The Pension Heino is a great place to stay to enjoy Switzerland on a budget. We stayed here for a week in August 2013 on a walking holiday in the Saastal. Saas Grund proved a great base to explore the area. You can take a bus to explore Saas Fee and Saas Almagell, however if you are feeling more energetic there are nice walks to both. We even took the bus and train to Zermatt for one day out (well worth it). There are also some great walks up to Kreuzboden from Saas Grund and if you are feeling adventurous you can take a scooter back down. Saas Fee also has a High Ropes course with a zip wire across the gorge and there is the Feeblitzt bobsleigh (more like an individual roller coaster).
Eating out in Switzerland is very expensive especially with current exchange rates of the £ and € to the Swiss Franc and we began to worry that we had not budgeted enough for our holiday. However two good surprises for us were when on arrival Golda issued us with our free lift passes for the week. She also offered evening meals at 20 Francs each. We took advantage of the meals (soup/salad, main course and sweet) every night, the food was excellent and helped keep our budget in check. Meals were served at 7pm that worked very well with our day’s activities.
Golda is very welcoming and works very hard to ensure the happiness of her guests.
The Pension Heino is very family friendly with a sizeable area at the side of the main dining area set aside for the young ones full of toys and Golda even put a video on (“Up”) on one of the wetter evenings. Soft drinks for children were supplied in large bottles that were marked with your room number and popped back in the fridge each evening for the following day, again providing a good saving for families. Drinks for adults were cheaper that in outside bars and restaurants being comparable to UK prices (a large beer being 4 Francs).
The beds were comfortable and the room pleasant, Golda even provided us with a kettle and tea-making things knowing us English cannot survive without our tea. The room had a door onto a large balcony that made a relaxing place to sit and play cards or read in the evening.
I would highly recommend the Pension Heino as a place to stay, the best endorsement I feel I can give is that we would choose to stay there over alternatives and intend to stay there again on a future holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday from the first Moment! Experience your holiday in the Saas Valley from its most beautiful side; cosy, homely and uncomplicated in a private atmosphere. Take time out for yourself, relax and have the vacation you want. With down-to-earth local people in an informal and natural way. Both in winter and summer our Dutch-Swiss guesthouse in Saas Grund is worth a visit.In a natural environment, surrounded by the highest mountains of Switzerland, Saas Grund (1500m) charm at a village 5 minutes from the famous resort of Saas Fee. Saas Grund in the Saas Valley in Valais offers all the comforts and amenities of a fine holiday resort. Really cozy In our lovingly and personally managed guesthouse/ Hotel Pension Heino in Saas Grund; you can experience what it means to " feel at home on Holiday". Enjoy the traditions and customs of Saas Grund/Saas Fee; wonderful hospitality, excellent offers, a magnificent natural paradise, picturesque villages, friendly faces- and yourself amongst it all. Hotel Pension Heino in Saas Grund is known for its familiar and informal ambience. We offer active affordable vacation rental, for anyone who loves mountains and nature. Holiday from the first moment! And the best: our hospitality is real ... more less
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