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“An Alpine Gem”
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Hotel Meisser
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Guarda
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 16, 2014

Come to relax in this beautiful family run hotel. Enjoy the panorama of the mountains of the Engadin valley from the garden terrace in a hammock chair, or sit by the fire in the lounge, this is a place of comfort and peace. Hand crafted furniture and downy beds in the spacious wood paneled rooms provide the pleasures and comfort of a Swiss chalet. The bathrooms are modern and among the very best we have encountered. The best of all are the friendly and attentive staff who make you feel part of the family. The chef is great and you can enjoy elegant dining from a menu that changes daily. Selections are limited but not restricting. The young staff are very friendly and amazingly efficient. Outdoor hiking equipment is available for use. The combination of family friendliness and superior comfort makes for a wonderful stay. There are no TVs in the main hotel to break the tranquility, but there a couple of rooms in the annex that have them.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with friends
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Meisser, Manager at Hotel Meisser, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2014

Dear John

Many thanks for your review.
We are glad to hear that you have enjoied your stay at the Hotel Meisser and are very pleased to read that our bathrooms are some of the best.
We just have renovated all rooms in the main building and are very proud of what we have acieved.
The guests feedback are realy great!
Also many thanks to you and hope seeing you again.
Kind regards
Benno Meisser

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Reviewed July 11, 2014

My husband and I spent two nights at Hotel Meisser. Our room was spacious, beautifully decorated, and had wonderful views. The walks/hikes in the area are phenomenal. The staff was very helpful and we enjoyed having breakfast and dinner in the hotel dining room. They even packed a picnic lunch for us when we were were out walking all day! We will return.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Myra P
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Meisser, Inhaber at Hotel Meisser, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2014

Dear Myra
Many thanks for your review on tripadvisor.
We are happy to hear that you have enjoied your stay with us at the Hotel Meisser in Guarda.
We are looking forward seeing you again.
Kind regards
Benno Meisser

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Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

I stayed with my family for one night in this wonderful hotel! Wish I could have stayed longer! Authentic experience in luxury yet cosy feeling run by the owners family. Rooms are brand new and top modern but keeps the mountain charm. Lovely terrace with great views.
Restaurant serves very good food in an chic environment. Will go back!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Thank Rene H
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Benno M, Inhaber at Hotel Meisser, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2014

Dear René

Many thanks for your review. We are pleased to hear that you have enjoed your stay at the Hotel Meisser. Looking forward to see you again.
Kind regards
Benno Meisser

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Reviewed June 3, 2014

The hotel greeted us extremely nicely. We enjoyed the fantastic view as well. The garden has nice chairs pended under the tree. The breakfast was nice! I went with my family this time but I'm sure I will come back with other people!

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Benno M, Inhaber at Hotel Meisser, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2014

Dear CoffeeBuz

Many thanks for your rating on Tripadvisor. It is our highest gool, making the stay of our guests as nice as possible! With our new rooms and realy nice view from each room we can now provide even better service!
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Benno Meisser

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Reviewed April 2, 2014

We stayed here two nights in our balcony room with a great view of the mountains, valley and town. Loved everything about this hotel. The owners are present and attentive, staff is very friendly and accommodating, the hotel is clean and charming, and the food is very good. No wonder it gets such high marks!

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Meisser, Inhaber at Hotel Meisser, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2014

Dear once

Kind regards
and hoping to see you again next winter with the new room!!!
Benno

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Reviewed February 19, 2014

We spent five days in this lovely hotel in the outstanding village of Guarda. We had a room with a balcony which was quite large, and included a lot of storage. Unfortunately, the hotel was about to close for renovations, and we were woken up by construction noises above our room at 7:30 two mornings.

Breakfast was plentiful and varied. Dinner was usually delicious, although some “family recipes” lacked sophistication. We had lunch in the restaurant on our first day, and found it extremely expensive. The dining room staff was very professional, yet friendly, and attentive.

We were there in the winter, and were very happy with the wide choice of perfectly maintained walking and snowshoeing trails accessible directly from the hotel door. The snowshoes provided were of excellent quality. We took advantage of the very convenient Swiss railway system to spend a day snowshoeing in the neighbouring town of Scuol.

Our only disappointment was the lack of “community spirit”. Every night, from 5 to 6, we could have a complimentary drink in the lounge. We thought that would be the perfect opportunity to meet and mingle, and discuss our day’s adventures with other guests. Unfortunately, most people sat reading a book or a newspaper, and no effort was made by the owner to encourage people to socialize. We have done several hiking trips in various parts of the world, and socializing over a drink is often the highlight of our day. Unfortunately, it was not the case in Guarda…

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank DanielleD
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

My wife and I spent time seeking a winter hotel location in Switzerland for high level snow walking in the mountains. Our parameters were that we wanted good walking from our base and those walks should not be shared with skiers. Add to that our search for a comfortable and warm hotel without being a Health Spa or too flush with star ratings. The Hotel Meisser at Guarda in the Higher Engadine ticked all the right boxes and our visit was arranged by Inn Travel who have used this hotel as a walking base for many years.

The village is at a height of about 5,000 feet and the railway station is some 500 feet lower down some hairpins, but is served by regular post buses directly from the village. Guarda is steeped in history and is preserved as a village of historic interest in which Hotel Meisser plays a significant part. The hotel is on two floors and the annex across the road on three floors. No two rooms are identical and in total there are about 24 letting rooms which means the hotel retains an intimate feel.

The biggest plus is the Meisser team so ably led by genial hosts Benno and Meya Meisser whose family have run the hotel over many generations. They are very hands-on and the staff, without exception, are clearly happy in their work and enjoy meeting guests. The chef is extremely talented and the fine dining experience is a cherished memory of our stay. Locally produced meats are often smoked on the premises and dinner is served in the large dining room with reserved tables and silver service.

This report is probably of limited value because firstly the snow experience really only applies during the period from December to February when there is good snow and prepared pistes, one running from the door of the hotel. The hotel base is on a sunny terrace and often our village was in sunshine when the valley below was dark. High mountains surround the valley.

The other significant happening is that as from February 2014 the hotel is closed whilst the roof space is converted into extra accommodation and the exiting first floor bedrooms are being gutted and refurbished. The cost of the work is massive and Benno took time to show us the layout of the new rooms and his plans for upgrading. All the work is being carried out by skilled craftsmen working within the framework of this lovely old building which was at one time a farmhouse.

We stayed in the annex across the road and judging by the standard of finish we have no doubt that the entire project will be well managed and totally in keeping with the building's history, amply covering the needs of guests with rooms and suites of various sizes.

This is a three star hotel and we hope that despite the enhancements it stays that way to reflect the easy and relaxed atmosphere of a mountain hotel where guests feel comfortable with the friendly informality of welcome and being part of the host family for a few days.

The dinners are certainly worth 4 stars, the annex is up to that standard too and perhaps the new accommodation might tempt 4 stars but the hotel doesn't have a lift, nor a swimming pool or health suite and the lounge can really only accommodate half the guests at any one time. This could be a blessing for those people who love it as it is. We are in that category.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Meisser

Address: Dorfstrasse 42, Guarda 7545, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Graubunden > Engadin Scuol > Guarda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Guarda
Price Range: $172 - $496 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Meisser 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guarda, a cluster of very old intricately painted farmhouses with flowers at every window, nestles on a mountain shelf high above the Engadine Valley - one of the most picturesque hideaways in Switzerland. Happily, there is a gem of a hotel to match the perfection of the village. The Hotel Meisser is beautifully situated on a promontory overlooking the expanse of green valley below, with a terrace where guests can enjoy refreshments an fine food. The hotel, a typical Engadine farmhouse, dates back to the 17th century. Throughout the hotel there is an old-world ambiance achieved through the use of antique chests, pieces of old copper, oil paintings, and baskets of fresh flowers everywhere. The main house offers simple accommodation in rooms with shower or bath, and tree rooms afford memorable views an enjoy their own balconies. ... more   less 
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