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“Large room a short walk from Therme Vals”
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Hotel Alpina Vals
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Vals
Reviewed 16 September 2012

We had gps issues getting to Vals from Ronchamp and wound up arriving there 3hrs late. Which meant we missed our massage and entry to the Therme Vals booking that we'd made months ago. By this time we were somewhat frazzled and the lovely woman behind the desk rebooked these things for us for the next day and I don't know what she said to the people at the baths, but she managed to do this all for us at no extra charge.

The rooms are large, clean and comfortable. Breakfast was delicious and overall the hotel seems well designed. Our time in Vals was one of the highlights of our trip and I believe we owe part of that to our lovely lady at the hotel who transformed our initially stressful situation into a fantastic day at the spa.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

We stayed at Hotel Alpina following an extended stay in Vals. We had been staying at the Therme but due to the short notice of our stay, the Therme was fully booked so we were recommended the Hotel Alpina.
The hotel notified us that the room would be small however it was very warm, clean, comfortable and functionable and just what we needed after staying at the Therme. The hotel is a family business and it is evident that the family pay close attention to service and making sure that guests are happy and aware of the hotels facilities. The restaurant is very very good, possibly the best meal we had in Switzerland and the bar underneath the hotel is also great fun after a day skiing.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Sampan24
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

My wife and I spent five days in Vals and we stayed at the Hotel Alpina as advised by a friend.
The hotel is a great value-for-money place. They can also get you discounted tickets to the Vals Therme!
Our room was very comfy and well designed, but we already expected that...
What it was a surprise for us was the restaurant! The food was very innovative and tasty; I would recommend that you try it for dinner.
The service at hotel and restaurant was really kind.
The hotel has fee wi-fi.
It would be nice if the hotel had boilers in the room to prepare yourself a tea or some infusion!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank RM00184
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Reviewed 17 September 2010

We recently stayed 3 nights at the Hotel Alpina and enjoyed it very much. I am an architect and we went to Vals to see the baths. We decided to stay at the Hotel Alpina for the lower cost rooms than the Therme Hotel, but knowing what I know now I would choose to stay there again. When we checked in we were given a choice of rooms and we looked at 3 or 4 of them. We chose room 17 that was fairly spacious with wood floors and wood or painted white walls. It was a very nice minimalist design style. It had two windows that looked out over the rooftops of the town and down the valley. We could partially see the Zumpthor building from the room. The rooms did have low-ish ceilings but considering the setting and the climate it seemed appropriate and we didn't mind..we are two people that usually prefer much higher spaces. The hotel was quiet and enjoyable. I think we were in Vals during a low season, because nothing including the baths was crowded. The hotel is situated overlooking the charming town square where there is another hotel and a few restaruants. We did not get the half board option at the hotel but we ended up eating in the hotel restaurant every night because the food was very good and it always seemed like the most appealing option. We went to the Hotel Therme one night to have a drink and possibly eat, but the live music and decor of the lobby was really not appealing and we decided not to stay. There is a restaurant in one of the villages on the nearby hillside that would have been a nice option if it had been open. The breakfast at the Alpina was perfect. It included a very nice selection of delicious breads, cheeses, meats, fruits, yogurt and cereal or muesli. There were also expressos,cappucinos, teas etc.. The hotel also has a small parking lot where they let us park without charge. The only down side of the hotel that I can think of is the internet access that isn't reliable. I could never get wifi access with my iphone(I'm not sure why), but my husband could get access on his computer in the lobby. This is not a place to go to sit on your computer,and perhaps it's a nice excuse to be somewhat unplugged for a few days.

The baths were wonderful and well worth the trip, but the other highlight was just how unbelievably beautiful the area is. The hotel made recommendations for us and we spent two days walking the trails higher up in the valley...It was spectacular. For a shorter walk you can take the gondola to Gadastatt and walk to the Zervreila Lake. There's a restaurant at the lake when you get there. For a longer walk into a landscape that looks like Tibet you can catch a bus to the lake and walk to the outposts of Lampertschalp or Lanta Hutte. It felt very remote the day we were there (no one else on the trail). These are easy walks that can be accomplished in sturdy comfortable shoes (I was using running shoes). There are many other walks and more rigorous climbs that we didn't have time to explore, but would like to someday.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Veesmee
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Reviewed 1 August 2010

Do not miss the Therme Vals when visiting central Switzerland. Based upon reviews we read on this website, we decided not to choose for the Therme Hotel, but the Alpina. Since prices in Vals are high anyway, we decided to go for the most expensive renovated rooms, designed by Architekt Gion A. Caminada which are CHF 110 per person per night (!).
When entering the room, we were disappointed by the very low ceiling and the unbelievable cheap floor covering. The rest of the interior was also quite cheap and the room looked out on a terrace on which the neighbours were having fun bbqing. Service was ok but not too friendly.
Breakfast and diner were really delicious, but we were unpleasantly surprised to learn that if you take halfboard, you are not supposed to dine on the lovely terrace in front of the hotel (but in the restaurant/breakfast room upstairs).
The next time we will try the Therme Hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Stijnv71
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Reviewed 11 October 2009

We love Vals. Even if it's several hours away from home, the beautiful thermal baths will still drive us there for a week-end. And what better place to stay there than the beautiful Alpina?

If you're looking for kitschy chalet-style accommodation, you will be disappointed. If however contemporary architecture with a touch of Alpenchic is more your style, this is the place. Hotel Alpina was renovated by local architect Gion Caminada, who gave the "new rooms" a strict simplicity that is absolutely perfect. On a soft wooden floor rests a simple but comfortable bed, lit by windows that open into the beautiful alpine landscape and let in the pure air. A heaven of calm, mere minutes away from the thermal baths.

Choosing the half-board option will grant you an excellent 4-course dinner in the elegant in-house restaurant, boasting what might be the best wine selection in town... And after a good night's sleep, dive into the magnificent breakfast buffet sporting a variety of breads, local cheese and home-made müesli.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2009

If you are interested in architecture / design and want to visit Peter Zumthor's Therme at Vals, you might want to consider staying at the Hotel Alpina instead. They have discounted public entry available for their guest to the mineral baths, and the hotel has been modernised now throughout (I believe) by local architect Gion A. Caminada. My girlfriend found it a bit 'pine-tastic' in our bedroom, but I actually found the room more humane and warm than the room we had had at Vals Therme Hotel. The shower room isn't the largest, but the beds are comfortable with great duvets, and the location, right in the heart of Vals, is better than Vals Therme which is perched on the edge of the town. Staff were far warmer to us than at Vals Therme Hotel, the breakfast at Alpina was better, and the cost per night, about half that of Vals Thermes.

The only advantage you have of staying as a hotel guest in Vals Thermes is access to the night swimming which happens three nights a week which non-hotel guests cannot attend. It is quite a good experience, bathing in silence, but you need to decide the price you want to place on that.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Dorf Platz Vals 7132, Vals 7132, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Graubunden > Vals
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Vals
Price Range: £139 - £160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Privately owned and run hotel directly at the historic village square of Vals in the middle of the Swiss Alps.The Hotel has been designed by the local architect Gion A. Caminada and offers 20 guest rooms, made out of natural material such as wood from the valley and stone from the local quarry. Furniture crafted by local craftsmen.Restaurant on the first floor overlooking the picturesque village square – styled with a discreet, sophisticated appeal.Our kitchens provide wholesome, market fresh, creative cuisine.The world famous Therme Vals - SPA by Peter Zumthor is only a 5-7 minutes walk away from the hotel.In summer and autumn - hiking options galore. In Winter skiing bus stop just in front of the hotel. Sledges for free rental at the hotel. ... more   less 
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