Just came back from a night at this hotel and wanted to make sure I created a review for them in Tripadvisor! By the way there are two entries for the hotel in Tripadvisor--I believe that "Hotel Edelweiss" and "Hotel Edelwiess Rigi" are the same.
This hotel is alone at the Staffelhohe station of the Rigi Bahn. I'd had a hard time understanding how this all worked, so I'll try to explain. Kaltbad is a bigger resort town with a number of hotels and a number of villages that have their own named train stations. The hotel's address is Kaltbad but it's actually above Kaltbad at Staffelhohe, 3 minutes by train or an easy 15-25 minutes by foot.
The hotel's also a few minutes by train or easy 10 minutes by foot below the Staffel train station, where the lines from Arth-Goldau and Vitznau both stop. So you can get there easily from Arth-Goldau on one side (train to Staffel and walk down or take the train) or Vitznau/Weggis on the other side (train to Staffelhohe).
You can walk to the Rigi summit from here in about an hour.
The fact that the hotel is alone in its location is really quite nice. It's quiet and has a lovely view without a bunch of other tourist stuff in the way. Although the train is right by the hotel, I didn't hear it.
The staff at the hotel is English-speaking and quite friendly. The waiter we had at dinner was the most friendly I've encountered in 5 months in the country.
There is an older section of the hotel (cheaper but quite decent), and many rooms with gorgeous views) and a new section (more expensive with view balconies). Our (older) room was clean, well-maintained, the beds were good, etc. Considering the location (on a resort mountain in Switzerland), the room price was reasonable.
The food was excellent. Dinner was on a huge patio, overlooking the mountains--as we say, a million dollar view. We ordered just pastas, wine, and dessert--everything was delicious and reasonable for Switzerland. There was a little "on the house" appetizer as well. Breakfast included homemade honey and jam as well as all the usual Swiss breakfast foods.
All in all, it surpassed my expections for a place without a Tripadvisor review, which I'd gone to "blind," just because they had a vacancy. A very nice experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Edelweiss Switzerland/Rigi Kaltbad