I booked the Drei Konige und Post back in August 2010 for a sneaky long weekend of skiing in January 2011. Andermatt was new to me, but I'd heard good things about it from friends. Namely: "Pretty village with advanced skiing".
Well, we're just back from said long weekend, and have had a great time! I'll definitely be returning to Andermatt in future winters, and when I do I'll hope to be staying at the same hotel.
We drove from Zurich on the Thursday night. It was snowing and the traffic was crawling along, so in the end it took about three hours. As a comparison, on the return trip on Sunday afternoon it was just 90 minutes! Anyway, the first pleasant surprise about the hotel is there's guest parking at the front of the hotel (for about 10 cars) and a much larger carpark around the back. For such an old town with narrow streets, this was quite a treat.
We were greeted in a very friendly manner upon checking in, and as we'd chosen half-board we still had a table reserved for us even though we'd arrived a lot later than intended. And then the next surprise - the food was fantastic! Far better than one might expect from the average hotel in this class. We ate four courses each night, and all the dishes were well presented and very tasty. The same table was reserved for us each night, which made things very easy.
Breakfast was in the typical Swiss style. That is, yogurt, fruit, nuts, several breads, meats and cheeses. One thing I missed was 'Birchermüesli', although it was possible to combine enough individual ingredients to get something close. Anyway, at that time of the morning I was more interested in getting in the calories and then beating a track for skiing.
Andermatt seems to have one main street through it, in a general "L" shape. At the short end of the "L" is the railway station for the Nätschen area, and then on to the Oberalp and Dieni areas. At the end of the long side of the "L" is the cable car for the Gemsstock area. And, right on the point of the "L" is the Drei Konige und Post. On one hand this was an ideal location, as it meant we could walk with skis to get to both ski regions (between 5 to 10 minutes). But, it was about the limit of what we wanted to walk. A hotel closer to one lift than the other would have been good for that particular lift station, and then the other could have been reached by the free shuttle bus that ran every 15 minutes. But, all in all, I liked the location; it was central, convenient, and had a bit of activity going on in the evenings.
We'd not skied in Andermatt before, so were a little aprehensive of the "advanced" stories attached to the location. Our first day was spent in Dieni / Oberalp - and we had a great time exploring the pistes. There's a good mixture of runs served by chair lifts and T-bars. I wouldn't recommend it for absolute beginners though. Getting there is an adventure in itself, as it's served by a mountain railway, the price for which is included in the ski pass.
After building up our confidence we started day two by taking the double cable-car to the top of Gemstock (2963m). From there it's an apparent sea of black pisted and yellow un-pisted runs back to Andermatt. Definitely not for beginners! Most of the skiers had eyes only for the fresh powder off the beaten paths, which was great for me and my wife, as we then had virtually empty black-run pistes to ourselves. The weather was sunny the whole time, and the snow stayed fresh for the whole weekend. (The town was at -10C and the summit at about -20C).
For the afternoon we moved over to the Nätschen area, and were pretty glad we did. Warm, sunny, people eating and drinking out on Sönnenterassen - and some really nice, gentle blue pistes. So, if you're a beginner, or a parent with young children, this is definitely the area to target. And that also applies to worn-out survivors of a morning on Gemsstock...
Anyway, back to the hotel. Our room was on the 2nd floor, right at the end of a side corridor. I wonder if at some point two hotels have been combined (which would explain the name), as our side corridor had a different feel from the main part of the hotel. Our room was far beyond our expectations, being large, and unrestrictied up to the wooden roof beam structures. We had windows on two sides, and at night fell asleep to the sound of the stream running past outside. The bathroom was surprisingly modern and tastefully fitted in keeping with the rest of the room. Heating was by thermostatically controlled radiators, which we made use of to have it warmer during the day and cooler at night.
Overall we were really impressed by the room, but would mention two small negatives. On the Saturday evening there was a temporary shortage of hot water, which was probably caused by everyone coming back from skiing and trying to shower at the same time. Still, no big deal, and after a while it started heating up again. Secondly, on leaving the hotel we saw some of the other rooms being cleaned in the main part of the hotel. They looked fine, but not as nice as what we'd had. When returning I'll definitely mention a preference for room 238.
In conclusion, I'd say the hotel is above the level one might expect, particularly in the standard of room (which we enjoyed) and the quality of the evening meals. Andermatt offers fantastic skiing, and the Drei Konige und Post is well positioned for access to both main areas. I'll definiely be back, both to Andermatt and this hotel in particular.
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