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Brunkulla Apartments
Ranked #10 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Are
Reviewed April 30, 2014

Our first ski-ing/snowboarding holiday with the children and one of the best holidays we have ever had. I think that we must have been upgraded from the 2 bedroom apartment that I booked as when we arrived we found that we had 4 bedrooms. The apartments were clean and nicely furnished, modern and spacious and a joy to live and cook in.

The apartment had it's own sauna, and an ante-room to hang up all your ski stuff and a warm room as well.

It was beautiful and I highly recommened these apartments.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

Good price apartments with more room than normal. Mostly these places make the lounge the place for the extra two beds, but in brunkulla everyone gets a bedroom. Everything was good about the place apart from the lousy pillows (or demi-pillows as you might call them), and the beds were ok if a bit thin-mattressed. But the heating and underfloor heating and boot driers and ski lockers are all great, as is the in apartment sauna room. Location-wise, a short distance to town for meals out, a good if quirky pizza bar nearby, and the main supermarket about 10 minutes' walk away. The price probably reflects the fact that the apartments are midway between two main ski lifts and bus stop, so it's a but of a walk in ski boots to start and end the day. There is no real service available during the week - the reception is only open for a couple of hours a day.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Rnomis
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Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Brunkulla for a week in March whilst the FIS World Cup was taking place. The apartments were quiet for the first 3 nights of the week, followed by several nights of noise. The walls are thin and you can hear everything! We didn't sleep well at all and were tired getting up going skiing each morning.

Whilst the apartments are warm and clean, and have their own sauna, this is let down by the location (a very icy walk to the ski tows) and the noise.

There's also never any staff present, we arrived late Sunday night to find the reception closed until Thursday! We had to pick up our keys and let ourselves in in the dark. There was a welcome book in our pack which said to report any damage, or things which weren't right with the apartment by 11am the following morning. How you can do this with no staff present for 3 days after arriving is beyond me!

I wouldn't go back to the Brunkulla apartments, they are a budget accommodation in Åre, which is a very expensive town. If I were to return I would book into one of the hotels, where you have staff on hand and can report noise.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

We've just returned from a week's stay at these apartments, and I have to say overall they were extremley impressive! They were so warm and cosy and very spacious - lovely to come back to from a long day's skiing.

We had a 4 bedroom apartment, and although it was listed as 2 doubles and 2 bunk beds, the bunk beds were continental style, so there was a double bed on the bottom of each - we were 4 couples and this had been the biggest worry, so we were pleasantly surprised. The only downside was that only one thin pillow per person was provided - we had to use the spa duvet from the top bunk rolled up as a bolster, but the double rooms weren't so lucky.

The apartment also had two very clean bathrooms with lovely powerful showers - one even had a sauna, which could be turned on by a timer so it was ready when you arrived back - a lovely facility to stretch out in after a hard day on the piste!

The comunal areas were great - large dining table and comfy sofa area - we stayed in for a lot of the evenings because it was so comfortable - the one tip I would say is to bring an ipod dock or similar, as this made such a huge difference and gave some atmosphere.

The kitchen is more of a kitchenette, but well equipped with a dishwasher, large fridge freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster and 2 coffee machines (one filter and one espresso maker). It had plenty of crockery, cutlery and glasses, and also a good amount of other dishes, jugs, teapots etc - the only thing that let it down was the utensils - these were limited - if I went back I'd take a decent small vegetable knife (the only knives they had were huge!), masher and slotted spoon! There was also only one tea towel provided, so if you are planning on eating in a lot I'd slip a couple of extra tea towels into your suitcase!

The one area where the apartment was perfect for skiiers was the entrance foyer - large area with benches and boot-dryers, lots of pegs and shelves for jackets and helmets, and underfloor heating for cold toes! The best thing was the larger drying cabinet, as this was a godsend for wet gloves, snoods, goggles etc. There was a large outdoor locker with ample space for skis and boards too.

Location wise, this was perfect for us - it was out of town a little way, but closer to the lifts than town centre places - the closest lift was the VM8 (a 5 minute walk along the flat) which links you to some fabulous runs from the very top, down to Rodkullen (as well as buses to Rodkullen and the night buses), which was our favourite area and even across to the VM6, and Bjornen beyond if you fancy an adventure, as it is possible to ski there and back in a day. For other runs and buses to Tegefjall, Duved and Bjornen, the Kabinbanen lift was around a 10 minute walk (in ski boots) but it is uphill, so be warned! The skiing was great - a wide selection of runs from beginner areas to some fast reds, and the Varmestugas, little buildings with indoor picnic areas and microwaves, kettles were a brilliant feature, as you could take sandwiches, thermoses etc and eat/drink in the warm.

Town itself is only a 10 minute walk, and was very pretty, with some good bars and restraurants - price wise it's similar to the UK, but lots of the restaurants were quite upmarket so you were still looking to pay £25-30 for a main course. There were cheaper places but these were further out - in fact one great place for Pizza and Tapas was Bistro Madonna which is within the Brunkulla apartments, so great as a local. The local supermarket is very well stocked and around 10 minutes walk, and the Systembolaget was around a 20 minute flat walk,so not too arduous carrying back your booze!

We were thinking if we came back if we would want to stay in a different area, but decided that we would probably go back to Brunkulla, as for us, the location was the best- it depends on where you want to ski though, and how often you plan to eat out, but for us it was perfect!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank LouiseB82
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

We booked independently and stayed here for a week over the Christmas period 2011. 7 of us in a 2 bed appartment on the 2nd floor. Our appartment (928) was on the corner with good views across the Lake. There was plenty of space (4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, one with a sauna) with more than enough equipment and the appartment was clean. It was, however showing some signs of wear; the dishwasher didn't wash well and the TV needs to be updated. There is a good sized hallway to store outerwear and boots with a good drying cupboard and shoe driers. Skis can be stored securely in a locker room on the ground floor.

The appartments are well located with a 5 min walk to the nearest ski lift and about 10 mins into the town. There is a bar and bakery within the appartment complex

Room Tip: Choose a second floor room as there is no noise from above and there are lifts available
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank annensteve
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

The Brunkulla Apartments seems to have so few reviews but deserves more.

We stayed in the two bed apartment on the 2nd floor for one week in February 2011.

The Apartment.....check in was very slow & the staff didn't seem to be very enthusiastic but we were the last of our bus load to check in. The apartment more than made up for the lack of smiles at the desk. Great open plan kitchen & living room which was a good size. The apartment had a well equipt kitchen which was spotlessly clean. Nice size bathroom with a large shower & lovely sauna with under floor heating. Two decent sized bedrooms. Cloakroom with under floor heating & boot heaters helped keep the equipment in good condition & each apartment building has a lockable ski shed so you do not have to take your skis up the the room. There is a lift if you need it, which is very handy. The only incident was when the clean linen was being delivered part way through the week, when we didn't reply the guy let himself into the apartment & I had fallen asleep on the sofa after skiing & lets just say I was not suitably dressed for guests....I am not sure who was more shocked!!!!! Be ready for visitors!

I agree with BizLeuisureFred, request a room off the ground floor, they are definately on show to all walking by.

Location, is a little way from the town centre but an easy walk, pavements are well gritted & with good lighting. The distance to the slopes was a bit more challenging than I would have thought. The distance is quite short but with Ski boots & carrying skis, it feels like quite a distance. After the first few days we had wished we had an apartment slightly closer (we had one of the furthest apartments from the slope & if we had know we would have requested a different room). The restraunt Mungos below the apartments was lovely & their cocktails were lovely.

The town is really nice, the lots of food choices...the food out is no more expensive than the U.K so it was not too painful. The supermarket is well stocked for the nights when you want to cook in the apartment.

Skiing was quite challenging for both our ski levels so Are is definately worth a visit.

Overall, the apartment was great & we would stay there again but request a room closer to the slopes.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

Have used similar 8-person apartments during our ski vacation two years in a row now. Even though we are just 5, these apartments are good as they have two showers and four bedrooms. The kitchen is quite well equipped and there is a sauna. Good with lockers for skis etc in the outdoor shed.
The price level, though, is high. If you do not want to clean the apartment yourself, you will be charged 2000 SEK which is definitely not going into the pockets of the cleaner, but into Skistar's pockets.
Another irritating thing is that when booking the apartments at skistar.com, you will just be given the apartment number. No clues are given on where they are - 1st, 2nd, 3rd floor etc. Some of the apartments are just where everyone enters into the buildings. Like living in a fish tank.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank BizLeisureFred
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Address: 13 SE Jamtlands Lan 830, Are, Sweden
Location: Sweden > Jamtland and Harjedalen > Jamtland County > Are
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Ranked #10 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Are
Number of rooms: 50
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