We spent 7 nights in Hotel Aspen and were very happy with the choice we had made.
As already mentioned by other travellers, the hotel is located about 5km from the center of Grindelwald - which accounts for great 360 degree views, but might be a problem for those without a car (not our case).
The hotel itself is delightfully picturesque on the outside, with its traditional wooden facade and the beautiful sun terrace. I would have loved, though, to see more flowers hanging from the balconies. Our room (facing Grindelwald) was quite large, very comfortable, spotlessly clean every day - not your typical chalet room though (a bit too modern and impersonal for me, alpine-style wood furniture would definitely have its charm). The balcony is common to all the rooms on a certain floor and side of the house, but we did not find that disturbing in any way. Each room has its own outdoor table and pair of chairs in its section of the balcony.
We arrived [very] late but enjoyed a warm and efficient welcome. The hotel appears to be owned by a nice, young, mountain-loving family. They live on the premises and are available in case of a medical emergency all night long. Upon arrival, we were provided with a handful of tourist guides on the area, which proved to be very useful and saved a lot of precious time on the following morning.
Breakfast is good rather than great, but the breakfast room is charming and has panoramic views over Grindelwald and the Eiger. The breakfast staff was very polite and helpful.
As other reviewers pointed out, the hotel restaurant is very good. Our best (and most expensive, for that matter) dinner in the Grindelwald/Lauterbrunnen area was at the hotel: very good service, creative cuisine, lovely traditional ambiance.
All in all, we had a great stay in a valley that is beautiful beyond words - would defintely recommend both the village/area and the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This chalet hotel is a true discovery with its unique sun terrace next to the ski slope heading down the valley, hiking passes on the doorstep and delightful, typically Swiss details to its interior. In the year 2012 a suite annex, together with a wellness area with outdoor whirlpool, were built and the hotel was completely renovated.This modern house in a rustic, chalet style puts importance on uncomplicated and innovative mountain tourism with close ties ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aspen Hotel Grindelwald