The Hotel du Chamois is a very special place and a great way to experience Switzerland. It has been owned and operated by a kind and gracious Swiss family for over 125 years, who all chip in on the many tasks, from the 90 year old grandmother who still washes (and irons!) the sheets -- to the accommodating chef/son/operator and his lively, lovely wife. Another sister makes the beds, and this is obviously the local gathering place of this small village, L'Etivaz. The hotel, with its low ceilings, paneled walls and warm globe lighting oozes Swiss tradition. We found our room very comfortable and very clean, with plenty of hot water and windows that let in the sun in both the sleeping area and bath.
You can enjoy the local wine and cheese outside in a patio area, and we found dinner to be very good and reasonable considering Swiss prices. Since we don't eat much red meat, a local staple, we enjoyed a delicious meal the first evening of local morel mushrooms in a rich sauce. The next evening we had sauteed trout, very fresh since they are also local and kept in an aquarium in the kitchen. Breakfast is included in the price of a room, served in a sunny room on the second floor. This is quite the buffet and will tide you over while you explore the gorgeous countryside around. Be sure to try the local L'etivaz cheese. Cheese making, and the tending of the cows that goes with it, are an integral part of life in this village. You can visit the local cooperative to hear about the process and production. We were lucky enough to be there for the festival where they bring the cows down from the upper pastures and decorate them with headresses made of flowers. So charming! I will never forget the ringing of the cowbells, such a meditative sound that reminded me of the chanting and ringing of bells in the buddist temples in Thailand.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Du Chamois Switzerland/Vaud