Not Even Close to a Five-Star
Interlaken, Switzerland: Lindner Grand Beau Rivage
The Lindner Grand Beau Rivage is not as grand a hotel as its name might imply. Situated in the picturesque alpine village of Interlaken, the hotel is well situated and has some nice amenities, although the particular rooms we were given were very small and quite shabby. The bedspreads looked as if they had not been changed in at least 20 years and there was an overall mustiness. It's a hotel with old-world charm, but one that seems long past its prime. On the plus side, the hotel had lovely public rooms and a small but well equipped gym. Even though we did not get a chance to use it, the hotel did have an inviting indoor pool surrounded by stylish chaises.
Even if the rooms were refurbished, the five-star rating the hotel was given on various Web sites is clearly misleading. This is a three-star hotel at best. This being my second time in Interlaken, I am not planning a return trip. My advice to anyone planning a visit there, however, would be to research other properties before settling on this hotel.
Exceeded all expectations
We were esctatic about the hotel and our room as soon as we checked in. It was beautiful, fresh and clean, charming, and the view of the Alps from our porch was like a movie set. We were so infatuated with the ambience that we never made it to the dining room and enjoyed a wonderful dinner in the bar/lounge. Tthe friendliness of the staff made us feel like we were regular guests even though it was our first stay in Interlaken.
We are very fussy and demanding about good hotel rooms, and this was one of those really fun and exciting "better than hoped for" rooms. We have stayed in four and five stars hotels in Austria, Italy and Switzerland and this one is easily a five star property. We'd stay there again without a doubt.
This is a beautiful hotel in a beautiful setting. There isn't much to do in Interlaken but after a long train ride this lovely hotel is a real treat. The bar (with Canadian whiskey) was especially nice! Breakfast is included, too-if you want it brought to your room there is a $5 charge. Stick to the Swiss-style breakfast; their version of bacon and eggs may not suit Americans.
We booked two rooms here on-line and got an amazing deal. We were put in $600sf rooms for what equated to about $200US. My kids loved this place (they are pretty discriminating) because it was grand and spacious; our rooms had two of the few terraces in the hotel.
As with everywhere we went in Switzerland the service was excellent and everything was very clean. The Swiss may be even nicer than Canadians, if that is possible.
My wife and I spent 4 nights at this hotel in mid-May 2006. Everything was simply outstanding. The staff is very, very friendly. The breakfast buffet is huge, delicious, and more than satisfying in every way. If you are planning any sort of day trip or hike from this hotel, I would suggest packing several sandwiches made during breakfast -- we did this 3 times and the snacks were great on our day hikes. The hotel is very close to the train station -- 200 meters maximum walk. Our room was very spacious by European standards and the bathroom and shower would please even the most testy American. There are many, many hotels to choose from in Interlaken and the rest of the Jungfrau region, for sure; that said, if you want to stay in an outstanding hotel near the train station in Interlaken instead of "going native" by staying in a B&B in either of the two valleys south of Interlaken, I would stay no where but the Beau Rivage. That was our plan and we enjoyed 4 days of excellent, rustic hiking and 4 nights of peace and quiet at the Beau Rivage. We did not eat in the restaurant but I am sure that it is wonderful. We ate at Restaurant Laterne on two occaisions - an 8 or 10 minute walk from the hotel. Again, we would suggest this restaurant to anyone seeking to avoid the onslaught of tourist-oriented restaurants on Hoeheweg.
Perfect hotel and location
We go to Switzerland for a few days in May every year, usually the best time to go - summer in the valleys, winter and skiing higher up only a hour away.
This was our first time in Interlaken and to a lovely hotel.
Interlaken is a lovely town and within easy reach of mountains - Jungfraujoch (the highest railway in Europe) and the Schilthorn (James Bond) mountain. It is also easy to get to Bern (wonderful shopping) and Zurich or Lucerne.
We had possibly one of the "cheaper" rooms but it was large, bright and airy with a lovely view over the mountains, the only quibble is that there is no air-conditioning, not too much of a problem in May but could be later on.
Breakfasts (included) have the full range and everything is fresh. The restaurant is excellent, I specially recommend the cheeseboard! The barman (Marko) makes mean cocktails!!
The pool and spa are also first rate, as are the treatments.
The only tiny criticisms are the lack of air-conditioning and there is no tea/coffee or water in the rooms.
We will be back.
There are very variable room rates available - be sure to check several suppliers.
A great hotel but not quite on the grand five star level
I stayed at this hotel with my wife for one night in May 2006 and we enjoyed our stay very much. We paid 122 euro for a double room with breakfast, which I think is a bargain for a hotel of this quality in Switzerland.
The hotel location is perfect – in the quiet and pleasant area, and near Interlaken Ost railway station (2 mins walking), thus very convenient for trips to the Jungfrau region. Coop supermarket is also nearby (in front of the railway station).
The staff is nice and hospitable, nothing to complain about.
Our room was on the 4th floor and had a small balcony and a view over Aare river. The room and the bathroom were very big and clean, but not everything was of a five star standard. The furniture in the room looked dated and certainly not a five star hotel quality. The door lock was not card-operated (as one would expect in a five star hotel), but had an old-fashioned key with a heavy knob. The fittings in the bathroom were quite cheap, made of grey plastic, certainly not a five star hotel level!
It was quiet at night, especially after trains stopped crossing the bridge near the hotel.
The breakfast was excellent, one of the best I ever had in my life at a hotel. In particular, the selection of cheese, bread and cold meats was great. Other notable things on offer included sparkling wine, fresh fruits and vegetables and a wide choice of muesli.
Nice extras included in the price of our stay were the possibility to borrow a bicycle (which we did to go to Brienz on the other end of the Brienzersee) and a glass of sparkling wine in the hotel bar.
We did not use any spa facilities that the hotel has (swimming pool, various treatment and massages, etc).
We would definitely stay at this hotel again (at the price we paid), and recommend in to everyone. Note, however, that the hotel is not really a proper grand five star hotel, but rather on a border between four and five stars, I would give it 4 stars +.
Grand Hotel Beau Rivage......