The Belvedere is # 1 on Trip Advisor for a reason....this is a fantastic hotel! We are already planning a return visit to Switzerland next September. We will again visit Grindelwald, and can't imagine staying elsewhere...the Belvedere has won our hearts!
We had a wonderful, gracious greeting at reception and were shown to our room, an Executive Junior Suite on the 5th floor with an absolutely stunning view looking right at the Eiger. Welcome cocktails were graciously provided...a beer for my husband, while I enjoyed a glass of Prosecco, and we sat on the lovely, large balcony gazing at the Eiger content in the fact that we had made the perfect choice.
The room was spacious and well appointed and the bed extremely comfortable. The large balcony with table and chairs we made good use of, and the view was breathtaking. There is a mini-bar, safe(key) and wireless internet accessible in the room. Good wardrobe/storage space, and bathrobes/slippers provided as well. The bathroom was wonderful...large jacuzzi tub, separate (FABULOUS!) roomy shower, toilet separated from bath area, great, spacious sink area. Toiletries (other than liquid soap in dispensers) are not provided but available on request at reception.
The toilet here deserves it's own special mention. It can be used as a regular commode, however it also has a paper-free option in which you are hygenically washed with clean water and then you are air dryed via some system from below....no, I am not kidding. This is a new, environmental friendly commode system that is pretty amazing. I didn't realize this until our 3rd day when I spotted the brochure on the back of the commode. Now there's a high tech bathroom! Special mention also goes to the Belvedere for their "Pillow bar"....a catalogue of pillows one may choose from to enhance the nights sleep! My husband and I both decided to try out the "wood pillow" which, if I remember correctly, is supposed to reduce your heart rate during sleep and leave one more rested. I don't know the science behind this, but my husband and I both had 3 wonderful nights sleep at this hotel. Major kudos to the Belvedere for some different amenities from what one finds at "cookie cutter" hotels!
We had the half-board plan, which included a wonderful breakfast, and oh my, 6 course dinners. "Our" table was right by a window looking directly at the Eiger and the view, again, was astounding. The service here is completely, 100% efficient, friendly,and professional....just impeccable service. I cannot say enough good things about this staff, to a person they are wonderful.
Breakfast was wide in variety including meats, cheeses, breads, yogurt, granola, fresh fruits, about 7-8 different fresh juices.....just wonderful. Also every day there were warm eggs, sunny side up twice, scrambled once, with ham or bacon, perfectly cooked. A special note here again as regards attention to details: There is a large plate warmer keeping plates warmed for the hot food. Oh how my Dad would have loved that touch...he always said it was such a shame to put warm food on a cold plate! Just another example of how the Belvedere does the little things that are much appreciated.
Dinners were astounding. This was not by any means your average half-board food....this food was worthy of any 5 star restaurant. A 6 course menu is offered. There was an appetizer...then a choice of soups (cream or consomme) or juices, an absolutely wonderful salad buffet (try the French dressing) a choice of 3 entrees including one meat dish, one vegetarian and one fish, a large selection of cheeses for the cheese course, and a choice of several desserts (amazing house made sorbets). Everything we had, without exception, was fabulous. We had a Parsley root cream soup with mountain cheese that was absolutely incredible. We had grilled wild hare wrapped in bacon that was divine. Whatever you choose I can pretty much guarantee it will be fabulous...the food was THAT good. One night was a buffet night, and this was also done beautifully, with a wide assortment of food to please anybodys palate. I truly cannot imagine anyone dining here and not being happy. The food is SO good and the staff tries so hard to accomodate and please. I must also mention that there is a fabulous piano player providing music during dinner which we really enjoyed. One night there was an accordian player and he was also excellent. It's such a nice touch to have music during ones meal and it was never intrusive...just added to the great atmosphere. We enjoyed our dinners so much. Do try the Belvedere's 100 year old anniversary wine, it's excellent. My husband loved this wine. I tried an italian red by the glass, recommended by one of the servers, that was also very good. There is an extensive wine list and suggestions each night to accompany thats night dishes. I am sure they were right on target though we opted for by the glass. On a side note, the carafes of spring water provided are excellent and there is no need to purchase bottled water! Anyway, I can't praise the food here enough...I know it is highly recommended by Frommer's as the best in Grindelwald and I can certainly see why.
The next days menu is posted in the elevators the night before. If you choose not to eat and have the half-board opton, and you notify the desk, they will credit 20 CHF pp to your account...you can also opt to eat a la carte, and you can eat off the a la carte menu for 1/2 price. For either of these options you need to inform the front desk by, I believe, 2 pm that day.....more than fair....but, just my opinion, just stick with the 1/2 board menu and you won't regret it! And be adventuresome...I had never had wild hare before, but I am sure glad I tried it!
On to the spa. We made use of the spa every day and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had good long walks/hikes each day so the spa was very welcome upon our return to the hotel and prior to dinner. There is a wonderful pool, an indoor hot tub, an outdoor heated whirlpool overlooking the Eiger, a Bio-Sauna, Turkish Bath, Finish Sauna, Experience Shower with Warm Rainfall or Cold mist, and an chilling plunge bath that is GREAT after the Sauna/turkish bath. This also came in handy for "icing" my husbands knee....it was COLD. It was invigorating and very refreshing! Be advised the spa area is "clothing optional" as is the norm in Switzerland, we were aware of this, but most guests will have discreet use of a towel...just be forewarned you may encounter a textile free spa person!
The Belvedere is well situated, a short 5 minute walk from the train station. The uncompromised views of the Eiger are spectacular. Though close to the train station, we found it very quiet. From Grindelwald one can access an amazing lift system to get just about anywhere for fabulous hiking. My father, who has passed, absolutely loved Grindelwald and hiking in this area. I know he was smiling down at us while we explored the area and enjoyed some of the best hiking and scenery Switzerland has to offer. We were here 3 short days and it wasn't nearly long enough...we can't wait to return to the Belvedere, and are aiming to be back again in September 2010! We felt this hotel was, with the half-board, our best stay AND best value of our entire trip. A warm "Thank You" to the entire staff for a fabulous 3 days at the Belvedere!
- Also Known As:
- Belvedere Swiss Quality Grindelwald
- Hotel Belvedere Swiss Quality
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Belvedere is owned and run by the Hauser family since 1907. Belvedere means "beautiful view" and that is one of our USP's. The view to the famous Eiger (remember the movie Eiger sanction with Clint Eastwood)is unique. Another USP is our Outdoor salt water Jacuzzi, located in the pool area (pool, saunas, steam bath, Jacuzzi inside and massage and beauty treatments). As member of the French Gourmet Association "Chaîne des Rôtisseurs", excellent dinners are served daily. ... more less
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