Ever since I live in Munich I see my mummy rather rarely. A common weekend was precisely what both of us needed. Escaping from the stressful daily grind for a few days: spa treatments, hiking, enjoying pleasurable meals and chatting about many things… Hence the invitation to the Das Central in Sölden came just at the right time, and there we could meet halfway.
From Bozen, South Tyrol it is roughly a two-hours-drive via the Timmelsjoch into the Ötztal.
From Munich you arrive there leisurely within three hours either via Garmisch or the Tegernsee.
Das Central included service
When arriving at Das Central in Sölden we received a cordial welcome. The nice lady at the reception showed us around the hotel and spent much time with us explaining hiking routes. But more about these in a separate post.
The Ötztal Premium Card is included in the hotel price and offers many free services of cable cars and public busses. Moreover many more services are included, such as a free three hour admission to the Aqua Dome, free admission to the Huben Funpark and to the Ötzi-Dorf, the Heimatmuseum, the Längenfeld & Turmmuseum Oetz and many services more. Unfortunately the weather was not too good that day, so that we spent most of the time exploring the vast spa area.
above the Piazza San Marco in the Venetian water paradise
Das Central The spa
After a stressful week a spa afternoon was just the right thing for me. My mummy suffered from slight lumbago pains, which disappeared after some sauna tours. In the afternoon a sauna infusion is arranged every hour and we participated in some of them.
Das Central has a huge spa area spread over four levels, which have a Venetian water landscape as common topic. On the lowest level you find ten different saunas, steam baths, a salt and an ice grotto, Kneipp basins, a whirlpool, and what not. Between the sauna tours we chilled in the Asia relaxation room, where we were almost alone. The waterbeds were a dream. In the evening the guests returned by and by from their hiking tours and the pa area got more and more crowded. On the upper level there is a big indoor pool with bar area. On the top level you find a family sauna and a sunbathing area viewing the Ötztal Mountains. In the winter it must be a perfect dream here.
Mami: Pure relaxation in the wellness oasis. Especially the sauna area was great with different sauna infusions –I highly recommend Karl’s salt-, chocolate/honey infusion!
Das Central The family suite
Our Family suite was a dream, as it was just freshly refurbished. This luxurious hotel has tastefully arranged new rooms, where full care has been given to every detail. The suite consists of two spacious rooms each of them with its own bathroom. The parent’s room had a separate bath area, whereas the children’s room had an open bath area. The stylish washbasins by Antonio Lupi are eye-catching (although not the most practical ones). The most important thing, however, is the bed and this was very comfortable. In fact, it was so cozy that I had a two hour after-lunch sleep Saturday afternoon.
Just a little remark: the internet connection in the suite was really slow and I had to reconnect my phone sometime. But I didn’t care a lot as it was a weekend of relaxation.
double room (30m2): summer season starting from 366€ | in winter 388 – 448€
family suite (70m2): summer season starting from 526€ | in winter 810 – 950€
above bath area with the stylish sinks by Anotio Lupi
below left spacious rain shower
Das Central The Presidential Suite
The hotel management permitted us a glance into the 205 m2 Presidential Suite, which is always an interesting experience. This suite had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room with an open fireside reaching the ceiling, a reading corner with office equipment, a dining room for up to eight persons, a kitchenette, a wine refrigerator with the best drops from all over the world, and a private spa with Finnish sauna, steam bath, fitness room, whirlpool and a 30 square meter panorama roof terrace viewing the Ötztal Mountains. There exists also the possibility to book a private cook during the stay.
Presidential suite (205m2): summer prices starting from 1800€ | winter prices from 2100 – 2900€
Das Central Haute Cuisine
The beauty about wellness hotels is the comfort to return from a mountain hike in the late afternoon and get a regalement immediately. In Das Central you get a generous snack from 16:00 to 18:00 hours, when you may pick from abundant cake, soup and cold cuts buffets.
In the evening you have the embarrassment of the choice amongst:
- a three course bonnet menu at the Restaurant Feinspitz
- an à La Carte menu in the ethnic Ötztaler Stube
- or a fondue evening in the Weinkeller
Whilst talking about wines: the hotel has been distinguished as Austria’s best wine hotel 2016. Cordial congratulations on that achievement! Their own wine creation Pinot 3000 is also unique. Two small barrique kegs containing the best Pino Noir of three defendant wineries from Austria, Germany and Italy are ice Q stored at 3048 m on the Gaiskogel. On the first evening we immediately treated ourselves with two glasses of this famous Pinot 3000 – it was really delicious.
Mami: After a hike/wellness day we enjoyed a great dinner in the cozy hotel restaurant. There’s a great choice of fish and meat dishes, whilst the vegetarian choice was tempting too.
The bonnet menu was excellent. It consisted of a choice of a meat or a fish or a vegetarian/Vegan dish. The kitchen prefers regional products and serves the best products of the Alps.
Mami: The breakfast buffet leaves nothing to be desired and it’s the perfect start for a great hiking day.
Mami: A hotel for a all round wellbeing – beautiful design and a succeeded combination of new and old.
We definitely had a great mother-daughter weekend in Das Central. Hopefully there will be a next time in winter – I’m excited!