Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes access to the Spa by RoyAlp (including the pool, sauna, hammam and fitness center)
- Three restaurants and the sprawling outdoor lounge area take the edge off a hard day's adventuring
- Children are welcomed with a custom-built indoor playroom, a playground and babysitting services
- Tons of active pursuits nearby, including skiing, hiking and golf
- Ski-in/ski-out access
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- A city tax of $6.50 per adult and $2.80 per child (10 to 16) per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout. Starting from October 27 to June 30 the city tax charge will be $3.70 per adult, per night, and $1.30 per child (10 to 16), per night
- Prices at the spa are steep; a 30-minute massage costs about $100
- The property is at a slight remove from the town, but a free shuttle service to/from Villars is available
- Breakfast is $40 per day, per adult (17 and over); $25 per day, per child (10 to 16 years old) and free for children aged nine and under.
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The sprawling, south-facing Chalet RoyAlp is true to its name, with chalet-style architecture, glorious views of the Alps and lashings of five-star charm. The ground floor is home to lounges stuffed with oversize sofas and heavy coffee tables, a custom-built children’s play room and game rooms (with billiards, foosball and Wii). The decor is accented with Swiss/Alpine touches: Cowhide rugs, ornamental bears, solid wood floors, old skis and sleds, pale wood paneling and a recurring deer motif feature throuhgout.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are either 430 or 592 square feet and overlook the park or the Alps (highly recommended). Neutral tones dominate: subtle browns and creams, wood paneling, white walls and oak flooring, with old-fashioned wooden wardrobes. This being Switzerland, the bedding is crisp but cloudlike, and the curtains are heavy woolen plaid. The contemporary bathrooms have stone floors and rain showers, pebble feature walls and big white tubs. Balconies (in some rooms) sport red and white geraniums in summer and are furnished with fur-covered seating.
Le Rochegrise, with its rustic touches (hay bales and a chandelier fashioned from horns) and haute Mediterranean menu, is the hotel’s smartest dining option. Le Grizzly, an avowedly Swiss experience, with its carnotzet (fondue cellar) decor and no-such-thing-as-too-much-cheese ethos is a cozy après-ski spot. Le Bear’s Bar is the place for snacking and socializing, especially when the shaded outside terrace is in full swing. Head to the excellent 12,900-square-foot Spa by RoyAlp to unwind in style. Take a dip in the pool, indulge in an organic treatment or work out in the 24-hour gym.
In the Area
Winter wonderland Glacier 3000 (at an altitude of — you guessed it — 3,000 meters) offers a superlative-exhausting panorama and plenty of activities. Thrill seekers should make a beeline for the Alpine Coaster, the world’s highest rail sled, with bends, bridges and breathtaking views. Get there via the panoramic cable car from Col du Pillon in Les Diablerets. Closer to the hotel, there’s an 18-hole golf course with distracting views. For a day trip, go walking and wine tasting in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Lavaux region. A network of paths and trails wind through the serried greenery of centuries-old vineyards, with dreamy views over Lake Geneva to France and the Alps. A great place for tasting the local vintages is Vinorama.
How to Get There
Loved the feel of the hotel, very warm and cosy and the staff were fantastic, went out of their way to help you. Beds were really comfortable and great showers. Really good gym and pool. Spa was a bit expensive so didn't try this, but then everything is expensive with the Australian dollar, its crazy. A easy 10 minute walk into the town or you could get a complimentary lift by the concierge. We would definitely stay here again
I was extremely happy to stay at the hotel during my active summer holidays in Switzerland. After 25 km hiking it is a real pleasure to be spoilt by the perfect service and facilities of Chalet RoyAlp & Spa, where SPA let you recover quickly from the tough physical training during the day :-) Special "thank you" to the Chef - exquisite cusine!!!! Thank you and see you next time!
Lovely location, traditional style building. All very clean and organized. Great staff. Big pool, hot steam room - didn’t try the sauna. Very relaxing atmosphere achieved throughout. Good massages. Nice bar and other public areas - lots of space everywhere. Good breakfast selection - nice staff there. Our room was very big and well appointed with cupboards, hanging space and storage - good for ski season. Great views. I’ve reviewed the restaurant elsewhere but: the menu seemed fixed - not even a new, daily special. The wine list is very pricey. The makeup mirror in our room was defective - floppy! And, the curtain pulls did not work. I reported this, but it should have been noted before, by housekeeping. This will be excellent for a ski holiday. Cosy, log fires, easy access to slopes. Also easy access to the village - 10 mins (steep) walk. Paying for car parking is a bit much, given the daily room rate. TV could offer more selection - no movies on demand, for example.
This is definitely one of the leading hotels in the world, as listed. The location and setting are unrivalled but what makes this a leading hotel is the staff,so attentive, nothing was too much trouble for them. The dining was superb and the staff in the restaurant both at breakfast and in the evening excellent. It is the little things that hotels do that make them leading hotels and this hotel does the little things exceptionally well. My wife and I look forward to our next visit.
We had a weeks stay at this First class hotel in August. The accommodation, facilities and restaurant were all excellent. What really makes this hotel top class is the staff, extremely helpful, warm and friendly. I know we will be returning several times in the future.