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Hotel Mittaghorn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gimmelwald
Lawrence, Kansas
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Top of the world!”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

I really can't add much more than what has already been said (raved about!) in the previous reviews. We traveled a month in Europe and our 2 nights/3 days here were the most amazing part of our trip. Wonderful, worn, creaky, alpine hotel. Great food and dinner guests. Interesting hosts. All surrounded by some the most stunning mountain scenery anywhere.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Got a little skeptical when my husband booked at this hotel for our 2 days stay in the Alps cause I saw some pictures online and it was not that impressed. But it ends up to be the most memorable place of our Europe vacation. Walter is a very good cook and it is worth every penny. We ended up had our dinners for 2 days with him and my teenage boy still talking about it even after a month back home. The shower was awkward at first but it was fun memory after we figure out how to work at it. The location of the hotel is great for us since we like to enjoy quiet night view and away from the heavy tourist area. Overall, it is a nice, cozy hotel where you meet and dine with your fellow travelers and exchange stories. Food, service are excellent. Rooms and beds are clean and comfort. WiFi signal is good in the room. View are great. Easy access to transportation and hiking trails. We will definitly come back here to Gimmelwald and stay at this hotel for more than 2 days next time.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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San Jose
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

This was my second time staying at the Mittaghorn, and just like the first, we wish we could have stayed for a few extra days!!! Gimmewald is so far my favorite location in Europe, its a little mountain escape from the rest of the world. Our host Tim is very friendly and helpful, providing tips on hiking in the area. Our room was large and includes a balcony with stunning views of the Alps. Dinner is VERY worth it, including wine and dessert and the opportunity to make friends with the other guests. Be aware that the facilities are not up to par with a normal hotel (there is no shampoo or soap provided, and you have to pay one Frank for five minutes of hot water in the shower), and for whatever reason the beds are too short for most people. Once you get past these minor setbacks, the Mittaghorn is by far the highlight of your trip! I wish I could give it more stars for location.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

We loved our 2 night stay on our honeymoon. Walter is a great cook & excellent conversationalist. Tim was very helpful on what to do. The "Romantic" walk up to the glacier was breath taking. We could not believe the alpine prarie at the end.... Heaven is best way to describe it. The 1 CHF for 5 minutes of hot water in the shower was interesting & fun trying to insert more coins while lathered up, but an excellent place for those who do not need a Ritz hotel. We cannot wait for our return to see Tim & Walter again.

Room Tip: Front room have exellent view of the valley.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2012

We found Hotel Mittaghorn to be a charming place that wasn't too expensive (for Switzerland). Walter made a great, big spaghetti dinner our first night and Tim checked us in, waited on us at dinner and breakfast, and gave us great advice for hikes around the area. Breakfast is free. It included very good bread with jam, butter, and cheese, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. Dinner is 15 CHF per night if you want to eat at the hotel. The spaghetti was very good and we had plenty to eat and drink. This place is definitely not for someone unwilling to embrace rustic and simple accommodations. Bathroom was down the hall. We had a sink in our room. The shower in our room cost 1 CHF per 5 minutes, which made for some interesting shower experiences. The beds were small, but comfortable and we had free wireless. There was no air conditioning, but it wouldn't have been really necessary during our stay. We wish we had a fan, which would have been nice. Also, Gimmelwald and the entire surrounding region had a lot of flies while we were there in late June. Flies come with farmland, but they were annoying and impossible to escape. We loved Gimmelwald and the amazing views in all directions. We would highly suggest putting on a lot of sunscreen (especially on the backs of your legs) before going hiking, and then reapply. We thought we put enough on, but still got burned.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Saratoga,CA
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2012

Our stay at Walters was out of this world. Tim was a phenomenal host, he answered all our questions and told hilarious stories at dinner. Walter cooks dinner for 15 francs a night, which is very reasonable. The food is delicious and we had the best time talking with other travelers about all sorts of things. The rooms are spacious and all have outstanding views. The beds are probably the comfortable beds I've slept on. The shared bathroom down the hall is clean and wasn't a problem. The showers cost 1 franc for 5 minutes of hot water, which is plenty enough. The included breakfast is simple, but enough to start you on your day. There are some cranky sheep right next to the hotel that make the funniest noises, we enjoyed them. Walters was the best hotel we stayed in out of our three week vacation in Europe, i can see why Rick Steves recommends it. Thank you Tim and Walter for wonderful hospitality, i can't wait to be back!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2012

After stumbling across this little village in the alps after an episode of Rick Steves, my g/f and I decided to stay at the Hotel Mittaghorn for it's reasonable rates. We didn't assume much from this place and figured it was just a nice bed to sleep in, but we received hospitality, socialization and experiences that well exceeded out expectations.

Tim was a fantastic host, and was there to answer any questions you had; from places to eat, to trails to hike, activities to do and general culture of the area. He also has a wealth of stories and experiences to share, and my favorite part of the day would be sitting at dinner at a communal table and listening to tim share his stories about the locals, happenings in the area, and curiosities that you'd never find in any guide book. Tim helped us find a great hike, rainy day activities in the valley and an unforgettable 30 min. paragliding adventure.

A big part of the Hotel Mittaghorn "experience" is the nightly dinners. 15CHF might seem a lot for a rotating dinner, but the food was pleasant, tasty and (according to Tim) the most affordable meal in Switzerland. There aren't too many places int he village to "go out" for dinner, and a meal in the valley would cost you at LEAST 45CHF. Not only is the dinner reasonable, but having dinner at the communal table is a great chance to talk with Tim and other travelers. My g/f and I loved sitting back, laughing and chatting every night.

As far as the rooms, they were perfect for us. Comfy bed, warm sheets, clean towels and a view that unparalleled to any other in Europe. While coin feeding a shower seemed a little odd, the water was warm and readily available.

We chose the Hotel Mittaghorn over the local hostel, and while we payed a little more for having a private room, we felt like the social experience and hospitality that Tim and Walter extended to us was well worth the negligible price difference.

I you're planning a trip to Switzerland, an extended stay with Tim and Walter at the Hotel Mittaghorn is a must.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Mittaghorn
Address: Wylern, Gimmelwald 3826, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Gimmelwald
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gimmelwald
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Number of rooms: 8

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