We stayed in the Chalet apartments (part of the hotel, a short walk up the hill in a separate building) in June with our 3 children. Our accommodation consisted of two roomy inter-connecting studio apartments, one with a king bed and a single, the other 3 single beds. Each room had its own kitchen (with dishwasher, microwave, fridge, and stove top) and bathroom. The latter were small (think tiny ensuite), but serviceable, albeit without the little packets of toiletries that motels/hotels usually supply (shampoo, shower gel, etc). Each bathroom did have a heated towel rail, which came in quite useful for drying wet gloves, etc. Which brings me to one small problem: no clothes airer was supplied, and reception simply pointed us to the tumble dryers in the apartment building's laundry. However, I don't fancy putting wet ski gear in a dryer and risk it shrinking! So, wet gear was draped over every conceivable piece of furniture in the room (and the heated towel rails). There is also no tea, coffee, or milk supplied in the kitchen. Not a problem for us as we brought our own, plus the lounge room of the hotel does have complimentary supplies available. A small shop operates out of the apartments for one hour each evening selling essential supplies such as bread, milk, etc. We stayed on a dinner, bed, and breakfast package so did not need to self-cater. Overall, the rooms were spacious, warm, and comfortable. Each apartment has its own locker for skis, etc, both in the chalet building and down at the hotel. It is truly ski-in, ski-out (season and snow permitting). The beauty of this place is that it is one of the few 'on-snow' accommodation options in or near Perisher where you can park your car overnight (and yes, the car park is unsealed as pointed out by one reviewer, but it's flat and well kept. If it snows, just be prepared to park on, in, or under the snow!). This avoids the trials and tribulations of lugging ski gear and luggage up on the ski tube or on over-snow transport from your car to your accommodation, a real hassle with kids. One of the major 'wins' for us with this hotel was how extremely family-friendly it was. A complimentary kids club runs each evening, providing good quality food and lots of entertainment for the kids. Our 3 children (aged 10, 7, and 4) couldn't wait to go each night. This had the spin-off benefit of allowing us, the parents, to enjoy a quiet civilised meal together for the five nights we stayed. We opted for the set three course a-la-carte dinner which was of an outstanding quality, truly good restaurant standard food. I am a fussy diner, and this exceeded my expectations by a long shot. All hail to the chefs! Breakfast (variety of basic cooked food, toast, and cereals) was ok without being outstanding. Smiggins is a lovely spot to ski, one of my favourites. Lessons are available right outside the hotel, including for the little ones. If there's sufficient snow, you can ski directly to Perisher or Blue Cow via the Link T-bar (yes, even during the rubbish 2013 season for a little while). Failing that, there is a shuttle bus - Perisher is only a few kilometres up the road. All up, this is a great property to come to if you are a skiier or boarder with children, wanting on-snow accommodation, and looking for food and service of a high quality. It isn't cheap, but we will definitely be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Smiggins Hotel is ideally situated on snow at the base of the Smiggins ski lifts. Smiggins has 9 ski lifts for beginner to intermediate skiers. The Link T-Bar provides direct access by either Telemark T-Bar or the Interceptor Quad Chair to Perisher, Blue Cow and Guthega ski areas. Smiggins Hotel is renowned for friendly and efficient service, fine food and a warm and comfortable atmosphere. And for the children, it's lots of fun at Smig's Kids Club each evening! The Chalet Apartments enjoy the perfect location right opposite the Smiggins Hotel. The Chalet offers a range of modern studios and spacious one bedroom apartments. Guests staying at the Chalet Apartments enjoy all the facilities of the Smiggins Hotel including on-site parking and the comfort and convenience of a self-contained apartment. ... more less
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