We had booked our room directly with the hotel ; the Engadine Inclusive Pass (free bus / train / cable car for all places between Scuol and Alp Grum) was part of our offer.
When we checked in, we were greeted by a sunny friendly young lady, Corina, who spoke perfect English – which laid to rest our faint apprehensions about our ability to communicate in the largely Romansch / German speaking area.
The hotel is tastefully furnished with a few antiques and local art d objects, without being overly cluttered. On the top floor, there is a shelf of French and German books. We had asked for a mountain facing room with a balcony and were given one on the top (third) floor. While there is no lift, this was not really a concern as we (like most of the others) were logging in quite a few hiking miles and climbing 2 flights of stairs was not an issue. Luggage is brought up by a staff member.
The room is spotlessly clean and has been thoughtfully furnished with cheerful Schellenursli prints on the wall. Crisp white bed linen with fluffy quilts and extremely comfortable pillows on the beds ; and a spare blanket if you get cold at night. There is also a radiator in the room.
The rest of the furniture comprises an extremely comfortable chaise lounge, a teapoy and 2 chairs. While carpeted, the room smelt absolutely fresh. While a small sign requests hikers to store hiking shoes in the store room downstairs, there is a wooden tray just in the room to keep your normal shoes without messing up the room as well as pegs for coats and hiking sticks. There is no TV in the room (deliberately), however you can request for one at a small charge if you need one. Internet access is free all through the hotel; if you need, you can use the hotel’s laptop as well, free of charge. In addition to the informative pamphlets on the region, there is also a Romansch English dictionary and a copy of the New Testament in German and English.
The balcony had a marvelous view of the nearby glacial river and the pine forests behind (as well as Hotel Schweizerhof) and was furnished with a wrought iron table and chairs. Our view from the window was that of the village church, some houses closely and the mountains. We loved listening to the chiming of the church bells which stop at 20 hrs (or perhaps 20.30 hrs).
The bathroom while small, again is well fitted out (Soap dispensers, shower cap / nail file / tissue box) with all white fittings and bath linen. While possibly a trivial detail, the fittings (Villeroy and Boch basin, Grohe and Geberit taps and showers) are a testament to the effort put into the quality design and furnishing. There is a shower room, not a bath tub, and a towel warmer.
The large dining room has views of the kitchen garden as well as the mountains opposite. It is a bright cheery room with fresh flowers on the window sills, and some old prints of Sils Maria and the Upper Engadine on the walls (though I did not care for some of the more garish looking objects on display). A range of burnished copper vessels hang on the walls near the kitchen (and in the kitchen)
Thought is given to the table seating which is pre allocated and changes daily. Each table has a little wooden plaque with a room number where you have to sit.
Breakfast is a very filling variety of bread (cheese/ butter/ cream/ jams) fresh juices, boiled eggs, cereals, nuts. Special arrangements seem to made for those who have dietary restrictions as one of the guests who had gluten allergy was served a separate plate of bread rolls.
We did not take the half board option (CH 25 per person for a 4 course set menu) along with the day rate and were given the option of having dinner if we wanted. As there is only one cook, the numbers must be given in the morning. I would highly recommend take the half board option as often as you can. The dishes were delicious, filling yet light, with seconds offered for the main course. Be present in the dining room at the latest by 19.15 if you are having dinner as the courses are served at about the same time.
We learnt later from a guest that Corina was the owner (along with her father) of the hotel. Her father Dumeng Giovanoli was the Slalom World Champion in 1968 and also competed in the Winter Olympics. A sgraffiti depicting a Slalom is on the wall in the front of the hotel. Dumeng Giovanoli is now a trained Chef - he is the Chef for September.
In summary : a welcoming , friendly, spotlessly clean family run hotel where we would stay again if ever we are in Sils Maria.
Directions : Coming from St Mortiz, get off at Sigl Maria Posta and walk towards your left (with your back to the Post office). Privata is a 3 minute walk at the end of the village square.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Das im traditionellen Engadiner Stil eingerichtete Hotel Privata befindet sich in Sils Maria, am Eingang zum Fextal. Hier wohnen Sie direkt an den Wanderwegen und nur wenige Minuten von den Langlaufloipen und dem Skigebiet entfernt. Die individuell eingerichteten Zimmer verfugen uber ein Bad, einige auch uber einen Balkon und einen TV konnen Sie an der Rezeption ausleihen. Abends geniessen Sie im hellen Speiseraum des Privata Hotels frisch zubereitete Kostlichkeiten der regionalen und der mediterranen Kuche. Entspannen Sie in der Bar oder in den 2 Lounges am offenen Kamin. Bitte beachten Sie, dass unser Haus uber keinen Aufzug verfugt. Wenn Sie langer als 1 Nacht bleiben, nutzen Sie im Sommer die Seilbahn und die offentlichen Verkehrsmittel kostenfrei. Im Winter erhalten sie Ermassigungen auf Skipasse. ... more less
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