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“It's central and reasonable value (by Swiss standards)”
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Hotel Central
Ranked #10 of 23 Hotels in Engelberg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 11, 2010

I stayed here for two nights with my wife and a group of friends from Zurich. It's called Hotel Central for a reason. But as others have pointed out, almost all the hotels are fairly central anyway. It's just a minute or two (at most) walking from the station, and that's the same place from where to take the free ski bus to the slopes in the morning. Dropping off again in the afternoon is even closer to the hotel.

I used the free parking round the side of the hotel (a nice touch, as usually I have to pay per night), and in the hotel was greeted (in English) but a very friendly receptionist. First impressions of the hotel were "This isn't 5-star", and I wasn't wrong. It's a little bit cramped, the corridors are a little bit dingy, and there's a rickety door at the top of the first flight of stairs. Having said all that, the price was good (for Switzerland!), so it was roughly meeting expectations.

On the plus side, my room was a decent size, clean and tidy. Storage was fine for a weekend for two, but wouldn't have been enough for much longer. The beds were exceptionally comfy, and we both slept really well. There were en-suite facilities, and the shower was up to the usual levels of granite-cutting power.

The breakfast room looked a bit bare and "school dinners" on first impression, but the quality, selection and taste of the food on offer more than made up for this. In fact, on the second day we decided to go easy on the skiing and had a lovely hour taking it slowly over breakfast. There was plenty of fresh scrambled eggs, bacon and delicious bread on offer, so that was me sorted then.

On arrival we had been given a free drinks voucher for the pub next door. That was fairly small, but a good meeting point for venturing out further in the village. Nothing much to say about it, other than the voucher worked and we got our free beer!

I did wonder if maybe next time I'd book in somewhere a bit more upmarket, and of course pay the extra for it. I reckon for about 1/3 more I could have got a hotel with a nicer ambience. But you know what, if I went back to Engelberg for a ski weekend with the same group of friends I'd stay at Hotel Central again. And, at the end of the day, that's what it's all about.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2010

Hotel was Ok, 3+ as the staff was nice and had a possitive attitude. Good food.
A little damp smell though, probably depending on the fairly big pool and sauna.

Stayed: January 2010
1  Thank AndersN2
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Reviewed November 17, 2009

This is the worst value for money hotel we have ever been to. I couldn't believe how much we had to pay for this completely run down hotel. I rather pay more next time but stay in a better hotel in Engelberg. All the hotels in Engelberg are in good location. Dont get fooled by their website it looks nothing like it.

Firstly there was no one at the reception when we arrived, they left a note for me to pick up the keys from the pub next door! The carpets were worn out through out the hotel. There is no kettles in the rooms. And the worst thing was SWIMMING POOL was out of order. The rooms are terrible. Breakfast is below par, you are better off going to the local co op shop and buy breakfast there. So guys dont say I didn't warn you dont make the same mistake like me.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with family
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MgmtCentral, Management at Hotel Central, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2010

First of all the management would like to apologize for all the inconveniences caused to you and your family members on your trip. We take full responsibilities of the problems pointed out by you in your review above but would like to pin-point to the fact that the hotel had been going through partial renovation and maintenance which unfortunately co-incided with your visit. The hotel now has a fully functional swimming pool, sauna, new lobby and a new restaurant for our distinguished guests which can be soon seen on our webpage.

We would like to assure you that we have taken a serious note of your comments here and taken appropriate actions for the betterment of the services so that none of our honoured guests feel umcomfortable during their stay. In the end we would like to show our gratitude for your valuable comments and once again apologies for any inconveniences.

If you would have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us

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Reviewed February 22, 2009

Clean hotel, central location but needs a facelift!

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank MrsBMUM
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Reviewed October 5, 2008

Stayed her with a large group in september. Hotel is located in the center of town. Very friendly and service oriented staff. Nice comfortable beds and roomy rooms. Highly recomended

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled on business
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1  Thank M747
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Reviewed May 8, 2007

We stayed for two weeks. The staff is warm and responsive,
The included breakfast was served buffet style with some
of the best breads and rolls we've ever had. Dinners were available in the attached restaurant - the chef is excellent - pork dishes showed a special flair. Prices were fair, considering that food in Switzerland is very expensive compared with the US.

This hotel is an outstanding value. We are exerienced Senior Travelers. Phil and Sue from Palm Harbor, Florida

  • Stayed: May 2007
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2  Thank solarseekers
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Reviewed April 10, 2007

Just spent 5 nights at this hotel, it has a great location in the centre of the town, very close to the train and bus station giving access to all the skiing/walking areas. The hotel is family run, rooms are basic but comfortable.The food is very good and the service is excellent. All the hotel staff go our of there way to help in any way.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Central

Address: Dorfstrasse 48, Engelberg 6390, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Obwalden > Engelberg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Engelberg
#11 Romantic Hotel in Engelberg
Price Range: $143 - $277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Central 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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