June 25, 2018
Hotel Review: W Verbier Fabulous Suite in Switzerland

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I had been wanting to visit the Swiss Alps for years. Unfortunately for me, I don’t ski and I rarely enjoy traveling to cold destinations. So I figured the best time to visit would be in summer when the flowers are blooming and it’s not too cold. As an added bonus, summer is low season in this area so hotel rooms should be cheaper.


Booking



I booked a “Cozy Room” at the W Verbier for $333 per night. This is the base room here and the cheapest available. I could have booked the room using 35,000 SPG Points/night instead, but that would have gotten me less than 1 cent per point-a terrible value. Using points could make sense in the winter when these rooms are selling for much more.


Check-In



I arrived at the W Verbier in early June. This is the very start of the summer season so room occupancy is still fairly low. There were two agents working at check-in who took care of us right away. I was upgraded to a Fabulous suite with a stunning view of the mountains thanks to my Starwood Platinum status.


View from Fabulous suite 546


As a point of comparison, the Fabulous suite was selling for around $1,000/night during the six days I was staying in Verbier. That means I was getting about $666 worth of a free upgrade per night!


Room


 


Carlos walked us to room 546 after we finished checking in and gave us a great tour of the suite. The Fabulous suite is huge-measuring at about 750 square feet. Once you clear the room’s hallway, there’s an open area to store your luggage and hang your clothes.



The living room has a great sofa and a desk. That’s where I’m writing this review 😉



There’s two TV’s in the suite-one in the living room and one in the bedroom. This is the TV in the living room.



The suite also has two bathrooms. This is the small bathroom in the living room. It’s presumably for guests since the master bathroom is outright enormous.



The master bedroom has a king bed and is lit up oh so xtra in the signature W style.



The master bathroom has two sinks with light-up counters. The light bulbs in the mirror also light up. On the right side of the picture you’ll see silver packets of bathroom amenities. These included face wash, body butter, mouth wash, lip balm, shower caps, tooth brushes, a nail kit, makeup remover, and ear plugs.



There’s a stand-alone bathtub adjacent to the sinks along with robes and towels.



The master bathroom has a walk-in rainfall shower. Staff gave me large bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash. It was great not to have to worry about running out of soap.


The room’s crowning feature was the balcony. It was spacious, open, there were outdoor couches, and of course beautiful views of the mountains and ski lift.


Dining



There’s a few dining locations here. The main restaurant is the W Kitchen. It’s open for breakfast and dinner.



You’ll find typical hotel breakfast options here.  It’s a buffet with a decent variety of cereals, fruits, yogurt, bread, cheese, salami, sausages, etc.



You can also order pretty much any style of eggs you want off a menu. Everything you order is included with breakfast.



The W Kitchen has great views of the mountains if you choose to sit outside.


Gym



The W had a standard hotel gym. It’s on the bottom floor and it’s small. Half the space is dedicated to cardio machines and half to free weights and weight machines. The dumbbells max out at 22 kg. As usual, no squat rack or bench press.



Spa & Pool



Half the pool is indoors and half is outdoors. It’s heated year round since Verbier is a chilly environment. I can’t say much else about the pool since I didn’t try it.


The SPA facilities looked good. There were sauna and steam rooms available. I tried a massage while staying at the W. The massage itself was well above average and great, but not worth what I paid for it. I’ve received better massages at the same price point at other resorts.


Amenities


The suite had a coffee and tea brewing machine as well as complimentary packets of coffee and tea. There were two giant bottles of water in the room which were replaced repeatedly throughout the day. This was a great touch as I go through a lot of water. Housekeeping also left two small Toblerones on my bed in the evenings.


Wi-Fi was great. It was easy to connect and super fast. Videos loaded without a problem. There were also plenty of power outlets available.


Service


The W Verbier shined with consistently excellent levels of service. Every employee I interacted with was helpful and attentive. The front desk staff booked restaurants for us every night and drove us to and from dinner free of charge. They’d also sometimes pre-emptively know what I wanted before I even had to ask. Carlos in particular was tremendously helpful.


Overall Rating


Check-In: 5/5

Recognition of SPG status: 5/5

Room Comfort: 5/5

Bed Comfort: 5/5

Wi-Fi & Power Outlets: 5/5

Dining: 8/10

Gym: 3/5

Service: 9/10


Cumulative Rating: 9/10


Overall I was very impressed with this hotel. The only areas of improvement I could find are the gym and the restaurants. There’s nothing wrong with the restaurants-they’re great (though expensive). However, the breakfast selection could be improved. There just wasn’t a whole lot of variety. The lunch options weren’t anything special either.


I’d have no problem booking or recommending the W Verbier in the future. I’d like to come back in the winter and see how the city looks when it’s buried in snow during peak season.


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