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Central Hotel Wolter
Ranked #15 of 41 Hotels in Grindelwald
Certificate of Excellence
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The Good, The Bad, the Ugly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2013

The Good: Central Hotel Wolter is as the hotel's name infers, it is dead center in Grindelwald. You can't ask for a more convenient location, only 50 meters from the train station which is fantastic if you're skiing as we were. It has a heated terrace outside the restaurant on the ground level which was very nice to sit at after skiing for a drink of Gluhwein. We were also able to buy our ski tickets right at the hotel which is superb. I must also mention that the hotel internet was fantastic for my us(obviously they fixed the issue that we saw in previous reviews), especially my 13 year old. He had great internet connection in all parts of the hotel including the outside terrace. The waitresses demeanor was very nice, they all tried their best to get things done, but at times seemed overwhelmed. The stay includes free access to the sportscenter across the street which has a pool (bring your own towels), ice skating(skates for a fee), an indoor rope course above the ice skating rink, and a curling hall.

The Bad: We arrived the day after they opened for the winter season so it took their waitresses time to figure out how to do things. We had half-board and sometimes it was a very long wait between courses as the waitresses and cooks seemed a little disorganized. Management needs to work on training their staff to pay attention to detail such as serving ladies first, taking plates off the table when finished, etc. The dining room was a little crowded so having different serving times would have been useful. It is the little things that brings people back.

The Ugly: We rented a family room as we were 3 adults and 1 Child. We "assumed" it would be a bigger room. However, when we arrived, it seemed that both rooms were smaller than a larger double room. The staff was great in switching our room to 2 doubles but we could only get it for 4 days vice 7. So, we ended up staying in the family room for 3 nights. I would only rent the family room if you have 2 small kids. It is definately not for 3 or 4 adults since the bathroom is shared and very small. I would recommend the superior double rooms on the south side if you want a view of the Eiger and the ski slopes.

Summary: Yes, I would stay there again, but would ask for a superior double. Overall, it was a great experience and the hotel did try their best.

Room Tip: Choose the south side superior double rooms for a great view of the mountains.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2013 via mobile

We actually stayed here is Sep 2011. We hadn't been to Switzerland beforeand the purpose of our visit w walking in the local mountains. The hotel is in walking distance of the bus park and train station and lots of nice restaurants. We got a room with an eiger view and were on a corner so got a huge balcony. The rooms aren't posh but there is everything you need and they are spacious (or the one we had was). weather there of the night we arrived and we add to feel welcome in the restaurant even though it was late. The food was good. Breakfast was of a good standard also. We will return to this hotel and would recommend it. The staff really got to know us and made the holiday special.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2013

I can only confirm and support the earlier positive opinions. The service make a lot of effort to
make you happy. The boss personally asks guest how they like it. Restaurant - very good food.
Very good location, very central. Directly by train and bus station.

Room Tip: superrior room with the vie on Eiger.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2012

Can walk to everything. Big clean rooms however no internet in rooms. We had to go to the bar which had a slow connection. Breakfast was standard for Europe however the evening meal was great. The free parking was a plus.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2012

Friendly and helpful reception and breakfast serving staff. They are so kind given we continued to ask for the hot water in the snowing or raining time. Breakfast is delicious and they are ready to serve you at 6:45a.m. It is essential for you to get on the train at 7:17am to Jungfraujoch. Definitely the hotel location is just 1 min walk to the train station is brilliant. You can easily identify the hotel after leaving the train station.

Receptionist upgraded our room to mountain view free of charge. So Great!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2012

Not having been to Switzerland before we must have landed on our feet on choosing this hotel and location. Just a few minutes from the railway station it was easy to get to. On arriving at night we were shown to our room which was clean and tidy. We went down to the dining room and had an excellant four course meal. In the morning our breath was took away from the view from the balcony of the Alps. The buffet breakfast was served in a differant restuarant than dinner and also had amazing views of the Alps,
The hotel gives a bus pass which entitled you to free bus travel on local buses. This was ideal as the bus station was across the road.
I highly recommened this hotel to anyone

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2012

Our room with a balcony had first class views of the beautiful Swiss alps. The hotel was brilliantly located with the train station, bus station and restaurants a minute or two away! It was an absolute bonus that we could access for free, the recovery spa at the 4 star hotel down the road. This certainly heightened our stay! Breakfast and the girls at the front desk were very helpful and the only bother was that our wifi did not work very well from our room.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Central Hotel Wolter
Address: Dorfstrasse 93 | 3818 Grindelwald, Grindelwald 3818, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Jungfrau Region > Grindelwald
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out
Hotel Style:
#11 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Grindelwald
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Central Hotel Wolter 3*
Number of rooms: 39
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