First things first - the ski area of Flims-Laax is easily the best in Switzerland. Lots of slopes for all level of skier or boarder, fabulous restaurants and facilities, and a few solid apres ski places. Being a two hour journey from Zurich, it's also conveniently located be it for a day trip or a long weekend.
That said, if you choose a to spend a few days away, I highly recommend the Arena Lodge. The rooms are all decorated differently with fun themes adding a nice dose of character. The location is super convenient with the Arena gondola right across the street and the shops and restaurants of Flims near by. Also, there's a bus stop right outside the door which takes you to and from Chur (which is the stop for the direct train to Zurich), as well shuttles skiers between the different parts of the ski resort.
Though we didn't eat dinner at the restaurant, the breakfast every morning was the standard eggs, meat, cheese, yogurt, coffee and juice. We did stop by the restaurant each night for a drink and it had a nice vibe...we probably would have hung out a bit more if we weren't so tired from skiing all day :-). There's also a club in the hotel, but we didn't get the chance to check it out...probably because of the sleepiness from the aforementioned skiing (or maybe we're just old?). Moving on....
We were impressed with the staff who were all kind, accommodating, and pleasant. When I made a reservation on-line, they responded in a timely manner via email and even accommodated my myriad of questions.
Final point - the hotel is affordable. We had some friends who booked a room at another hotel in Flims and they paid 75 CHF more a night than we did. This of course being Switzerland nothing's cheap, but it was considerably more affordable than the other options I came across when researching places to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our goal is to enable you to spend eclectic and easy days in Flims. That’s why we offer everything under one roof. Sleep: in design rooms, created by cool brands. Mountain: The Arena Lodge for Riders Hotel is situated just a few steps from the Flims base station. Fun: Après-Ski at the Arena Bar, Billard & Books at the relaxed Lounge, Sounds & Dance at the Arena Club. Everything nice so close. ... more less
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