We've stayed at Edelweiss several times, both as part of marriage/deployment retreats and on our own travels. Having just finished up our last stay before we head back to the States, I'd like to share my thoughts.
Really quick-- staying at the cabins is a whole different experience than at the resort. When I booked, the agent said it was "half camping, half hotel," so we knew not to expect too much. It would be nice to at least have toilets in the cabins (could still go to the public restroom for showers), but overall we had a good time and thought it was a good value (especially since we were using it mostly for a home base while we toured other attractions in the area). It was also nice that we could still use the pool and gym and everything at the resort without any extra charge.
About the main resort--
-Pretty pricey. While they do run specials fairly often, your average room price is quite a bit higher than other places in the area.
-Sorry, but I have to just come out and say it-- the food isn't good or a good value. It used to be horrible; now on this last stay, they have revamped both Zuggy's and Market Station. The food at Zuggy's consists of (what I believe are frozen) pizzas and drinks, both of which are WAY overpriced. The new menu at Market Station is definitely better-- similar to a Chili's or Applebees--but it took an hour to get our meals, and they were just OK.
-LOUD. I realize this is more the fault of inattentive parents than the hotel's, but just be aware that there will probably be at least one instance of running, shrieking, seemingly-feral children.
-no A/C, hit-or-miss on working fans.
-the "free" wi-fi is sketchy, especially in the corner rooms.
-every time we went on our own dime, there was a tiny something wrong-- we booked a suite and were instead given two adjoining, the office overcharged and it was a pain getting money back, room service stole our beer mugs (they did bring them back)-- nothing that WRECKED the whole stay, but for the price I would expect a little more attention to these details.
-worst mattresses ever. I don't know how a mattress can both be rock-hard AND offer absolutely no support, but these--wow. Just bad.
-The pool is nice, but going is a gamble. Just in this visit alone, we've ranged from basically having the place to ourselves to being so loud and crowded that we just turned around and left.
-Outdoor Adventures has a good range of activities and tours. In my opinion, the prices are a bit high, especially for the kids' seats, but it's nice that the option is there.
-Rooms are a good size for being in Europe, but many could use some updates and/or are looking a bit beat up. For example, on our most recent stay the headboard was falling apart (cracked wood and visible staples). On the last stay, there was mold on the shower curtains and the sink was leaking.
-Location. Can't beat the view, and an easy walk or drive to basically anything you'd want to see in Garmisch.
-The CDC and kids' programs that are associated with the hotel have always been a hit with my kids. I'm picky about who I leave them with, but I have always felt good about the care they got with these programs.
-Rarely encountered grumpy staff-- everyone seems to love their job.
-It's nice to have a little slice of "America" in the Alps, especially for those who are homesick or can't afford the plane ticket home for the summer.
So overall, I guess it depends what you really want. There are definitely lower prices and better restaurants in the area, and if you're after a real European experience I would suggest checking those out. However, if you want to mingle with other displaced Americans and just kick back and look at the mountains, this might be right up your alley. Up to you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Long revered as one of the most desirable destinations in the Bavarian Alps, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area is an idyllic location nestled at the foot of sweeping Alpine vistas and home to the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort. Just 56 miles from Munich, 34 miles from Innsbruck, the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort is located in the heart of Europe. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Edelweiss Hotel Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- Edelweiss Resort Garmisch Partenkirchen
- Edelweiss Lodge And Resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany - Bavaria