Valluga Hotel

St. Anton am Arlberg, Tyrol, Austria Book from Book from £61 per night

Scandi-chic chalet hotel in the Austrian Alps, with an excellent spa, friendly service and gloriously fresh mountain air
"Oh good, you’ve arrived in time for Almatrieb," said the ruddy-cheeked man in the village bar, sitting comfortably in his well-worn lederhosen. Seeing the quizzical look on our faces, he quickly clarified: "In Tyrol, our cows live high on the mountain in the summer, and for that, they give us the best milk. When the season changes, we bring them down the mountain, and the village comes to watch as they’re herded through town. We celebrate and drink beer, and the cow who has given the most milk has a big crown. The Queen Cow."

This is exactly the kind of place Sankt Anton am Arlberg is. Although the village has seen a growth in posh ski tourism in the last 30 years, it has clearly not forgotten its charming Austrian roots. Perhaps it was this authenticity that drew legendary Swedish hoteliers Mikael and Johanna Landstrom to open their 3rd hotel here, amongst the snow-capped peaks and fresh mountain air. Or perhaps they just saw a golden opportunity. Either way, Valluga has found its niche perfectly, offering what no other hotel in Sankt Anton does: modern styling, excellent value and a groovy international vibe. This one definitely gets the Almatrieb crown.

Highs

  • Exactly what you want from a ski hotel - cosy, warm and scenic, in a charming Alpine village. Plus you can walk to the lifts
  • Sankt Anton am Arlberg is renowned for its excellent skiing conditions and reliable snow extending right down to the villages. There are 305km of pistes in the resort, challenging runs and world-class après ski entertainment
  • Just 26 stylish, top-quality rooms, with Nespresso machines, Marshall speakers, Dux beds and free minibars
  • Like sister hotels Esplendido and Portixol in Mallorca, Valluga’s ever-smiling multilingual staff are second to none
  • Good value for the region, especially in the summer season when you can hike, bike and river raft here
  • Classy spa with a heated pool, imaginative treatments, a relaxation room with water beds, and 4 types of sauna

Lows

  • A minimum 5-night stay and a strict cancellation policy
  • The restaurant is only open in the winter season, and we've heard the food gets a little repetitive; breakfast is fabulous though!
  • Getting picky: no thermostats in the bedrooms, and ours was a bit too toasty
  • During summer 2018 there will be major construction on the main street near the hotel (Mon-Sat 0700-1900)

Best time to go

Although people tend to think of the Alps as a winter destination, Tyrol packs a serious punch in summer, too, with balmy temperatures and heaps of activities. Note Sankt Anton tends to have excellent snow late in the ski season, often with the very best skiing conditions and plenty of fresh-fallen powder as late as mid-April. Prices are also lower at that time, and availability is easier to come by.

Our top tips

Sankt Anton has recently rolled out an incredible perk for summer visitors: between June and October all hotel guests receive a card which entitles them to a mind-boggling array of activities, absolutely free of charge. Just a few of the included perks - 1 day pass for the cable cars (Bergbahnen), entrance to the public pool, 1 guided hike/mountain bike/archery session, unlimited museum entrance, a weekly night hike, a changing array of children’s activities, and free use of all public buses.

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 26
  • Restaurant open daily in winter; B&B only in summer
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 24 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Valluga’s gorgeously cosy rooms are spread out over 3 levels in the chalet-style building. All are decorated with a firm nod to the owners’ Scandinavian roots (quality and simplicity), married with a playful Tyrolean twist (colourful throw pillows, faux-fur blankets, and stags absolutely everywhere).

There are various categories, starting from straightforward Doubles with a small sitting area and mountain-view balcony, all the way up to 2-bedroom Large Family Suites and the rather regal XL Family Suite, which has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Whichever you choose, expect top-quality brands: Nespresso machines, Marshall speakers, Dux beds and Graff showers; toiletries are by Kerstin Florian and REN. We also appreciated the complimentary minibar, stocked with local beers and Austrian spring water.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • DVD player
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

A fantastic breakfast sets you up perfectly for a long day on the ski slopes or a morning hike along a meandering Alpine river. There's a huge array of meats and Austrian cheeses, freshly baked pastries, and the most fancy build-your-own-muesli we’ve ever seen (macadamia nut and candied pineapple choco-muesli? No problem!). Hot eggs and coffee can be ordered from the ever-smiling servers, and a fresh-squeezed orange juice station is an unexpected taste of sunshine.

Dinner consists of a salad buffet, a choice of daily-changing mains (think monkfish with mussels, or a satisfying local dish like schnitzel), and a dessert buffet to finish. Before or after your meal drink cocktails in the cool bar.

The restaurant is closed for dinner in the summer season, but there are plenty of other restaurants a short walk away. We loved good-value Maximilian’s; the Käsespätzle (egg noodles with cheese sauce) are not to be missed.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
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Activity:

Activities

  • Sankt Anton lies snugly between the best ski slopes in the region, and is well connected to the summits via a collection of Bergbahnen (Alpine cable cars). There's no shortage of ski schools and gear-rental shops in the village, and Valluga Hotel has a ski storage room with heated lockers so your boots are dry each morning.
  • Laze in the hotel spa. Dip in the heated pool, read a book in the relaxation room, which has water beds, and hop between 4 varieties of sauna: Finnish, Sanarium, Turkish bath and infrared cabin. The treatment list sounds divine, too, with Mountain Fresh facials and Alpine Foot Massages
  • There's a stylish lounge for winter evenings, with a roaring fire and billiards table
  • In summer, lace up your boots, grab your sticks and go hiking. The scenery in the area is truly stunning, and there are all-levels of hikes available, plus guided options
  • Tyrol is a famed spot for mountain biking, with almost 4,000km of routes. The via ferrata around Sankt Anton is excellent, too (a hybrid of scrambling and rock climbing)
  • Many activities in the village and surrounds are completely free in summer, including night hikes and archery - see our 'Authors Tips' for details

Kids

Families are welcome at Valluga, and the region is perfect for older, outdoorsy children year-round. Although there are no specific children's areas/activities at the hotel, staff are very friendly and there's a kids' menu in the winter months.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

All but the smallest 2 categories (Single and Double) can accommodate a family. Family Suites have a kingsize and twin bedroom, with a shared bathroom (shower/tub) and living area. Large Family Suites and Valluga Suites also have a kingsize and twin bedroom, and their living area has a sofabed in the lounge for 2 additional children. The massive XL Family Suite is essentially a medium-sized apartment with 3 kingsize bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a living area.

Babysitting:

On request

Baby equipment:

Baby cots and high chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Skiing and snowboarding (ski schools available)
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Archery
  • Museums

Distances:

  • Airport: 90km (Innsbruck)
  • Shop: 2 minutes' walk
  • Hospital: 30km (Kams)
Kid Friendly: Rekord Werbung

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

10/10
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