We stayed here for 3 nights. It was handy as it was right across from the airport. It's more of a business hotel but was right on the tram line that went to Geneve. We explored France and the areas surrounding areas. It had very good breakfasts which were included in the price which was important. Had a nice lobby with a bar. Across the street was the airport and a shopping center
Very good breakfasts, staff gave us free tram passes to get to and from Geneve for the three days. Location was perfect.
We stayed for 2 nights as we explored the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The hotel is authentic Swiss style. I would never stay in a concrete and glass hotel in thois area. The building is old with unlevel floors but with great charictor. Very good food with a bar and dinning room.and breakfast room which was included in the price.
Owner Bernie and hotel staff were very helpful.
There's bus service just down the street which will take you too the rail station and Interlaken. Catching the train in Wilderswil is the last stop before entering the Valley. Great location.
We paid 123.00 CAD per night, which included breakfast.
Most comfortable beds I've ever slept in. Good food and great staff. If you get a room facing the Valley, it can't be beat.
We flew into Zurich in the morning. The hotel was 10 minutes away by taxi so that wasn't costly. The hotel was on a quiet street near the airport. Hotel was clean with very friendly staff. The train to Zurich was just a short 5 min walk. This took us right to the main train station. Catching a train to Lugano the next morning was very convenient.
This is a classy hotel just almost in front of the train station, 2 mins walking and you are there.
The service cleanliness of the place and perfect timing of all staff was appreciated. The rooms are big bath included, great range of TV chains in many languages, great views even from the 2nd floor, and underground parking too!
there are four elevators so no need to wait up or down. Sweeping stairs take you down to the restaurant and cozy bar with friendly staff. One hotel to come back whenever possible. Class Hilton.
closeness to train station, great city bar, and wonderful old world Wettstein restaurant; big rooms, and great views over the city.
We had a 2 bedroomed apartment, which was very spacious ad clean. It had everything that you could possibly need for our stay. e stayed for 6 nights
The Zanetti family were very friendly and helpful even though we had a bit of a language problem. They couldn't speak any English and we could only speak very limited German.
I would recommend this place to stay.
Spacious and clean
ok now you have something to compare with your travel agent, do the same online depending on where you live there are many travel sites to do this. As you mentioned USD, then see hotwire, expedia,travelocity,edreams, orbitz, etc sites
August rates is summer most folks go out of the city so the rates will be ok, even thus I have not there in that month. The city is a bit pricey compare to other capitals,so you need to plan ahead looking at all angles,planning.
cancellation is per hotel or package deal, it varies.
When in the city I go for business so no experience with 2/3 stars hotels, but check here
you can ,also, look in destination above right on this page and see tips by posters like us in Geneva
HOpe it helps your planning
most 2 and 3 stars not been to them but the brands are very reliable especially Ibis from French hotel chain ACCOR, which I use.
Interlaken is just a big town between two lakes and the jumping off point for many small but beautiful villages like Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. I recently visited all these places, not Zermatt, and would say that Gridelwald is getting too busy and congested. Lauterbrunnen and the Silberhorn hotel there are a good choice if you want a smaller picturesque place to stay. The hotel is rare in the fact you can park at the hotel. Zermatt is easy to access just leave your car at the central parking station and catch the train into the town. Can't say any of these places have great restaurants just reasonably good ones. The Swiss don't seem to have the flair for inventive food.
Well maintained, friendly, comfortable and parking is available. Well located.
Hotel Schweizerhaus looks a bit oversized in the small village called Maloja, the highest point of the Maloja-passroad in a hight of 1815 meters. What I liked most about this hotel is the combination of an old traditional wooden house and all the modern amenities that you will expect in a good ****hotel nowadays.
I did not stay there as a hotelguest but spent some time admiring the building with its great inscriptions carved into the wooden facades. They have a great garden around the hotel and their own parking-spaces and maybe I will stay there the next time when I will pass by Maloja.
A special offer for Hotelguests there:
for all guests of the Hotel Schweizerhaus & Hotel Pöstli:
if you stay 2 nights or more, the public transport in the Upper Engadin in summer and winter are free of charge. Additionally free of charge during summer season are all mountain railways.
Hotel Garni Chesa Nick is a beautiful hotel in the very centre of Celerina/Schlarigna, next to the church Bel Taimpel. I did not stay there but had a look inside and I think it has a wonderful facade and a great interior - just see the photos of their webpage !
In summertime their hotel-prices are including
all means of transportation in the mountains
of the upper-Engadin !
Under these low arcades in my 3rd and 5th photo you can sit in a garden-restaurant, that is great on a hot summerday like in August 2009.
The guestrooms are equipped with all modern en-suite-comfort but the interior of the rooms dates back to the year 1647 with wooden ceilings or the walls covered by ancient wood.
b.t.w. Hotel Garni means they only serve breakfast and dont have their own restaurant.
This is a typical mountain-hotel at a place, where you will be able to get to only when taking a long hike eighter from Grindelwald-First or from Wilderswil/Schynigeplatte. Berghaus Maenndlenen-Weberhuette is the 2nd restaurant and quite simple "hotel" along the hiking-path between Schynigge Platte and First. See their webpage below, they offer 30 seats in the small restaurant and a lot more at the terrace and they provide a "Massenlager" for 50 people .
it is rather a row of matresses than beds, but who cares about that in such a lovely scenery !!
Make reservations for a matress as long time in advance as possible !!!
Berghaus Maendlenen-Weberhuette is open Mid June-mid October
a matress is 28 sfr, matress & breakfast is 36 sfr
a matress with halfpension it is 52sfr
I had a great goulaschsoup, a really big portion, a lot of bread and an excellent Rauchwurst (smoked sausage). The scenery is great and make sure, you will not miss that romantic place to powder your nose !!
Hotel Weisses Kreuz in Brienz is a place that saw many celebrities over the last centuries. The hotel of nowadays consists of 2 main buildings : The one on the left is the old part of the hotel, dating back to 1688 and it saw plenty of important celebrities like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Lord Byron and Ludwig Uhland. The hotel is conveniently located opposite of the train-station in Brienz, and just a few steps from the station of the Brienzer Rothorn-Bahn.
When reserving a room in this hotel, you should be aware of the fact, that the railway - with all its noises - and also the main road through Brienz is just in front of the hotel. The steam-trains of Rothornbahn are just starting behind the hotel, but these trains run only during the day.
The Hotel on top of the Faulhorn in a height of 2681meters above sea-level is not only the highest alpine hotel, but also the oldest. It dates back to the year 1830 and the first tourists were taken there by horses or alpine-chairs, carried by locals. Today you are at least able to take the cable-car from Grindelwald to First and have to hike the rest, that is about 2 hours on a partly quite steep path) in order to be able to enjoy the 360 degree-panorama with Eiger - Moench - Jungfrau - Wetterhorn - Schreckhorn - Brienzer Rothorn and many more.
The Faulhorn-hotel might be a good place to stay, when taking one of the many full-day-hikes in Berner Alpen high above Grindelwald and Brienz, because besides Axalp there is only the Faulhorn Hotel and the one at Berghaus Maenndlenen-Weberhuette available.
The hotel and restaurant are open daily
between end of june and October 20th !!
for other dates, you better phone them in advance !!
In Faulhorn-hotel you are really off the beaten path - it is besides Weberhuette the only hotel and restaurant at the hiking-path between Schynigge Platte and First.
Hotel Roessli in Unterseen is a good place for you to stay outside of busy Interlaken and still in walking distance from the station Interlaken WEST. Unterseen is the oldest part of Interlaken and this part of town starts just across the river Aare, 30 meters from West-station.
Hotel Roessli in Unterseen / Interlaken is a perfect hotel for all families and tourists, who are not looking for a sophisticated hotel, but rather a cosy place to fit their budget.
Hotel Roessli is a rather small hotel, off the centre of Interlaken but within a walking distance of just 10 minutes from Interlaken-West-station and in a really quiet area without a lot of car-trafic. From some of the rooms you may even see the famous "Jungfrau-Blick".
This hotel is one of the places where I was working for 1 season many years ago and I would choose it again to stay for a vacation, because of the perfect combination of a simple and nice hotel, good food and everything within short walking-distance.
This small hotel is a good choice when you arrive by car, as they have their own parking, and when you arrive by train, it is just 10 minutes to walk from the station Interlaken West.
From Brienzer Rothorn you will have an excellent panoramaview of the famous mountains around the Jungfrau and you will also see all of Brienzersee. There is not only a great restaurant but they offer as well some hotelrooms and it might be an excellent idea to go uphill one day, spend the sundown on top of Rothorn, while all the daytourists are gone, spend the night in Hotel Rothorn Kulm and enjoy the sunset the next morning as well.
This great alpine hotel is in a hight of 2350 meters above sea-level, and you may get to this hotel by Brienzer Rothornbahn within 1 hour from the train-station in Brienz. The rooms in that hotel are simple, mostly just with running water, and they also have some large rooms for groups of hikers.
Reservation of rooms is advisable !!!
In 2010 the hotel is open from june 5th till October 17th
the restaurant is open till October 24th
Just imagine the great atmosphere on a sunny evening in summer, after the last day-tourists have left the Rothorn and only a few people are left back.It might be a good idea to go up one day, spend the night there and walk down the mountain the other day. Various hiking-paths are at your choice to Brienz, in direction of Bruenig-Pass and Lucerne, to Meiringen & Haslistal.
Grandhotel Giessbach close to Brienz is a very special place to spend a really quiet vacation far away from noisy cartrafic and it used to be one of the most elegant hotels of its time, when it was built in 1855 opposite of the village of Brienz, on top of a rock overlooking Brienzersee and next to a really scenic waterfall. The most glorious times for the hotel was between 1870 and 1914 but afterwards tourism changed a lot and it was hard to fill the rooms of such a remote hotel.
In 1985 it was restored and it looks really great again from inside !! In Grandhotel Giessbach you may still breath the good old times, that seem to have stood still for ages there... Click on my picture in order to see the great details of architecture - I also have a seperate page about Giessbach, the waterfalls,the cable-car, the hotel & surroundings!
Grandhotel Giessbach is a bit off the beaten path, a place to relax, and it is very helpful to get there by your own car.
You may get to Giessbach :
1)on the road from Brienz - BUT it is quite narrow and might be dangerous at certain times, because only at a few places it is possible to pass by other cars, and it might be good to avoid the times, when the public bus goes to Axalp.
2)By ship - the elegant, traditional way, most of the tourists came that way in the good old times of the hotel. Each and every ship on Brienzersee stops there !!
The hotel is only open in summertime and for a few festivities also around Christmas.
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