent was somewhat strong and it was a brand I had never encountered before.
In the wardrobe across the bathroom, guests could find a tote bag they could use while staying in the resort and all the usual amenities like laundry bags, a safe, a shoe horn and shoe mitts.
Moving into the room, the bedroom is what guests will see next. A large King size bed sits in the middle with 2 bedside tables on the sides.
There was no easily accessible power outlets beside the beds, however so guests would have to charge their devices in the living room or by the minibar.
The minibar is found across from the bed and there was a Nespresso machine on top of the minibar. Though the supplied capsules were not by Nespresso, instead it is from Julius Meinl. The lack of labelling on the coffee capsules meant it was not known if there was any decaffeinated coffee choices. On top of the Nespresso machine, there was another shelf where glasses and 2 bottles of mineral water was placed.
In addition to the 2 bottles of water, the minibar in the room is complimentary for all guests and it will be replenished once a day. There was another 2 more bottles of water inside with some canned soft drinks, juices and 2 bottles of beer.
As a suite, there was a separate living area below a few steps of stairs with a railing separating the bed and the living space. Inside the living room was a coffee table with a sofa, armchair and ottoman. On the other end there was 2 more chairs and a circular table that can function as both a dining table and a work desk. The flat screen TV was placed by the wall with power outlets and connectivity options below it.
The whole living space was definitely great for families and with the room facing the lake, there was a water view out of the window as well. However being placed on the 1st floor, which is one floor below the lobby, I believe there are better views from other rooms in the hotel.
As a welcome treat, we were provided with the hotel’s special Gugelhupf cake which is somewhat large for 2 persons but it was much appreciated even if we did not finish the cake. This cake is also served during breakfast.
Breakfast in the Restaurant
Breakfast is served in the hotel’s main restaurant located under the Castle tower. Guests could either choose to have their breakfast inside the restaurant or by the large terrace outside. On a nice summer day, most guests tend to prefer the outdoor seating as it has one of the best views of the lake from the resort.
Diners will find an a-la-carte menu in German and English on the table with several types of egg dishes and their sides that would be prepared upon order. This was in addition to the main buffet which made this a nicer breakfast experience than the one in Cristallo at Cortina d’Ampezzo.
I ordered the poached egg served in a glass jar and it was nicely presented with plenty of chives on the top. As they say on the menu, the egg was perfectly poached.
Food served in the buffet was top notch as well with the usual wide selections of cold cuts, cheese and there was even roast beef, tomato with mozzarella and smoked salmon with all the condiments available on the sides.
The pastry selections was very good and the items tasted really nice too. As a fan of nutty pastries, I liked their hazelnut twist pastry. Their croissants were wonderful as well.
On top of that, there was plenty of sweet cakes and items like donuts and muffins on the centre buffet table. Served alongside these cakes was the Gugelhupf cake that was provided in our rooms.
On the other side of the buffet by the wall, diners can find a table with plain bread and buns with a toaster. A wired mesh bowl was provided beside the basket of breads so diners can create their own bread basket for the table. And like any good European hotel, there was 4 types of honey to choose from in addition to fresh honeycomb by the fruits section.
If the eggs menu does not interest diners, there are scrambled egg in the buffet section with other hot dishes like vegetables and tomatoes.
No breakfast is really complete without bacon and sausages. And on top of the usual pan-fried bacon, there was boiled sausages since Germans do eat them boiled. There was meat loaf and fritters as well and small bottle of mustard, mayo and ketchup.
There was bagels and lingonberry jam next to the condiments and they would pair well with the bacons and sausages.
Another great section in the buffet was the yogurt selection as they has one for kids, bottled smoothies, and even artisanal local yogurts. This was in addition to the yogurts in the bowl with granola and fruit cocktails.
Dried fruits and nute are pletinful as well with other condiments like butter and olives.
Another highlight of the breakfast in the summer season was the fresh fruits that includes cherries, grapes, strawberries, apricots and peaches. Basically all the fruits that I enjoy and that made for a satisfying sweet ending.
While there was plenty of sweet snacks already, the buffet has packaged granola bars and kids snacks as well. This made the buffet breakfast very suitable for families with kids.
For beverages, there was the same premium juice as the one served in Grand Hotel Zell am See and guests could also order cappuccinos and lattes. Various teas from the canister were available too.
All in all, the breakfast here is wonderful for its variety and I especially liked the fresh fruits selection and the made-to-order eggs. This was definitely one of the best breakfast during this trip!
Being a resort with not much to see in the vicinity, the spa is a highlight of staying here. It was also located conveniently in the same floor as my room.
Past the reception there was a large indoor pool with columns and relaxing alcoves by the wall.
Beside the swimming pool, there was a row of lounge chairs and a few foot bath spaces. This was very to soak your feet in warm water during winter time.
Past the indoor pool a set of doors lead to the changing rooms where there are towels and lockers for visitors to place their belonging.
After that there is the aromatic steam rooms which is located with what I call a ‘refreshing’ area. This space is actually a communal shower space but they seem to make it in the style of a water theme park with a swivelling water bucket. Then across it there are more shower areas and they certainly thought of the details with a holder for spectacles.
Guests who have ended the treatment could also enjoy a rest at one of the lounge chairs in the next section that has doors leading to an outdoor deck.
And this is perhaps the highlight of the spa area – a large hot tub located in the deck that overlooks the vegetation around the lake. This is a serene space to hang out in the evening to watch the sun set. Beside the hot tub, there is a hot Scandinavian sauna so if it gets too cold, guests could always hide inside to warm themselves up.
Again the spa facilities was very complete and fitting for a resort of this calibre. Not only was there plenty of spaces to rest and relax, there was some thought in the details that made me enjoy the time spent in the spa.
Aside from the spa, the resort is large enough that there are plenty of other distractions to keep you occupied in the resort. Beside the spa there is a fitness centre with a couple of equipments. While not large, the fitness centre was lightly used and seems adequate considering the number of facilities in the resort.
Bottled water and fresh towels were available inside the fitness centre and the treadmills facing the greenery outside is a relaxing thing to see while working out.
In the lobby, there is a room with 2 oversized desks and large armchairs that function as a business centre. The tall ceilings in the lobby with numerous sofas make it a nice place to relax while waiting for the valet to retrieve your car. Candies and chocolates are prepared in containers for guests to help themselves to in the lobby as well!
Another place to unwind would be the Schloss lounge and bar under the Castle tower and beside the main restaurant. This space is where one might want to light up a few cigars and have some after-dinner drinks.
For lunch, guests might want to call the hotel buggy to drive them down to the dockside patio and restaurant. This space is right by the lake but a little bit of a hike downhill so if someone in your party has mobility issues, the buggy service is certainly useful.
On top of an excellent venue for lunch in the summer time, the large deck by the lake is where one could hang out to get a tan. The lake is also a place to cool off in the summer and the resort has prepared stairs from the lake so guests who go out for a swim can get back up easily. And as a natural lake, there are plenty of trout in the lake so guests could order one of these for lunch. Which also explains why guests could go and rent boats to row out to the lake or go fishing.
After all the activities, there are shower rooms in the back of the restaurant so guests could wash up after swimming before relaxing in the lounge chairs by the dock.
There was one building in the centre of the courtyard named the Jägerhaus that functions as a museum of sorts for the resort. There is a gift shop for guests to purchase souvenirs commemorating their stay as well.
On the last day, I did have to mention that the staff here can be against guests flying their drone as they are really anxious about guests’ privacy. Which is a shame since the scenery around the resort was amazing. After check out, I was able to get some bottled water to go for the road trip and that was very nice.
For this stay, the room rate here is not exactly cheap in the summer season at EUR311 per night (~$354). However for the excellent facilities within the resort and the inclusion of valet parking and a great breakfast, this would be one resort I might return. I just hope that their staff might eventually allow drone flying in the future since most drones would not even take close up shots of people.