The facility is great (except for the food options) - clean, excellent staff, internet cafe, pool, hot tub, fitness center, great atmosphere in the lobby, etc. Our room was nice, though if you weren't out of the room when housekeeping knocked, they may or may not come back. With four people in our room, we needed the daily service. Overall it kind of felt like a Disney property where you are charged quite a bit and for everything
I quickly grew frustrated with the lack of quality food for a reasonable price. Breakfast was the worst - only choices were the $8 buffet or overpriced pastries/bagels/sandwiches at the wellness center snack bar. There seems an intentional lack of information: we happened to ask the cashier at the dinner buffet if there was any alternative to the full price buffet ($14.95) and were told of the soup/salad option for $5.95. In another TA review, I saw there is a similar option at breakfast, but they don't tell you, you have to ask. We went to Pullman place once, the meal was nice (they do great honey mustard mashed potatoes). We did not eat in Zuggy's so no comment there. Thankfully on the tours we had lunch in great restaurants so we weren't really hungry for dinner when we got back to the resort. In town, there is an all-you-can-eat sushi bar (Jasmine, just past the Peugeot dealership) on Zugspitzstrasse going towards Marienplatz for 15 euros per person.
The horse and carriage ride was disappointing as it's a wagon and up to 10 people were sitting along the sides. There was a plastic cover over it, so it you sat in the middle you couldn't see anything. For $19 per person I expected more of an experience. The Herrenchiemsee and Neuschwanstein tours were pricey but worth it. If you can get Andrea as a guide, do it - she's great.
Maybe impressions depend on what kind of travellers people are. If I ever return to Edelweiss, it will only be for a couple of days to use the facilities. We stayed in the Gasthof Fraundorfer for 1 night before checking into Edelweiss where it was cheaper, authentic, AND included breakfast. With no real discernable value for money, I'm not sure what the benefit is supposed to be for the families entitled to stay at Edelweiss - if I wanted American TV and food I wouldn't be travelling to another country! Garmisch-Partenkirchen is beautiful and has a lot to offer. I do plan on going back to the area, but I'll probably stay in town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Long revered as one of the most desirable destinations in the Bavarian Alps, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area is an idyllic location nestled at the foot of sweeping Alpine vistas and home to the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort. Just 56 miles from Munich, 34 miles from Innsbruck, the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort is located in the heart of Europe. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Edelweiss Hotel Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- Edelweiss Resort Garmisch Partenkirchen