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Hotel Bettmerhof
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Bettmeralp
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“Perfect Hotel Bettmerhof”
Reviewed July 7, 2009

I agree with another reviewer- the best kept secret ! Bettmeralp is a charming village where cows roam freely and where cars do not exist. The hotel is owned and managed by Chris, who gives his all to make certain that everything is perfect. The hotel has an Italian restaurant on the lowest level and a traditional one on the ground floor, but you can order off either menu. The food is wonderful at both! The breakfast buffet is plentiful and they make eggs to orfer. After a hard day's hike, the wellness area (sauna, steam, foot baths, chaises) is delightful. The rooms are clean and lovely and the views are spectacular. This area is a hiker and nature lover's paradise. We will return again to the lovely Bettmerhof!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2007

We spent one week in the town of Bettmeralp during July 2007 and spent all our time at the Chalet-Hotel Bettmerhof which we loved and plan to return to.

The Chalet-Hotel Bettmerhof provides excellent value for money and is living proof of why the Swiss are considered world leaders in the hospitality industry. We took a junior non-smoking suite on the top floor which was very generous in size and included a large balcony overlooking the Alps with views of the Matterhorn. If you are looking for the slick, modern, minimalist approach, this hotel is not for you. If you are looking for good old fashioned comfort in the Swiss chalet style, then look no further. The room had a sleeping area, sitting area with couch and chair, powder room with toilet and basin, and a bathroom which had two basins, a toilet and bath/shower. There was plenty of closet space to store our belongings and we really appreciated that on the poor weather days, the heating was turned on without having to ask. The only challenge we confronted was with the shower – because we were on the top floor (which we requested) we had the sloping roof of the chalet cut into the shower which made standing upright difficult – tall people may prefer a room on the lower floors. It was very quiet at night and we were pleasantly awoken each morning by the sound of cow bells as the cows moved through the town.

We took the half board hikers package which meant we had breakfast and dinner included in our package each day. The food was sensational – especially the dinners - and for what we received, was very reasonably priced. Make sure you leave room for dessert as these were truly delicious and eagerly looked forward to by my husband. We noticed that the restaurant was full every night, particularly with locals who appeared to choose it over other options in the village. Despite eating 7 nights in the same restaurant, there was plenty of variety and the staff was only too happy to prepare something different if we didn’t like the options on offer.

The hotel has good facilities which included a first class restaurant, breakfast room, pizza café, beautiful outdoor terrace with equipment for children, well equipped games room and a very impressive wellness centre. There is also a computer with Internet access available for a small charge. Like all hotels we visited in Switzerland, the TV in our room only had a couple of English channels, but given that we were there to explore the outdoors and given that we wanted a “Swiss” experience, this did not bother us.

By far the best thing about this hotel however, is the staff. The hotel is owned/managed by Christian who has a wealth of knowledge about the area and spent time with us each day planning out hikes he thought would be suitable for our level of fitness and the forecast weather conditions. Unfortunately, we had a couple of poor weather days and Christian did not hesitate to make the wellness area available outside the standard operating hours, complete with robes and towels, and even went to the trouble of reimbursing us for English newspapers we purchased in town. His team in the restaurant was also very friendly and able to provide advice about the local area. Best of all was Christian’s father who founded the hotel and made of a point of visiting each table in the restaurant each night to have a chat and provide local insight. This created an excellent ambience and also encouraged guests to talk with each other and share experiences.

The town of Bettmeralp is a car free town in the canton of Valais/Wallis and sits at an altitude of almost 2,000 meters. We took the train and connecting cable car to get there which was very easy. The town itself is small, quaint and very Swiss, filled with pretty chalets, free roaming cows and glorious views of the mountains. Best of all, there were very few tourists which made a pleasant change from other Swiss mountain towns we had visited such as Wengen and Murren where we often felt like we could have been in England. We spent one week in the village for the sole purpose of hiking and apart from a couple of poor weather days were very impressed by the hiking available.

The hiking in the Bettmeralp area is absolutely awesome and was the highlight of our month long stay in Switzerland. There are walks for all fitness levels with stunning scenery and many of the chair lifts, cable cars etc are operational over summer which provided the opportunity to really move around the area. Although the mountains are spectacular throughout Switzerland, this area is very special as there is the beautiful Aletsch forest to explore and the mind blowing Aletsch glacier which has to be seen to be believed. We have spent may weeks hiking in Switzerland, but for me the Aletsch glacier is about as good as it gets and its beauty is enhanced by the fact that you need to walk around 2 hours to get to it, which means 99% of tourists will not make the effort, leaving you to enjoy the view in relative peace and quiet.

Overall, we have nothing but praise for the town of Bettmeralp and the Chalet-Hotel Bettmerhof and are already planning our return. We only hope it continues to remain undiscovered by everyone other than the Swiss.

  • Liked — The views, the staff and the food
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  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Bettmerhof
Address: Postfach 33, Bettmeralp 3992, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Valais > Bettmeralp
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Bettmeralp
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Bettmerhof 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our TOP three-star superior Hotel. A harmonious atmosphere with a personal touch, peace and quiet, relaxation, friendly staff and genuine hospitality await you. Our motto - "It's our pleasure" – will be a recurring theme on your vacation. Whether you admire the views of the Matterhorn from our sun terrace or or enjoy the culinary delights in our restaurants "Bettmerhof" and "PiccoBello", friendliness and attentive service will make you feel at home. The house was voted among the 100 most friendly hotels in Switzerland in 2015 - in the category "Ferienhotels klein und fein" (4th place). You'll be able to relax and feel a sense of wellbeing in our in the standard rooms or junior suites in an Alpine Style. The rooms are equipped with the finest materials such as oak parquet floor, reclaimed wood, glass and natural stone. Or also in our wellness area with sauna, steam bath, Kneipp facility and relaxation room. Even small guests are welcome in the Bettmerhof. Special rates, children's menus, baby care room, family rooms and a fantastic children's playroom provide the ideal setting for a comfortable family vacation.. An ideal location – in quiet surroundings in the heart of the Swiss Alps' Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site, right next to the ski runs. Vacation at last! ... more   less 
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