We went to Vals for the Therme, but chose this hotel as we thought it to be better value for money than the Hotel Therme. This indeed turned out to be the case. Perhaps in response to the popular Zumthor-desgned spa, Alpina Hotel also stresses its interest in architecture and design. There are several books and periodicals on architecture available in the small reading area in the hotel lobby. The rooms, although a bit small, were designed by a well-known local Swiss architect. We requested a room on an upper floor with good views of the valley. This was a plus. Our room had lots of blonde wood that looked like knotty pine. This gave the room a distinctly modern look without sacrificing its mountain lodge atmospheres. Bath was quite nice with a stone-lined shower stall. We also enjoyed their dinner service. Food was excellent and beautifully presented, although we often felt as though we'd had too much to eat. We also enjoyed meeting Ms. Eva, one of the restaurant staff members. She was quite delightful. The hotel is a ten minute walk from the Vals Therme. The hotel arranged for our reservations at the spa and we received a discount. But one of the more pleasant surprises for us was just how delightful the whole valley area around Vals is. There are beautiful walks available with spectacular views. We were there in late September, so had to dodge some rainy days, but overall, this is an area we'd like to visit again. Getting to Vals turned out to be easier than anticipated. The 'Post-Bus' station is located just minutes away from the hotel at the local post office. The bus ride to Vals is itself quite an enjoyable journey and should be regarded as yet another reason for traveling to this lovely locale. This is a highly recommended hotel in our experience.
- 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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