We spent the week-end of 15 July in Sierre at the Hotel Terminus. The 4 star hotel, a 1875 building, has been entirely renovated and is run by Didier de Courten who is the chef of both the gastronomic restaurant and the brasserie "l'Atelier Gourmand". He has been designated "cook of the year 2006".
The actual purpose of our trip was to try Didier de Courten's cuisine. The 7 courses surprise menu lunch was one of the best experiences we made over the past year: a staggering creativity but no foolish nonsense, a great selection of delicious local wines, a faultless simple warm and refined service. The decoration of the restaurant is very elegant, modern, simple, no frills.
We also had dinner at the brasserie: here again (on a different scale), everything: food, service, was excellent. One small disturbing detail during the first moments of our dinner: uneducated children at our neighbours' table, running around tables throwing themselves on the floor and screaming on the terrace. But there is nothing a restaurant can do against this, especially when the children are being congratulated by their parents for their good behaviour...
We have been warmly welcome at the reception of the hotel.
There is an outdoors parking at the back of the hotel, it is free for guests. There is also a covered parking which is free during the day and paying during the night: the hotel charges 8 Swiss Francs per night (approximately 4.5 US$).
The room we had was No 3 at the first floor. It is a standard double room of a "large-medium" size (approximately 20sqm) with a modern, simple and good taste design decoration. It has 3 large windows, is air conditioned, has an ensuite bathroom with shower only which is decorated in the same simple and elegant style as the bedroom.
There is no minibar in the bedroom but we found 2 complimentary bottles of water and fresh fruit in the room. We were a bit worried when we realised that the hotel is on one of the busiest traffic streets of Sierre and 2 of our windows overlooked that street, but the room and windows are very well isolated and one can hardly hear a remote rumour in the background. The air conditioning system is noisy though if you keep switched on all night like we did.
The breakfast is included in the price of the room and it is served in the breakfast room which is near the lounge. What a delightful surprise: it was not a buffet !! Breakfast is actually SERVED at your table. It is composed of one delicious homemade croissant, one roll and bread per person, one glass of orange juice, a few slices of local delicatessen (ham, sausage, dry meat) mountain pasture butter and homemade jams. There was also one superb homemade yoghurt with an apricot coulis. Small detail: we have not been asked if we wished a second round of tea or coffee, not mentioning bread or croissants. We had had enough food though, but I think it would have been nice that the waiter inquires about it.
I recommend this hotel extremely warmly, (and the restaurants of course). We have been very warmly welcome, felt like at home, and ate lke GODS !!!
Unfortunately we cannot return as soon as we wish since we have to leave for our holidays now but this is penciled in our diaries for September when we are back !
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