After reading several reviews of this hotel we were quite curious to see with our eyes the good things about it.
Wengen itself must be the most beautiful place in the Bernese Oberland, absolutely marvellous. The Hotel location right on the main street allows fantastic views all around Wengen, especially Mannlichen and the Lauterbrunnen Valley, which is breathtaking. You have to see it to believe!
The Sunstar mixes modern facilities with traditional alpine style. Our room was all in light wood, spacious and very clean. The balcony with two chairs overlooked the street and the Mannlichen cable car, therefore Mountain view. On the other side of the Hotel you get Valley view. It's very relaxing and at night we could hardly hear any noise. After dinner people tend to do a bit of street walking, maybe have a drink in one of the bars and that's it. The room has several curious items like stationery in wood, a yellow plastic duck in the bathroom (the Sunstar mascote), nice robes, slippers and towels to take to the indoor swimming pool, box of chocolats with photos of all the Sunstar hotels chain, etc
Staff was very friendly and helpful. For example, our main suitcase got damaged (one of the wheels) when we got off the train and my partner asked at the reception for a tool to fix it. The tool was given straight away and the wheel fixed.
The bar/lounge is quite spacious and airy. Very confortable. There was some evening entertainment with traditional music and players. Very interactive and funny.
Restaurant is equally spacious and very pleasant. Staff from different nationalities, including Portugal, Germany, Bosnia and even a fantastic guy from Scotland. We were on Half-Board and had our table allocated in the middle of the room. We asked to be moved to somewhere more discrete and they accomodated that without any fuss. The majority of guests were german and english. Regarding the food: good quality but not that many choice apart from the Buffet day where they lay a good number of fish, meat, salads and desserts dishes (and are dressed in funny costumes!). Normally dinner consisted of starter, main course and dessert (only one option of each). When we finished we weren't hungry but if they had a Buffet everyday that would be much more appreciated and more value for money. As it was I think it's too expensive for what we actually get in terms of food (quantity/variety). The presentation of the food was beautiful though, very "nouvelle cuisine" style which means: less quantity more display!
Something curious: they display the next day menu in the lifts, so when we go upstairs to the room we can have an idea of what we're going to eat for dinner next day.
The indoor Swimming pool is wonderful, huge and has a fantastic view. The weather outside wasn't that great so the glassed doors were closed even so, we could admire parts of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, as the swimming pool faces the Valley.
Another excellent idea is the TV screen in reception area with the local weather forecast and info, coming from the several webcams that exist all over the region. Very useful. They have a specific channel which we could watch on our room TV as well.
We spent 5 days there and covered the main attractions. I definatelly recommend: going up on the Mannlichen cable car and do the walking to Kleine Scheidegg (where you can admire the famous trio Eiger, Munch and Jungfrau), it;s a very easy and breathtaking walk; also the Schilthorn starting in fairy tale village Murren, absolutely a must; a walk on the actual Lauterbrunnen Valley is quite spectacular; the Jungfraujoch as it's completely out of this world; a walk around Wengen itself so you can have a sense of perspective plus it's a photographer's paradise etc
There's endless options to occupy your time there. Next time ... maybe Grindelwald, as we got so much in love with the Bernese Oberland.
As for Sunstar Hotel, although I would recommend it, probably I would choose a different one next time. In these small mountain villages even the most far away hotel is central, and we always like to try different hotels.
I have posted 3 photo albums on [--] about this trip to Switzerland, which started in Weggis (Lake Luzern). Feel free to have a look.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The traditional Sunstar Hotel Wengen**** is in a central location in this car-free resort, just opposite the Mannlichen cable-car. The rooms, decorated with light-coloured wood, have beautiful views either of the mountains and down the valley towards the south or of the village and the Mannlichen. Families like the duplex rooms on two floors. Rooms in certain categories have a balcony. The lavish breakfast and all the delicacies on the 4-course dinner menu can be enjoyed in the "La Residence" restaurant. The lounge with its open fire and the bar are inviting places to chat and relax. When you want to unwind, there's an indoor pool with steam bath and sauna. The quiet, car-free resort of Wengen, with its typical wooden houses and lovingly preserved traditional features, is situated on a sunny and sheltered mountain terrace - an idyllic holiday paradise for all the family. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wengen Sunstar Hotel