We've been in many beautiful places around the world but there are very few that you will always remember for their unique appeal, for the breathtaking beauty of the nature and for the hospitality of the hotel staff. If we are to rank how our feelings, this will be a 5 star hotel.
Yes, the hotel is pretty basic in terms of amenities, no TV, no fancy stereo or other modern facilities. But somehow you will feel that these would not fit in the same picture with the surroundings here. We had our "entertainment" just by sitting on the balcony, admiring the majestic mountains, listening to the mountain stream that flows right by the hotel, watching the people doing the hay harvesting or the kids running on their way to the village. A true meaning of the word "Idyllic".
The hosts were fantastic, although they spoke very little English, they provided the best service ever. The restaurant at the hotel is famous in the area for their Cordon Bleu. Even though this was a small village, there were many local people having dinner here, which for us was another assurance that the food is great. And for the first time in the history of restaurants actually they tried to convice us to order less, because we are going to feel too full!
The breakfast was simply exquisite, three types of bread, home made, still warm from the oven, local cheese, ham, eggs, jams, everything presented in an impecable way, we could not speak a word except Wow!!
Last but not least, everything comes with a price, and this is about getting here. From Altdorf to Isenthal there are only 11 km but if you are not used with the impossibly narrow mountain roads this could be a nightmare. All the way back and forth we were praying to not have another car coming from the oposite direction, we barely had room for ouserlves, we did not feel comfortable at all with pulling asside or backing the vehicle until you make room for the other vehicle. If you are not up for this, you can take the bus that runs every 20 minutes.
Even with all this driving challenge, we will be happy to return to Isenthal and in particular to Urirotstock hotel.
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