LAAX markets itself as the new home for snowboarders and Guschti certainly knows how to make you feel at home in his wonderful hostel. Not only is the Capricorn about a 10 minute walk from the main lifts up the mountain (and restaurants and bars), it is close to a COOP garage where you can buy those all important supplies (crisps, chocolate or if you fancy ice cream). The bus from Chur stops pretty much in front of it's door and so does the free ski shuttle. It has a convenient outdoor hut (safe and secure by the way) for your boards or ski's, outdoor seating area and nice views.
The breakfast is filling, good selection of cheeses, cereals and wholemeal bread. Oh yes and Nutella to give you an energy boost! The coffee machine in the dinning area is so amazing I wanted to take it home. Coffee made in heaven!
The whole place has a laid back ethnic feel with a dash of Swiss culture mixed with that all important snowboarder cool! Guschti upgraded myself and my friend to a private room with cute balcony free of charge. The room was really colourful and I appreciated the snowboard stickers giving it a real urban edge. I felt at home straight away.
The bar has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with amazing staff, you often find boarding films being shown and the music appeals to the diverse crowd that drink there (I have never seen so many snowboarding magazines in one place). Both locals and tourists meet, drink and discuss their fantastic day up the mountain.
The shower I used was great, the hot water always hot and the facilities clean and tidy. There are towels at hand should you need them and I never felt cold in the hostel. (we did in fact have to turn down the heating).
The beds are super comfortable, the pillows so good I am going to try and buy one just like the one in the hostel and I didn't experience any noise from other guests. A good nights sleep was had all round!
We ate there one evening and is was the ideal chance to meet other guests and experience good healthy and very tasty vegetarian food. After eating burgers and pizzas all week this was a well earn t healthy change! The food really was delicious and far far too much for our group to consume. Excellent value for money!
So Guschti and the Capricorn really are great! I hope to return.
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