I booked to stay at the Alpina for a week immediately after my 3 kids broke up from school on Friday 14th December. We stayed in a Category F apartment, which was easily large enough to accommodate the 3 kids and the 2 of us.
The room was very clean and the bathroom was huge and there was a nice balcony with a view over to Hochgurgl. Unfortunately, there were no tea or coffee making facilities in the room, so if you fancied a cuppa after a long day out in the cold, you had to go to the hotel bar.
This would have been fine had the hotel bar not been so blisteringly hot. Also, the layout of the seats and tables were fine to accommodate groups of 6 or more, but there were no tables for 2, if you wanted an intimate chat without the kids later on for example.
After our first such experience, we spent the remainder of the week seeking out hot chocolate and afternoon tea in other hotels, which was a bit of a shame. The bars at both the Gamper and the Austria were more in keeping with what I want from an Alpine Hotel bar, i.e. - cosy, intimate, friendly, with a little bit of atmosphere.
The hotel itself is situated fairly centrally in Obergurgl, but it's on a steep hill, which could be a bit of a nuisance if you're tired and have 3 small children to drag along after a full day of skiing. If you want to be closer to the lifts and on the same level, I would recommend looking at the Gamper, the Madeleine and the Gotthard Zeit. I also heard a good report of the Alpenaussicht, although we didn't manage to see for ourselves.
The food at the hotel was without doubt very good indeed. However, I felt that there were too many guests in residence all at the same time for the kitchen staff to cope comfortably. All the staff were very frinedly and helpful, but you could see they were stretched.
I felt that the breakfast choice was just OK, which is disappointing for a hotel of this class and in this location.
The hotel Childrens' entertainment (Johanna) was very friendly and very good with the kids, although we only dropped the kids with her on a couple of occasions. The hotel allows kids to eat their dinner earlier than the main restaurant start time of 7pm (which I thought was too late), as long as they're at the table by 5:45pm.
This sounds like a great idea on the face of it, but then you realise that the food choice would be the same every night and not as per the daily menu. If your kids only eat chicken nuggets, fish fingers and pasta, then this won't be a problem.
The hotel swimming pool and spa facilities were excellent and the kids all enjoyed having a good swim and a jacuzzi each afternoon.
There was a little hotel minibus, which we managed to flag down on a couple of occasions in the afternoon from near the ski lifts at about 3:50pm, but we didn't notice this at all until quite a long way into our week. This is a complimentary service and it brings you back to the hotel without you having to negotiate the steep hill. I'm not entirely sure what its hours of operation were and it was a little bit "hit or miss" if we saw it at all while we were there.
In summary, this is a nice hotel, but far too big for my liking, in a resort like Obergurgl. I like to spend time in the mountains in a friendlier, more intimate sort of place than this. The hotel bar did not leave me feeling like I wanted to return, which makes me realise that this place has fallen at the first hurdle. I would have been far happier making a cup of tea in the room than being charged 4 Euros a cup in a soulless room where you could have been forgiven for turning up in a Hawaii Shirt and Bermuda Shorts.
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