- Reviews: 2355
Hotel Edelweiss, Sils-Maria
The location is right in the centre of the small village Sils-Maria, 12 km from St. Moritz. A charming, quiet village, excellent public transportation (bus) connections to any place in the Engadin. The hotel is right on the "main street", LOL, a cul-de-sac, frequented by pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages, few buses and occasional arriving/departing tourists with their cars. The hotel has a van and takes you to/picks you up at the railway station in St. Moritz upon request for free (for arrival/departure only). Parking is free.
The hotel was built in 1876, a couple of times re-designed, and has kept its old-world charm. The lobby is large, with open fireplace, lots of comfy armchairs and sofas and a bar. Adjoining you find a room with large TV. Small a-la-carte restaurant (Arvenstübli) - very cosy, typical wood-panelled walls and wooden furniture. The dining hall is awesome Art Nouveau style (original) with pillars, high ceiling, frescos etc. Breakfast buffet and five-course dinner are served there. There is a wellness area in the basement: jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna. WLAN access is free in the lobby, with a charge in the rooms. Using the computer in the lobby is with a charge.
My single room was probably the smallest available in the hotel. But no complaint here, it was a cosy room with all the comfort needed and expected in a four-star hotel and also nicely furbished (wood). The bathroom had 1970s charm, but again, no complains - it even had a bath tub.
My parents had a double room which was really spacious, on the upper floor. No particular view, though (to the back, mostly woods), but very quiet. The room was nicely decorated, lots of wood, the bathroom beautifully renovated with large shower stall and all the amenities you expect. Everything was spotless clean as usual in Switzerland.
The staff was extremely competent, friendly and helpful. They went out of their way to help us, e. g. when we had problems with the car (reception) or whenever we didn't like the food on the menu (e.g. dessert, they served ice cream with a selection of berries instead of a mousse with rhubarb upon my request). Also, it was a very familiar atmosphere. Granted, it might have to do with the fact that we stayed for two weeks, but we really felt like at home.
Food was very, very good. Breakfast buffet had the usual stuff, several sorts of rolls, croissants, variety of bread, cereals, yoghurts, a variety of jams, honey, nutella, smoked salmon with horse-radish, dried meat (Bündner Fleisch), ham, salsiz (sort of salami), a selection of cheese, boiled eggs, bacon and eggs ... five sorts of juice or you chose to squeeze your orange juice yourself, coffee, milk, tea (you could choose from about 18 sorts of tea - loose, not in tea bags - and prepare it yourself) ... and so on. Every morning a paper waited on your desk, giving information about the weather and activities. Nice.
Dinner was also served in the beautiful dining hall. Very stylish with silverware, thick white table cloth, brioche and butter waiting for you. Five course: appetizers (two choices), soup/consommé, salad buffet, main course (choice between meat, fish and vegetarian), dessert. Like I said before, if you absolutely didn't like something you could get something else. Also, a selection of cheese and fruits were always available. Tap water was free, prices for soda, wine and beer were moderate. The wine was excellent, btw! If you decide not to have dinner one or more nights they write off 25 Sfr. from your bill. You can e.g. eat at the "Arvenstübli", the a-la-carte restaurant (we didn't, regret that now).
I booked through www.neckermann.de and got a very good rate, less expensive than directly. Included in the rate were breakfast buffet, five-course dinner and some extras like free admission to the Nietzsche museum next door, one free admission to the pool area of a neighbouring hotel, a special dinner in the Fex Valley, hotel activities like wine tasting, free mountain bikes (!) - and all the cable cars/gondolas in the Upper Engadin were included! Update: Now the buses and trains are also included.
- Reviews: 2355
This hotel is a true gem. It was bought some years ago by a German guy and his wife, and carefully restored step by step so it kept its old-world charm. Very different from typical modern hotels is that the public areas - lobby bar, library, two salons - are spacious, cosy, with comfortable armchairs and nobody who lounges there is urged to buy a drink or something.
They have several categories of rooms. The standard room I had was on the top floor and offered panoramic views of the mountains. Shower/WC ensuite, cable TV, telephone, comfy bed, what else do you want? Renovated rooms are nicer, of course, but I liked my room anyway. As the building is old be prepared that the layout is confusing, sort of a labyrinth, and the distance to the restaurant or reception can be long.
Food was very good. The dining room is large and has style, the tables are large enough and not squeezed in, fine tablecloth and silverware, service very attentive, competent and friendly. Breakfast buffet was very good. I had booked half-board which included a four-course dinner with salad buffet and choices for main course. Several culinary events during the week, like gala dinner and Grisons buffet e.g. Wine was reasonably priced. If you felt you needed a change for dinner you could give them notice the same morning and eat at the (excellent) Pizzeria downstairs.
Check their website for special deals!
- Reviews: 2355
Hotel Waldhaus am See: Lakeside hotel
I stayed in this 3star hotel in the mid 1990s for a week in summer. They had a special deal offered in June, including some activities like horse-drawn carriage ride, wine and whiskey tasting, a funicular ride up to Muottas Muragl etc. - incl. breakfast and dinner approx. 1000 Sfr. for the week.
The hotel still has old-world charm, the staff is very friendly, the food very good (4-course dinner with choices). From the room (and the dining room) I had gorgeous views of the lake, St. Moritz and the mountains - that alone was worth the money.
I also liked the ambience in the hotel very much. It has a good size, not too big, not too small. It is family run by an enthusiastic whiskey, wine and cigarrs connoisseur.
The views! Spectacular the sunsets, the views of the mountains and the lake. And while St. Moritz is a rather ugly town by day it is fascinating by night.
Another advantage is the central location, only a few steps from the railway station and bus stop, excellent for excursions like Glacier Express or Bernina Express.
- Reviews: 2355
Da La Posta, Silvaplana: Rental Apartment
I have stayed in the "Da La Posta" apartments a couple of times. The building is centrally located in Silvaplana. I always booked through Interhome, a Swiss agency (www.interhome.ch). They offer apartments from 1 to 4 rooms plus bathroom and small kitchen, most with balcony.
The 1-room apartments are quite small (two beds) - see pictures. I found them to be exactly right for one or two persons, if you prefer to have a bit more space book a 2-room apartment (bedroom and living room, where a 3rd person can sleep on the couch).
The apartments to the street side provide fantastic views of the mountains - you can even see the skiing area of Piz Corvatsch - but tend to be a bit noisy. Those to the back side are really quiet and you have views of the garden, some other (nice) apartment houses and (less beautiful) mountain scenery.
The apartments are equipped with SAT-TV, radio, telephone etc.
Prices vary considerably: the 1-room apartments were approx. 270 Euro in low season, but you can be charged more than twice as much in high season. Good to know that you can get last-minute deals for bookings of less than one week ahead - availability can be the problem :-)
Costs like taxes, parking garage, final cleaning are included!
What I particularly like is that you are in a very central location: bank/ATM and grocery right across the street, some restaurants with a few 100 metres distance, bakery 5 minutes walking away, (free) shuttle bus to Piz Corvatsch right across the street, regional buses/post office 3 minutes walk away. St. Moritz and the glitzy nightlife is only 12 km away and a night bus runs till 2 am.
Another advantage is that you have that small kitchen where you can prepare meals on your own - saves a lot of costs.
A good idea is that there is a sort of reception which is manned a couple of hours in the morning and evening. Staff is very helpful and friendly.
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