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“excellent service, fine hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Waldhotel Fletschhorn
Ranked #29 of 52 Hotels in Saas-Fee
Basel, Switzerland
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56 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“excellent service, fine hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We stayed at the Fletschhorn during our first visit to Saas Fee. The other reviews point out that Saas Fee is a "car-free" town, so you either come by post bus from Visp/Brig or drive your car to the edge of town and park in the parking garages located there. A quick call to the hotel or pre-arranged pickup in the hotel's electric vehicles is fairly simply arranged. As mentioned by others, the hotel is in the forest about 20 minute's walk from the hotel.



The hotel is a Relais & Chateaux hotel, and easily meets the criteria regarding excellent service. My wife and i thought that this was the most outstanding aspect of the hotel. Maren Mueller was for us, the "face" of the hotel, and she ensured we were quite well cared for. 



One aspect of the hotel to be aware of...there are a lot of stairs. Some rooms clearly would be preferable is you wish to avoid the stairs. I would suggest you contact the hotel if you are physically challenged.


The hotel itself is old and is similar to other hotels of the era in this regard...dark wood, cozy and warm...but not "plush".

Room:
 
The sleeping room (n=1, so take this into consideration) was modern, and what my wife referred to as "funky". There was a separate toilet from the bath, which was fine, but there was a walk-in closet in the middle of the room with 2-meter high walls. The shower/bath was nice, but the angle of the shower head and the glass wall/separator meant that unless one was careful, you would spray water into the room.

There was an excellent balcony, tho, and the views were very wonderful. The beds were extremely comfortable and the quiet of being in the middle of the forest allowed our sleep to be undisturbed through the nights.



Food: The breakfast in the morning was very good as far as quality and quantity. The breads were hotel-made, and excellent. We were very pleased overall.



Now dinner, which as received a lot of comments already. We enjoyed the wines, of course, and the wine list can be found on their website. The Valais whites were very good. They asked if we would care to take an apero at the bar before dinner, and it appeared that whatever wine we requested, they would pour by the glass. The wine list gave a great choice tho, and pretty much any wine palate could be accommodated.



For me, the high point of my eating experience was the terrine de foie de canard, with a homemade brioche. I eat much less foie gras as I used to do...but this was truly excellent. Also worth noting from the vorspeisen were the scallops...simply delicious. For the main courses, we tried the bison, reindeer, canard, and the spanferkel (pork). All the dishes were very well done. 

So, everything was either excellent or very good.

Going to value...it clearly is similar in price and quality as other R&C properties that we have visited. I've always felt these are on the border of the value for money criteria we maintain. Yet at the same time, we are considering returning again in another season to experience the hotel and the region again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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English first
Basel, Switzerland
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

In the week of Feb 2nd 2013, we left our chalet in Saas-Fee and walked into the Fletschhorn restaurant. The intention was to introduce ourselves with the fine Wallis wines, they have in there cellar.
The Swiss wines are nice and fine, the champagne card is impressive, but the food is fairly average for French-Belgian standards. Actually one would start wondering why swiss restaurants have it easy obtaining a Michelin star or high Gault-Millau points. The one Michelin star is just about fair, but the 18 Gault-Millau is seriously exaggerated. I was under the impression Gault-Millau was there to increase the quality of fine food, here it's more about justifying the price, regardless what is served on the table. If I compare to other Gault-Millau restaurants, I can only justify 12-13 points to Fletschhorn. Michelin is probably giving an extra for the location and interior.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Bern, Switzerland
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100 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

It is difficult not to get excited about the Waldhotel Fletschhorn....

It is location in the middle of the forest off the road leading to Saas-Fee. They collect you from the main Saas-Fee parking lot in electric car.

As soon as we arrived, we were led to our room which had breathtaking views of the Saas valley. Once it was time for dinner, we were well received by Mauren, who showed us to our table. The dining room was decorated with dark wood, rustic but elegant, with great views of the surrounding mountains. Service was attentive, accomodating but relaxed. Chef Markus' "land and sea" menu combined seasonal fresh ingredients mainly from Valais. I say the cuisine is alpine with mediterranean touches. Huge wine cellar - focus on Valais - led by Charlie, a well informed, funny and accomodating sommelier.

Highly recommended, not only for the food but for the service, rooms, atmosphere, and location.

Room Tip: The suite below the terrace is breathtaking!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Zürich
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59 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

It wasn't our first stay in the Fletschhorn.

We come back regulary attracted by the most excellent food of Markus Neff and the huge selection of wines.

There are very different rooms in the building and hidden under the terracce of the restaurant a further suite. The newer rooms feature very modern and stylish equipment, in few cases more stylish than functional...
Due to the location - about 20minutes walking distance from Saas Fee - it's very silent. You can really sleep completely undisturbed and wake up with nature. We even saw on several occasions on the road to the hotel moutain goats (chamois) and deers. If you are an early riser you may even see them from the hotel room.

The service is excellent. The staff is very friendly but not owerpowering. The knowledge about food and wine is perfect. We always let them choose the wines to each course of a six or nine course dinner; only rule never the same, and they manage to surprise you with excellent choices even if you stay several nights.

A further point: Unlike many restaurants the kitchen is open every day the whole day. So if you want to eat a gourmet dinner at lunch or in the afternoon, go ahead.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Milan
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27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

This hidden hotel in the traffic free mountain town of Saas-Fe is simply wonderful. It is a "Gourmet" Relais & Chateau and absolutely fantastic. I must admit that it is one of the best places we have ever visited.
Excellent food, excellent wine, excellent setting.
I was really undecided as to whether to sing their praises on Tripadvisor, you know one of those little gems that you keep to yourself, just in case it becomes too popular, however that would be unfair, because they deserve all the praise they can get.
Would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank notjustshoes
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Connecticut
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113 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

Our little hiking group spent four days at the Fletschhorn, and didn't want to leave, though our credit cards were groaning.

First, as a hotel, without regard to the food, the Fletschhorn is very good, if not exceptional. The rooms are spacious by European standards, and are tastefully decorated, but are fairly spare - I wouldn't call them opulent or luxurious. But no complaints - comfortable bed, good WiFi, nice big soaking tub, fabulous view from the wall-to-wall windows. The service is exceptional - my room was often made up while I had breakfast, and I never had the feeling that I was "in the way" of the housekeeping staff (in fact, I never saw them at all).

The location has its pluses and minuses. It's about a 30-minute stroll from town, through the forest, so it's very idyllic. Then again, it's not close to anything. But then again, the hotel's little electric box cabs are always at your beck and call.

But the dinners! My god, the dinners!!! Easily the best food and wine I've ever had, anywhere. We routinely had seven-course (including the amuse-bouche), three-hour meals, with a different wine with each course. Reasonable portions, however, so we never felt overfed or "stuffed." Every course was simply perfection, with the best ingredients perfectly prepared, seasoned ideally, and served faultlessly (on a fascinating collection of dishes, I should add). Leave the wine choice to your waiter - the wines we were served complemented each course, sometimes in surprising ways. (But I wouldn't want to be the poor soul who has to wash all the glassware!)

I wish I could afford to live there, but unless the Swiss Franc suddenly collapses.....

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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London
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47 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

Beautiful location, wonderful staff, absolutely INCREDIBLE food and a great wine list.

Outstanding !!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Carom
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Property: Waldhotel Fletschhorn
Address: Waldhotel Fletschhorn, Saas-Fee 3906, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Valais > Saas-Fee
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Saas-Fee
#10 Luxury Hotel in Saas-Fee
#13 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Saas-Fee
#17 Romantic Hotel in Saas-Fee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Waldhotel Fletschhorn 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Fletschhorn Country Hotel is located at a clearing outside of Saas-Fee. The Hotel in the car-free Sass-Fee is a place to relax, to enjoy and to rest. The Fletschhorn Country Hotel is known for its excellent cuisine. This gracious Swiss mountain hotel offers the charms of a country inn joined with the comforts of a contemporary setting and the luxuries of gourmet cuisine. The Restaurant has one Michelin star and 18 Gault Millau points. You can enhance your meal with Swiss wine chosen from the 50,000 bottles in our expertly managed cellar. The Hotel is a place of comfort and care, with a well-trained staff that anticipates every need. Once you arrive at Waldhotel Fletschhorn, you'll never want to leave. ... more   less 
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