The TOP Hotel Hochgurgl, at an altitude of 2,150 m, is one of the highest Relais & Châteaux hotels in the world. In Hochgurgl, one of Austria’s snowiest mountain resorts, there is the possibility to ski to and from the hotel doorstep, hire all equipment on site, perfect your skills in the ski school and, of course, enjoy the après-ski at the hotel or in one of the cosy huts. Obergurgl-Hochgurgl has been ranked among the top 10 ski resorts in the world several times and lies at the southern end of the Ötztal Gurglertal valley. It is also a popular hiking area during the summer, with hanging valleys to the east that lead over into the Italian province of South Tyrol.
Hotel and suites
Located at the Alps’ summit, the TOP Hotel Hochgurgl is the only 5 star superior hotel in the Oetztal. The hotel is being owned by the Scheiber family that also run all lifts & cable cars in the Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ski area, 5 sport shops, the Ski School and several huts and other facilities. The hallmarks of the passionate hoteliers and restaurateurs are daring, innovation and creativity. Brothers Attila and Alban Scheiber, third generation, have turned the region’s winter tourism industry into a premium winter sports brand.
The hotel successfully mixes authentic design with modern comfort, its charm reflects dignified tradition, Alpine flair and excellent hospitality. Hosts Alban and Attila Scheiber with wives Jasmine and Sabine manage the TOP Hotel with a large dose of perfectionism. All 62 room, apartments and suites are elegant, romantic and equipped for a great luxury stay. At TOP hotel you will find attention to detail with for example a pillow menu, wide range of Bvlgari toiletries and daily turndown service.
Unmistakeable quality with Alpine aromas that’s the slogan of TOP Hotel Hochgurgl. Executive Chef Herbert Wieser combines fine Alpine flavours with international creations. From the superb Relais & Châteaux menu, the daily à la carte possibilities and light wellness cuisine to special diet, lactose-free, gluten-free or vegan cuisine, the kitchen team prepares everything with great attention to detail. The elegant hotel restaurant with several cosy Stuben also serves one of the most impressive 5-course half-board options in the region. Tirol’s authentic charm and the atmospheric ambience of the area come together in the different areas of the hotel restaurant. TOP Hotel offers gourmets a wide variety of dishes with a daily changing menu and several seasonal specials. Guests at TOP hotel will enjoy the classics like Wiener Schnitzel or Kaiserschmarrn but executed at the highest level or choose from the more modern and International menus. Chef Wieser worked at restaurants in Germany, Switzerland and Austria before he took on the position as Executive Chef for TOP Hotel. He worked before at Tantris in Munich, Schwarzwaldstube in Baiersbronn, Hotel Bergland in Solden and Park Hotel Gstaad & Kitzbuhel hotels. Combining excellent wines with great food is an evidence as you will find a matching selection for you in one of the Alps highest wine cellars. Guests can also enjoy a cosy evening in the hotel’s fondue restaurant upon request. Gastronomy is a true asset of the resort.
Chef Herbert Wieser
Ski huts & Perrier-Jouët Gourmet Gondola Cabin
The Hochgurgl area has 6 ski huts, the highest located on 3030 meter with a unique viewing platform on the mountains of Italy and a panorama bar in futurist design and all being managed by the Scheiber family. Each ski hut has its own charm and a sun terrace. They are all worth a visit. Our special attention goes to restaurant Donwhill Grill at an altitude of 1780 meter and Top Mountain Crosspoint at an altitude of 2200 meter.
The Downhill Grill at the base station of Hochgurgl is a popular spot among steak lovers and fans of Tirolean specialties. Varied delicacies from the open grill promise a wonderful experience. The choice is all yours: rib eye steaks, prime ribs or spare ribs, all steak variations are of prime quality and cooked excellently. If you are hungry for traditional Tirolean cuisine, you can sample all local classics – ranging from dumplings to groestl.
Top Mountain Crosspoint is a new restaurant with modern style hospitality, serving traditional Austrian and Italian cuisine and there is a handmade wood-fired pizza oven. Thanks to its cozy, light-flooded ambience and the large sun terrace it makes a really stylish stop-off point at any time of the day.
In the Perrier-Jouët Gourmet Gondola, which can be booked exclusively, even skiing becomes a minor matter. While the gondola is on its way right to the heart of this picture-book mountain scenery to an altitude of 2840 meters, up to 5 passengers are spoiled with fine drinks and excellent appetizers. Caviar, smoked salmon, freshly prepared beef tartar and other delicacies are served with a bottle Perrier-Jouët champagne. A perfect toast while enjoying this extraordinary and romantic gourmet experience in style.
Spa & Wellness
Hotel guests can relax at a large spa of 2200 square meter. The heated outdoor pool gives a 360° panoramic view on the Ötztal’s three-thousander peaks. The big indoor pool is 10×18 meters. The spa has a whirlpool, an outdoor sauna, Finnisch sauna, bio sauna, infrared cabin steam room and herbal bath. The wellness has 6 treatment rooms and there’s a big offer of beauty treatments. The hotel has an in-house hair salon and a fitness centre.
Ski resort – Top quality skiing
Ötztal has 6 ski areas with 356 kilometers of slopes and 90 mountain lifts. You can buy the super skipass that bundles the following winter sports destinations: Sölden, Obergurgl-Hochgurl, Hochoetz-Kühtai, Niederthai, Gries and Vent. Obergurgl-Hochgurgl allows top quality skiing. The ski area is snow guaranteed from mid-November to late April. The altitude of the ski area starts at 1800 meter up to 3080m. The ski area guarantees maximum safety due to open and uncrowded slopes. There are moments when you ski alone on the slope: a blissfully feeling! The teaching at Austria’s highest ski school is superb. Snowboard and ski courses can be booked at the reception of the hotel. Professional instructors know the region, speak English and get you safe through the day.
The Motorcycle Museum as ski break and the highest way to the South
The impressive Top Mountain Crosspoint with Europe’s highest Motorcycle Museum (above 2175m) is located in the midst of the stunning Ötztal mountain scenery, right at the bottom of Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, the most attractive and highest route to cross the Alps to South Tyrol and to Lake Garda in Italy.
The modern motorcycle museum is decorated with wood and the 2 colours black and white contributes to the grandness of the atmosphere filling the place. The museum fulfils great expectations with more than 280 classic motorbikes from over 100 international manufacturers on a surface area of 3000 square meter. Samples from several countries starting with the year 1894 take you through the history of the motorcycle. It’s the only museum that contains 17 samples of Brough superior. The owners aim to become the best motorcycle museum and are still looking for unique samples. They frequently change special exhibitions and we were lucky to see historical snow vehicles. You can have access to the museum with your ski outfit as it’s located next to the gondola and the “panoramarestaurant”, an unexpected and nice break during a day of skifun.
What makes TOP Hotel so special?One of the highest altitude (2150m) 5-star superior ski hotel in the world;Ski-in and ski-out in a non-glacier snow guaranteed area from mid-November to late April;The ski slope starts on the doorstep and no waiting times thanks to the modern and fast lifts;A big sun terrace with view on the slopes;The gastronomy in the hotel and good food in the modern ski huts;The spa & wellness centre with a big indoor pool and heated panoramic outdoor pool to recover after an intensive day;The spacious rooms, a big bathroom with round bath and the luxury products offeredThe cleanliness in the hotel, the spa, ski huts and through the whole areaThe quality of service, alpine charm and warm hospitality;Possibility to book a romantic lunch in the Perrier-Jouët Champagne gondolaClose to Europe’s highest motorcycle museum (2175m) right at the bottom of the most attractive route to cross the Alps.
Written by Frank & Veerle