EurothermenResort Bad Ischl – Hotel Royal is a 4-star superior, thermal spa hotel in Salzkammergut, Upper Austria, Austria. Ringed by mountains and overlooking the historic spa town of Bad Ischl, Hotel Royal offers guests an enchanting setting to rejuvenate and relax.
Hotel Royal is adjoined to the Salzkammergut-Therme, a spa complex which comprises indoor and outdoor brine baths, the Relaxium sauna world (8 saunas and 3 pools), and the Saliera restaurant.
Guests have unlimited access to the thermal pools and sauna complex. In addition, hotel guests have exclusive access to the SkyLounge, a wellness area replete with a panoramic infinity pool, Finnish sauna, infrared sauna, complimentary juice and tea bar, and multiple relaxation spaces.
Hotel Royal impressed us tremendously. We loved the mountain views, organic-certified hotel cuisine and down-to-earth atmosphere. The service is attentive, highly-polished, and friendly. The only thing we didn’t like was the warm color palette in the hotel lobby and hallways, which is entirely subjective.
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EurothermenResort Bad Ischl – Hotel Royal: Hotel Review
- Where: Salzkammergut, Upper Austria
- When to Stay: all-year-round, though we’re partial to winter
- Transit: The hotel is a mere 3-minute walk from the Bad Ischl train station.
- Included Meals: Breakfast, Afternoon Cake Buffet, and 5-course Dinner
- Included Wellness Areas: SkyLounge, Royal Oasis, Salzkammergut-Therme, Relaxium Sauna
- Hotel Facilities: hotel bar, fitness room, beauty treatment spa (by appointment), Underground parking (free)
- Extras: Spa bag with bathrobe, bath towels, and slippers for the duration of your stay
- Nearby attractions: Hallstatt (25-min drive), Salzwelten Salt Mines of Hallstatt (25-min drive), Wolfgangsee Lake (22-min drive), Gosausee Lakes (43-min drive), Schafberg Railway (20 min-drive).
- Summer Perks: Bathing spot at the Wolfgangsee Lake
- Winter Perks: Guests who stay 2 days or more are given a complimentary Salzkammergut-Winter-Card.
- Where to Book: Booking.com
About Bad Ischl
Bad Ischl lies at the confluence of the Traun and Ischler Ache rivers, 50 km east of Salzburg City. The spa town is located in Salzkammergut, a region famed for its many mountain lakes, historic salt mines, and darling lakeside villages like Hallstatt.
In the 19th century, Bad Ischl became a fashionable health resort amongst Austrian royalty and famous composers, because of its saline, iodine and sulfur springs.
The spa town rose to prominence between the years 1849 and 1914, when it functioned as the imperial summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elizabeth. If you’re interested in Bad Ischl’s imperial past, you can visit the Kaiservilla (open April – December).
Tips for Staying at Hotel Royal Bad Ischl
1. You can exchange your towels throughout your stay at the hotel reception.
2. The SkyLounge is open from 10 am – 10 pm. It’s blissfully empty in the evening. We had the lounge almost all to ourselves between 6 pm and 7 pm, when most guests were already dining.
3. Hotel Guests get unlimited access to all wellness areas on the day of arrival as well as day of departure. That’s really rare. Usually thermal spa hotels charge a fee for extended visits on the day of departure.
4. The Salzkammergut-Therme opens to the public at 9 am. Hotel guests get early access, starting at 7 am.
5. There’s a self-service water fountain with carafes in the buffet area. You can fill-up your table water throughout lunch and dinner, at no extra charge.
6. You can eat the afternoon snack in your bathrobe.
Related: How to Visit an Austrian Therme
Arrival & Departure
Rooms are available at 3 pm.
However, you can arrive at Hotel Royal as early as 9 am to use the thermal pools, sauna area (starting at 11 am*), and SkyLounge (starting at 10 am).
The hotel reception will give you a spa bag with a bathrobe and towels.
You can leave your luggage at the reception. Your luggage will be deposited in your room, as soon as it’s available.
*On Thursdays, the sauna area is women’s only from 9 am until 1 pm, then mixed from 1 pm until midnight.
At check-in, the hotel receptionist will give you a chip wristband. This functions as a room key as well as an access key to all gated wellness areas.
At check-out, bring your spa bag, filled with bathrobes and towels, etc.., to the reception.
Check-out is at 12 pm. However, guests can use all wellness areas on their day of departure at no extra cost.
Hotel Royal Bad Ischl Wellness Areas
The SkyLounge is the hotel wellness area reserved exclusively for guests. The lounge encompasses an infinity pool, an infrared sauna, a Finnish sauna, several themed relaxation areas, a sun deck, showers, and a tea and juice bar.
Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by a crackling fire and a line of swing chairs. Off to the right, plush purple sofa chairs, flanked by decorative birch trunks, face a small library. A complimentary Sonnentor tea and Rauch juice bar invites you to make your own herbal tea or Johannisbeersaft or Apfelsaft gespritzt.
The infinity pool spills outside with views of Bad Ischl, dwarfed by snow-dusted peaks. The mountain views will keep you lingering here for a while. There’s also a large sun deck, perfect for cooling off post-sauna sessions (in winter) and sunbathing (in summer).
Back inside, there’s a wide choice of relaxation spaces, including a stone pine room filled with water beds, the Alpenreich room with round island loungers, and the Salzreich room paneled with salt block walls.
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Royal Oasis is a large relaxation room with mountain views and varied seating. This room is reserved for hotel guests only. At the entrance, there’s a complimentary tea and juice bar.
Salzkammergut Thermal Baths
Salzkammergut Therme comprises 4 indoor and outdoor brine pools, a children’s pool, and plenty of relaxation areas with loungers. All the outdoor pools have indoor access.
Brine consists of salt and other minerals dissolved in water. The brine in the Salzkammergut Therme is naturally occurring with a salt content of 25-30 grams per liter of water. This is equivalent to the salt content of the Adriatic Sea.
Brine baths are believed to be circulation-enhancing, anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and have a healing effect on respiratory problems. Additionally, brine therapy:
- Promotes deep relaxation
- Stimulates cell renewal, metabolism and organ functions
- Boosts the immune system
- Stabilizes the nervous system
- Alleviates allergies
The highlight of this compact thermal baths area is the outdoor lazy river (34°C, 93,2°F). The jets create a current, which allows you to drift along its course, leading to a brine grotto and a blackthorn hedge graduation tower.
Hotel guests have direct access to the thermal baths via a heated, bathrobe corridor, accessible from the first floor of the hotel.
Public Relaxium Sauna
Relaxium is directly connected to the Salzkammergut Therme.
The sauna area houses 9 saunas, a 33 °C brine pool (3% salt content), a cold plunge pool, a whirlpool, showers, relaxation spaces, and an outdoor garden. Sauna infusions take place throughout the day.
- Kaisersauna (Emperor’s Sauna): 90°C
- Landhaus-Sauna (Country House Sauna): 80 – 90°C
- Bergwerk-Sauna (Mine Sauna): 50 – 80°C
- Stollensauna (Tunnel Sauna): 60°C with 40% humidity
- Steinbad (Stone Sauna): 50°C with 50% humidity
- Dampfbad (Steam Bath): 50°C with 100% humidity
- Sole-Inhalationsgrotte (Brine Inhalation Grotto)
- Infrarotkabinen (Infrared Cabin): 40 °C
- Bergwerksauna im Freien (Outdoor Mine Sauna)
Sauna Etiquette and Tips
- Shower before/after a sauna session.
- Always shower before entering any pool.
- Do not wear your bathing suit, or any other clothing in the saunas
- Avoid getting sweat on wooden surfaces. Always place a towel between your body and the timber sauna surfaces.
- Avoid talking in the saunas.
- Speak quietly throughout the sauna complex.
Rooms are comfortable and immaculately clean. All bedrooms have balconies with views of the Salzkammergut-Therme, town, and mountains.
There are several room categories with varying themes. We stayed in the nature-themed Alpine double room, which featured warm nut wood floors, a black granite accent wall, and illuminated nature photography.
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All meals are served in the hotel dining room.
- Dress Code: For breakfast and dinner, wear regular clothing. For lunch, you can wear bathrobes.
- Table Water: There’s a self-service water fountain with carafes in the buffet area. You can fill-up your table water throughout lunch and dinner, at no extra charge.
- Vegetarian/Vegan: Hotel Royal accommodates vegetarians, but not vegans.
- The hotel restaurant is organically-certified.
A very rich and varied breakfast buffet is laid out from 7 am until 12 pm. There’s an omelet station next to warm breakfast foods (bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs).
The buffet features cold cuts, cheeses, sliced vegetables, spreads, a massive make-your-own muesli station, and organic juice bar. Breads, croissants, and Austrian pastries (e.g. Nussschnecke and Apfeltasche) abound.
All in all, it’s a wonderful breakfast.
Afternoon Snack Buffet
The afternoon snack buffet is laid out from 2 pm – 4pm. It’s primarily a cake buffet, but there’s also a soup and a single savory dish like Wiener Würstl (Viennese sausage), or Fleckerlspeis (noodles with minced meat)
The cake buffet features a wide selection of Austrian cakes like Esterházy-Torte, Marillenkuchen, Topfen-Kirsch Torte, Streuselkuchen, Schokokuchen.
Dinner is served from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. You should be seated no later than 8 pm.
The five-course dinner is made up of self-service and served courses, starting with a salad buffet. There’s always a vegetarian option for each course.
The cuisine was fantastic and memorable.
Sample Dinner Menu
Salad from Buffet
- Scheiben vom Ausser Hirschkalb Rohschinken (Venison raw ham)
- Kaltes Paprikaragout (Cold pepper ragout)
Soup from Buffet
- Doradenfilet, Tomaten-olivencrunch, Bio Goldrübenpüree (Sea bream filet with tomato olive cruncha and beet puree)
- Schnitzel von der Bio Pute in Käsepanier, Bio Brokkoli, Kamutspaghetti, Paradeisersosse (Cheese-breaded Turkey schnitzel served with organic broccoli and spaghetti with tomato sauce)
- Glacierte Bio Milchkalb (Glazed organic veal)
- Ziegenkäsetascherl, Bio Schwammerlpesto, Rucola (Goat cheese pocket with mushroom pesto and arugula)
- Bio Kürbismuffin, Hausgemachtes Bio Heidelbeereis (pumpkin muffin with homemade blueberry ice cream)
Address: Voglhuberstraße 10, 4820 Bad Ischl, Austria
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What to Bring
More Thermal Spa Hotels in Austria
- Aqua Dome 4 Sterne Superior Hotel & Therme, Tirol. Read our Aqua Dome Hotel Review and How to Visit Aqua Dome.
- Tauern Spa Hotel & Therme, Salzburg
- Linsberg Asia Hotel, Spa & Therme – Adults Only, Lower Austria
- St Martins Therme & Lodge, Burgenland
- Hotel SPA Resort Therme Geinberg, Upper Austria
- Falkensteiner Balance Resort Stegersbach – Adults only, Burgenland
- Hotel Rogner Bad Blumau, Styria. Read our Rogner Bad Blumau Hotel Review.
- Das Sonnreich – Thermenhotel Loipersdorf, Styria
- Avita Resort Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Burgenland
- Das Ronacher Therme & Spa Resort, Carinthia
Austria Trip Planning Essentials
When to Visit Austria
Summer and early Fall are our favorite seasons in Austria.
Getting around Austria
Austria has an excellent public transit system. We’ve used it extensively to travel throughout the country. We highly recommend using transit if you’re visiting cities (Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, etc…), and/or doing hut-to-hut hikes.
Some areas like Mayrhofen, Schladming and Lech am Arlberg have wonderful seasonal transit systems in place (e.g. summer hiking buses). However, if you’re not visiting during the high season, bus frequencies are significantly reduced and it’s far easier to get around with your own vehicle.
If you’re planning on visiting multiple destinations across Austria, we recommend renting a car.
Use these road trip itineraries for trip planning inspiration:
- 2 Week Austria Road Trip – starting in Vienna
- 1 Week Austria Road Trip – starting in Salzburg or Munich
- 10-Day Bavarian Alps & Tyrolean Alps Road Trip – starting in Munich
We recommend using the Discovercars.com car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.
If you’re driving into Austria from a neighboring country, don’t forget to purchase a vignette at/near the border.
Hiking in Austria
Where to Hike in Austria
Read Austrian Alps Hiking Destinations for an overview of where to hike in Austria, with tips on specific trails and where to stay. Also check out Best Day Hikes in Austria and these region-specific hiking guides:
- Salzburg Hiking Guide
- Filzmoos, Salzburg Hiking Guide
- Schladming, Styria Hiking Guide
- Lech am Arlberg, Vorarlberg Hiking Guide
- Vorarlberg Hiking Guide
- Vienna Mountains Hiking Guide
Hut to Hut Hiking in Austria
Austria is a premier hut-to-hut and long-distance hiking destination. The quality of the mountain huts are superb. We particularly love the high-alpine trails, which are called Höhenwege in German. We’ve summarized our favorite multi-day hikes in Trekking Austria. If you’re new to hut hiking, read this in-depth guide to Hut to Hut Hiking in Austria.
What to See & Do in Austria
- Visit a gorge like the Liechtenstein Gorge in Salzburg.
- Bathe in the thermal pools of an Austrian Therme like Aqua Dome in Tirol
- Hike to a mountain lake like Lake Tappenkarsee in Salzburg or Lake Drachensee in Tirol.
- Go Wine Tasting in South Styria.
- Marvel at the culture, music, and architecture of Vienna.
- Eat heartwarming mountain food in an Almhütte at Grosser Ahornboden in Tirol or Ursprungalm in Styria.
- Drive the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Hohe Tauern National Park.
- Visit the castles, monasteries, and wine taverns of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Best Hotels in the Austrian Alps
- Best Hotels in Lech am Arlberg, Vorarlberg
- Wellness Hotel Theresa, Zillertal, Tirol
- Hotel Eder, Salzburg
Unique Hideaways: HochLeger Tree House, Tirol