We first came to this wonderful traditional hotel for a walking holiday in 2005 and have been coming ever since. Previously we had stayed in other hotels in Wengen all of which were very good but what sets this one apart is the warmth of the welcome, not only from the owners but also the staff many of whom come back to work there year after year.
The hotel I think is one of the oldest in the village, it has wonderful views and it is worth getting one the rooms at the front with a balcony, particularly in the summer and lighter winter months if finances allow - you will never forget the view but you will soon forget the few extra pounds on the credit card. The upgraded rooms are very nice and are a similar style to the main lounge/reception area with warm colours. The lounge/reception area is well designed with lots of seating areas so different parties/groups can sit together in distinct areas. There are some very interesting books on the history of the area which is where downhill skiing really got going. The food is pretty good and seems to have got better since our last visit. Its actually worth asking the maître d for his recommendation on the wine list, we deliberately chose swiss wines all week but it was only on the last day we asked what he would recommend from the swiss ones - the one he chose was the best of the week and actually a bit cheaper.
The hotel is located down the hill a bit from the centre which sounds a pain - it isnt. The hotel has a couple of minbuses to whizz people up and down to the village and is very efficient, even though most guests were skiing we never had to wait more than a couple of minutes to get a lift up the hill. The walk is in any case pretty short and if you are skiing or walking in the summer is actually a pretty good way to fire up the engines in the morning. If you call them when you are on the train to Lauterbrunnen they will be waiting to pick you and your luggage up by the time you get to Wengen. If you are skiing you can leave your skis/boots etc in the rental lockers at central sport in the centre of the village next to the main cable station so it means you can walk up and down in shoes not ski boots - bliss.
The hotel does some package deals including lift passes at certain times which are very good value, in fact incredible value when you think that Mr Brown and his band of economic illiterates crashed the value of the £ from about 2.40 francs to 1.45 francs to the £.
All in all a great traditional hotel with genuinely friendly & helpful staff worth staying in the winter or summer.
There are only two things I would change - more UK TV channels on the telly (a lot of guests come from the UK) and a shower room for the loons like me who want to ski until the last possible moment and get changed long after checking out before jumping on the train to the airport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our alpine hotel with its long family tradition ! The Hotel Alpenrose is the oldest hotel in Wengen and has been owned and run by the same family for well over a hundred years. The 40 rooms and the lounges have been recently renovated in alpine chalet style using lots of wood and the hotel’s own antique furniture. A log fire in our lounge adds to the welcoming atmosphere after a day in the mountains. In our dining room a hearty breakfast is served from our buffet and a fine half board set menu is served in the evenings. The Hotel Alpenrose is situated about 10 walking minutes below the train station and the village centre in a quiet and pleasant location with stunning views into the beautiful valley of Lauterbrunnen and the surrounding snowcapped mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alpenrose Hotel Wengen
- Alpenrose Wengen