The Dom is one of the oldest buildings in town, but has been completely gutted internally and the decor is now a great combination of traditional alpine pine and with an ultra-modern look. My wife and I decided to push the boat out and went for a deluxe room, which is pretty large, and has a free-standing bathtub in the corner of the room (sounds a bit decadent, but check out the hotel pics to get an idea). There's also a great en-suite shower and a separate toilet (with a door!).
The room is terrific, with a large flat-screen TV, loads of channels including UK channels in HD, lots of downlighters individually controlled by a wall-mounted touch pad, and also an iPad to control the telly (although this sounds cool, it was a bit of a faff to use the iPad to adjust the volume or change channels - I'd have preferred the telly remote!). However, the iPad was great for accessing the (free) internet.
We were there the week after the Easter holiday fortnight, and the Dom was shutting for 6 weeks at the end of our week (last week of skiing as well), so there only seemed to be 3 or so rooms occupied, based on who we could see at breakfast (which was excellent, taking in a beautiful breakfast room). You can take up the half-board option on a day-by-day basis, and the set menu is 40 francs (about £26) per head for an excellent 4-course meal. The restaurant was fairly quiet, but the food was superb on the set menu, considering some of the a la carte main courses weren't far off 40 francs on their own. An earlier post criticised the food, which I can't understand.
As for skiing, the boot room is the best I've ever used, and the hotel will drop you off and pick you up from the lift station.
There's also a bar which has a direct door to the outside, and is fairly popular with non-guests (although the resort was pretty quiet). My only negative is that this is the only place in the hotel where you can go if you don't want to sit in your room - there's no real lounge area, as such (but the bar only opens from 5pm, and not on a Sunday or Monday).
However, that's a minor point when the rooms are so nice. The staff were uniformly excellent and friendly, and it must be the cleanest hotel I've ever stayed in - absolutely spotless. If I were to return to Saas Fee, I'd definitely go back to the Dom.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel The Dom - Where tradition and today meet Our hotel is situated in the center of Saas-Fee, a location with the best-possible guarantee of snow in Europe, and embedded in the typical architecture of the 19th century, when tourism was dominated by the English. In 2011 we restored this historical building, the oldest hotel in the village, at great effort and, at the same time, with great care. The interior captivates with its modern elegance paired with antique elements. Our lovingly furnished 28 rooms also offer you technological comfort of the highest standard. Each room comes with an iPad, and thus for the duration of your stay in our hotel you have access to a diverse and individually tailored information and entertainment offering. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Unique Hotel Saas Fee