If you're after a view, the hotels of Beatenberg are hard to beat. The village sits half way up a mountain, and has fantastic views of Jüngfrau, Monch, and the Eiger, as well as lake Thun. My room at Gloria had a balcony with seats, from which the epic view could be enjoyed.
The staff at Gloria are very friendly and welcoming, and always keen to offer travel tips and advice. English is spoken very well by most of the staff too.
However there are a few downsides. There's no air conditioning, so on a hot summer night the room can be a little uncomfortable, although Bestrnberg is always a Good 3-5 degrees cooler than Interlaken. There's little to no soundproofing, so whatever my neighbours did, I heard pretty much as if they were in the room with me, be that walking around, arguing, conducting conference calls, snoring, or dealing with their screaming children. The wonderful balcony is directly above the outside seating for the hotel's restaurant, so when the guests start smoking, the balcony becomes unusable and I had to close the door. This then made the lack of air conditioning a bigger issue. And finally, Beatenberg, for all it's great views, is a bit of trek from Interlaken. It takes about 20 minutes by car, along a very twisty and narrow mountain road.
Despite these niggles (and I really would suggest the hotel management ban smoking in the outside restaurant, as it often ruined the balcony completely), the friendly staff and incredible views save the day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming Chalet Style Hotel,family run & lovingly refurbished, spacious modern rooms all with balconies & spectacular views of Lake Thun and the Alps . Including the famous 3 Eiger Mönch & Jungfrau. Free Wireless Internet & free Car Parking. Family rooms are also available. Our Restaurant with panoramic Sun Terrace serves delicious local and international specialties. Five min walk to Nierderhorm Cable car, a truly superb location, personalised service, great friendly hospitality, attention to detail & special touches are abundant throughout Hotel Gloria. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gloria Hotel Beatenberg