We had never stayed in a Ferien Verein hotel before. It's Switzerland and so it's NOT inexpensive AND it's a family skiing holiday in the school holidays!!!
We very much enjoyed the food on offer. The evening menu is limited and sometimes a set menu but if you are open to trying anything it's really very good quality. Some of the meals were excellent. Fillet steak, duck, salads and homemade desserts. One evening we paid an extra supplement for a divine T-bone steak. You do not have to eat at the hotel in the evening if you give notice and you receive a Chf25.- refund per full paying guest per meal. The service at mealtimes was excellent and we would particularly like to thank Martin, who was a perfect host at all times.
The hotel is perfectly situated (we felt like everything was on our doorstep) for the free ski bus, walks through the Fex Valley, La Passarella restaurant (fantastic Flammkuchen), Nietzsche's house, bus stop for all connections to Corvatsch and St Moritz and the very expensive but incredible pony and carriage rides (we haggled and it worked). Best advice is to walk up the Fex Valley all the way to Hotel Fex and beyond and haggle for a trip back to Hotel Schweizerhof. We paid Chf50.- for two adults and the trip took about 50 minutes.
The pools (not very big and can be busy with children after skiing day and begore dinner @ 18.30h) and sauna area are simple but as clean and organised as you would expect in CH. Saunas were small but perfect and my husband and I managed to have a good sauna every day. Outdoor sauna is really exhilarating when you come out into snow. You are not supposed to wear any swimming costumes in the saunas. Towels only. The only disappointing spa experience for me was the very average aromatherapy massage. I was disappointed with the lack of cleanliness in the massage treatment room. The floor and underside of the massage table, which I stared at through the hole in in the massage bed for 30 minutes, were rather dusty and grubby.
My husband and children had a fantastic skiing and snowboarding experience here. Good storage for equipment and ease of use of the transport. Walking and cross-country skiing opportunities are exceptional. 90km of cross-country on the lakes alone, I think.
There is so much to do. We experienced lake hiking; watching the World Freestyle Skiing Championships (a lucky coincidence); Friday night skiing under floodlights from 19h in Corvatsch (NO bus service to get us to Corvatsch at 18h and so I went to ask what we could do and the very friendly, kind and hardworking hotel manager, Herr Nico Röthlisberger , said he would drive us to Corvatsch himself!!! Really above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you Nico! It was an amazing night. If you are skiing with children it is advisable to go earlier as the speeds of participants pick up as the evening progresses, as can alcohol consumption.); walking up for a dinner at Kuhstall (very pricey, food good but what an experience) with sledges under a gaslamp lit path and sledging home at 22h (kids loved it); playing billiards and pinball and air hockey every evening.....we really enjoyed our family evenings and early nights in bed.
Room was a gallery room on fifth floor with a balcony. The stairs inside the room are incredibly narrow and steep. Noteworthy.
Would we do it all again? Yes. Maybe no massage for me next time. It was an action packed, relaxing and special holiday in a stunning location. You can do as much or as little as you want.
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- This cosy hotel with its in-house saltwater spa (33Â°C) is situated in the heart of the idyllic village of Sils Maria, only a few minutes from a many beautiful hiking trails. The Upper Engadin region combines a beautiful landscape and a big choice of sports and cultural activities. The Merkli family and the team of the hotel Schweizerhof welcome you in this quiet yet central location with great views of the village and the surrounding mountain landscape ... more less
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