Hotel Theresa is a 4-star superior hotel in Zell am Ziller, Tirol, Austria. Set amid sprawling pastures in Zillertal Valley, this family-run, full-board hotel spoils guests with its idyllic location, mountain views, massive spa area, wellness and active program, and organic food.
Hotel Theresa is an attractive luxury accommodation for couples, families, and anyone who wants to let go of the steering wheel, so to speak, for several days.
During your stay, all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), fitness and wellness classes, and use of spa facilities are included.
This traditional Tyrolean hotel is located in the center of Zell am Ziller, next to the train station and 800 meters from the Zillertal Ski Arena.
Theresa Wellness Hotel in Zell am Ziller: Hotel Review
- Arrival/Departure: 3 pm check-in, 12 pm check-out
- Wellness & Spa: 3500m2 spa area
- Dining: On-site restaurant
- Full Board: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included in room rate / vegetarian-friendly
- Amenities: Spa Basket (with flip flops, bathrobe), complimentary mineral water (in room, refilled daily), flat-screen cable TV, balcony, safe, free covered private parking
- Perks: Complimentary Wellness & Aktive Program (e.g. yoga classes)
- Family-friendly: Yes. Kid’s Club playroom and youth lounge, children’s dinner menu, children under six stay free in their parent’s room, free childcare 6 days a week
- Minimum Stay: 4 nights
- Transit: You can arrive in Zell am Ziller by train and get a free pick-up and drop-off.
- Where to Book: Booking.com
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Most Hotel Theresa bedrooms are furnished in a country home style featuring floral and plaid upholstery, wood dressers, box spring beds, and sparse wood paneling.
The recently renovated VIP rooms sport marble bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs, velvet headboards, comfortable seating areas, and dreamy wallpaper.
Wellness & Spa
Measuring 3,500 m², the Hotel Theresa Spa is the centerpiece of the hotel. The wellness area comprises five pools (chlorine-free), eight saunas, five relaxation zones, a 160m² fitness studio, and a tea bar.
Part of the wellness area is sectioned off for adults-only (age 16+), which we enjoyed thoroughly.
The wellness area (heating the water, saunas) is sustainably powered by a 150 m² solar system.
All pools are chlorine-free and filled with oxygen-enriched spring water.
- Outdoor 25m sports pool, 26°C (adults-only)
- Outdoor swimming pool, 32°C
- Outdoor jetted, saltwater pool, 35°C
- Indoor Swimming Pool, 32°C (adults-only between 8 pm and 10 pm)
- Hot Tub, 36°C
- Finnish garden sauna with view, 70-80°C (adults-only)
- Finnish alpine sauna, 90-95°C
- Bio sauna, 60-70°C
- Salt steam bath, 40-54°C
- Herbal steam bath, 40-42°C
- Laconium Roman bath, 38-40°C
- Infrared Pine Sauna, 30°C (adults only)
- Ice Sauna (cool-off zone)
- The View Relaxation Room
- Sun House filled with heated loungers and open fireplace
- Room of Silence
- Sauna Relaxation Room
- Pool and Garden Area
Additionally, Hotel Theresa offers a wide range of spa treatments: massages, body treatments, wraps, cosmetic and beauty treatments, and facials.
Wellness & Aktive Program
One of the highlights of staying at Hotel Theresa is partaking in the wellness and active program (Monday – Friday).
All wellness classes are complimentary. You just have to register in advance. We participated in a yoga class and it ended up just being the yoga instructor, Kati and me.
When you check-in, you’ll be given the weekly program outlining when and where fitness classes, guided hikes, and sauna infusions (“Aufguss” in German) take place during the week. There’s another program dedicated just to yoga classes, which are offered twice daily (morning and evenings) during the week and once daily (mornings only) during the weekend.
During our stay, we could participate in:
- Water Gymnastics in the Outdoor Pool
- Tibetan Relaxation Exercises
- Fascia Training
- Dumbbell Training
- Stabilization Exercises
- Chinese Self-Massage
- Heart Chakra Meditation
- Finnish Sauna Infusion
- Mint Peeling in the Steam Bath
- Yin Yoga, Flow Yoga, etc…
Hotel Theresa is deeply committed to sustainability and a member of the Slow Food movement. In the hotel magazine, you can see exactly where the hotel sources its regional ingredients (milk, fish, meat, eggs, honey, brandy, wine, and beer).
Head chef Stefan Egger and his team work day and night to create menus that showcase European and Tyrolean cuisine using fresh, seasonal, and organic ingredients.
The breakfast buffet at Hotel Theresa is fantastic and leaves nothing to be desired. There’s a huge assortment of homemade breads and pastries, muesli, yogurts, fruits, sliced cheese and meats, eggs to order, juice, loose leaf tea, and coffee.
The wellness lunch buffet comprises various salads, soups, warm dishes (e.g. goulash, Kaiserschmarrn), and a generous assortment of homemade cakes and tarts. We counted a total of six different cakes including cheese cake, carrot cake, berry tart, chocolate brownie, and marble cake.
Water, juices, tea, and coffee are all included.
Guests are treated to a 5-course dinner with various options for each course. There’s always a vegetarian option.
Sample Dinner Menu
- Pumpkin terrine with homemade venison ham
- Quail breast with celery and walnuts
- Pumpkin and leek quiche (vegan)
- Sweet potato cream soup (vegan)
- Hay milk yogurt with Elderberry
- Meat Dish: Tenderly braised organic Tirolean veal shoulder, butter carrots, and homemade Spätzle (egg noodles)
- Fish of the Day: Trout fillet from Moserhof with wild asparagus broccoli
- Vegetarian Dish: Vegan vegetable strudel with mushrooms and herbs
- Low-Carb Dish: Pot au feu of tyrolean pork fillet, vegetables and herbs
- Steak Dish: Grilled, organic, Tirolean beef sirloin steak with garden vegetables
- Austrian Classic Dish: Organic Wiener Schnitzel organic Zillertal potatoes and cranberries.
- Homemade Austrian Strudel Buffet
- Organic Zillertal cheese buffet
Service & Staff
The Egger Family works hand in hand with their staff in the hotel kitchen, dining room and at the reception to ensure guests are well looked after.
The family is lovely, but some staff members would need some extra training.
Things to Do in Zell am Ziller
Zell am Ziller is the best base for skiing in the Zillertal Ski Arena, home to the longest ski slope in Austria (10 km).
Cross-country skiers can access one of the Zell am Ziller cross-country ski loops (illuminated at night), starting directly from the hotel.
In winter, you can join guided romantic torchlight walks, snowshoe hikes, and ski excursions (three times a week).
You can rent snow-bikes and sleighs for free.
Summer and Early Fall
On summer weekdays, you can join guided hikes to places like Moorlehrpfad, Fügenberg, Schönachtal, Brandberg, and Distelberg. These hikes are generally short (2 – 2:30 hours).
You can also join guided bike tours. You can rent bicycles, mountain bikes, helmets for free.
In summer, guests have access to a nearby tennis court, at no extra charge.
During our stay in Fall, we hiked to the Berliner Hütte (Berlin Mountain Hut), walked to Mayrhofen, took a yoga class, and spent the rest of our time relaxing in the spa and eating.
Contact & Booking
Address: Bahnhofstraße 15, 6280 Zell am Ziller
For the best rates, we recommend checking out Booking.com.
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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
- Stay in a thermal spa hotel like Rogner Bad Blumau (designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser) in Styria, EurothermenResort Bad Ischl in Upper Austria, or the Aqua Dome Hotel 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
- Hotel Eder, Maria Alm, Salzburg
- Aqua Dome Hotel, Tirol
- EurothermenResort Bad Ischl – Hotel Royal, Upper Austria
- Rogner Bad Blumau Thermal Spa Hotel, Styria
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