Need To Know
71, including 24 suites.
Midday, although later check-out can be arranged for a CHF125 fee. Check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $208.65 (CHF207), excluding tax at 3.8 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of CHF4.20 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include breakfast buffet and spa access.
You can bring pets for CHF45 a night. Smoking is allowed in the bar. Parking outisde the hotel is CHF20 a night in winter (CHF25 in the underground car park) and CHF10 (CHF15) in summer.
7 April to 31 May, 2013.
At the hotel
Spa, ski room, gym, library, billiard room, DVD selection, board games, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, Keiji toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
The Deluxe Rooms are pleasantly spacious – if you go for a room number ending in 14, you’ll have two balconies to enjoy as these are set on the corner of the hotel. The Junior Suites North have space to sprawl in, but no balconies. The Family Suites are ideal for those with kids in tow, with two bedrooms – one on a mezzanine level – separate enough to enjoy privacy and peace of mind simultaneously. Glorious Alpine views are hard to avoid, but to make the most of them ask for a panoramic south-facing outlook rather than a mountain view.
The spa has pools both indoors and out. Inside, there’s a soothing lap pool fed by a wall-size waterfall and lined with comfortable wooden loungers. Outside, on the terrace beside the restaurant, the hydrotherapy pool with massage jets and Jacuzzi is wonderfully warm, allowing you to bask blissfully alfresco even when the snow is whirling around you.
You’ll be kicking yourself if you forget swimwear – the spa pools are one of the hotel’s real highlights. Ski passes, sledges, and Nordic walking canes are all available from reception.
The sleek, black-tiled spa comes with a Finnish sauna, steam room, relaxation room, and a wide-ranging menu of enticing therapies, including Sodashi facials for men and women, full-body treatments, massages and hair and nail care.
The hotel welcomes youngsters and can provide cribs (free) and extra beds (CHF112.50 a night for 3–16 year olds). Babysitting (with staff) can be arranged for CHF25 an hour, and there’s a 24-hour playroom (unsupervised), with games, Playstation and Wii.
The Cambrian recycles everything possible, composts food waste and uses locally sourced organic and seasonal ingredients in its cuisine.