A pair of new hotels in the Alps has updated the chalet for the X-Games generation. The two Cube Hotels in the ski resort hamlets of Nassfeld, Austria and Savognin, Switzerland are not just hotels, but a sports-oriented experience fit for guests who've outgrown hostels but still crave their communal, active atmosphere. The Cube concept includes a plethora of athletic endeavors (for all levels), relaxation activities, and nightclubbing in one location. The kicker: You can get all of this -- year round -- with beds starting as low as $31 a night.
Geared towards, but not exclusively, a young, outgoing set (it is marketed to those in the age range of 18 to 40) the Cubes are for those that enjoy community and cutting-edge style. The properties have a hip, boutique hotel feel and were designed to promote seamless interaction with guests. There are "chill out lounges" on each floor and instead of stairs they have "gateways" that provide for the easy transport of sports equipment from level to level and a great deal of "Hey, did you get stoked on the slopes today?" kind of banter. This is a hotel that promotes a "make a new friend" agenda verses a solitude filled vacation.
First and foremost the Cube family believe the sleeping quarters should be used just for that, sleeping, so don't expect a mini bar, Molton Brown products or a 50-inch plasma TV to occupy your time. What you will find is a simple, yet comfortable space that is a dream after a day of working up a sweat. Based on your budget you can get a sleek and minimalist CUBE BOX (yes, that is what they call them) that house 2, 3, 4 or 8 guests (room configurations vary between the two locations). In Savognin all rooms have private bathrooms and in Nessfeld you have the option to use shared facilities -- no worries, they're still private, clean and very discreet. In addition to that, each BOX has a heated "showroom" to store wet gear and equipment.
Whether you are a jock or a novice who likes to frolic while wearing protective gear, you will be covered in the world of outdoor adventure. During the summer and winter months there are at least nine different sports to engage in that range from the traditional (snowboarding, mountain biking, sledding, climbing) to the sports of the future (snow cycling, mountain biking, snowblading, trikking). No matter what you choose to partake in you will be provided gear and, if needed, a lesson or two, before being unleashed in the wild.
After a fun-filled day of getting your adrenaline pumping -- or watching those that do -- you can unwind with a sauna or steam bath then grab a bite at their on-site restaurants. Post grub you have the option of getting your bacchanal on at the CUBE Club which is open every night from 9pm to the break of dawn. And if you want to keep it low-key check out the Playstation terminals or hang at the various lounges. But don't forget, there are more activities to come, so you can always call it a night, head back to your BOX and recharge those batteries for the next day's adventure.
CUBE's website (www.cube-hotels.com) has more information about seasonal rates, special packages, and their newest addition in Biberwier-Lermoos, Austria that should open in summer 2007. All daily rates include breakfast, use of relaxation and fitness areas and admission to the CUBE Club. Cube Nassfeld is a 45-minute drive from Klagenfurt Airport. Round-trip flights from New York start at $684 on United Airlines through Cheaptickets.com (www.cheaptickets.com). Cube Savognin can be reached via car, bus or train from Zurich Airport with direct flights from New York currently starting at $460 on American Airlines (www.aa.com)
Cube Nassfeld: tel. +43 4285/8412-020
Cube Savognin: tel. +41 81/659-14-14
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