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Harder Minerva Hotel
Ranked #36 of 46 Interlaken B&B and Inns
Reviewed 18 July 2013 via mobile

My elderly mother and I stayed at the hotel this week and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Particularly Mario who was a star in the restaurant. I enjoyed the food, but my mother would have liked an alternative to the fish. May be worth having a second choice of main course. Breakfast was excellent with plenty of choice. Drinks were reasonably priced for Switzerland. Rooms very comfortable. Bed was excellent and rooms clean and serviceable. Free wifi, good selection of UK tv and radio channels were very helpful.
Location is better than we thought. It is about 7 minutes fro Interlaken West and the bus stop for East is just up the road on the main shopping street with frequent free buses. This was great since my mother has difficulty walking far.

Would stay again

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

I could not agree more with the review HRD 58 , 3/7/13. We stayed in the hotel for a week at this same time. The staff were very courteous and friendly, but the dining room was completely held together by Mario, the Portugese waiter. When he took his two rest days, the dining room was chaotic and became very inefficiently run.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

I was visiting Interlaken and wanted Indian food. Its a full fledged hotel but I stopped by only for Supper. Food is expensive & not value for money. Taste wasn't authentic Indian and not really up to my palate. Stewardess are very beautiful. The gentleman at reception is very very helpful - so meticulously guided us on a map how to reach the Bahnhof.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

This hotel had a great reputation and was our hotel of choice. Formerly it was family run, but was sold at the beginning of 2013. It is now the centre for coach tours and hoards of people come in daily. The breakfast buffet was decimated early in the morning and was not replenished. The evening meal commenced with packet soup and the food although edible, was at best average. When the chef was off, we were given frozen convenience food....not what one would expect in Switzerland. The room was very small and poorly equipped with one small cupboard and no drawer space. The bathroom was tiny.
However I cannot compliment the staff enough for their friendliness and their willingness to help at all times - they are an asset to the hotel

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 December 2012

The Harder Minerva Hotel provided us with a fantastic location near both rail stations for daily outings, a very clean and hospitable place to stay, and two most enjoyable meals daily. After six nights, my family and friends weren't nearly ready to leave this small, family-owned hotel. Although this was a budget priced property, the hospitality was first class. English is fluently spoken at the front desk and in the dining room, the hotel has a lift, the rooms were small but well appointed, the service was outstanding, and the welcome was genuine.

Loved it.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 October 2012

We stayed 2 nights at this hotel and it was not good. The room was not clean, the building smells, the bathroom was small, lamp was broken, no heating, and you have to pay for wi-fi and parking. Better to choose a hotel on the outskirts of Interlaken.

Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

Harder Minerva is best sold on it's location. It is the located in the heart of Interlaken , just at the foot of the Harder mountain. It is at the city centre and a 7-8 minutes walk from the Interlaken- West train station. Convenience stores like Coop, restaurants like Hooters and all high-end to mid-sized stores are in it's vicinity. Location is absolutely excellent.

It is a heritage building that gives it a beautiful ambiance. The hotel is a family-run affair, and the owners are really friendly.

Room we got was decent-sized, the bed was a small one (a folding type). The linen & towels were extremely clean though. The wash-basin was in the room itself. No major problems with the room. It had a small TV and the room overlooked Harderstrasse, was also cozy and comfortable.

The only glitch we encountered was that the attached bath-room was locked when we checked in!! When we asked the owners , they said we need to use the common bathroom upstairs. We are really particular about the usage of the bathroom and hygiene hence were surprised as the shared bathroom was not mentioned when booking through the internet. When we explained our disappointment to the owners, they quickly opened up the bathroom and assured us that though it is connected to another room, it is locked from the other side and will be for our personal use only. For the rest of our stay, bathroom was not a problem. It was clean and comfortable as well. Shower was great.

The WiFi is free for an hour and subsequently 3 Euros for every other hour. That was quite OK.

The breakfast was decent in the mornings. We enjoyed it.

The owners told us that the water in the faucets is actually spring water from the Harder mountain and is directly usable for drinking. Didn't try it but interesting piece of information, since natural spring water is rare nowadays.

We had a good experience overall. Decent, safe and family type accommodation in Interlaken, at a very good price.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Harder Minerva Hotel

Address: Harderstrasse 15, Interlaken 3800, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Interlaken
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Interlaken
Price Range: £71 - £160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Harder Minerva Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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