This was our second stay at the Steinbach. We visited about a year ago as the hotel's restaurant was nearing completion of some renovations. The service was wonderful and I was reminded on each encounter with the two brother owners just how important it was to them that we were enjoying ourselves. The hotel is small with just 14 rooms. On checking in, we were given the Lovers Suite; best bits were the huge round bed and the jacuzzi bath - and the very affordable (by Swiss standards) price. We arrived after 9 Friday evening so decided to eat in the hotel's Steakhouse Restaurant. I had pretty simple expectations as most of the area restaurants are quite simple. What a pleasant surprise. Taittinger by the glass, lobster, scallops, veal, wonderful sauces, a bottle of Barrosa Valley Shiraz and all that for about 160 Franc for two. The food was not only tasty but the presentation was excellent. The waiter (owner) doted over us - again, clear he wanted the evening to be very special for us. It's rare that we'd eat both nights on a weekend visit in the same restaurant but that we did - shrimp tampura, succulent rack of lamb, ribeye steak and lobster - rounded out with a California Zinfandel. The service excellent, the price/value outstanding, rooms are simple but newly renovated and have some of the original building charm mixed with some modern flair. Breakfast was a good spread with eggs, croissants, and all the expected other bits - good coffee too. The owners have a passion for what they're doing and you're sure to enjoy it too. Less than 5 min walk to train station with direct links to Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen. We skied the Kleinscheidegg/Jungfrau area - excellent terrain, beautiful scenery and easy access from the hotel. Yes, we'll be here again - and we'll make it a point to visit the restaurant even if we're staying further up the valley.
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