Though it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the town of Ardez isn't widely known. That means it's not overrun with tourists and remains a gem for those who love the mountains and hiking and historic towns. The stenciled house exteriors are remarkable, and what gained it the UNESCO status, but the setting is also spectacular. You look out at a small national park and have easy day access to hiking trails that we were not there long enough to take advantage of.
Shorta's is the first main building on the left as you enter town, and parking is right next to it, so it's very easy to find. It seems to be the center of town life, as there were a few locals having a drink in the bar area when we arrived as well as after dinner. However, it is a quiet place--not noisy. Clean, comfortable, modern rooms with traditional mountain pine decor. There is also a little Internet desk and a lovely small library and rooftop terrace--plenty of places to relax.
We had stayed three nights in Grindelwald before Ardez and were rather disappointed in the dinners we got at the place we stayed there. I realize that Swizerland (unlike France and Italy) is not known for its cuisine, but Grindelwald was rather dull for palate. Shorta's Hotel Alvetern also prepared regional food, but the quality and presentation were far nicer. The fresh salad bar was especially appreciated. Breakfast buffets are also of very good quality. The dining room has big picture windows so you can enjoy sunset light on the mountains.
The owners are friendly, and Roger speaks several languages, so this is altogether a comfy, friendly, quiet, special place.
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