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“Old time hotel with great views.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Belvedere
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Galliweidli, Wengen 3823, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #11 of 21 Hotels in Wengen
Geneva, Switzerland
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“Old time hotel with great views.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2009

We were looking for a hotel in Wengen with great views, and the location of the Hotel Belvedere is perfect as it sits above the village of Wengen with (almost) unobstructed views of the Jungfrau and the Lauterbrunnen valley. I booked directly with the hotel and asked for a room with the best view possible. Our room, 306 was on the 4th level and had a magnificent view which we could enjoy from inside the room and the small balcony. The room was small and recently decorated by somebody's grandmother, including an ancient TV. The bathroom was new and clean. The breakfast buffet was very nice and had something for everyone. We stayed for dinner two nights and the fixed price meal had 3 entree choices, unlimited salad, soup and dessert and was a bargain at 25 Swiss Francs. The wine list was excellent with wines of Italy, France and Switzerland. The hotel bar is very relaxing and the overall feel of the hotel is old-timey, complete with old furniture, some antiques and quite a few pensioners. There was also an old reading room/library and covered porch. The hotel is located up the hill from the Wengen train station, about a 10 minute, easy walk. Service from the hotel staff was very friendly and excellent all-around.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2009

I booked this hotel looking for somewhere not too expensive, and had expected it to be rather tired in decor. I was pleasantly surprised and was very pleased with every aspect of the hotel. A major refurbishment seems to be under way, and our room was absolutely pristine with a new bathroom with power shower and two washbasins.
The main lobby and bar area are splendidly art nouveau and a lovely place to have a drink and a chat. The dining room provides half board buffet meals at a very good price. We were amazed by the high quality of breakfast, with home made (?) jams and the best croissants we'd had for a very long time, as well as all the usuals including a cooked breakfast. The evening starters of home made soup and salad buffet were superb, as were the many puddings available to sample and return to. The cheese board had a wide range of cheeses. The main courses were slightly disappointing by comparison, probably because of the presentation in hot plates, but still pleasant. It was very good to be able to order wine by the 10 cl or 25 cl, which was a very reasonably priced way of drinking. The jug of water provided on the table was an added bonus.
We took the advice of previous Tripadvisor contributors and chose an upgraded room, which had beautiful views. We also think we might have had the room with the 'herd of wildebeest' that one reviewer reported. The wildebeest sounded as though they were in our spendid antique armoire, but further investigation showed that opening the rattling safe inside the cupboard sent the wildebeest away. Despite previous reviewers commenting on the thin walls and being to hear other people, we found this a very quiet hotel.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2008

First impressions i'm told, are the most important, so the Belvedere losses out straight away. With very little signage and being located out of view with no street lights i started my stay here non too happy ! Nobody on reception, so we had to hunt somebody down, i already knew that i wouldn't be returning. The room was ok, tired in places, dusty in others. The newly refitted bathroom was nice, although not practical for the elderly or somebody with a fuller figure (the bath was tiny and the taps in the wrong place). We were told to book a room with a balcony so that we could enjoy the views, only the balcony was communal and views were there, but not directly in front, obscured by roof tops. Staff were friendly...ish.......the whole place needs a make over, and not just a lick of paint. If it wasn't for the company, the time spent at the Belvedere would have been well and truly forgotten !

  • Liked — checking out
  • Disliked — no mini bar, no air conditioning, no signage !
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2008

Wengen is a great place to stay. We only stayed for two nights, in the midst of going to a lot of other places, but if I had to do it over again, I would have stayed there for a week or more!

The town is small, but plenty of stuff to do. The hotel is at the far end of the town from the train station, but they do have a service that will pick you up with your bags.

The room was clean and the people very friendly. Breakfast was included and was very good.

My only complaint really isn't something that can be fixed. After full days of hiking and exploring, the hotel is about 200 yards too far up a hill! I might consider staying closer to the center of town if I went again. But this is petty, since it really isn't that big a place.

The views from the balcony are incredible!

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2008

Just back from a week in Wengen staying at Belvedere Hotel, it was such a great holiday . The staff were so friendly and did all they could to help with anything you reqd. My daughter aged 3 came down with tonsilitis, they phoned the doctor for me , got the porter to take us to there, they were just great. The waiting staff were efficient as were the cleaners. The rooms were kept spotless all the time.Lovely playroom downstairs for small kids.The village itself was lovely also and kept so clean all the time, even the public toilets at train station were immaculate!Grate transport between the lifts and trains. Cant think of a bad word to say about this holiday, it was great , cant wait to go back.Im starting to save already.Thanks so much to the Belvedere xxxx

  • Liked — The Friendliness And Homely Feeling.
  • Disliked — Having To Leave!!!
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2008

We were 2 adults with 3 kids - age 3,7 and 11 years old who stayed for 3 nights.
The good things first: A hotel with lots of charm ( small 40-50 rooms)combined with very friendly and helpful staff both at the reception and at the dining room(lots of patience with the kids). The kids also had a 250 square meter rooms at the first level of the hotel at their disposal, fantastic!
Very good buffet both at breakfast and dinner.
The possibility to drop your skis and skiboots off at the sister hotel close to the trainstation and the other lift that brings you up to the skiing.

Room for improvement: You can hear the neighbour speaking in the other room.
A little bit to many furnitures in the room, it felt like a double room with 4 beds ,instead of a family room.

Conclusion: It wont get any better(friendly and welcoming) for a family with kids staying at a hotel in Switzerland.

Five happy travelers from Sweden

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Galliweidli, Wengen 3823, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Jungfrau Region > Wengen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Wengen
#10 Romantic Hotel in Wengen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Belvedere 3*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the 3-star hotel Belvedere in Wengen (1275m above sea level) you are right for relaxing holidays in the impressive mountain world of the Bernese Oberland at the foot of our home mountain - the Jungfrau.The hotel Belvedere was built in 1912 as an art nouveau hotel and enjoys one of the best and peaceful locations in Wengen. It has been refurbished smoothly to provide today’s comforts without losing the atmosphere of the olden days of the „Grand Hotel Belvedere“.Within 5 minutes walk you reach in summer the tennis courts and in winter the ski school office and its meeting place as well as the beginners’slope and the ice-rink. With the Männlichen cable car which is 5 minutes walk you reach in just a few minutes the Männlichen mountain which is the perfect starting point for skiing and hiking – always with the view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.Wengen is the ideal starting point for various excursions to the Jungfrau region. To the mountain railway station it only takes 5 minutes walk – from there you start the amazing journey up to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe - at 3454 metres altitude which is Europe’s highest railway station and the highlight of every visit to Switzerland! ... more   less 
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