As a first time visitor in Åre I chose Åregården - one, if not the oldest hotels in Åre located just in the city center close the the ski lifts. The staff is very good and helped us with all from booking taxis to nice restaurants. Åregården is runned by the same owners as Diplomat Hotel in Stockholm - a superb hotel.
The lounge areas at Åregården are very beautiful and you get that warm rustic feeling as in The Alps, and after a day of skiing you can relax with a hot bevarage from the bar and read your book.
The downside for our experience was the double room we had which was disconnected from all elegant style in the rest of the hotel. I'm not talking about personal taste. The old worn out bathroom was equipped with loose shower cabin, like in a trashy basement (somewhere). An old hairdryer was mounted on the wall and looked like a mix between an elephant trunk and a medical tool and was so weak it couldn't even dry my short hair under 5 minutes. The room in this four star hotel lacked a minibar! When we arrived late in the evening, the bar was closed, and you could just buy candy and chips at the front desk. Some rickety wardrobes (Ikea?) was placed in the room and was just the beginning of bad detailing.
I think this is a hotel who have a lot of regulars, who don't bother about the quality of the rooms as part of an experience you pay for - and the fact that you can't order a espresso based coffee for breakfast. We just expected more. It is a three star hotel - just so you know!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A modern and exclusive mountain hotel dating from 1895, in the heart of Are. It has 54 rooms, 3 apartment suites, a lobby bar, two restaurants and a nightclub. The hotel has extensive views across Lake Åresjön and the mountains, while its unique location means that it is just a stone's throw from slopes and restaurants. ... more less
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