building heat exchangers have been installed. Almost 100% of the lighting is LED and at night the lighting in public areas are sensor based. There are 3 electric car charging points on site which are free for guests to use. The hotel also plans to install solar panels on the roof.
‘Discover a walker’s paradise with guided tours and a relaxing Spa to rejuvenate. There is no better perfect place to disconnect and reconnect.’
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From $110 USD per night
Surrounded by mountains & forests
Organic vegetarian & vegan menus
Sauna, indoor pool & garden oasis
Free hiking tours led by experts
40 rejuvenating Spa treatments
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‘Visit the spectacular Umbal Waterfalls at Hohe Tauern National Park, it’s a must-see’
The hotel offers free guided hiking tours led by experts. There is also a ‘license to hike’ option for those who want to learn from outdoor-experts and basic training for exploring the mountains.
The snowshoeing through magical winter landscapes and sparkling white hills is a great way to explore in winter.
Guests get free use of public transport in East-Tyrol with a guest card, giving you the chance to explore the region.
From ‘Mountain’ double rooms to ‘New Nature’ and ‘Romantic’ Suites. This family-owned hotel is located in the middle of the gigantic mountains of Tyrol. Each room has a balcony with Matrei’s mountain views and across the Hohe Tauern National Park.
High quality, very comfortable beds
Balcony with incredible views
Tap water comes from a mountain spring
Local building materials, wood and stone
Meet your Host
Meet Daniel, he is a mountain fanatic. Whether it be skiing, mountain biking or climbing, this is where he is at his happiest.
Daniel and his team believe that the hotel is an extension of the National park. They have a holistic approach to the region and the community. It’s deeply rooted within their ethos.
‘It has always been part of our mission, being eco-friendly is in our DNA. My father founded the hotel and he has always encouraged the family to feel like it was part of our lifestyle.’
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Need to Know
There is no air conditioning in the rooms. As an eco-focused hotel which is situated in the cool mountains, it’s obvious why 😉
There is a road toll over the Felbertauern highway to be aware of which is 11 euros and can be paid by cash or card.
If you’re a smoker be aware that smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the hotel, it’s only possible outside of the building.
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Matrei is a market town in Osttirol (East Tyrol) in the Lienz district and it is within the famous Hohe Tauern mountain range of the Central Eastern Alps. So, as you can imagine, the landscape that surrounds the hotel is made up of a series of beautiful mountains and hills.
How to get there
If you arrive via the airports in Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Klagenfurt, a private shuttle service can be booked directly with the hotel for a fee. Alternatively, there is the option to travel by public transport. The distance from Salzburg Airport is 2h 15 min drive (156km).
Gold leaf status
As part of what we do here at Kiwano we advise hotels that don’t meet the criteria on how they can reach the renowned Kiwano seal of approval, sharing knowledge; working tirelessly to get more hotels inspired to join the green movement.
EnergyEnergy usage at Hotel Outside is sourced from the local ‘TIWAG’ and is 100% sustainable from water, wind and solar energy. A district heating system is used, and in order to retain heat and cold in the...
WaterIn order to reduce the consumption of water used at Hotel Outside, there are water-savers on all the taps and showers to reduce the rate of flow, as well as a Water Management System in place to...Read More >>
control water usage. Hotel Outside are also planning to collect the rain water from the roof to use for irrigation.
WasteWaste and recycling are separated as much as possible at Hotel Outside to minimise the amount of waste produced by the hotel and when purchasing goods (especially food), most of the...Read More >>
packaging is given back to the supplier to reuse. Smaller portions of food is served (more food available upon request) to minimise food waste and packaging is not used on some smaller products such as chocolate, marmalade, honey etc. And for shampoo, soap units etc. small packaging is not used, instead a bigger fixed is installed in each bathroom and refilled when necessary (toiletries being eco-friendly).
ConservationAs an active member of the National Park Hohe Tauern (the biggest National Park in Austria and Central Europe), they promote the conservation of the plant life and wildlife that lives here.
FoodHotel Outside tries their best to use ecological practices when it comes to their food, such as; working with a large network of local organic food producers, buying local meat and utilising the...Read More >>
whole animal (as opposed to just fillet), tea is organic and from an Austrian project where small farmers as a collective sell their products, production of their own food products (such as syrups, liquors, lemonade, marmalades, rye bread) and growing herbs and berries in their own garden. To top it off, their coffee is fair trade and roasted by a family member.
Engage GuestsTo discourage guests from arriving by car or renting a car during their stay, Hotel Outside offers a free shuttle service from Lienz to Matrei, as well as guests being able to use all public...Read More >>
transport in the local area for free. There are also 10 e-bikes being available to rent. Guests are encouraged to bring their own slippers to avoid waste caused by disposable slippers, in which most guests cooperate. And guests can also benefit from the Ranger Program with free guided tours in the National Park.
ArchitectureSince its building in the early 90s and being continuously renovated to improve insulation and energy efficiency, Hotel Outside does a lot to keep their architecture eco-friendly. All furniture is...Read More >>
made of solid local wood (larch and swiss stone pine) and the floors are made of oak. The ‘nature suites’ are especially natural with loam walls in the living rooms, and local serpentine stone used in the bathrooms.
HousekeepingMost products used at Hotel Outside are eco-friendly (such as the toiletries) and have the eco-label “Blauer Engel”.
Kiwano BonusBy supporting local artists and craftsmen, they do their bit to help the local economy; all artwork in the hotel is made by local artists, and some of the dishes at the hotel are made by local craftsmen.
This hotel is magnificent in its interior architecture, cleanliness, service, comfort and quality of the food. There are no negative aspects. Wines are majority Austrian with a good Italian selection. We have been travelling a lot in our life and this 4-star hotel has earned its 4 stars and much more. We highly recommend it!
"Excellent hotel "
The hotel is excellent. The rooms are large; walls, floor are made by local wood and stones. Very large, clean bathroom with separated WC. There is a spa and an external swimming pool in a natural context. Free parking place in front, if it is full there are other places nearby to easily park the car. Location is very good for skiing in winter or walking/trekking in summer.
"Guided walks available"
Breakfast and dinners all of high standard. Room comfortable. Guided walks available for guests.
"Really enjoyed our stay "
Beautiful hotel with a splendid buffet and great service. We really enjoyed our stay!
Leonie, Google Reviews
" Spotless, comfortable and spacious"
Beautiful hotel in a stunning area. The room was spotless, comfortable and spacious, staff were friendly and helpful and the facilities superb.
"Amazing, gorgeous hotel"
The room was a modern, wood room. The service was very good. One of the owners sat down with us and chatted. Very good menu and food. The hotel is eco-friendly and in a great place to go hiking.
"We'll be back for sure!"
For us the best hotel in Austria. It just fits everything. Rooms are nice, the staff is extremely friendly, the spa really brings relaxation and the food is varied and absolutely delicious!
Marion, Google Reviews
It was our third summer holiday at this hotel. Matrei gives access to the Hohe Tauern National Park, with stunning scenery and excellent walking possibilities, as good as anywhere in Austria. Food was excellent. Friendly and helpful staff. We had one of the larger rooms on the top floor with a great view down the valley.
"Extensive wellness with a natural outdoor pool"
Super nice hotel! Friendly staff and very clean rooms. Extensive breakfast with a choice of different freshly prepared eggs. In the afternoon also tasty dishes and dessert. The hotel has an extensive wellness with a natural outdoor pool, blissful! Highly recommended as a hotel!
Yarno, Google Reviews
"Wonderful holiday spent"
The hotel is one of the most beautiful! There is fantastic food, beautiful accommodation that leaves nothing to be desired. The team on site is always ready to read the wishes of the guests from the eyes. A great spa area invites you to relax. Overall a wonderful holiday spent. Come back very happy.
Lara, Google Reviews
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