Resort Assessment: Resort Belvedere, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Perched above the street that snakes by way of the Grindelwald within the Bernese Alps, is the stylish Resort Belvedere.

The resort opened in 1907 and has been in the identical household, the Hausers, for 3 generations. It seems like a dinkier model of Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Resort, with its pale pink partitions and backdrop of snow-topped mountains.

But there’s nothing drained or quaint about this spectacular superior Four-star resort. Whereas Resort Belvedere suits comfortably in its alpine setting amongst the wood chalets, it has a contemporary inside and a dedication to sustainability by way of hydropower.

Who for

Terrace Hotel Belvedere

Terrace (c) Resort Belvedere

Couples and grownup teams would slot in effectively right here. The spacious foyer overlooks a big terrace decked out with fairly wicker furnishings, the place you possibly can sip your favorite tipple whereas wanting on the mountain views.

Whereas the resort feels moderately grown-up, in addition they cater for households and make each effort to make youngsters really feel welcome. There’s a particular youngsters’s menu within the restaurant and board video games to maintain the household entertained.

Lodging

There are 56 rooms at Resort Belvedere, starting from the usual double to household rooms that may accommodate as much as 9 individuals. All rooms have balconies overlooking the Grindelwald valley, and a few have views of the perilous and world-famous Eiger mountain.

Classic double Hotel Belvedere

Basic double (c) Resort Belvedere

Rooms are spacious and colourfully embellished with a comfy seating nook and tea making services. Our rest room was giant and spotlessly clear, with two basins and a shower sufficiently big for 2. Fortunately the bathe gel, shampoo and conditioner had been connected to the wall in giant separate containers, so there was sufficient for multiple wash.

Amenities

Friends can loosen up within the giant indoor pool with flooring to ceiling home windows to benefit from the beautiful view of the mountains. There’s a sauna and glacier steam bathtub, and in typical European style you’re anticipated to be nude. Nonetheless to save lots of your blushes there’s a girls’s solely hour each Wednesday between 3pm and 4pm.

On the push of a button, friends can open up a door by the pool that results in the outside saltwater Jacuzzi. It’s an invigorating expertise made extra wonderful by the breathtaking views.

Salt water jacuzzi Hotel Belvedere

Salt water jacuzzi (c) Resort Belvedere

Different services embody seminar rooms for enterprise conferences and an in depth bar/foyer space. To maintain youngsters (and adults) entertained, there’s additionally a big video games room with desk tennis, desk soccer, billiards, Nintendo Wii and a play nook for toddlers.

Foods and drinks

The meals served in Restaurant Français is so good you could be tempted to dine in each evening. The menu serves loads of Swiss classics with a superb eating twist, together with fondue and schnitzel. I tucked into a wonderful plate of beer battered perch and potato salad – a really fancy fish & chips certainly!

When you’re interested by ordering a glass (bottle) of wine, make it a Swiss one. Lower than two per cent of Swiss wine is exported and far of it’s produced in small, household run vineyards. We loved a glass of Sylvaner white wine and it was mild, crisp and scrumptious.

Beer battered perch and potato salad at Restaurant Français

Beer battered perch and potato salad at Restaurant Français

Breakfast is served in the primary restaurant and friends can select from a range cold and hot dishes from the expansive buffet, which additionally contains quite a lot of freshly baked Swiss bread.

Is Wi-Fi accessible

WiFi is on the market freed from cost, however the connection in our room wasn’t nice. We had extra luck within the resort foyer.

Replace: We have now been knowledgeable by Resort Belvedere that they are going to be changing their WiFi system very quickly to make sure improved web connection. 

Room charges

Commonplace doubles begin from CHF 278 (£212) per evening, whereas a deluxe double with Eiger views begins at CHF 518 (£395) per evening. Household rooms begin at CHF 558 (£426) per evening and youngsters as much as 11 years keep freed from cost within the mother and father’ room or in a household suite.

All room charges are based mostly on two individuals sharing and embody breakfast.

What’s close by

Within the winter Grindelwald is a well-liked ski resort. For the remainder of the 12 months, there are many journey actions to participate in, from trekking to mountain biking. When you’re trying to find an adrenaline kick, there’s a close-by gorge the place you possibly can try a terrifying canyon swing with an 85m free fall.

Getting there

The best technique to attain Grindelwald is by practice. It takes about three hours to journey from Zurich Worldwide Airport to Grindelwald (altering at Bern and Interlaken).


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