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Obere Gletscherstrasse 1, Grindelwald 3818 Switzerland
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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#1 of 41 hotels in Grindelwald
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Almost 125 years old, the traditional family-run Hotel Gletschergarten in Grindelwald offers you panoramic mountain views, free WiFi. In good snow conditions, a ski run leads almost to the hotel. Breakfast is served every morning. After a day outside you can relax at the fireplace in the lounge. Half board, including a 4-course dinner, is available on request. A free pick-up service from the railway or bus station is offered. The Grindelwald First Cable Car Station is reachable within just a few minutes' walk, and the bus stop is just 20 metres away from the Gletschergarten Hotel. Further free time activities can be organised by the help of the staff. The hotel also has a new renovated wellness area with sauna and steam bath. You enjoy free access to the sports centre of Grindelwald, which features an indoor pool and an ice skating rink. Various tickets and ski passes can be bought at the regular rates from the reception. Wash & dry coin laundry available.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Game room
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Street parking
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Steam room
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Private balcony
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Danish and 5 more
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JPatti1 wrote a review Yesterday
Chicago, Illinois123 contributions100 helpful votes
This was a challenge to rate. As noted in other reviews, the care of the proprietors is highly commendable and one just feels a genuine appreciation for their efforts. They follow through with requests, anticipate needs and clearly make every effort to be helpful. These are not professional employees but rather the owners of the business, so their level of concern and focus makes sense - it is their livelihood after all - yet their level of effort surpassed that of most other hotelier proprietors we have experienced. So what is the challenge? The facilities are lacking - if your Swiss grandmother were to have a hotel, this would be her hotel. While the owners have clearly made efforts to update, such as installing quite nice modern bathrooms, the public spaces and the room decor is very dated. Some might say it is "traditional", but one can do traditional without having furnishings, carpet and a feel that are from the 1970s. All was quite fine, just you will get a strong feel of going back a bit in time. Another challenge was the restaurant. The first awareness that there is a restaurant in the building comes when first stepping through the door - that "there is an institutional cafeteria in the building" smell that we all know and love from senior residences. Whether this is a function of poor ventilation or the afore-mentioned carpeting we could not figure out, but it was an unwelcome introduction to the hotel. Our awareness of this issue quickly dissipated as we got used to it, but the hesitancy about the hotel that it created the moment we walked through the door stuck with us. The kitchen itself was adequate. We enjoyed dinner there one night (best to not do full board as there are many commendable restaurants in Grindelwald) and found it to be fine - basically a fine home-cooked meal. Neither gourmet nor cutting-edge cuisine, the daily menu (the night's menu is posted in the lobby in the morning) was basic Swiss meat and potatoes (we had pork medallions with mashed potatoes). There is also a small but tasty salad bar. A satisfying if not memorable meal. Breakfast, however, was less satisfying. There was the basic selection of bread (surprisingly not of great quality), small plates of meats and cheeses, a selection of juices in carafes and a few basic additions (e.g., muesli, fruit salad, yogurt). You could also ask for a soft-boiled egg. No scrambled eggs, bacon/sausage or ability to request fried eggs or omelets. Particularly after just having come from another three-star hotel (Bellerive in Zermatt) that had a fantastic breakfast, this was quite disappointing. We chalked this lack of effort up to covid, but cannot be sure. As noted above, the primary positive was the effort and attitude of the proprietors, who work long days to ensure that all goes well. The hotel is also in a fine location, being slightly removed from the overly touristy center of town (a short few blocks away) and with excellent views of the Gletschergarten Gorge valley. Our room had a sizable balcony with a particularly nice view. Do be sure to get a south-facing view! The hotel also has a bus stop right next to the hotel, which one can use with the free bus pass provided by the hotel. This proved quite useful in getting to the two train stations from which transportation to the mountains can be obtained. So five stars for effort and view/location and five stars for the bathroom and the effort it shows in trying to update the property. As for the facilities in general, I would give this three stars but you might rate it higher if you seek a very traditional older chalet decor. As for the kitchen, work is needed and we would definitely recommend not going full-board as some town restaurants (e.g., C und M cafe and Golden India) provide much superior food.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Onrosco wrote a review Jul 2021
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As a nature-loving couple, we stayed several days in this hotel to relax, celebrate, and do day hikes. This hotel stood out from the crowd, and indeed, it was the perfect choice. You can meet tradition, history, excellent service and comfort. The hotel has been managed by generations of the same family for more than a century. They are wonderful people who work hard for the guests to have a pleasant stay. They can give plenty of assistance and info, whatever you need. Even as experienced hikers, we got an excellent bonus advanced hiking tip, a spectacle most day hikers probably miss. We got a superior double room with a balcony facing Eiger's famous North Face, with views to both glacier valleys (Oberer and Unterer Grindelwaldgletscher), direct view to the front of glacier Ischmeer ("Sea of ice") and snowy peaks. The food is excellent and plenty, both breakfast and dinner. Superior room is comfortable, bathroom renovated. We enjoyed the pool table and table tennis in the leisure room too. If you like history, don't miss the book(s) about the history of tourism in the Jungfrau area in the lobby or the small exhibits. The hotel is perfectly located at a few-min walk from both First and Pfinstegg cable cars, 20 mins to the canyon. Grindelwald Terminal is 15 mins by bus. Bus stop right in front of the hotel. Yet the hotel is slightly away from the busy center of Grindelwald, unlike many other hotels (big plus). The area is a hiking heaven, one of the top places in Switzerland.
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Date of stay: July 2021
henrik f wrote a review Jul 2021
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The service, hosts, facilities and the location of the hotel are all amazing. We stayed at the Fiescherhorn apartment and that was even more perfect - spectacular views and facilities - it felt and looked like we where the first to be there :-)
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Sarah E wrote a review Jul 2021
2 contributions2 helpful votes
This was our favorite hotel out of everywhere we stayed in Switzerland. It is family owned/run and charming in absolutely every way. The staff is generous, accommodating, and kind. There is art all over the hotel that is impressive, the decor is lovely, and the view cannot be beat. The perfect place for a stay.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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matthias b wrote a review Jun 2021
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The Hotel Gletschergarten in Grindelwald is THE place to stay in Grindelwald. The Owners are taking care of all the requests you have. You can buy cable car tickets and make reservations at the front desk. The rooms are beautiful with a great view to the mountains. The breakfast and the dinners are fantastic. All is superb value for the money! The bus stop to town and the train station is right in front of the hotel. We definitely will stay again at this hotel on our next visit to Grindelwald! You will not be disappointed!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$197 - $282 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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SwitzerlandCanton of BernBernese OberlandJungfrau RegionGrindelwald
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Gletschergarten
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Gletschergarten?
Nearby attractions include Grindelwald-First (0.2 miles), Grindelwald Museum (0.04 miles), and Bodmi Arena (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Gletschergarten?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Gletschergarten?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Gletschergarten?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Gletschergarten?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurant and Bar GoldenIndia, C und M Cafe Bar Restaurant, and Onkel Tom's Hütte.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Gletschergarten?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Is Hotel Gletschergarten located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Grindelwald.
Are pets allowed at Hotel Gletschergarten?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Gletschergarten?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Gletschergarten?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Unspunnen Castle (9.4 miles) and Rothenfluh Ruins (9.1 miles).
Does Hotel Gletschergarten have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.