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Hotel Gletschergarten
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Obere Gletscherstrasse 1, Grindelwald 3818, Switzerland   |  
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Jasper, Georgia
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Would be a 5-Star, Except a Little Pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Our room was large, with a balcony and a stunning view of the Alps; the owners and staff were very friendly and helpful; and the buffet breakfast was plentiful and good, if somewhat standard. This would be a five-star hotel, except that it seemed a little pricey compared to other Swiss hotels on our trip. We would recommend it, though.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for 4 days and had one of the most memorable experience of our trip. We reached Grindelwald in the evening and Gabrielle was at the train station to pick us up. The hotel was just a 5 minute ride from the train station and Gabrielle made arrangements for the dinner despite our delayed arrival.
The first thing you will notice about the place are the welcome hosts. They gave us several vegetarian options for dinner for our entire stay and suggested what all to visit. The dinner served is the best food we had in Grindelwald.
We had a room with a balcony with the view of mountains and the sound of the clock tower lends the place the old village feel. The hotel has a beautiful exterior decorated with flowers and you can sit in the balcony watching the majestic mountains as the last rays of the sun fall on those peaks. The hotel is the perfect place to stay in Grindelwald as they have done an excellent job of preserving the heritage of the place while offering all the modern amenities.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We were sad to only spend two nights in this lovely hotel and are already making plans to return. We had a balcony view of the mountains. We arrived back to our the hotel after an exhausting, yet exhilarating hike late for the dinner we had reserved. The owner was kind enough to check with kitchen and they served a delicious, traditional swiss meal. We were so grateful! The rooms were big, clean and comfortable.

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony room. The view is breathtaking.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wichita, Kansas
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for two days and thought the view was breathtaking. We had a room with a balcony overlooking the trio of the peaks Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. A wonderful place to sit and just look. The hikes around Grindelwald are numerous and the owners can direct you to some special ones. The owners are forth generation of this family run hotel and go totally out of their way to make your stay special. They can book tickets for attractions there at the hotel and really make your stay special. Our room and bathroom was spacious and spotlessly clean and decorated very nicely.

The owner, Gary, has some great stories to tell of climbers who have stayed with them and made the "Eiger Climb" including the first man to have climbed the northwest "White Spider" side of Eiger in 1938. This same climber wrote the book, 7 Years In Tibet, which was later made into a movie based on his adventures in Tibet
Gary recommended a local restaurant which we went to the first night that was fine but also mentioned that they serve dinner and we found it to be the best meal we had in Switzerland.
Right across the street is a bakery which serves lunch and it is very good also.

Room Tip: Try for a room in the front of the hotel with a balcony facing Eiger
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ashburn, VA
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights (Sept 27,28) and have just wonderful things to say about this charming jewel of a hotel. We arrived late in the evening for checkin and were greeted by tbuilding covered in beautiful flowers and swiss charm! The owners (wonderful couple) of the hotel who were the nicest and pleasant hosts greeted us personally and took care of our quick check-in process. They upgraded our room to a suite and the private balcony of our room had the most magnificient views situated right under the Alps. The hospitality and service of this charming hotel can compare to ANY 5 star hotel!! The next morning, the owners helped us plan our hikes and actually printed out our lift tickets so that we wouldn't have to wait in any lines...not that there were any. Late Sept, the entire area is practically empty. After a long day of hikes, we had dinner at the hotel and the sevice and food were great! Again, the owners made sure everything was perfect and went out of their way to accomodate anything we needed. On our last day, they even drove us to the train station so that we wouldn't miss our train! I have nothing but great things to say about this hotel and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Grindelwald. Kudos to the owners for their hospitality and service.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Middletown, NJ
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

We made a nostalgia trip to one of our favorite places in the world - Grindelwald. We'd been there several times over the years but had not been back for some time and I know, it's said you can't go home again but for six days we did. Wonderful experiences all over again starting with this great hotel. The current fourth generation family members expertly managing the place are the best innkeepers I've ever encountered. No question was asked that they didn't know the answer to and always responded with enthusiam and good humor no matter how repititious or mundane. The place is immaculate throughout and the rooms reflect the expert carpentry and architechture of Swiss artisans. And outside, it's the quintissential chalet that one always thinks of - window boxes full of glorious flowers, peaked steep rooflines, wide overhangs and the color of aged pine. The dining room looks out to a glacier and the Eiger so the breakfast is a feast for the eyes as well. Then they offer a set price menu for a four course dinner at CHF40 - about 42 USD. In my opinion you just can't go wrong here.

One very important tip - if you're going to be there for five or more days BE SURE AND BUY THE TRANSPORTATION PASS. It will make your moving around so much easier and save you plenty. There's also a three day that doesn't cover quite as much. This and all tickets can be bought at the front desk.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Castletown, Isle of Man
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

A fantastic mix of traditional and modern which works really well. We too were offered a choice of rooms with no prompting or asking. The hosts had seemingly inexhaustible knowledge of hiking trails, bus and train timetables, weather forecasts and things to do and see. They will book and print tickets for most attractions, including ski passes they told us.

The hotel is over 100 years old but has been extended and modernised without losing that old world feel. However, everything works and nothing is tatty or shabby. The dining room has excellent views towards the Eiger and Wetterhorn and with the quality of the breakfasts it was hard to get going in the morning. The staff were always helpful and cheerful and spoke very fluent English.

Grindelwald is in a beautiful position in the Bernese Oberland with easy rail and bus access. The town stretches for quite a way and the Hotel Gretschgarten is only a 15 minute walk from the railway station but a quick call will arrange transport. Once checked in you are presented with a Grindelwald visitor pass which will get you free or discounted travel on local public transport.

A thoroughly enjoyable and stress free stay, thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Obere Gletscherstrasse 1, Grindelwald 3818, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Jungfrau Region > Grindelwald
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Grindelwald
#1 Family Hotel in Grindelwald
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Gletschergarten 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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