We recently stayed 3 nights at the Hotel Alpina and enjoyed it very much. I am an architect and we went to Vals to see the baths. We decided to stay at the Hotel Alpina for the lower cost rooms than the Therme Hotel, but knowing what I know now I would choose to stay there again. When we checked in we were given a choice of rooms and we looked at 3 or 4 of them. We chose room 17 that was fairly spacious with wood floors and wood or painted white walls. It was a very nice minimalist design style. It had two windows that looked out over the rooftops of the town and down the valley. We could partially see the Zumpthor building from the room. The rooms did have low-ish ceilings but considering the setting and the climate it seemed appropriate and we didn't mind..we are two people that usually prefer much higher spaces. The hotel was quiet and enjoyable. I think we were in Vals during a low season, because nothing including the baths was crowded. The hotel is situated overlooking the charming town square where there is another hotel and a few restaruants. We did not get the half board option at the hotel but we ended up eating in the hotel restaurant every night because the food was very good and it always seemed like the most appealing option. We went to the Hotel Therme one night to have a drink and possibly eat, but the live music and decor of the lobby was really not appealing and we decided not to stay. There is a restaurant in one of the villages on the nearby hillside that would have been a nice option if it had been open. The breakfast at the Alpina was perfect. It included a very nice selection of delicious breads, cheeses, meats, fruits, yogurt and cereal or muesli. There were also expressos,cappucinos, teas etc.. The hotel also has a small parking lot where they let us park without charge. The only down side of the hotel that I can think of is the internet access that isn't reliable. I could never get wifi access with my iphone(I'm not sure why), but my husband could get access on his computer in the lobby. This is not a place to go to sit on your computer,and perhaps it's a nice excuse to be somewhat unplugged for a few days.
The baths were wonderful and well worth the trip, but the other highlight was just how unbelievably beautiful the area is. The hotel made recommendations for us and we spent two days walking the trails higher up in the valley...It was spectacular. For a shorter walk you can take the gondola to Gadastatt and walk to the Zervreila Lake. There's a restaurant at the lake when you get there. For a longer walk into a landscape that looks like Tibet you can catch a bus to the lake and walk to the outposts of Lampertschalp or Lanta Hutte. It felt very remote the day we were there (no one else on the trail). These are easy walks that can be accomplished in sturdy comfortable shoes (I was using running shoes). There are many other walks and more rigorous climbs that we didn't have time to explore, but would like to someday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Privately owned and run hotel directly at the historic village square of Vals in the middle of the Swiss Alps.The Hotel has been designed by the local architect Gion A. Caminada and offers 20 guest rooms, made out of natural material such as wood from the valley and stone from the local quarry. Furniture crafted by local craftsmen.Restaurant on the first floor overlooking the picturesque village square – styled with a discreet, sophisticated appeal.Our kitchens provide wholesome, market fresh, creative cuisine.The world famous Therme Vals - SPA by Peter Zumthor is only a 5-7 minutes walk away from the hotel.In summer and autumn - hiking options galore. In Winter skiing bus stop just in front of the hotel. Sledges for free rental at the hotel. ... more less
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