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“Not worth the time nor money”
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Iglu-Dorf Davos
Ranked #10 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Davos
Singapore, Singapore
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not worth the time nor money”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Went as a group of three (with a 7 year old), stayed in a 6-person igloo.

Nothing to see nor do at the so-called igloo-village. A cluster of interlinked igloo rooms, a bar and a custom built sauna and that's it. Some carvings on the walls to try to make this interesting but after half an hour, we were like "that's if??!. The igloos are built using giant balloons, machines, so nothing to marvel at really.

We are English speaking. The English briefing session lasted five minutes, while the Swiss-German briefing went on for 20 minutes (most of guests were local Swiss). We found out later from our Swiss room-mates that certain tips were not passed on/translated to us e.g. do some jumping jacks before you tuck yourself into the sleeping bags, so that the sleeping bags warm up faster.

And yes, concur with other reviewers. This is really cold, especially if you are a tourist from a tropics. I had lived a few years in the Europe previously, but still found it very cold.

Dinner was swiss fondue (with bread).

One of those experiences that sounds more interesting when you re-count it back to friends, family back home, than it actually is. As some others have said, will not do this again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Iglu-Dorf, Assistentin Geschäftsleitung at Iglu-Dorf Davos, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Hello. Thank you for your feedback. We regret that your stay at our igloo village was not in accordance with your expectations. Our customers feedback is an important tool to improve our services. Out team on site was informed about your review and will make an effort to improve the briefing of international guests. Kind regards from the igloo village team.
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

My husband and I stayed there for one night in the Romantic Plus room. It was amazing to see how they built the Iglu’s – beautifully done and we thought the whole concept was fantastic. The guides were very friendly although it was a bit tricky as most all the other guests were Swiss German speakers. Dinner was a cheese fondue which was very good and we really enjoyed the night snow-shooing.
After that I didn’t enjoy it so much as I got very cold and didn’t sleep a wink all night! It probably didn’t help that I already had a cold but I really had problems with my feet and hands to keep them warm.
Be sure to dress VERY warmly, in proper snow gear and bring extra socks and gloves as well as a hat that you can also sleep in.
I recommend the heated packs you can buy!
Not sure I could imagine going with children…. But it is a once in a lifetime experience and very beautiful surroundings.

Room Tip: I would suggest paying the supplement to have your own toilet!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Iglu-Dorf, Assistenz Geschäftsleitung at Iglu-Dorf Davos, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Dear Michelle F. Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to write a review about your igloo adventure. We are glad you liked our village and will pass on your compliments to our team on site. However, we are sorry to hear that you were cold during the night and hope your cold did not get any worse. Best regards - Your igloo village team.
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Zug, Switzerland
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

Last saturday we stayed 1 night at the Iglu-Dorf Davos and we have just about recovered! We obviously knew it was going to be cold and went fully prepared but i don't think your brain can quite prepare for the constant chilly feeling, especially at the end of your toes. We are glad we have experienced it but we won't repeat - although i am not sure whether it is the sort of place they get many repeaters anyway.

The iglu itself is a pretty impressive structure and it is incredible to think about how they build and maintain it. The sculptures and carvings are fantastic and a lot of work has gone into creating something very intricate. The facilities are basic and rudimentary though. It would have been a little more comfortable to sit and enjoy the bar area if there were some form of lounging chairs or bean bags instead of just the little log stools as these were really uncomfortable. They have these outside for the day bar area and i am sure it would have been easy to bring a few indoors for the evening. The areas where you have dinner are comfortable and it warms up a little as you are tucking into your fondue. A point to note is that if you don't like fondue they can do spagetti with tomato sauce as an alternative, otherwise you might want to bring something of your own to eat as there isn't anything else. You all sit together at the table and it is a very social atmosphere.

The facilities are basic and it seems that once it has been built and been used for several weeks it loses a little of its magical atmosphere as the snow is stomped down, has melted off various bits, is discoloured etc and it just looks a bit worn. There is a very welcome sauna with dry and warm changing area (in a wooden hut looking building) and an outdoor hot tub. There are 2 outdoor urinals which must be very challenging when it is very cold! The communal toilets are in an area just next to the bedrooms so you don't have too far to go at night. Some of the bedrooms have their own bathroom though and i would suggest going for one of these if you want a little more ease and comfort.

The bedrooms are all a similar size (maybe 10m2 something like) and all over 2m of head room in the middle. The standard bedrooms share 4 or 6 to a bed and you lie right side by side so you wouldn't want to be sharing that with someone you didn't know! They are great for families and groups through. If you are a couple go for a romantic igloo to yourself and you also get some sheepskin thrown over the waterproof mattress cover (which is like a tarpaulin style material). They give you a clean fresh liner for the sleeping bag and the bags are thick and will keep you warm up to -40 degrees. We still had to sleep in thermal underwear and quite a lot of extra clothing on top but we were lovely and warm when we woke up in the morning.

The staff are friendly and the whole atmosphere is very informal and relaxed. The only evening activity was a 45 minute snow shoe walk and because we were in the second group there was a lot of waiting around. Given the location in the mountains at the side of a piste i would have expected a few other activities available such as toboganning, tubing, maybe a special ride in a cat or on a snow mobile - something extra to pass the evening. The activity side of things seemed like an after thought and wasn't particularly well organised and i would have liked to see more thought put into this.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2011

I clearly underestimated how cold it was going to be. It was an awesome experience and I am so glad I did it but will not be returning. I live in 40-50 degree heat so the idea of it was great but the reality a little different. I thoroughly recommend the experience, but be warned. Buy the gel pads from the bar which go into your shoes so your feet do not completely freeze off. I can't believe they had condoms in the welcome pack, no way was I getting naked!

Room Tip: The suite has a Jacuzzi but the thought of getting wet was not worth it
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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed February 24, 2009

It's definitely a wonderful experience. the sensation of staying somewhere with temperatures around -5°C and not felling like your going to freeze, it's really nice.
The location is amazing, the Davos Mountains are very beautiful.
The iglo itself as nice decoration details. They include dinner in the stay, Cheese Fondue, which were very tasty.
There's also a Sauna. And it fells good, to go into the sauna in those conditions. A bad thing about the sauna is that a lots of people is going to the changing room of the sauna to warm up, and they just stay there, and for those who really had used the sauna and have to dress themselves it's not comfortable to do it with lots of people just standing there.
The snow night walk was a nice experience, I had never done it, but a little bit in a rush, making it harder than it should.
The morning after there's a breakfast in the restaurant close to the iglo which was very nice.
The guides were always talking in German, and as we where the only ones who needed some English they didn't care about it.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2009

Stayed here for 1 night with a group of 9. We were given 1 room for 5 and 1 room for 4. It is cold but if you dress in good ski clothing and good snow boots it is comfortable. I would suggest bringing your own snack food and alcohol and maybe cards or something to entertain yourselves to reduce the cost. We brought a lot of Alcohol and they never said anything to us. The dinner is average packaged cheese fondue and average white wine. The breakfast buffet in the nearby resturant is normal for a Swiss hotel. All this is included in the price along with the night snowshoe tour. I think it is good value for money but would not suggest paying extra for the single room.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Iglu-Dorf Davos
Address: Abzweigung Schifer/Parsennhuette, Davos, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Graubunden > Davos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #10 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Davos
Hotel Class:3 star — Iglu-Dorf Davos 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Davos-Klosters holiday resort hosts the Igloo Villagelocated in the Parsenn ski area. ... more   less 
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