We had the unexpected opportunity to extend a Swiss business trip for a few days and wanted to visit the Gstaad region. Nothing is inexpensive in Gstaad, but the Gstaaderhof Swiss Quality Hotel seemed to provide the best balance of cost versus amenities. I must say we were very pleased with our decision. Much of what made our stay pleasant were the personal touches provided by the staff.
This started with our early arrival. Even though we didn't expect it, they were able to provide us with a clean room, which was great since we had been traveling since early morning. The room itself, while small, was clean, well furnished (bed was fine), and bright. We had no problems with sound from other rooms. Internet in the room was free.
The main focus of our visit to Gstaad was to hike. The substantial breakfast (extra at the time of booking) was a good value (tough to find in Gstaad). Between the breakfast and picking up half-price (day-old) pastries in Gstaad, we were well-fueled for our daily travels.
As a side note, we found the Gstaad Easy Access card a great bargain--36 CHF/3 days of public transportation was definitely a value compared to paying per ride. Even though many of the cable cars were not operating (late May) we still got our money's worth from the buses and rail travel.
The hotel's "Wellness Center" was great after a day of hiking. The sauna and steam room are well done and clean and, together with relaxing afterwards, were a perfect way to finish a day of hiking.
Even our departure was well-handled by the hotel. We departed well before breakfast started, but the night porter was able to gather up a reasonable breakfast (and coffee) for us (eaten in the dining room), and then insisted on driving us to the train station. (Though it would have been an easy (10') walk.)
All-in-all a very pleasant and comfortable stay. I feel that we got our money's worth, especially since we were Americans traveling in Switzerland with a very weak dollar.
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