Quite intentionally The hotel feels like a large private house which strongly reflects the eclectic tastes of the owner. When you arrive there is no reception just a large, informal living area busily hung with paintings and stags heads. You share the space with owner the other guests and the art which continues throughout the hotel. Rooms have great views but are quite small an could be more comfortable with the addition of better towels an a little redesigning and tiling in the shower areas. It's not about staying in your room though it's about relaxing in a homely environment and being treated in a more intimate way than a large hotel chain could ever manage. The hotel works mainly because of the excellent Italian chef who for the two nights we were there cooked some of the best food of our holiday. Eating is communal on long tables which works best when everyone's had a drink or two or three, the chat really got going amongst Ozzie cyclists, Brits, French and Dutch. Breakfast however is basic an needs to be presented with more thought and awareness of what guests could want. Cold cuts, croissants, pan au chocolate an boiled eggs would all easy to lay out in advance, as it was the selection of bread, cheese, fruit and cereal seemed too sparse. Equally the service was a bit frustrating and here the owner needs to step in to be a better mentor to his waitress who although friendly struggled a lot at both dinner and breakfast an seemed quite out of her depth. As welcome as it was as a contrast from hotels where you are more processed without the excellent chef Pillon would seem overpriced. I would also suggest changing exhibitions which could bring visitors into the hotel for a lunch service as it is an underused resource during the day with no one about which I'm sure is not what the owner wants. In summary a great stay and a clear passion and dedication from Francis the owner to ensure his guests have a relaxing experience. I hope it continues to do well, thanks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swiss Historic Hotel, small charming hotel with 12 rooms located outside the village in the countryside, renovated in 2010. Classified catalog of the most beautiful hotels in Switzerland by Swiss Heritage for its 1900 architecture and interior decoration. Unlike the standard large hotels you will find here the feeling of being at home. The perfect location of the hotel facing the Glacier 3000; from its large terrace or from the balconies of the rooms you can admire the outstanding view on the snowy peaks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Du Pillon Hotel