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Hotel Waldhaus
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Sils im Engadin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 July 2006

We've wanted to stay at this hotel for many years after seeing their ads in the New Yorker magazine and fantasizing about the "children's nursery" when our kids were little and we needed a break.
What a fabulous hotel, staff and location. Of four hotels on our recent trip to Switzerland, the Waldhaus was our favorite.
The hotel is perched on a hill with a 360 degree, unobstructed view. The most desirable rooms have a view facing the Silsersee (the large lake with Maloja at one end and the Sils villages at the other). We opted for one of their more expensive rooms (around 500 CHF/swiss francs per night). Our room and the views were spectacular. As you face the front of the hotel, our room was on the upper right with an extra large balcony. We had complete privacy on our balcony- could've sat out there naked if we'd wanted.
The views were exquisite- I would compare them to the Wyoming Tetons, but in the Tetons, there are no hotels of this quality with views this great (I'm including Jenny Lake Lodge/cabins and the Amangani in my assessment). We usually don't spend so much on a room but everything in Switzerland is expensive and we took the half board plan and decided to regard our stay at the Waldhaus as a "cruise on land."
Our friends opted for a less expensive room around 300CHF per night facing the other direction (overlooking the village of Sils-Maria and the Silvaplana lake in the distance). Their room was similar to the one the previous reviewer photographed. To us it seemed slightly depressing but they were happy.
This hotel was built in the 1800s (?) and has been owned by the same family ever since. Everything runs smoothly and effortlessly. All of the staff from the front desk to the waiters were very professional, friendly and happy. Our only slightly odd experience was on arrival, a very serious young woman showed us our room options and then said "and now you must decide." I think part of the problem was her command of English.
The owner/mgrs (a middleaged grandson of the founder and his middle aged brother-in -law) were always available and very friendly, down to earth and spoke fluent English.
During our visit in mid- June, European kids are still in school so we saw only a handful of toddlers. During July, August and Christmas breaks there are probably more children for those of you interested in the kids program.
The majority of guests were older- in their 60s and 70s although we did see a few young families. Most of the guests dressed up for dinner (coat and tie) but the hotel tells you to be comfortable and wear whatever you want. We saw some families in sweatsuits and jeans and we only dressed up a little.
Dining: was mostly excellent and by Swiss prices, the half board plan was a real bargain.
Breakfast was fabulous and extensive. Our first dinner on Tues night was the Scandinavian buffet- outstanding and mind bogling in its array of offerings. Subsequent meals were never as good as Tues. If we were to stay there again for four nights, I would get the half board plan on a Tues and Fri or Sat and eat the rest of our dinners at Plaun de Lej (the tiny village mid way down the lake) at Restaurant Muratarol which Gault Millau awarded 13 stars. Everything we tried there was scrumptious. The vegetarian offerings at the Waldhaus were just so-so and the Waldhaus restaurant is not listed in Gault Millau. But overall we were happy with our meals which were of high quality and generally appealing.
Activities: walk along the lake to village of Maloja and then take a boat back to Sils. Walk up the Fex valley -absolutely exquisite- the path goes right by the Waldhaus or you could take a horse drawn carriage which leaves from the village of Sils-Maria. Drive to the unique village of Guarda about 1 1/2 hrs away.
Staying in one of the many little hotels/pensions down in the Sils villages: the problem is they all lack views of the Silsersee- only the Waldhaus has this view. On the weekend, the Sils villages became quite busy but were still charming. If we'd had more time I'd like to have eaten at the Alpenrose restaurant- a new restaurant and hotel which is Gault Millau listed. We were also glad not to be staying on the Silvaplana lake which is attractive but not nearly as beautiful as the Silsersee.
For budget travelers: we were entranced by the tiny village of Isola half way down the left (east?) side of the Silsersee. There was a cafe with a few rooms- I didn't see the rooms and am not sure how convenient public transportation would be if you don't have a car but the village and views were charming. Along the lake we saw many elderly folks walking or biking- truly amazing. Perhaps because it was mid week the trails were uncrowded but you'd never find a locale this scenic in Colorado or Wyoming or Yosemite so unspoiled and peaceful.
Another less expensive option for a room with views would be Restaurant Muratarol which also has a small hotel. The only drawback is that between the hotel and the lake is a fairly busy two lane road.
I could go on and on about the fabulous Waldhaus. We loved the Engadine and thought the Bernese Oberland, while very beautiful, was too crowded and touristy- not nearly as appealing.
A few minor criticisms:
The only toiletries offered in the room are a large communal hand soap dispenser and a large communal shower gel/shampoo dispensor in the shower. KInd of odd for a hotel of this caliber. I think it's possible they are being eco-conscious and not just a matter of being cheap. You can purchase toiletries in the gift shop. Our bathroom was fabulous otherwise- we'd like to bring it home with us.
All of the Swiss beds we encountered were extra firm and lacked box springs. The Waldhaus bed was typical Swiss and mediocre in quality although the linens were wonderful. We did not suffer from any back aches though.
In the basement of the hotel is a room with many computers available for a small fee but their internet was never working properly over a four day time span which would be very inconvenient for a business traveler.
Maid service was excellent with nightly turn down service and I sent out a few things to the hotel laundry- they did an excellent job. Overall, a wonderful, happy experience.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 5 September 2005

My husband and I stumbled across the hotel and were drawn to it by it's castle-like appearance above Sils-Maria. It's not inexpensive and our room was small (there are larger, we just chose one on the lower end of the scale), but other than those minor points, it was one of the best hotels I've ever experienced. It's family run so we received some of the best service (tour upon arrival, fruits and welcome basket in room, personal departure "thanks" from the family) etc. There are also little nooks and libraries to read in and some of the best hiking we did on our 1-week trip to Switzerland was done from trails that you join right outside of the hotel. The concierge and reception staff was superb. We had a car so even though Sils-Maria is a bit small, we were able to get out and explore neighboring towns and restaurants. It was an excellent stay and I could not recommend a hotel any higher than Waldhaus Sils. We will be back!

  • Stayed: August 2005
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Reviewed 19 August 2004

My husband and I were delighted to have the opportunity to stay at the Hotel Waldhaus for two weeks in July, 2004. We were in the St Moritz area to hike and wanted to avoid the hustle and bustle of St Moritz itself. Sils Maria is well located as a hiking center with all the trails in the area easily available by public transportation…for which the hotel provided a free pass (busses, trains & lifts)!

The Waldhaus is a gracious hotel with a long history of a summer retreat for European families. Its public areas are lovely and beautifully maintained. The dining room has enormous windows. A trio plays in the lounge area before and after dinner. Our room was a spacious corner room with fantastic views on both sides. The concierge staff was exceedingly helpful in every way. Needless to say, we plan to go back!

  • Stayed: June 2004
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Reviewed 11 July 2004

The Waldhaus is a great hotel, nestled in the hills overlooking Sils Maria and the Sils lake. The hotel serves as the taking-off place for fantastic hikes into various local mountain valleys. A century old, it has stayed in the same family all that time. The rooms are huge, comfortable, and with great views. The hotel food is extraordinary - the chef has his own cookbook. We had half pension, and had our choice of 3 menus from among which we could choose - wonderful soups, salads, extraordinary fish, superb lamb and duck, a broad range of cheeses, and shameful desserts. The wine list was breathtaking and not overly expensive. The pool was 20 m long, adequate for laps. There was a small exercise room, and a mixed coed clothing optional sauna area (a 90 degree C and an 80 degree C sauna, and a 42 C degree steam room) was quite nice, with an infinity of towels. The best thing was the staff, friendly, capable, knowledgable. Families have been coming to the Waldhaus for generations. I can see why.

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Address: Via da Fex 3, Sils im Engadin 7514, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Graubunden > Engadin St. Moritz > Sils im Engadin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Sils im Engadin
#1 Luxury Hotel in Sils im Engadin
#2 Romantic Hotel in Sils im Engadin
Price Range: £275 - £388 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Waldhaus 5*
Number of rooms: 140
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