Flims, Switzerland

The Hide Hotel

Rates per night from$193.09

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CHF192.86), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Cooler than being cool

Setting

Frost-tipped Flims

No cuckoo-clock chalet, ski-in-ski-out stay The Hide Hotel favours brighter bolder Swiss design: piste-map marquetry, pine-green and chartreuse velvets, crystal-geode-inspired carpets. It’s at the foot of the Glarus Alps, overlooking the Rhine Gorge, so ski bunnies and snowboarders have more than 200km of runs to zip down and the world’s largest half-pipe to play on. Plus, kids can race mini Skodas, whip up chocolates and build dinos in the play centre next door. Après skiing, get cosy and sip glühwein as a DJ enlivens the lobby or try star chef Adrian Tschanz’s diverse dining concepts. Yes, Hide will be much sought after.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

39, including five suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $193.09 (CHF193), excluding tax at 3.7 per cent.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast (usually CHF38 an adult, CHF15 a child), with breads and pastries; fruit; muesli; local charcuterie and salmon; cheeses; veggie dishes; hot picks (eggs, bacon, sausages, poffertjes…); juices and coffee.

Also

To make the most of your stay, get pally with the receptionist and concierge: they can point you to local ski instructors and gear stores, issue you a free bus pass for the Route 1 shuttle from Flims to Falera and help you acquire tickets to prestigious snowboarding event, the Laax Open.

At the hotel

Mountain concierge, roof terrace, lounge, free WiFi. In rooms: tablet loaded with magazines and local info (in German), flatscreen TV, Nespresso coffee machine, mini fridge with bottled water, blanket and bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms are equally stylish with the same psychedelic carpets, matte-black bathrooms and snugglesome velvet throws. Junior Suites are slightly larger at 40sq m and corner rooms have the most Christmassy views.

Spa

Come summer 2019, Hide will unveil a sparkling new spa. Therapists will soothe ski-worn muscles in two massage cabins (one built for two), yoga, Pilates and other classes will be held in the fully equipped gym, and – in true Swiss style – there’ll be a sauna, too.

Packing tips

You can pick up any forgotten winter-sports gear in Stenna, but save some francs by bringing your own salopettes, goggles and such. For maximum cosiness, bring fleecy pyjamas too. Brits – and all cuppa fans – might want to pack some Tetley’s: tea isn’t provided in your room.

Also

The hotel is fully wheelchair accessible, with sizeable rooms and public spaces and a lift to all floors.

Pet‐friendly

Very welcome; you might spy the manager’s snow-loving hound padding around reception. Dogs can stay in any room for CHF20 a night and they’ll get their own blanket and ball. See more pet-friendly hotels in Flims.

Children

Children aged two and up are very welcome. Extra beds (CHF80 a night) and cots (free) can be added to all double rooms and suites.

Best for

Juniors, tweens and teens old enough to take to the slopes.

Recommended rooms

The Junior Suite gives families more space to spread out.

Crèche

Next door’s Kindercity includes a Baby Park for very little ones aged from three to 24 months with fully qualified carers, toys, activities and rest areas.

Activities

Kids can take to the beginners’ slopes, tackle some of the gentler mountain trails and even clamber up a rock face. But, you could play it safe in Stenna’s incredible Kindercity, which includes a chocolate workshop, cookery studio, dinosaur crafting, robotics lab and more. Plus a 3D cinema screen, a brain-busting ‘Sciencity’, kids’ garden with a track for racing mini electric Skodas, and a reading corner. Stenna also has shops catering to kids, selling sleds, customisable bikes, ski gear, the most stylish of Swiss designer toys, princess gowns, unicorn costumes and more.

 

Meals

The deli is best suited to children, with a laidback air and dishes to suit smalls: burgers, deboned chicken, mezze… Plus, it’s open for early dinners.

No need to pack

The hotel can arrange baby monitors on request, but bring essential baby kit and cherished toys. For nappies, wipes, formula, baby food and other essentials, there’s a Co-op supermarket in Stenna’s basement.

Food and Drink

Photos The Hide Hotel food and drink

Top Table

The winter-wonderland vistas are on the other side of the building, unfortunately, so huddle together in a violet-hued banquette towards the back of the room.

Dress Code

Shed your ski layers for the main restaurant.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel has a come-as-you-are deli and a fine-diner, with menus conceived by Swiss culinary star Adrian Tschanz. The former does a fine line in ‘I’ll have one of each’ mezze plates, salads, pastas, cheese and meat platters, and such. The latter has come-of-age meats (served with decadent sauces and sides – we loved the cheesy spätzle), Swiss classics (try the ‘capuns’ with chard-wrapped air-dried beef), veggie and vegan picks (fregola and carrot Bolognese, citrussy pastas) and the creamiest, chocolatiest desserts. 
Dress code Shed your ski layers for the main restaurant.

Hotel bar

There’s no dedicated bar, but there are a few stools to perch on by the Deli counter, and reception has a fireplace, bridge set and fuzzy and squishy chairs to flop on as staff bring you your preferred poison: G&Ts, highballs, regional wines and craft beers.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 11am, the Deli runs from 10am to 11pm, the restaurant from 6pm to midnight.

Location

Photos The Hide Hotel location
Address
The Hide Hotel
Via Nova 80
Flims
7017
Switzerland

The hotel is nestled in the often snowbound hamlet of Flims, tucked away in the action-packed Stenna complex and just metres from the Foppa ski lift.

Planes

Zürich (AKA Kloten) Airport is the nearest. Flights arrive here directly from all over Europe (from London, the journey’s just over an hour). Flights from the US usually stop elsewhere in Europe first and flights from Asia and Australasia connect via the UAE, although there are direct flights from Hong Kong. The hotel can arrange private transfers from Zürich for CHF420 each way.

Trains

Catch the train from the airport station (Zürich Flughafen) to Zürich Hauptbahnhof, then hop on a train to Chur – a scenic train ride that chugs past mountains and lakes. Then catch the bus to Flims Dorf, Bergbahnen – the stop right outside the hotel complex. Book tickets in advance and you’ll get a handy QR code to cover your whole journey.

Automobiles

The drive from Zürich airport takes just over 90 minutes and traverses Alpine panoramas – bring snow tires and the like for frosty weather. Transportation to and from the runs is impressively efficient, but if you want to do some off-piste exploring or have a lot of gear, a car could come in handy. There’s underground parking on site for a charge of CHF20 a night.

Other

Every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, a shuttle bus runs directly from the airport to Flims (you’ll need to book 48 hours in advance), a journey of around 90 minutes. Download the Inside LAAX App for the timetable.

Worth getting out of bed for

You’ll become accustomed to the click-clack of off-piste skiers navigating Flims’ snowy streets in their slightly cumbersome boots. Everyone is here for the hundreds of kilometres of powder-coated runs criss-crossing the Glarus Alps (some from stomach-lurching heights) freestylin’ sessions in snowparks that cater to beginners and Olympians alike, snowboarding the world’s largest (and gnarliest) halfpipe in Laax and hiking the breathtaking Rhine Gorge – the ‘Swiss Grand Canyon’. Start by catching the Foppa chair-lift, just a few metres from Hide, (making it a true ski-in and out hotel) and work your way up to the Vorab Glacier: a staggering 3,018 metres of mountain face. You can also practise or refine your skills at the Freestyle Academy, a playground of ramps, trampolines and more. Pro tip: Flims is the skier’s sanctuary, Laax tends to lure more snowboarders. Need more adrenaline-flooding fun? Strap in for a climb up the Pinut via ferrata, bomb around glassine Lake Caumasee on a mountain bike, go white-water rafting, risk the vertiginous fixed-rope park, or following the Bargis mountain-valley trail. Paragliding and helicopter rides are possible too. Acrophobes can find out how the Alps were formed with a stroll through the Unesco-protected Tectonic Arena Sardona or see Megalithic monoliths in Falera’s prehistoric Parc la Mutta. Watch the cosmos from Mirasteilas observatory, or swing by architect Rudolf Olgiati’s curiously whitewashed Yellow House. Or curl up by the fire in the hotel’s reception and flick through their books on natural curios, art and design.

Local restaurants

The hotel’s duo of diners are reason enough to stay in, but Flims’ restaurants reflect the cosmopolitan ski crowd it draws. Stenna is home to cheery café Ella, whose flat-share concept means homey surrounds. Download the Inside Laax App to order gourmet sandwiches, homemade cakes and decadent hot chocolates before your chair-lift has come back down to earth. Come summer, DeliCious offers a picnic of sandwiches, cakes and more for a very reasonable price. The region’s fondness for carb-loading and cheese aligns nicely with Italian dining: try Pomodoro and chic Cavigilli for top-notch pasta. Go old-school at the ‘Golden age of skiing’ Waldhaus hotel’s Epoca, where the window walls give good view, or mod-Swiss with Nova’s deconstructed dishes, served in an atmospheric stone cellar. The hotel doesn’t serve fondue or raclette, but Stalla or Hotel Vorab’s Fondue Stübli – both wood-clad and studded with stag mounts – both overflow with molten cheese. For zingy salads and noodle bowls hit pan-Asian eatery Nooba, close to the launchpad for the Crap Sogn Gion gondola.

Local bars

Atop the Crap Sogn Gion peak, Galaaxy attracts a youthful crowd of serious skiers, backpackers and post-piste partiers, here to brave the slopes and balk at the astounding 360-degree view. A small alfresco bar serves iced cocktails, warming grog and mulled drinks, and old-school funk belts out from a snowplough turned DJ booth. For more grown-up mingling, VinCreaziun in Flims has a well-stocked cellar to sip through and Livingrhum, on Via dil Crest, is a convivial cafe with an impressive stash of spirits and some very cosy nooks.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Swiss ski hotel amid the Alps and unpacked their baggie of fondue and reindeer salami, a full account of their powder-slicing adventure will be with you. In the meantime, kick off your moonboots and gather round the fire in The Hide Hotel

Not content with retiring the serif and keeping watches relevant, the Swiss are now reinventing the ski break. In Flims (the cold-hotspot destined to be on all skiers’ chapsticked lips) the Hide Hotel is a ski lodge for modern-minded rippers and shredders, which carves to the left of trad Heidi-holes. Rooms have black bobble-tiled bathrooms with dusky-pink sinks, chic jigsaws of marquetry walls, enough jewel-toned velvets to clothe a dynasty of Tudor monarchs and beds supple enough to cradle ski-roughoused limbs. 

Poffertjes, doughnuts and other delights help skiers carb-load come morning; post-piste, the hotel’s deli serves moreish mezze and a fine-diner excels in well-hung steaks and inventive veggie dishes. As for the après-ski – reception practically invites guests to nap on their squishy sofas and fluffy chairs, arranged around an open fireplace, drinks are served here and a DJ hits the decks after dark. The surrounding area is a paradise for ‘pow’ seekers, and the chairlift’s a short scuffle away in your ski-boots, but after a day spent on the slopes, you’ll look forward to hiding all away in a stay that’s slicker and cooler than a glacier tongue.

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