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“Average chalet facilities, excellent location”
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Chalet Verwall
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Stayed here with Ski Esprit March 2014, two of us and our 4 year old.

Ski Esprit were simply brilliant with the child care, which made for a great holiday. As for the accommodation, which is what I guess this review should be more about, it is a 70s apartment, which feels dated and has limited facilities. It was built as set of apartments, rather than a communal chalet, consequently the rooms are a nice size with two or more proper bedrooms, which is great with kids. However, there is no real communal lounge area, just a small eating/dining room and an attic communal area which is small and uninviting - and not used when we were there. So if you are not bothered about socialising, or not in a group, it is worth it for the bigger room/apartment set up. If you were in a group with other families it would be frustrating.

Wifi worked occasionally in the chalet, but not reliable. 3G data coverage on slopes was good and wifi free in most of the on-slope restaurants.

Food from Ski Esprit was OK, but nothing special; however am used to that. It is the child care I really want and they were brilliant with the snow club (fun/play), which in chalet, and the ski club/school, which straight out the door.

The location of the chalet is excellent with a button lift right out the door to take you over to one of the main gondolas. Ski to the door on way back. Lovely. The skiing in Obergurgl and Hockgurgl is relatively easy - easy to ski both areas on the same day, plus you can easily day trip to Solden, which has lots of skiing itself. Very much just an intermediate level ski area. Not the best place for adult beginners, nor the very advanced, but great for the rest of us piste cruisers, with lots of wide blue and easy reds. Very few drag lifts, so works well for boarders. The main thing which makes it an excellent ski location is it is quiet and not over crowded, even on popular weeks. Never queued for a lift. Snow record is one of the best, given it is so high up.

Food up on the slopes was good and not overly expensive. Minor negative is that is not set up for sledges/toboggans like some areas, which is a pain if you want to do something different with the kids other than ski.

No real nightlife. I don't think there is even a nightclub; there are not even many restaurants outside the hotels. This is real quiet town. The opposite to the likes of a Meribel or St Anton. Not a problem for us with a young child, but not somewhere I would go if I wanted après-ski party time.

Only a 80-90min transfer from Innsbruck, which is good with young kids. If you want to do your own travel, EasyJet fly to Innsbruck and arranging your own bus/shuttle service (off the main Obergurgl website) is easy.

Finally just to say that the address that trip advisor gives is wrong as is the map location shown. Look up the address on the main Obergurgl website - it is listed as "Apartments Verwall".

Pros: ski area, snow record, chalet/slopes location, not crowded, big rooms, transfer time, Ski Esprit child care, quiet town.
Cons: no lounge, not for sledges, chalet wifi, quiet town.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

We have previously been to Austria for a family ski holiday and wanted to try a different chalet. We needed child friendly accommodation as we have a 7yr, 3yr and 4 week old. We had a very good experience with Esprit ski 2 years ago at Pepi Gabl in St Anton, but wanted to try something else this time. We stuck with Esprit as we were pleased with their child care.
Flights were to Innsbruck which is usually a 1 3/4 hr transfer - bad weather forced us to land at Friedrichshafen which resulted in the transfer being 3 hrs. :-(
We had requested a family suite (suite 5 - were given apartment 6 - apparently the agent and chalet owners follow different numbering!!??!!)- we got a double room and a living room with sleeper couch. The cot was squeezed into the double room. Very cramped to say the least - see the attached pics. Furnishings are very dated - late 70/80's and the shower/wc is tiny in this suite.

Esprit staff were fantastic, helpful, attentive and great with the kids - ski-school for our 7yr takes them from 9.15am, gives them lunch at 12.30 , then skiing again til 3.30pm after which there is snowclub - fun and games in the chalet. Initially our 4yr was in Mini-snow club in the morning and Spritelets skiing in the afternoon. He then joined the beginners for skiing in the morning instead.
They are looked after til High tea at 5.30 for the kids in the chalet. Adults eat at 7.30 at which time 7yr went to coco-club (in chalet) and 4yr to mini-coco (at Chalet Alpenblume). Our 4wk old stayed in the car seat with us for dinner.
Food was very well presented and plentiful with ample wine. Cheese board was served in the loft area which is a little cramped and we eventually started having the cheese in the dining area as no-one wanted to venture up.
The location of the chalet is fantastic, 50m to the meeting point for the kids and 100m to the closest drag lift which takes you to the first bubble lift. Great space to kids to play in.
The ski rental shop is also very close.
The restaurants we tried - Romantika - italian/austrian cuisine, and Belmonte (pizza /pasta) next to the ski rental shop.
Most of the on-piste restaurants serve austrian cuisine and are very reasonable.
A must is the apres ski at the Nederhutte - we took the kids - live father and son guitar band, dancing on tables, kids loved it. You can either ski down as the last slope is floodlit, or Ski-doo takes you down if a little piddled.
There is also a ski-show on the Wednesday night at the top of the main bubble Festkogl. Fantastic entertainment- get to the bubble by 8.15pm to get a good spot. It starts at 9pm.
Book your ski rental, lift pass and ski school online as its a little cheaper - you tend to get hit with all sorts of supplementary costs.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Hotelplan, Guest Relations Manager at Chalet Verwall, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2014

Dear Drdmwolf,
Thank you for your feedback and this first review for the Verwall! Great to hear that you and your family appreciated the chalet's location, and received excellent service from our Obergurgl team. We shall pass on your praise to them all.
We are sorry that you were subjected to a longer transfer than expected but we were determined to ensure our guests managed to reach Obergurgl and get the full 6 days to ski. There was a very high possibility that this would not have happened if we had gone to Innsbruck as we may well have had to wait overnight for the roads from that direction to be cleared due to the extreme weather.

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Address: Gurglerstrasse 115, Obergurgl 6456, Austria
Region: Austria > Austrian Alps > Tirol > Obergurgl
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Ranked #14 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Obergurgl
Price Range: £65 - £95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chalet Verwall (pronounced ‘Fair-val’) makes an excellent choice for your family ski holiday, and is proving a tremendous hit with Esprit ski families.The Verwall’s location simply could not be bettered, at the end of a short, quiet cul-de-sac off Obergurgl’s main street, with the easiest possible access to and from the slopes, and accommodation ideally suited to families, with all suites having ... more   less 
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