In Aug 2011, I took a 3 week holiday to Runnymede, London, Paris, Grindelwald and Dubai. When my fren first suggested going to Switzerland and Grindelwald, I had no idea where and what is Grindelwald.
And when he said that we will be staying at Grand Regina Hotel, I had to turn to TripAdvisor to find out what kind of hotel was Grand Regina.
To my dismay, Grand Regina was ranked very lowly. I was definitely apprehensive about going to stay at Grand Regina. However, I am posting this review first instead of the other establishments I have stayed in the other cities because I think Grand Regina deserves a good review.
Firstly, it is located very near to the train station. It is just a 1 minute walk away. This is very important because I had much luggage after all the shopping in London and Paris. I was able to manage to bring all the luggage without assistance. And it was a long day from Charles De Gaulle to Grindelwald. One important thing, despite its proximity, I did not hear the noise of the trains. Maybe Swiss trains are quiet!
Compared to Belvedere, Grand Regina is much closer to the train station. And Hotel Gletschergarten is totally out of the way. BUT it is very next to the gorge. One of the attractions in Grindelwald. The bus stop is also very nearby. Just a 2 minute walk away. So you can take a bus and go for a bus tour kinda thing. Which we did on the last day. Took the bus and went to Grosse Scheidegg (Sorry, spell wrongly!?) and back. Had a beautiful view of the mountain (Wetterhorn if I am not wrong!).
The view from Grand Regina is fantastic. I have a absolutely stunning view of the snow capped peaks of the mountains. It is unblocked. And I see the green valleys dotted with Swiss chalets. And I see the trains going up to Jungfraujoch (they become really small) and at night, I see the a light up in the mountains where the lookout gallery is at.
Of course the room with the view cost more. But I think it is worth every penny. From where I come from, we don't get such views. EVER! It was breathtaking. Maybe because the hotel was established way back like in 1890s (If I am not wrong! But I am very sure the hotel is many many time older than me!), it managed to find the best plot of land to build this hotel and secure the view.
The restaurant was service was impeccable. Very European. Very posh. The food presentation was very good. Even at breakfast when I order an omelette, it comes garnished with baby tomatoes and cucumbers. I did not get this at Hyatt Regency London or Intercontinental Le Grand Paris. I had dinner there thrice and the food did not disappoint. From where I come from, food from restaurants seem very "manufactured" as most food are cooked at central kitchens and restaurants just heat up the food and serve to customers. At Grand Regina, the food is prepared after order has been taken and I really appreciate the effort they made to prepare the dinner. I truly do.
In any case, I have to wait for my food but I get to enjoy the view from the restaurant and simply soak in the old world charm of the restaurant. They actually lay out all the silverware and light candles. Yes, I don't get that much back home. Even when I pay as much for dinner at home.
Dinner is definitely not cheap. But I think it is a decent price to pay for a formal dinner. Good food, good service, good atmosphere and good effort. I din dress formal though! Haha.
We stayed for 5 nights and by the 2nd day, the staff at reception knows us by our name. The waiters and waitresses recognize us well. So it was very personalised kind of service I felt.
The rooms were clean. The bathrooms were clean. The room was of a decent size (the room came with a study room, sofa and small TV).
I guess the things I din like was the outdoor pool. Not the cleanest! But the indoor pool was ok (from the looks of it and other guests were having a good time!).
And maybe some cobwebs here and there. But nothing major for a person who is terrified of insects and creepy crawlies.
And the room was locked by a key. Not a card key. But a real key. How retro is that! Haha, but I guess it adds to the quaint charm.
So all in all, it's a good hotel to stay. I think it costs a pretty penny but everything costs a pretty penny for me in Switzerland! Haha. I had CHF 8 cup noodles and I just bought 2 cup noodles for CHF 1(after conversion) from a supermarket at home! The exact same brand! Ok, I had a craving for noodles on top of Jungfraujoch.
Yup, so keep up the good work Grand Regina! I am sure we will stay with you guys again! (When my currency becomes stronger against your Swiss Franc! Haha. Just kidding!)
Anyway, apologies for any wrong spelling mistake. I try my best! I don't speak German or French!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Regina welcomes you at a prime location with panoramic views of the famous EIGER-Northface and within Walking distance to the the village center and railway Station. Here you will expericence the unique and traditional charme of a Grand Hotel with his typical individual ambience and charm as it is found only in Belle Epoche Hotels.We welcome our international guests with heart and spoil you with charme and personel attention so you can enjoy your holiday in Grindelwald and simply relaxe. Our restaurant professionals await you with a neat and seasonal market-fresh cuisine with a focus on the Swiss food and wine world. Fresh summer cocktails and our wide selection of whiskeys and rums , you can enjoy during summer at its best on our panoramic terrace or on cooler days in our fireplace lounge . Our Alpine Spa with 1600m2 area invites you to relax and slow down . The sauna area, the large indoor pool and our diverse application program helps you take care of your personal wellbeing.In our spacious and timeless, classically furnished rooms , equipped with the classic comfort, you will enjoy peace and security as well as a unique mountain panorama. ... more less
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