We have just had a really enjoyable week at the Hirshen. Despite the fact that it was booked as part of a package we were given a front facing room on the 4th floor which meant we woke each morning to stunning views of the Eiger and along the valley towards the Jungfrau. The room was a good size, comfortable and very clean.
Our holiday was on a half board basis and the inclusive evening meals were excellent. It was a set menu of 4 courses which were well prepared and presented. The quality was really good and certainly beyond that which the 3 star hotel rating might imply.
Turning to the staff I can honestly say I cannot remember a better welcome than we received at the Hirschen. Everyone was really friendly and genuinely went out of their way to help.
We did have two gripes:
a) There is no lounge or bar area which means that after the meal you either had to stay at the table of you wanted a drink or venture out (no fun at -13 degrees)!!!
b) On the first night they had a 'welcome fondue' which was not held in the restaurant but downstairs in the room which also housed the skittle alley. The food was nice enough but the room was cold and not really suitable for dining. Call me a cynic but I could not help getting the feeling that it was more to do with freeing up tables in the restaurant on a busy Saturday for passing diners than any form of 'welcome'.
Nevertheless, the fact that I am still happy to give the hotel a 5 star rating despite the above gripes probably gives you some idea of how much myself and my wife enjoyed the rest of out stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A *** hotel full of tradition, centrally located. The station, sports centre and First Cableway are reachable by foot in 3-5 minutes. In winter the skibus stop is situated in front of the hotel, in summer the hotel is an ideal starting point for hikes and excursions. All rooms are comfortaby equipped, with bath/WC, TV, radio, telephone and safe, some of them with balcony and mountain view. Breakfast buffet. Parking lots free of charge. Bowling. Conference room for max. 30 persons. Free W-LAN at the public area. Free entrance to the sport center (swimming pool and ice rink). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hirschen Hotel Grindelwald