We just returned from a 4-nights trip to the Turmhotel Graecherhof in Graeachen, and it was great.
We booked a comfort double room, which was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was small, but beautiful. Beds are very comfortable and warm. Nothing to complain about, but nothing to get crazy about, neither.
We booked half-board, and both breakfast and dinner were excellent. You get a 5-course meal for dinner and it is a great way to get introduced to a lot of regional specialities. What was very valuable to us was that the kitchen offered a vegetarian meal for my girlfriend, and it was a real veg meal, not just the side dishes, as happened elsewhere. This is priceless, because, unfortunately, it still is not standard.
The hotel is situated perfectly, close to the slopes, in the middle of the town and next to the bus stop (we arrived by public transport).
The staff was very friendly, especially the hotel owner was welcoming, warm and charming. At times, however, they were a bit odd. Like at the first evening, we entered the dining room and the service lady saw us, but instead of welcoming us, we had to ask where we should sit, which felt a bit awkward. We count it on the local culture, though; it happened again at other places in the Valais region.
One last positive point to mention is the ski-room, which has its own entrance and thus allows easy access to your skis without walking through the lobby or so.
So much positive things, lets turn to the cons. Well, for starters, its not the hotels fault, but you could hardly sleep with the window open, since it gets noisy in the morning. Its no real issue though. What bothered us more profoundly was the smell of food in the hotel. This may be nice at some times, but usually, it is just bothering. Also, we had one dinner in the a la carte restaurant that belongs to the hotel, and while the food was good as always, they seemed to have had a busy evening, at least we waited to death for our fondue. I won't include this in the rating, though, since the restaurant is not the hotel in a more narrow sense.
Still, we left with a very good feeling. You get a lot for your money, and we would have slept on the floor for the dinners, seriously. If we ever go back to Graechen, we sure will go back to this hotel. if you can, book one of the "better" rooms, and you will get even more for your money.
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