Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
January 3, 2003
The generous breakfast buffet really sets you up for the day--there’s muesli with fresh berries in it, fruit, cereal, juice, tea, coffee and chocolate, four or five different sorts of bread, jam and croissants, as well as the traditional German meat and cheese.
A door from the ski store leads on to a path through the wood that takes you to the slopes, so there’s no excuse for not catching the first lift if the snow is in town.
After a hard day’s skiing, our sparklingly clean bathroom with its deep bath and hot, high-pressured shower was waiting and there was just enough time to have a kip before changing for dinner. Not that it’s formal; it’s just that the food was so good that it seemed only polite to dress up a bit.
When dinner was over and the little ones had been chased up to bed, we sat in the bar drinking coffee or vieille prune. There was always a blazing fire, and plenty of board games and puzzles to keep you entertained. The cousins sometimes joined us, and no one seemed to mind.
At the end of it all, the beds with their enormous cloud-like feather duvets soothed our aching muscles so we were raring to go in the morning.
If you don’t ski, there is a game room with a ping-pong table and foosball and a vast number of toys. And many of the rooms have balconies – even in the middle of winter, if the sun is shining, it’s lovely to lie out looking at the mountains; there are even rugs on the loungers in case you feel the cold. The shops are a short walk away – unfortunately, it’s almost straight down, so coming back isn’t quite so fun. There are also plenty of woodland walks nearby.
One of the things that makes this hotel stand out is that even the corridors have personality. The maids keep their supplies in antique wardrobes, and every so often there are comfortable chairs--perfect if someone is taking ages to get ready to go out. Because it was Christmas, the decorations were up too, and very stylish they were. There was a Christmas tree with painted baubles on the front steps; the bar was scattered with gold stars and rose petals; and our dinner table had a different decoration every night.
My family has been back four times, and we’ve never been disappointed. If you go there, I hope you’ll be pleased by it too.
www.streiff.ch is the hotel's website.
From journal Christmas in Arosa