Our recent family holiday at Hotel Arnika for the "White Week" was thoroughly enjoyed.
The hotel boasts a great Spa which despite being renovated several years ago, is still in pristine condition - the "adult only area" houses three saunas (differing temperatures), a turkish steam bath, and an extensive array of showers in different temperatures from frigid cold to warm. The only feature open to children is a salt room and the heated swimming pool. Though we question the pools location to the "adult relaxation space" which during the afternoon rush is no longer a quiet zone because of kids enjoying themselves after a hard day on the slopes. Everyone that uses the pool must use a swimming cap - a normal rule in Italy. If you don't bring one, they are available for purchase from the pool staff or hotel sports store.
We elected for full board while at the hotel and it proved to be almost too much. On your first night your "party" is allocated a table for the duration of your stay. This allows you to select the menu items (generally three choices for the entree and main) you would prefer to eat for the next days' lunch and dinner - both a four course selection (buffer, entree, main and dessert). The breakfast array is an extensive continental (cold) breakfast with pastries, cereals, breads, fruits and traditional Italian/Austrian meats and cheeses served as a buffet. Lunch and Dinner is served at fixed times and if you want the benefit of the gourmet buffet selection at the beginning, we suggest being on time. The wine selection was superb and enjoyed and there is also a wide selection of drinks for the children that the staff are only too happy to cater for. At the end of each meal, you will feel like you have each too much rather than not enough and the food was all well above what you would expect from a "three star" hotel.
The hotel is ageing and in need of a renovation. The rooms have definitely seen better days but are clean and there is no lack of towels or anything in your room, which are serviced each day. It was a welcome day to have fresh towels each day. The water in the bathrooms was hot and appeared to be plenty of it. A bonus surprise was the supply of children's and adult robes (dressing gowns) for the duration of the stay, to make your trips to the pool and spa far more relaxing. Whatever negative there was, the staff were courteous and welcoming and they went out of their way to make you feel happy. The beds were okay to sleep on but the pillows were so thin we would argue you could hardly consider them pillows anymore. Despite the outside temperature hitting a cold minus 15 during our stay, the rooms/hotel were warm and comfortable.
The kids club which was available in the morning and afternoon was an added bonus which was thoroughly enjoyed by the kids when they were too exhausted to keep skiing.
Our biggest struggle during the week was the location of the ski room (basement) and the route that one had to take with boots on (carrying skis and poles) to make it to the closest spot behind the hotel to "ski in / ski out". This was tiring and cumbersome, especially as it was icy and very slippery, not very well maintained with frequent snow build-ups on the stairs not being cleared. If you are travelling with children and have to carry their skis and poles as well. It would be a big plus to add another ski room in a higher location that would allow people wanting to "Ski In Ski Out" the benefit of not having to navigate the current route.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- L'Hotel Arnika Wellness sorge proprio sulle piste sciistiche Costabella di Passo San Pellegrino. In Estate e alla partenza dei principali sentieri della zona. Situato a un'altitudine di 1918 metri, l'hotel offre servizi benessere, la possibilita di usufruire dei propri istruttori di sci e un deposito sci riscaldato. Confortevoli e accoglienti, le camere sono dotate di pavimenti in moquette, Tv 32'' con Full Sky gratuito, di arredi in legno, di un bagno privato e di accappatoi e pantofole, e alcune vantano un balcone. Al mattino gusterete una prima colazione a buffet con dolci fatti in casa, mentre il ristorante dell'Arnika Hotel propone un menu fisso a pranzo e a cena a base di specialita altoatesine. Per le vostre escursioni potrete richiedere dei comodi pranzi al sacco. Il personale della struttura vi accogliera con un cocktail in omaggio, e potrete accedere gratuitamente al centro benessere, alla piscina interna riscaldata, alle saune e al bagno turco, grotta di sale, percorso Kreipp o trascorrere il tempo libero rilassandovi nelle 2 terrazze all'aperto o divertendovi nella sala con videogiochi. Dotato di un parcheggio gratuito e ubicato a soli 10 minuti di auto da Moena, l'hotel dista soli 200 metri dalla piu vicina scuola di sci e offre la possibilita di accedere a oltre 100 km di piste sciistiche. Wi-fi gratuito in tutto l'Hotel. ... more less
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