The second main centre on a recent Great Rail Journey was here in Kandersteg. The Hotel Victoria has a lot to like particularly the genuine if slightly fraying "Belle Epoque" touches. The public rooms - lounge and dining room - are splendid spaces with elaborate glass chandeliers etc. The bedoom (112) we were given as a couple was more like a family suite with a separate room with bunk beds and comfortable sofa. The main room with two attached single beds was very spacious and both rooms had access to a balcony (no outside seating) with mountain views. Getting in and out of the bath/shower was a bit of a challenge as the shower doors on top of the bath got in the way of easy access. Unusually there was a machine for hot drinks although this proved to be a bit temperamental.
We liked Kandersteg very much and the hotel is only a few minutes walk to the station and there are shops, bank etc very close.
On a package tour the food was only just O.K with no choices apart from a meat main course or vegetarian option. Foolishly some of us tried the veggie dish one evening - the alternative was chicken curry with rice! - but we struggled with 3 stalks of inedible white asparagus, a bit of mushroomy scrambled egg and a baked potato beautifully presented in foil shaped like a swan!
Breakfast also presented a challenge if you wanted a boiled egg (the only cooked option). Mastering the egg boiler became a matter of great hilarity amongst our party but rarely did any one get away with an egg boiled to their liking.
The hotel features a swimming pool, library/ quiet room and games room. In the lounge there is a grand piano where I "entertained" the great railway travellers on three nights culminating in a grand finish with everyone singing "Auld Lang Syne". Not perhaps the up-market image which the MD of Great Rail Journeys wants to convey!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel Victoria is centrally located with a great view on the snow topped mountains. You will find a cheerful and familiar atmosphere combined with best Swiss hotel tradition. The ideal place to relax and enjoy oneself.Various recreational activities are at your disposal: indoor swimming-pool, sauna and steam-shower, a beautiful park and a sun terrace. In our restaurant Ritter you will enjoy excellent dining. Our rustic rooms in the Ritter or the comfortable rooms in the Victoria are all equipped with radio, colour-TV and direct-dialling telephone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Victoria Ritter
- Victoria Ritter Kandersteg