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Hotel Alpbach
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

Visiting from the USA we met with local friends who recommended the Alpbach for lunch. We were not impressed. The kitchen managed to serve a tough "lamb" filet with a dry stringy-cheese "risotto" concoction. We found it pretty amazing that this hotel was awarded with the Gilde Etablierter Schweizer Gastronomen. The service was excellent and friendly, though.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank nurichHouston
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

Stayed here for a week with son daughter and son in law for hiking in the alps. Booked through Sherpa travel tours, who were very helpful. Rooms, hotel, whole town of Meiringen were clean and well kept. We had two vegans and a vegetarian in our group. The hotel accommodated us in the most excellent manor, but be sure to let them know some weeks before you arrive. The steam bath and sauna though small were excellent after hiking, but was clothing optional. Owner Jean Claude was friendly and helpful. Some minor confusion for North Americans is that half board includes no drinks (not even tap water) at the evening meal (tap water 750 ml was 3 Swiss Francs). Wait staff were friendly but some had to struggle with English, but they did try. We tried a little German and it was fun as well as a learning expeience.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank CliveMacgregor
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Reviewed September 28, 2010

The hotel is clean, rooms neat and bathrooms are adequate. The manager is quite indifferent and rude. Our group had purchased wine outside the hotel. We asked for a "set up" for the wine. The waitress said she would check with the manager, and returned in a few minutes with six glasses and ice. Imagine our surprise when we were later presented with a bill (while dining much later) for 50 Swiss Fr. The manager refused to speak to us to explain this charge. We had tipped the waitress quite generously when she brought the set up. I would not buy an ice cube from this establishment. (you had to beg for ice, too).

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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2  Thank rnlmcs
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Reviewed February 8, 2008

We had a great time at the Alpbach. It couldn't have suited our needs better. We stayed about a week and the proximity to the Ecole d'Humanite, Bernhard Fahner's shops, Castor and Pollux, were great. We the nearby lift to Planplatte and Kaiserstadt to hike, eat at Weber's in Reuti and visit with friends. The owners were always cordial and friendly. We engaged each other in conversation on frequent occasions and they filled us in on local stories and the history of the hotel; even entertained guest we brought with us to breakfast or dinner. We could not have asked for a more pleasant stay. We will definitely stay there on our next visit. It was so pleasant to return to our clean new room every evening after rock climbing, going to Rosenlaui and the Jungfrau Joch. The Alpbach, in Meiringen, was the highlight of our trip to Switzerland. We loved the traditional dress and the wonderful selections for meals. The view from our window gave us the Englehoerner to our right, the Haslital and Meirinnen ahead and the lift to the Hasliberg to our right. The weather was impeccable and if we were ever fortunate enough to return for winter, we'd book far in advance because the proximity to the lift is just too good. I am sure the powder hounds of the world know of this secret spot. It was simply great.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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Thank JeffreyMerzbacher
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Reviewed August 16, 2005

My fiancée and I stayed three nights at the Alpbach. It's run by the Gerbers, two friendly but somewhat opaque persons. When we arrived at the Meiringen station, Theres came to pick us up in the hotel van; her husband drove us back at the end of our stay; call ahead for this free service.
The hotel has a childish theme: kids' trains are on the hallway walls and most strangely on the blankets. We felt four years old as we got into bed. But the rooms and baths are spotless.
It is difficult to get a decent view of the alps anywhere in Meiringen, since the town is in the Aare Valley, just where it narrows into a gorge. However, a south-facing room should let you see the Reichenbach Falls.
Our only shock came from the meal in the vaunted restaurant. While salad and soup were delicious, the "medium" steak was cooked to a cardboard like consistency, while the "Geschnetzeltes" was so salty as to be almost inedible; it set us back over 100 CHF. For a tastier and much cheaper meal, try the cafeteria at the Migros Market on the main street near the train station (food-line closes at 6:30 PM).
The hotel is frequented by older tourists from Germany & France, and regular townspeople sit at the small bar next to the elevator.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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8  Thank nauta53
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