Austrian resorts provide three categories of accommodation for its guests, and these can be segmented into 1.) Hotels, 2.) Pensions and 3.) Self catering apartments. Catered chalets are a Swiss and French phenomenon and in Austria the closest option is the self catering apartment.
Hotel accommodation is graded quiet strictly in Austrian with a minimum of *** stars to a maximum of ***** stars. There is the world of difference in facilities and offerings in the ***** star hotel to those of the *** hotel which will naturally reflect in the price quiet dramatically.
Generally hotels offer dinner and breakfast but a Hotel-Garni will only offer breakfasts as part of it standard service.
All hotels will offer private en-suite facilities in the hotel rooms which mostly include a bath or shower, WC and wash hand basin.
There are various room types in a hotel and generaly hotel rooms are double or triple rooms. The interlinked rooms common elsewhere are a rarety in Austrian hotels and the only way to get two rooms linked would be to opt for a 2 roomed suite ( often referred to a family suite ).
Pension accommodation is akin to a Guesthouse or larger Bed & Breakfast establishment and is generally family-run in the true sense of the word.
Graded similarly to hotel as ** star or *** star Pensions with facilities and room sizes often dictating the main difference. En-suite facilities are always provided in *** Pensions but some ** Pensions do offer communal facilities outside of the room; luckily this is not very common anymore.
Breakfasts are almost always included and comprises of a cold buffet of cold meats, cheeses, cereal, strong hot coffee, tea or even hot chocolate. Fruit is a rarety and eggs are even more scarce on the breakfast menu.
In general, Pension accommodation is of a very good quality and always very clean - the Austrians pride themselves in their homes and treat their guests accordingly.
Self catering accommodation is generally 1 or 2 bedroom apartments ( 4 & 6 sleeper ) with a double sleeper couch in the lounge. The kitchen and lounge are open plan and there is a full bathroom to share in the apartment.
The kitchen is generally quite well equipped and with the close proximity of a Spar ( strangely enough the world's largest food retailer ) shopping and stocking of the fridge etc will be easily done. Dishwashers are not the norm so look out for it in the list of facilities.
Pricing is always on a 4 people sharing basis and depending on the duration in the resort, you may well want to share a 2 bedroom apartment if you intend to stay for 14 nights - it will definately afford you more room.
Now you should have a good overview of what types of accommodation is available in Austria - we suggest you click on the Resorts button on the top menu to read more about the various resorts Austria offers.