Our family of 6 took a 3-bedroom apartment. I read previous reviews and was pre-warned of how small the apartment was but was still surprised at how tiny it actually was. There was no space at all in the bedrooms to even put a suitcase. We had to scatter our 3 big suitcases at whatever space we could find in the living room and under the stairs.
The spiral staircase leading up to the 2 bedrooms was narrow. It is not at all suitable for the elderly and very young children. It could be a dangerous fall if one is not careful. So please tell your kids to be careful climbing up and down. All 3 bedrooms had heaters.
Bathrooms - although there are 2 bathrooms. Only 1 bathroom had a commode and sink, whilst the 2nd bathroom only had a shower area and sink. So the 6 of us had to take turns using the commode and to shower. I liked the heating racks located in each bathroom (you can hang your wet stuff and it'll dry by morning) and a 'heat light' was also provided. You press a switch with the word 'heat' just outside both bathrooms and these big bright light bulbs (on the ceiling in both bathrooms) would be turned on and voila...you get instant heat. It was very nice when it was freezing outside. Clean towels were also provided.
The apartment, although small was very clean. There was an electric fireplace which is remote-controlled. Then you have an ipod charger and player, tv, and a dining table. Funny though, the apartment was meant for 6 but there were only 4 dining chairs.
You have full kitchen facilities available. We cooked sausages and eggs one day. Of course you need to get your own food. They don't provide water so you'll need to bring up your own mineral water for drinking. We swiped some butter from the buffet breakfast and used that as oil to fry our eggs. Don't worry about the apartment being smelly from the cooking smell, there is a hood which you simply pull out which sucks up the smoke. Kitchen had all the cutlery you need for cooking. Also provided was an iron, ironing board, bread toaster, kettle, etc. They also provided coffee/tea, sugar.
There is a laundry room on the 4th floor at this hotel. There are 2 washing machines (cold water only) which runs for half-hour for $3 which I thought was incredibly cheap. You need to slot in a $1 and a $2 Aussie coin. If you don't have enough coins, the reception will change dollars for coins. If you don't have washing powder you can buy it from reception. I think it costs $3. There are also 2 dryers, also charges $3. A tip for you, use the older dryer which is on your left if you are facing both dryers, it runs for an hour whilst the newer dryer only runs for 45 mins.
This hotel does not have any lifts. If you are taking the 3-bedroom apartments, it's located on the topmost floor which is on the 5th floor, so it's a bit of a climb. I think the smaller apartments are located on the lower floors.
Breakfast was a simple affair. Sausages, eggs, hash browns, juices, cereals, breads, sweet breads, croissants, fresh fruits and sweetened can fruits. It was simple and nice. Then you have your coffee/tea station.
We only ate 1 meal at the restaurant. It was nice enough and portions were huge, however it had very limited selection, just a couple of items for you to choose from. They also had kids meals with smaller portions.
The good thing about this tiny hotel is that they have a 'cage room' just beside reception. You can store your winter gear (like your coats, pants, boots, hats, scarves, gloves, etc) in this cage instead of bringing it up to your room. Just before you go out into the snow, you can put on your winter gear and you're good to go. I liked it as you don't have to lug these heavy stuff up to your room, especially the clunky and bulky snow pants and boots. The cage room has your room number, so your room key comes together with the keys to your cage. It also has a sled for the kids to go sledding.
Everything about this hotel is small. From the rooms to the restaurant. But since we were out the whole day and only slept in the rooms, it was alright for us. Reception staff were friendly and rooms/bathrooms were immaculately clean. They had a spa and massages but we didn't use them. They also had a games room for the kids.
There is a ski-rental place called Grimus which is just a 3-minute walk from reception, where you can rent all kinds of winter wear. Make sure you get the discount card from reception, it entitles you to a 10% discount at Grimus.
Overall, although I found the hotel very small, it was a very enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A favourite with families and couples alike, Breathtaker offers exceptional alpine hospitality, unparalleled customer service and incomparable facilities embracing the four elements: fire, water, earth and air, the result being the fifth element: the Quinta Essentia (the very best of the best). ... more less