We only stayed for one night, but regretted leaving so soon. My family (two adults and three kids (14, 10, 2)) stayed in a 2-Bedroom apartment overlooking the valley below and Alps across the valley.
The breakfast was included in our package and was among the best hotel meals I've ever had. The selection of food was familiar: fruit, bread, cheese, yogurt, cured meat, juice, coffee, pastries, cereal, eggs to order; but the execution was flawless. Perfect omelette, pastries to commit small crimes for, post-jet lag coffee of your dreams. For dinner, we ordered room service from the restaurant dinner menu and the food was exceptional, but I do have some criticisms about the room service that I've listed below.
The beds were very comfortable. The bathrooms were spare with top-flight soaps, gels, etc (which we took with us and used for the rest of our vacation in Italy), and though the water temperature was too variable (a slight adjustment to the dial created huge swings in water temperature) the shower was very comfortable. Our room had spectacular views across the alps, and the balcony was a wonderful place to relax and take in the views.
The furniture in the rooms was incredibly comfortable--the couch was deep and perfect for zoning out in the out of body way that the trans-atlantic flight demands. My 14-year old son slept a few hours on the sofa.
The lobby and restaurant are well-designed in modern Chalet style, with earth-tones and broad embrace of the type of rough-hewn materiality produced by exposed beams and stone throughout. A beautiful hearth in the lobby provides a great spot for reading by the fire or enjoying a glass of wine or cup of coffee. The restaurant is equally beautiful, with open kitchen views and booths for families and wrap-around windows looking on the courtyard.
We didn't have time to use the spa or pool or amenities, but I'm sure they're spectacular.
The staff provided a perfect combination of solicitude and natural informality that fits me to a T, and they were flexible enough to accommodate our specific needs. They drove us to the gondola and were waiting for us when we needed a ride back to the hotel. They provided a crib for our two-year old without us even asking, which was very much appreciated.
Our apartment included a parking space for our rental, which we could access ourselves or have them access for us. When we checked in they took our car keys and emptied the car and parked it and delivered our bags to our room. Very convenient.
We didn't spend enough time there to have a strong opinion about the location, but it is not ski-in/-out and getting to a lift in the winter I'm sure requires a ride (which as I've noted is extremely easy to procure). But the views are tremendous and it's easy to find.
The bad (including some subjective criticisms that can be ignored):
I would have preferred a few more area rugs in the apartment to increase the cozy factor. Also while I love minimalism, it requires more attention to detail to be properly executed. There is a very fine line between a minimalist room and a room that looks and feels unfinished. Specifically, there were cords running from lamps that and small appliances on the kitchen counters that are minimalist no-no's. I think they'd be better off just adding a few wall hangings to distract from the electric cords.
Also, we were exhausted from our trip (we flew into Geneva from NYC and then drove directly to Verbier from Geneva) and so we decided to order room service rather than to get the entire crew down to the restaurant. The room service food was excellent, but it was obscenely expensive ($200 USD) given what they brought to us--four entrees and one appetizer. It was the type of dinner that you'd be okay about paying for if you were in the restaurant getting your plates cleared and glasses filled and bread bowl filled, etc, but the entrees are small, which, if you're paying $40-50 per entree, is easier to justify if you're also getting all the various services that typically come with a pricy meal at a nice restaurant.
For example, they didn't bring pitchers of water or buckets of ice or any other accoutrements, and we ended up clearing our plates and dishes and putting them in the sink where they sat overnight. I'm sure if we'd have called and requested pitchers of water and buckets of ice and bowls of bread, or for them to come clear the dishes, they'd have brought them/done it immediately and with a smile, but we were exhausted and didn't feel like bothering with the phone call. It would have been nice if they'd have brought those things without asking, and/or come up unsolicited to clear the dishes. The point is that if I'm paying $50/entree I expect those services, and it seems reasonable to expect it. Again, I'm sure they'd have done everything we wanted immediately and with a smile, but if they're going to offer it, I think that they need to improve their room service experience if they want to be considered a luxury hotel.
My wife and kids want to make this hotel a regular family destination. They loved Verbier and loved Cordee des Alpes. We did some hiking up on the mountain and the hotel made it incredibly easy. Verbier is indeed a beautiful summer spot, and I'd highly recommend this hotel to other families considering a summer trip to Verbier.
My own view is that US families can get similar experiences in Colorado (places like Vail, Aspen, Crested Butte, Copper Mountain, etc) or Utah (Alta, Snowbird, Sundance, etc etc) for a similar/better price with a much shorter/cheaper flight. But if you're headed to Europe and are looking for a great resort town with amazing views and Swiss culture, Verbier is amazing. And La Cordee des Alpes is the place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New to the Swiss resort of Verbier this December is Hotel Cordée des Alpes - a luxurious hotel with innovative interiors mixing the best of old-school ski and the latest in Swiss chic. Comprising 34 suites and guest rooms and 14 exclusive residences for ownership, Cordée des Alpes marks the latest offering from local hotel and restaurant entrepreneur Marcus Bratter, responsible for launching Nevaï -Verbier’s first contemporary design hotel, the all-suite King’s Parc Hotel and après-ski hotspot The Farm Club. Cordée des Alpes will ensure a service that reflects a passion for excellence that has been honed by Marcus’s years of local knowledge. ... more less
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