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Esther's Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 3 Gimmelwald B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Oregon
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Highly recommend Esther's Guesthouse”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

My husband and I stayed here for five nights on our first visit to Switzerland. We had reserved for four, but loved Esther's and the beautiful area so much that, on our fourth day, we added another night. Being frugal travelers, we stayed in the small corner room and used the shared spotless bathroom. Since we were hiking every and all day, our room was perfect for our sleeping needs.

We made our own breakfasts, rather than purchase the one at Esther's, but walking by the breakfast table revealed a generous variety of offerings, as other reviewers have described. The wifi was free and worked great in our room for our ipad. There are two restaurants in Gimmelwald with bargain meals, or Esther's has a great kitchen with the necessary pots, utensils, and dishes to prepare/eat a meal on site. There was a new deluxe coffee maker which makes single cups of great coffee or espresso (at any hour), but there was a charge per cup.

Room Tip: The small corner room has a 3/4 bed, only suited for a couple who are the slimmest of the frugal.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

Esther's Guesthouse is a beautiful chalet in a stunning location. We really enjoyed our 2 nights stay there. Three of us stayed in a lovely, large room (5 beds) on the top floor. The room was spacious and had its own bathroom (not all do). Esther and her staff were helpful and friendly. Breakfasts were extra but well worth the price. In spite of its location, Wifi access was better there than many other places we stayed at in Europe.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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New Jersey
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Our family of 4 adults spent 5 nights at Esther's Guesthouse, and it was everything I had hoped for and much more. Esther greeted us on arrival and provided much helpful advice on what to see and do. We were in Apt. B, and it was wonderful, great view of the mountains right from the room and private deck. Very comfortable and extremely clean. Beautiful flower garden and handing baskets on the porch, just perfect. Gimmelwald is a very special place, the scenery is spectacular and the people are so friendly. A trip of a lifetime, can't wait to go back!

Adamo Family, USA

Room Tip: We loved Apt. B spacious, great deck with wonderful view, kitchen and more than enough room for 4 pe...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Lake Forest Park, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

What a beautiful guesthouse! We stayed in room 6, a large room that can sleep up to 4 people. I was traveling with my husband, my brother, and my sister. A perk was there was one double bed for the couple, and two separate single beds for my siblings, so everyone had a good sleeping arrangement. The room was very clean and had a nice private bathroom with good water pressure and hot water in the shower, although guests are asked to turn off the water while soaping, shampooing, etc. We had two nice windows with a great view of the mountains, and a Gimmelwald is such a quiet village at night we could leave both open with no noise issues. Franzi was the staff member we worked with during our stay, and she was so helpful and sweet, and an absolute pleasure to work with.
The 15 franc breakfast was very good and had a large assortment of different foods typical in the region (bread, cold cuts, cheese, yogurt, etc). I found it was worth the money, but I'm not sure there are many other options in Gimmelwald to be honest. For dinner we ate one night at the hostel and one night at the Pension restaurant in between Esther's and the hostel. Both nights I had fondue, and the restaurant's was by far superior to that from the hostel. Note for fondue at the restaurant, you must make prior arrangements.
I would also highly recommend the trip to the Schilthorn, and hiking to the Kilchbalm. Both awesome experiences. It's hard to believe how beautiful Gimmelwald is!

Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Manitoba
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2013

We were delighted with our stay at Esther's Guesthouse in Gimmelwald Switzerland. It is a tiny town high in the mountains with 150 residents. It is a great place to hike from. You can rent bikes in Murren and bike down the mountain and take the tram back up. The breakfast was not included but well worth the cost. Our room was spacious and wonderful.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2013

At the recommendation of a colleague, my family booked three rooms at Esther's Guesthouse in early October. While the weather may have been uncooperative, the service, friendliness and value of our B&B was anything but. Great breakfasts, wonderful views and a constant smile from Francie made Esther's Guesthouse a must see.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2013

My daughter and I returned from our journey to to Berner Oberland Region of Switzerland a couple of days ago - what a great time we had!

We spent 4 days at Esther's Guesthouse in Gimmelwald. We had Apartment B and it could have easily accomodated another 2 or 3 people. The location was excellent, only a couple of minutes from the cable car station. The beds were very comfortable and we had our own bathroom with a great shower and lots of hot water. The deck overlooked the mountains and I wish we could have had more time to just sit there and enjoy the view. The kitchen was fully equipped with appliances and dishes, pots and pans- everything needed to do your own cooking which we did do for breakfasts and lunches.
The apartment also had a large living room with table, 2 couches, television and board games in addition to the many brochures describing things to do in the region.
Esther does provide a hearty breakfast for 15.00 Swiss Francs per person, per day and we did take advantage of this on one of our days and really enjoyed it.
There are many hikes within easy reach of Esthers and we did do 3 while we were there. We are hoping to return next year and this time, we will spend our whole time in the area at Esther's Guesthouse.
I highly recommend this beautiful place and Esther, herself, is a lovely lady.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Esther's Guesthouse
Address: Kirchstatt, Gimmelwald 3826, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Gimmelwald
Amenities:
Kitchenette Ski-In / Ski-Out
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Gimmelwald
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 9
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