As an American, I found it very difficult to find information on some smaller hotels in Ischgl. Finally, we decided on Hotel Arnika, based on price, and we thought it looked decent. We knew we wanted to stay in a 1/2 board hotel and not just a B&B, as we were traveling with our 5 year old. It just seemed easier.
There is not enough that I can say about Arnika. From every single family member or hired staff, to the food, location and accomodation - Everything really was first class. When we arrived, we were greeted warmly and quickly brought up to our "triple room". The room was warmly decorated. Nice modern bath, king bed, sitting area and a couch that converted to a twin bed. To our surprise, there was a second bath room, which our daughter claimed for herself! We found out that the triple rooms were one of the last to be renovated. The new rooms looked amazing....would love to come back in a year to see the finished product!
Meals were wonderful. Breakfasts were buffet style and consisted of cereals, fruits, meats, cheeses, croissants, rolls plus they always had some hot items like scrambled eggs, fried eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browned potatoes. If there was something extra you wanted (like soft boiled eggs) it was prepared - no problem. For dinner, you picked from 2 entrees. All were served with a fresh soup, and starter or appetizer, salad bar, main entree and dessert. Plus there were several themed meals - the chefs gala dinner, buffet night and fondue. For the kids, we had picks from the standard fare - chicken nuggets, schnitzel, fish sticks, spaghetti. The Chef and his support staff really do a wonderful job. They always had superb recommendations on wine for each meal. Wine was not cheap, but very good variety. I almost forgot....each day after skiing we arrived back to the hotel and were greeted with a snack! I forget what they were, but each day they changed...I recall carmel flan (custard), sweets, goulosh (sp?) and leiberkasse (spelling???). We usually grabbed a cocktail from the stube or bar right across t in the lobby area.
The hotel was in a great location for us. We originally wanted to stay closer to the pedestrian zone and the Silvretta cable car, but we are glad we stayed in between the two cable cars. It was a quick walk to our ski shop were we left our skis each evening. From there, we just walked through the tunnel and had your choice of cable cars. You could also walk the back way rather than go through the tunnel. The nightlife and bar scene was an easy walk from the hotel. 5 minutes max. Ischgl ins't big, so everything is close in proximity. Given that we had a 5 year old with us, we didn't experience the nightlife as much as we could, however we did stop in late in the afternoon at Schatzis, Kuhstahl and Hexe something or other. We did have a good lunch at the pizzeria in town (in the same building as the Kuhstahl).
Sorry for the long review, but I figured since no one had previously rated them, it was time! You will not be disappointed - the family Alloys made our family feel so welcome and were genuinely happy to serve us! I hope to come back soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- EXPERIENCE warm Tyrolean Style hospitality. From our immaculate rooms, to our friendly hotel bar and majestic alpine surroundings, the Hotel Arnika experience provides the perfect balance between familiar and the inspirational. Explore our beautiful region´s abundant attractions, indulge in the many indoor & outdoor activities on offer, and enjoy tantalising cuisine and our wonderful Array of spa experiences. Hotel Arnika welcomes you to a Corner of the Tyrolean Alps where refreshment and rejuvenation come naturally. We look forward to hosting you in beautiful Ischgl Yours, Aloys Family and the dedicated Arnika Team ... more less
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