Arosa, Switzerland

Valsana Hotel & Apartments

Rates per night from$380.74

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 (CHF383.20), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Chalet chic

Setting

Swiss slopes

In the Swiss ski resort of Arosa, Valsana is a fun, fresh take on the classic Alpine chalet hotel. Eschewing stuffy mountain motifs for industrial accents, botanical prints and reclaimed pieces, this is a ski retreat for modern-minded adrenaline seekers (especially if they happen to be vegan or gluten-free – Twist, the hotel restaurant, happily caters to its cosmopolitan coterie of guests). Skiers will love the varied runs here for the taking – there are no fewer than 225 kilometres to shimmy down; in summer, the activity baton is passed to hikers, cyclists and watersport aficionados.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Forty-nine, including nine suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible.

Rates

Double rooms from $380.74 (CHF383), excluding tax at 3.6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of CHF7.80 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast.

Also

The train from Chur (can we call it the chur-chur train? Sorry) is the stuff of Swiss chocolate-box dreams: be sure to sit on the right on the way up and on the left on the way down for the best snowy views.

Hotel closed

Mid April until the end of June, and from the end of September until the beginning of December. (Exact dates for 2018: 8 April to 22 June and 23 September to 7 December.)

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, indoor tennis court, gym, yoga. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, free bottled water, complimentary soft-drink minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, tablet with hotel information.

Our favourite rooms

Private balconies, oak parquet floors, Aztec-print throws and on-point furniture (eg: aviator egg chairs) ensure there’s no trace of twee Alpine trad here. We love the split-level Loft Junior Suites, which have a balcony and bath tub all helpfully arranged to frame the peaky landscape. Even the entry-level suites are a decent size. Families and groups should book the multi-room apartments, which can have extra beds added to sleep up to six.

Poolside

The spa has a heated family-friendly pool, with a wall of windows showcasing the slopes.

Spa

There’s a much-needed spa ready to soothe boot-weary limbs after a day on the piste, with a steam room, sauna and three treatment rooms for Clarins rituals. Yoga and fitness classes are held regularly, and there’s a sports club with personal trainers and Technogym machines.

Packing tips

The usual mountain-friendly suspects, plus cosy cashmere for elegant après-ski attire and your gym kit for the PTs to put you through your paces in the flashy sports club.

Also

The hotel is accessible for wheelchairs, except for the pool and tennis hall. Some of the rooms have specially adapted bathrooms.

Pet‐friendly

Dog bowls and blankets can be supplied for 25 francs a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Arosa.

Children

All ages welcome. Extra beds and cots can be added to some Junior Suites. There are several ski schools in Arosa to start them young. Swimming aids and inflatables can be borrowed in the pool, and the hotel has sledges for toddlers.

Eco‐friendly

All food is locally sourced and seasonal where possible (harder than it looks at 1,800 metres above sea level) – only European wines are served and all of the bread and dairy produce comes from Arosa. Electricity comes courtesy of the local hydro-power plant. The heating system is one of the most environmentally friendly in Europe – the hotel uses geothermal probes and captures waste heat (from other appliances and activities) that’s then stored in an ice battery until it’s needed.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Out on the sun terrace if you’re factor-50’d-up or mountain gazing through the windows.

Dress Code

Anything that matches your moon boots.

Hotel restaurant

Twist takes more of the hotel’s signature polished oak floors, hanging lamps, leather chairs and colourful wall fabrics and throws them all together – in a good way. Breakfast is served here; expect a calorific spread of bread, cakes, muesli, smoothies, porridge, eggs and meats to get you through till your first piste-side pitstop. Allergies are well catered for and there are plenty of interesting healthier options should you want them, including pick-your-own-protein salad bowls, vegan-friendly chocolate mousse and unusual-but-tasty dishes such as beetroot couscous with hazelnuts and buttermilk. A New York-based company is behind the music and there are regular DJs and live sets.

Hotel bar

There’s a bar area in Twist, where you can enjoy local gins and wines, including a Swiss sparkling wine made with pinot noir. Food is served here, either from the main restaurant or a series of après-ski snacks, such as steak sandwiches or a falafel salad.

Last orders

Breakfast is served in Twist from 7.30am until 11am. Food is served in the lounge and bar all day until 11pm. Lunch in the main restaurant is between 11.45am and 1.45pm; dinner is from 6pm until 9.30pm. The bar calls time at midnight.

Location

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Address
Valsana Hotel & Apartments
Oberseepromenade 2
Arosa
7050
Switzerland

Planes

As with most ski resorts, the nearest airport is a significant descending drive away – the one up from Zurich International will take two hours. Hotel transfers in a Mercedes can be arranged on request.

Trains

From Zurich, change trains in Chur and board the small mountain-wending Rhaetian Railway to Arosa – the views are incredible. And it’s not the quickest way to arrive, but you can bet your Swiss-made watch it’ll run like clockwork. The station in Arosa is a three-minute drive from Valsana (pick-ups are complimentary; just let the team know what time you’ll be arriving).

Automobiles

Chur is the closest town, a 45-minute drive away. There’s an underground carpark at the hotel; parking costs 18 francs during the winter, 10 in summer.

Other

There’s a helipad a five-minute drive from the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Valsana is within the expansive Arosa-Lenzerheide ski area, which has a whopping 225 kilometres of runs. The closest cable car, Weisshorn, is five minutes away on foot; there’s also a free sports bus stop in front of the hotel that will cart you directly to the lifts. Stay on the bus a bit longer to read the Kulm and Hörnli Express ski areas. When you’re finished flying through powder for the day, make your way down one of the slopes that leads directly to the hotel. Ski-in, indeed. Back at the hotel, guests can attend a yoga class, use the spa or join one of the film nights in the lounge (popcorn included). Other wintry activities include snowshoeing and ice golf on the lake. In summer, there are several hiking and mountain biking trails to enjoy – guests can borrow one of the hotel's mountain bikes (free) or e-bikes (CHF20 for a half day, CHF40 for a full day) – and there are pedalos and watersports on the lake. 

 

Local restaurants

Pay homage to everyone’s favourite Swiss cereal with a visit to Alpenblick on the slopes, where the wood-burning grill will ensure adequate ski sustenance is provided. It also wins the prize for restaurant with the most inventive ways to reach it: on skis for lunch, by horse-drawn carriage for dinner and a toboggan race back to the village afterwards. For hearty meals mountainside, try Motta Hütte, or the teen-friendly burgers at Sit Hütte. Other dining and drinking spots close to Valsana include Bullrian and Gütterschuppen.

Local bars

No ski holiday is complete without a rave in your salopettes, AKA après-ski. In Arosa, the best place to crack the magnums of rosé at 4pm is Kuhbar; and if you’re still going later, head to the town’s hottest nightclub, Wandelbar.

Reviews

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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 chalet hotel in Switzerland and unpacked their snowboards and salopettes, a full account of their ski break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Valsana in Arosa…

Fans of trad Alpine chintz, look away now. Checked red curtains, reindeer motifs and cowhide have no place in Valsana, one of the pioneers in a new wave of stylish (yes, stylish) ski hotels coming soon to a resort near you. Even the intricate woodwork of the classic-chalet exterior marches on for modernity. Stuffiness is out – cosiness is king in this lap of laid-back luxury. Industrial accents abound, with beaten-leather chairs, reclaimed wood panels on the ceilings, hanging lamps and metal tables – broken up with colourful feature walls and bold botanical prints. The slopes are fantastic: Arosa has harboured several Swiss ski champions (after whom the spa treatment rooms have been named) – a few years back, the pistes of this resort were linked up with those of nearby Lenzerheide, forming a hefty, 225-kilometre set of runs. Just as well there’s a super spa and nutrition-conscious restaurant back at the hotel for soothing and sustenance. Who needs antlers on the wall?

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