A bit of New York in Verbier. Ultra modern, with a few local touches here and there (chalet-like details). Brand new and spotless (opened Dec 2013). Looks like a perfect location for skiers (really close to lifts). A place where singles and teenagers would be happy too (hip music, places for hanging around with a drink in hand, and so on). Cozy and trendy feeling everywhere.
Spa nice too, nothing spectacular though. Would have appreciated some more privacy in the showers area.The hot stone Away massage was nice and relaxing! The swimming pool is "OK", half inside half outside.
Food at the Arola restaurant was cooked to perfection - but the presentation of the plate could be improved.
If you go off season, like we did, be prepared for really slow service at the restaurant despite the friendly staff's best efforts (there seem to be too few of them) and for a rather 4* breakfast experience, with limited choices at the buffet (you had to order the rest from the menu, which tends to limit customer choice) some insipid omelette, things arriving way too late, etc. Again, the staff really did their best, but there seemed to be "some problem with the kitchen".
We are glad we didn't take our 3 year old with us, there would be nothing for her to do there (no playground or similar anywhere in sight). Clearly more of an adult than family hotel.
Definitely worth visiting though, would not stay anywhere else in Verbier. We are pretty confident the small hiccups will be resolved when the hotel operates at full speed.
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