Marriott Autograph Waldhaus Flims, Switzerland

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We loved the Waldhaus Flims. ## Hotel Restaurants ### Epoca by Tristan Brandt We didn't try it but some friends did and loved it. It's patron is Tristan Brandt, a famous chef. Set menu ranging from 170CFH (vegetraian) to 235CHF (6 course) plus drinks 100CHF to 130CHF. In Spa building (connected). ### Brasserie Seemed to be traditional Swiss. Good, but not my favorite foods so hard to say. Tried the Beef Stroganoff (as good as I have ever had it, but don't really like Beef Strongaoff), Linguini with Black Truffel (good, but a very heavy dish), kid's Spaghetti Bolognese (good). They also serve Fondue (starting at 90CHF for 2) and some local traditional dishes. In Spa building (connected). ### Siam An excellent Thai fine dining experience. We had the Tom Yum soup (24CHF), Phad Name Prik Prow Chicken (37CFH), Pad Thai (37CHF), Mango Sticky Rice dessert (14CHF), and a kid's friend noodle dish along with good wine. However, note that this restaurant is a challenge for shellfish allergies with friend noodles being the only option and even the crackers on the table having crab in them. That said, it was my favorite restaurant of the trip. Service was perfect and the Thai-born chef came to check on us, of course. In the main hotel building. ### Pomodoro A simple Italian/pizza restaurant. Food and service were good, but wtih so many great options, I wouldn't rush back. However, it may be the most obvious place with kids in tow. It's in a seperate building at the bottom of the hill (outdoor walk) below their staff quarters. ### Fairouz A Lebanese fine dining restaurant. Very good flavors and amazing presentations though some dishes were a tad on the dry side for me. We basically just ordered a ton of appetizers. We had Hummus (14CHF, good), Tabouleh (15CHF, great), Sambouek bel Lahme (16CFH, meat dumplings, amazing, ordered an extra), Musaka Batinjan (14CFH, eggplant dish, fine), and Sish Tawook (13CHF, chicken kabob, ok, but a bit dry). Service was great and the Lebanon-born chef popped by. In the main hotel building. ### Breakfast There is an amazing Breakfast buffet in the main hotel. It was included for us (I can't remember if it was in the rate, for everyone or due to Platinum status). You may have trouble saving room for lunch given how easy it is to be glutenous. ## Amenities ### Spa The Waldhaus Flims is known for their Spa. We were busy skiing so didn't use it very much, but enjoyed it when we did. We tried a 25-min massage (85CHF) and 30 min kid's facial (85CHF). The deep massage from Rickte (sp?) was great. Multiple size robes, flip flops, lockers, showers, towels, nespresso, tea, apricots, fruit, and infused water are all provided for all hotel guests. There are multiple Saunas (Women's only, co-ed and outdoor though note that they are all nude required and have minimum age requirements, we did not have the opporunity to try them). The spa is open until 9pm, but treatments may end earlier. ### Pools The Pools are part of the Spa and open until 9pm. The indoor pool is in an all glass building with great views and cool lighting and lounge chairs around. The outdoor pool is accessed from inside and very warm but not a hot tub. Has various bubbly areas and epic views. ### Gym Next to the Spa is a good hotel gym open 24/7. Includes various treadmills, other cardio equiptment, Technogym machines, Technogym Smith Machine (enough plates to get you into the 200-300lb range if needed), dumbells (max 48lb) and a small "classroom" with black foam rollers, mats, etc. ### Kids Club The kids club is included and excellent. Our 9 year old loved it and made a friend. It is available for drop off 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm age 3+. I believe they will change diapers, but call and check as we didn't have our little one with us. It has multiple rooms, a small climbing wall, a big kid's perch, toys, art supplies, etc. They feed the kids lunch from the kid's room service menu (not sure if that is a charge). ### Laundry Laundry is the ONLY knock on what is otherwise an amazing hotel. Officially, there is no guest self-service laundry. With the help of multiple hotel staff I could not find any laundry services in town outside the hotel. The hotel offers a laundry service, however, at their per piece pricing, your laundry could cost more than your room if you are having them do it all. There is a tiny coin laundry machine in a secret location nearby, however, it was fairly difficult for me to figure out how to use the coin part with German instructions and no internet to translate) and basically can do about one day's laundry for a family at a time. My best suggestion would be to pay for one extra checked bag and bring a soft duffle full of disposable socks, underwear, gym and night clothes and look for a donation spot at the end of the trip that will accept dirty clothes. For your middle layers, potentialy wear for two days and pay for hotel service or handwash silk and polyester in the sink and for your jackets and ski pants, just try not to spill anything on them for the whole trip. ### Liquds There are multiple nespresso machines (with free pods) and tea bags available including in the lobby of the main hotel building and in the spa. The lobby machines are available 24/7. ## Location Great location between Flims and Laax. See easy free shuttle to Flims base (also walkable). Probably easiest to use Flims base and ski to Laax for the day, but you can also take a public bus to/from Laax and other base areas. If you aren't in ski gear, you can also take a fairly long walk to Laax. There is a small restaurant and shopping area right across from the hotel grounds and a big mall and other retail in Flims near the ski area base. Laax also has a smaller retail area but is more residential. It is very easy to get to the Waldhaus. There are direct flights to Zurich (ZRH) from much of the world (including my home, BOS). From Zurich airport you can take an easy train to a bus that will drop you off across the street from the hotel grounds. If you have a lot of luggage, the hotel shuttle will bring you up the hill for free. Only about a couple of hours if I remember correctly. ### Shuttle The shuttle comes pretty reguarlarly to bring you to and from the Flims base area of the ski resort. This is a full service base including a ski school and a massive high-end locker room. The shuttle will also bring you to/from the bus stop across from the hotel grounds. ### Walk to Skiing If you spring for the fairly reasonably price lockers for your trip, it is a nice walk on a nice day from the Flims base to the hotel. If you are bringing equiptment, however, I would opt to take the shuttle. For the return, if you don't leave anything at the base area, there is a trail that brings you about half way back to the hotel. It is an ok walk from there to the hotel with equipment (but note it is uphill and the last bit on the hotel paths can sometimes be a bit icey), but probably still nicer to go to the Flims base and take the free shuttle or leave everything in a locker and take a longer walk back. Waldhaus Flims Wellness Resort Via dil Parc 3 7018 Flims, Switzerland +41 81 928 48 48

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