This is a beautiful hotel & spa in a more beautiful location. As Americans only speaking English, we felt comfortable interacting with staff and other guests. In fact, our language barriers often created funny situations… like trying to order a pot of coffee, and getting a pot of milk instead. No worries though. This top notch staff always overcame our shortcomings of the German language.
We didn’t realize when we booked that there were different “plans”. We changed to the “half board” so we could enjoy the 5 course dinners. This was a recommendation of the hotel manager (Peter)…and looking back, we saved money doing so.
So let’s get to some details…
Brine pool was awesome.
Sauna experience (male & female together, totally nude) was very liberating. I felt so European. Why don’t we do this in the states?
The view of Monch mountain is unbeatable. Enjoyed coffee at daybreak every morning taking that view in. Our room looked out over Lake Thun and Monch too. Just could not get enough.
Breakfast buffet was incredible. Maybe too much so as I am still trying to take off those vacation pounds.
5 star staff was efficient and courteous.
Spa treatment… My classic massage and foot massage was very nice. My wife did not enjoy her appointment as she received a clay application and short massage. She was expecting so much more. We think it was a communication misunderstanding.
Our room was spacious and very comfortable but lacked air conditioning. We cooled the room with an open patio door but occasionally had to put up with cigarette smoke drifting in from the guest next door smoking on his patio.
OK, more about smoking. The culture has changed in the USA. Non-smokers do not have to tolerate unwanted second hand smoke. Europe is nowhere there yet. Not even close. Almost all the other guests, maybe 70%, smoked at dinner. Where the weather was so nice, we all ate on the patio, and had to deal with the second hand smoke. Sigh…
The ferry stopping at the hotel was so convenient. We used it daily as it was free with our Eurail passes.
Flies… bothersome. Another sigh.
Diversity of other guests… intriguing. Many Arabic vacationers as well as Swiss and German people on holiday too. As Americans, we were absolutely in the minority, which suited us just fine. After all, we were visiting Switzerland. It would have been disappointing to find only other Americans there.
Closing with the food. Hats off to the chef who amazed us every night. We finally picked up on a subtle pattern where one of his 5 courses would be buffet style each night… pasta one night, desert the next.
This place is 5 star all the way. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- No matter from which direction you approach our hotel, you will always feel the reassuring effect of this truly special place right from the very first moment. If you arrive by boat and walk across the landing jetty, you will be welcomed by our hotel park with its southern flair. If you come through the main entrance, you will have already been impressed by the magical effect of the lake-view from our Panorama Hall. You will instantly be certain of one thing: “Here I will find peace and be able to recharge my batteries.” ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Wellness Hotel Merligen