My fiancée and I stayed three nights at the Alpbach. It's run by the Gerbers, two friendly but somewhat opaque persons. When we arrived at the Meiringen station, Theres came to pick us up in the hotel van; her husband drove us back at the end of our stay; call ahead for this free service.
The hotel has a childish theme: kids' trains are on the hallway walls and most strangely on the blankets. We felt four years old as we got into bed. But the rooms and baths are spotless.
It is difficult to get a decent view of the alps anywhere in Meiringen, since the town is in the Aare Valley, just where it narrows into a gorge. However, a south-facing room should let you see the Reichenbach Falls.
Our only shock came from the meal in the vaunted restaurant. While salad and soup were delicious, the "medium" steak was cooked to a cardboard like consistency, while the "Geschnetzeltes" was so salty as to be almost inedible; it set us back over 100 CHF. For a tastier and much cheaper meal, try the cafeteria at the Migros Market on the main street near the train station (food-line closes at 6:30 PM).
The hotel is frequented by older tourists from Germany & France, and regular townspeople sit at the small bar next to the elevator.
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