Last saturday we stayed 1 night at the Iglu-Dorf Davos and we have just about recovered! We obviously knew it was going to be cold and went fully prepared but i don't think your brain can quite prepare for the constant chilly feeling, especially at the end of your toes. We are glad we have experienced it but we won't repeat - although i am not sure whether it is the sort of place they get many repeaters anyway.
The iglu itself is a pretty impressive structure and it is incredible to think about how they build and maintain it. The sculptures and carvings are fantastic and a lot of work has gone into creating something very intricate. The facilities are basic and rudimentary though. It would have been a little more comfortable to sit and enjoy the bar area if there were some form of lounging chairs or bean bags instead of just the little log stools as these were really uncomfortable. They have these outside for the day bar area and i am sure it would have been easy to bring a few indoors for the evening. The areas where you have dinner are comfortable and it warms up a little as you are tucking into your fondue. A point to note is that if you don't like fondue they can do spagetti with tomato sauce as an alternative, otherwise you might want to bring something of your own to eat as there isn't anything else. You all sit together at the table and it is a very social atmosphere.
The facilities are basic and it seems that once it has been built and been used for several weeks it loses a little of its magical atmosphere as the snow is stomped down, has melted off various bits, is discoloured etc and it just looks a bit worn. There is a very welcome sauna with dry and warm changing area (in a wooden hut looking building) and an outdoor hot tub. There are 2 outdoor urinals which must be very challenging when it is very cold! The communal toilets are in an area just next to the bedrooms so you don't have too far to go at night. Some of the bedrooms have their own bathroom though and i would suggest going for one of these if you want a little more ease and comfort.
The bedrooms are all a similar size (maybe 10m2 something like) and all over 2m of head room in the middle. The standard bedrooms share 4 or 6 to a bed and you lie right side by side so you wouldn't want to be sharing that with someone you didn't know! They are great for families and groups through. If you are a couple go for a romantic igloo to yourself and you also get some sheepskin thrown over the waterproof mattress cover (which is like a tarpaulin style material). They give you a clean fresh liner for the sleeping bag and the bags are thick and will keep you warm up to -40 degrees. We still had to sleep in thermal underwear and quite a lot of extra clothing on top but we were lovely and warm when we woke up in the morning.
The staff are friendly and the whole atmosphere is very informal and relaxed. The only evening activity was a 45 minute snow shoe walk and because we were in the second group there was a lot of waiting around. Given the location in the mountains at the side of a piste i would have expected a few other activities available such as toboganning, tubing, maybe a special ride in a cat or on a snow mobile - something extra to pass the evening. The activity side of things seemed like an after thought and wasn't particularly well organised and i would have liked to see more thought put into this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Davos-Klosters holiday resort hosts the Igloo Villagelocated in the Parsenn ski area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Iglu-Dorf Davos Hotel Davos