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“Good Hotel but poor PR”
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Hotel Schonbuhl
Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Wilderswil
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good Hotel but poor PR”
Reviewed 3 January 2013

The room we got was good. Some other members of Expat Explore trip got bad one with few complaining about room heating and pipe leaks in the room.

This is a family run hotel and is pretty well thought out to squeeze the customer's extra money. Internet is given free only if you buy something from the bar. The password changes everyday. Wifi connectivity is only in the bar/reception room. No internet in the rooms.

Food provided was good. Vegetarians were provided with decent options.

The owner places quiet a few restrictions like 'Do not use your devices in the dining rooms', 'Ensure that water does not spill out of the shower while having your shower', 'Say please to him when you order a drink or buy something from his bar'!

The showers provided do not have a glass door only a thin curtain so invariably you end up spilling water outside and then clean it.

Room is cleaned every day, towels not replaced. Heating was average.

Breakfast is above average. They can add more variety but I guess that is what you get for what you pay.

Lighting in the corridors should be better as it does switch off automatically but does not switch on when people move about.

Our room though was clean but was not thoroughly cleaned as we found an empty bottle of whisky and some junk stuff below the sofa.

Room Tip: Choose rooms at the corners. Others in the middle did mention that they were feeling quiet cold even...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 December 2012

We stayed here for two nights on our Expat Explore tour.

The room was very basic but of reasonable size. Towels and heated rails in the room. We were lucky we got a room with a balcony but didn't have any views as it was cloudy and rainy. The floors creaked loudly with every step and you can hear people walking loudly on the corridors.

The corridors are not lighted and you will frequently have to find the room in the dark or find the switch for the lights which turns off automatically quite quickly.

We had dinner here but the food was very basic. Breakfast was also very basic with very hard bread - no toast, and 2 types of cereal with tea, coffee and juice. The dining room was very basic and plain.

It is a short walk to the bus station - about 5 minutes which takes you into town in 10 minutes. It's free as all hotels will give visitors a pass for the day. The train is about a 15 minute walk away.

The owner is a very reserved man and seldom smiles but he is not rude. There are a few rules - shower curtain inside the bath, no electronic devices in the food hall and no outside food or drinks. If you want wifi, you will need to buy something from the bar.

Overall, there was no real personality to the place considering its a family run hotel. If we returned to this area, we would probably try another hotel.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2012

We stayed on a tour, good points were the great home cooked meals for dinner, for a great price. Views of the mountains amazing. It is possibly an expectation issue but the room that we stayed in shared one toilet and a timed shower room with the rest of the floor so it was more of a school camp than a comfortable stay. So annoying that in the middle of the night you need to use the bathroom you have to stumble down the hallway. At least there is a sink in the room. Free wifi with the purchase of a bar product which is fair enough. This place has many rules so felt a bit strict and that we would be rouced upon for bringing an iPad into the dining room. The power points are a bit different to the rest of Europe but the hotel was kind enough to lend an adaptor for a deposit. Good location for exploring Jungfraujoch. No double bed room for us...so once again single beds pushed together. The town is cute and quaint, two supermarkets. Switzerland is expensive so if budget is an issue maybe you could put the shared facilities issue aside?

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2012

I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights. Switzerland is beautiful and so the views around this hotel is very pretty. It is a 15 mins walk from the train station.

It is a family run business. The owner is very unfriendly. And has many rules -e.g. you cant bring any food from outside, stay quietly, use the tiny swimming pool at specific times only...
Wifi is available in the lobby only, provided you buy chocolates/drinks etc.

The nice thing about the hotel is the view - however, you can get such views from any hotel in the Alpine region.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Nassau, New Providence Island
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Reviewed 10 November 2012 via mobile

I stayed here while on a group tour for about 2 days in October and I already want to return. The hotel is great value for the views alone. It was so great to see the Alps & charming houses from my bedroom window. My room was basic but clean and comfortable. We enjoyed hanging in the lounge area at night and drinking the local Swiss beer at the bar. We ate 2 dinners there that were nice and a basic breakfast. Get to know the owner Urs. He's really nice. He warms up to you after some good conversation. Other than the views, the hotel is perfect for its location near Interlaken, so if you're coming for outdoor activities or to visit Jungfraujoch, this is an affordable place to stay that's a short bus ride from Interlaken. I hope to visit from the Bahamas again.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Kuala Lumpur
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2012

stayed 2 nights here with Expat Explore and we loved it! Our room had a balcony facing the mountains and the views were breathtaking! The owner Urs was quiet but charming in his own way. He does have some rules such as no electronic devices in the dining hall and keep the bathroom dry (shower curtain IN the tub). Breakfast was simple but sufficient but the dinners were very delicious!

a short walk to the train station to go up to Jungfraujoch and the trip was awesome! Free wifi when you buy a drink from the bar and the password changes daily. Will surely return to this hotel when I visit Wilderswil again!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with balcony and try their dinners!
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Micanopy, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2012

This hotel was just so homey it was great. We did have to share a bath (though some rooms have their own), but everything here was so nice it made no difference. The lobby was like your living room at home. The kitchen served all home cooking that was super good. The views out my window were the best. I know it's a hostel but it really was a great place to stay. It was also close to the train station so an easy route to the "Top of Europe" at Jungfrau. I really was surprised with this place. There was a lobby bar and wifi. The rooms without the bathrooms had sinks and plenty of outlets for charging. It was warm and cosy.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Schonbuhl
Address: Oberdorfstrasse 18, Wilderswil, Interlaken 3812, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Interlaken > Wilderswil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Wilderswil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 52
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