“A wonderful hideaway. Worth its weight in gold.”
I could go on for weeks over this, but i can just sum it up by saying it was a lovely peaceful relaxing friendly hotel.
This hotel is packed with character, with lovely wooden furniture and always the smell of wood polish!!! There is a delightful little lounge area on the first floor where my room was, surrounded by lovely carved wooden pillars and plants. My room has a lovely view of the lake and it was spacious for a single. The ensuite bathroom looked like a log cabin, with a very spacious shower and was tiled througout with a very efficient extractor system.
The hotel has a bar, restaurant and an additional seating area where reception is. The breakfast is continental, but has a good choice of food and the times are quite flexible 8am-10am.
The bar and restaurant are open all day (apart from Tues/Wednesday low season). The menu has a varied choice of local specialities. As there is no smoking ban as yet in German Switzerland (but should come in soon), smoking is still allowed in bars and restaurants. If you are a non-smoker who has got used to being without passive smoking for a while, you may notice the difference. However, with such a friendly, cozy atmosphere this was insignificant.
There are lovely staff here. Arthur and Yvonne-the owners and all the other staff,make you feel really at home.There is a Scottish lady, Marie that works in the bar and restaurant, who is very efficient and helpful.
The area of Bonigen itself is a heaven if you want to get away from it all and have an active holiday. There are countless walks and hikes for all levels which are clearly and accurately marked. I walked around Lake Brienz,which became a challenge, but was well worth it. The centre of Interlaken and even walks around Lake Thun are easily accessible. This area, known as the Junfrau region has countless hikes and railway links to the most spectacular mountains you'll ever see. You can get a six day pass, which gives you unlimited use of these rail networks. The Jungfraujoch, known as 'the Top of Europe' is the highest of the vast array of mountains in this area. A visit to the Harder Kulm is well worth it, then you can walk down (so you can cheat!!!).
Depending on what kind of rail ticket you have for your transfer from the airport (if you are doing it this way), you can get this six day pass at a reduction 95chf (roughly £50) not bad for all there is to see.
The hotel gives you a free pass for the bus, which can be used for many routes in the Interlaken area.
I can't wait to return, this certainly is the best holiday I've ever had.
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