Laax is made up of the two quite separate hamlets of Flims Dorf, which is the most convenient, and Waldhaus Flims Mountain Resort & Spa, which is more isolated from the ski area but has the better choice of hotels. Laax is a bus ride away from the lifts but the satellite of Laax Murschetg is built around the base-station with rocksresort at its heart.
Laax has the cutting-edge accommodation
Think Switzerland – including its resorts of Flims and Laax – is old-school? Think again. Sure, this is an ancient country built on tradition (cuckoo clocks and trains that run like clockwork, army knives and Rosti), but with rocksresort it has thrown tradition out and brought uber-sleek design in. So sleek, in fact, that it bagged the Wallpaper magazine design award for Best New Ski Resort in 2010. And they’ve done away with capital letters. The luxury complex has rooms and apartments right at the base station and is made up of eight strikingly simple, sugar-cube shaped buildings, randomly scattered around a central piazza. They’re a modern mix of local stone, wood and slate. The buildings contain eight shops, seven restaurants, six bars and 122 furnished apartments, part of the Design Hotels collection.
Signinahotel is perched at the end of Laax’s home run. It’s not new (it pre-existed the development but has been revamped and incorporated into the rocksresort) but it is rather lovely, a refreshing mix of modern and cosy, full of animal prints and furs, wood-clad ceilings and funky lighting.
Riders Palace DesignHotel is an unusual blend of cutting-edge designer hotel and backpacker hostel that hosts live music gigs. Choose your room carefully if you want an interrupted night’s sleep.
Staying in traditional Flims
In Flims, Hotel Posta Veglia has attractive panelled rooms. Hotel Adula has good children’s facilities and pleasant spa. In Flims Waldhaus, Waldhaus Flims Mountain Mountain Resort & Spa is a giant hotel complex set in five buildings linked by underground walkways. It has been renovated in recent years and has some very attractive suites, as well as an excellent spa. Hotel Mira Val is a cosy hotel in Waldhaus, with comfortable rooms and set conveniently close to the bus stop. Also in Waldhaus is Sunstar Hotel Surselva, with a swimming-pool and wellness centre. Good price reductions are available for children up to 15 years of age.