Lovely staff who were always cheerful and did their best to help whenever needed. Hotel facilities were good in particular the fact that there was a sauna, steam room and hot tub were very welcome after a hard day on the slopes.
The rooms were nicely decorated, just about comfortable for 2 and the fact that the TV has a few UK channels was particularly good.
The hotel was an easy 10 to 15 minutes walk downhill into the town, and the minibus service rarely kept us long and were very willing to cart us around within St Anton up until 8pm.
Overall Breakfast was good and very efficient at serving us quickly.
The wines served with dinner were fine and the cost of upgrading to other options was reasonable.
The biggest disappointment for us was the quality of the food served at dinner.The VIP SKI video describes the food as being "sumptuous", but reality fell very short of the videos expectations: I had a salmon steak that had been cooked before it had been properly defrosted, a dish that was described as Gnocchi with Baby Vegetables ended up being ravioli with large new potatoes with green peas is a very floury cream sauce. I had the feeling that the menu was too difficult for the kitchen to cope with to any kind of reasonable standard.
The room was kept very cool (we had room 201) with no way to increase the heat. Usually I don’t mind a cooler room (certainly better than an overheated one), but ours got so cold one night I had a chill in my neck which totally wiped out a day of boarding, which was a complete waste of equipment rental and incurred costs to have physio to try and relieve the pain, plus more importantly a massive disappointment to miss out on a day on the slopes for something that wasn’t even sport related. It would be better to have some level of heat control to at least keep the chill out of the air. It would have been nice to have a hot bathroom radiator so that we could dry our clothes.
Ski Hosting:- as a boarder I found the hosts weren’t very well versed in how to cope with us. They generally forgot to point out long flats or uphills in advance and didn’t seem to realise that it is best to wait at the crest of a hill and not on a flat section or just short of the crest to save us hopping or worse still having to take binding off and on again. Overall they lost patience with us and generally stated we were too slow for the other guests so we were left to our own devices, which was also disappointing given that one of the main draws for VIP was the hosting.
Flight out with Monarch from Gatwick was a misery, even giving ourselves 2 hours to check in was very tight as there were at least 4 flights checking in at the same time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Montjola is run by luxury ski operator, VIP SKI. Situated just above the centre of town, it has 34 spacious and luxurious bedrooms over seven floors. All bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with cable flat screen TV, WiFi and hairdryer. Many have balcony or terrace with spectacular views. Choose from twin, double or Austrian twin rooms, plus family rooms with double sofa bed or child single beds, and suites of 3 and 5 rooms perfect for groups wanting all the intimacy of a private hallway. Our efficient shuttle buses provide convenient and comfortable access to the slopes throughout the day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Montjola Austria/St. Anton Am Arlberg