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Hotel Seiler au Lac
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Boenigen
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

We stayed one night at this hotel. Great view of the lake, large rooms, very kind people. Certainly no other place like it in Interlaken. We had dinner at the Pizzeria of the hotel, very good cheese fondue, but very expensive. Very poor price/quality ratio at this restaurant.

Room Tip: Lake view is a must
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

We stayed at Hotel Seiler au Lac for 2 nights over the Swiss Day holiday - July 31st, leaving August 2nd, 2011. The owner did warn us that our first night might be a bit noisy with the celebration, but it was a delightful cultural experience and did not interfere with our eventual need for sleep! With an outstanding view of the lake from our balcony, we were able to experience an hour and a half of fireworks as towns and villages along each side put on their holiday events. Due to the rising Swiss franc, we decided to eat our breakfast and dinners here and were very pleased with the quality and value of our three course meals. They were enjoyable and a similar meal in town would have been far more expensive. Service was friendly and there was an attention to detail with which this family prides itself. In fact, the owners gave us very helpful tips with respect to navigating the trains to Jungfraujoch and seeing other sites. This hotel is frequented by return travelers and it is easy to understand why.

Room Tip: Most rooms appear to have great view of the lake. Check to be sure.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

Ate here 2 nights whilst staying in Bonigen and cannot fault it.

the food was of a high standard, if a little pricey. The service how ever was top draw.

The only real thing letting its restaurant down is the lack of any real dessert menu. Everything is either ice creams or sorbets - and brought in at that. Unfortunately it lets down an otherwise superb menu

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

Having stayed in this hotel 20 years ago on honeymoon, and having always talked about returning, we decided to go back for our 20th wedding anniversary. I was slightly worried that maybe it just wouldnt be as lovely as I had remembered and having stayed in much grander hotels over the years I didnt want my memory of seiler au lac to be spoiled. Thankfully that was not the case! The hotel is located at the top of a beautiful lake with mountains on either side. The view from our balcony was just wonderful and nothing seemed to have changed in 20 years. It is in a very peaceful location and at times the only sound was the tinkling of the bells from the goats in a nearby field! The owners of the hotel, Mr and Mrs Zing-Dinkell, were still as attentive as before. They run the hotel themselves along with their son and a small number of other staff who were always very courteous and friendly. Everything was always done to a very high standard. We always looked forward to the evening meal as the food was excellent and even how it was served made it more of an experience! We could drive into the mountains within 15 mins and there were so many lovely walks to do. There is a lovely walk from the the hotel into Interlaken along the edge of the lake which takes about 30 mins. If you want a peaceful and beautiful location, this is the place to go. We will definitely return within the next year or two.

Room Tip: Definitely request a lake view room as this is not to be missed.
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

I last visited this hotel 30 years ago and felt it was time to show my own children the beauty that is the Bernese Alps. My wife and I travelled to the hotel with our two boys aged 16 and 13. The family that run the hotel were extremely attentive and welcoming and you experience an ambience that is hard to find in this modern world. This is not a place to stay if you are looking for night life and buzz, requiring high speed internet access at a click of a finger and constant distractions for your children but if you are looking for a location to enjoy breathtaking views whilst the world slows down then you cannot get much better. Half Board is definitely the way to go not only because the strangth of the Swiss franc makes Switzerland an expensive place to visit but, most importantly, because the food at the hotel is so good. From a fantastic breakfast buffet to the evening meal you could not fault the quality. In addition, the hotel are very flexible when it comes to offering something that is not on the menu. I have been fortunate to eat at Chateau Relais and Michelin starred restaurants and the food at this hotel was on a par with these establishments. As for our boys - they loved the country and the hotel and the chance to enjoy quality family time and games without the usual technological distractions. We all look forward to returning at some point in the future.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

We have not long returned from a family holiday to Switzerland where we stayed 10 nights at this hotel.
The location is the best - facing directly towards the lake (bonigen) with mountains rising from either side. We had a large family room and included all the facilities that are mentioned in other reviews, only ours was large enough for an extra sofa too. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and everything we reqested was dealth with in the usual Swiss efficiency. We were staying with 2 young children and whilst the hotel does seem to accommodate more guests over a certain age, we certainly didn't feel out of place or not wanted. They even went to the trouble of finding a beaker cup for my son as we forgot to bring his.
We also celebrated my 40th birthday and my sons 4th birthday whilst staying there and to my surpirse I had a lovely box of chocolates left on our bed for me. They made the most gorgeous chocolate cake for my little boy too! Moving onto the food, we stayed half board and the breakfast was plenty with lots of choice. The evening meal was of high quality every night and again, nothing was too much trouble. The dining room staff were incredibly friendly and our sincere thanks goes to Andrea (not sure of spelling) who made our stay even more enjoyable and interracted well with our children. We were just sorry we didn't see her on our departure to thank her personally.

From reading the odd poor review about this hotel, I can possibly see why some feel that the hostess is a little rude, however I don't believe that she means to be like this and think its just her mannerism. If you scratch beneath the surface you do get a smile a genuinely nice person. Please do not let this review put you off, I dislike rudeness in people immensely and certainly didn't feel in any way like something she had trodden on!! She was always very helpful and any problems were always dealt with promptly without quibble.

Onto location, wow, wow, wow! Within an easy 40 minute walking distance of Interlaken or use the free bus pass issued by the hotel to get there in 5-10 mins. The bus stop is practically outside the door. If you can afford it I would definately stay in a lake view room. The garden at the back was a little tired and I would imagine the view not great either.

Room Tip: Definately book lake view. You will get traffic noise and in high season tourists passing by talkin...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2010

I'll try to keep this review subjective, but it will be hard. The hotel has a great location, but it projects an OLD ambiance and atmosphere. It's great when a hotel is quiet, but it is dreadful when it feels dead.
The attitude, demeanor and unfriendliness of the lady owner is terribly sad as it undermines the good efforts of her son and husband at reception. Her rudeness is capable of derailing a whole holiday if you let her. Let me explain: We decide to cut short our stay at the hotel in order to rearrange our itinerary, and her response was nothing less than obnoxious, telling us that we "could not just do whatever we want" and that "we must pay for another night".
We decided to stay the night so we could find another place to stay. Rules are Ok, but there are proper ways to talk to customers.
This woman was the worst example of rudeness we found in an otherwise excellent Switzerland. Shame on her.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Address: Am Quai 3, Boenigen, Interlaken 3806, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Interlaken > Boenigen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Boenigen
Price Range: $196 - $241 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Seiler au Lac 4*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family-run Hotel situated directly on Lake Brienz, 3 miles from Interlaken Ost train station. Postal bus station in front of the Hotel. With visitors card every half hour free of charge with bus No. 103 to Interlaken and surroundings. Boat landing in front of the Hotel. Excellent kitchen. Ideal for vacation in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. You reach all destinations and hikes easily. 8 km flat walks. ... more   less 
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