Our family of 4 stayed for 3 days in early July in one of the duplex rooms. The sofa bed downstairs turns into bunk beds (first time I've ever seen that!) which were a little small for our teenagers, but they were comfortable. Upstairs was a nice large bed (king size), closet, TV and small desk area. Deck was large and had comfortable lounge chairs overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley. Staff were excellent, loaning us an extra converter for our electronics and giving us great advice on things to do in the area. You really got the feeling that you could ask for anything and get it with a smile. They provide luggage transport to and from the trainstaion, but given we travel light and the hotel is at most a half block up for the station, we did not use that service.
We took advantage of the free mini-bar with orange juice in the AM and a cold beer after a wonderful day of hiking. It also rained one afternoon and we swam in the (large!) pool, which is very nice with walls of windows looking out onto the grounds. We did not use the sauna, but it looked nice. I imagine that after a hard day skiing, both the pool and suana would be very welcome.
We had breakfast, but not dinner, at the hotel and it was excellent with both cold and hot dishes on the buffet. The cheese platter had a nice description of the cows that had produced the various cheeses and the sliced meat selection was varied. Wonderful breads, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, sausage, bacon and eggs => highly recommend. DInner looked nice, but we prefer to dine a little more casually in the evenings.
On one of our days, we took the gondola up to Mannlichen and hiked to Kleine Sheidegg and then back down Wengen for a nice round trip. Mannlichen is gorgeous with forever views, a nice restaurant and playground. Wonderful wildflowers on the mountain slopes - my kids had to run out and do the whole "sound of music" scene (ok, I know this isn't Austria, but still...) Sitting out in front of the train station at Kleine Sheidegg, we had a really nice traditional swiss lunch of sausage and cheese salad. The trains leave from here for the "top of europe" and the view of the North face of the Eiger is right there. On the walk back down to Wengen, we passed bucolic farms with cow bells ringing across the hills. A great day.
Wengen itself is charming, with a few nice shops, two groceries and a large chess set, sand volleyball and soccer field in the town center. We enjoyed our stay immensely.
- 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