Imagine you coming in from a day on the slopes to sit in a bubbling hot tub. The afternoon sun is on your face as you admire the spectacular and uninterrupted mountain views of Rendl across the valley and ponder the difficult question as to whether to help yourself to a cold beer... yes, that was me earlier this week.
. If you like your evening schnitzel served to you by a yodelling man in embroidered lederhosen, this probably isn't the place for you. But if you like modern luxury, like a boutiquey hotel, it definitely will be. It's a newly built, superclean chalet, with all the amenities you could possibly want. As well as the outdoor hot tub, there's a huge sauna, gorgeous lavender Occitane toiletries, a massive library of DVDs, a log burning fireplace, and enough tealight candles and red wine on tap to sooth even the most cynical and jaded of St Anton visitors.
Dinner is very good: not over fancified or over stodgy, but just what you are looking for at the end of a skiing day. Annabel is most definitely not your average chalet cook: she is an experienced private chef and really knows what she's about - she is exceptionally well organised and seems to magic amazing food out of thin air.
Both she and Jason, who run the company together, are unfailingly cheerful and upbeat (how they do it, we have no idea) and their number one priority is making their guests feel welcome and looked after in "supergood" fashion. In fact Jason seems to divine what will make guests happy before they even know it themselves. He did everything for us short of putting our ski boots on (oh wait, he DID do that for one of our party...) They also know everything and everyone there is to know in St Anton, which is a great resource.
There are really hardly any...
1) Logistics wise, it has to be said that the chalet is up a steep hill on the way out of town. That's no problem during the day as Jason always pre-organises ski storage at the Alber Sports next to the Galzig lift pass office, and is on hand to do shuttle pickups and drop offs. At night, however, if you want to go out after dinner it's either a 12 euro each way taxi ride, or a slippy walk up and down the Alte Arlbergstrasse hill.
2) when the bedrooms are set up as twins (you can choose whether you want them as doubles or twins), they are rather on the small side. There was virtually no clearance between the wardrobe doors and one of the beds. (Actually, we also weren't 100% sure about the beds: I thought mine was a bit hard but that could be down to personal preference/Austrian mattresses in general.) The good news, however, is that very few people come to St Anton to spend their time in their bedrooms, so it should not be a deal breaker.
3) The chalet was not full when we stayed there, so we had more than enough room to spread ourselves out. With sixteen adults in residence, we thought things could get quite cosy. Although, maybe that's a good thing...
- Also Known As:
- Chalet Gertrud Gabl Austria/St. Anton Am Arlberg