Have just returned from a five night stay at this lovely hotel and were delighted to get one of the suites on the 5th floor. This rates along with the best places we have ever visited. Away from the crowds in Weggis, the Hertenstein stands in splendid seclusion at the end of the peninsula, smack next to the ferry terminal, which added a little excitement to the glorious views every half hour or so. The rooms are all well designed and immaculately maintained, all with southish facing Great Lake views. I suspect that you get a better aspect and less noise from the restaurant terrace the higher you get.
Staff are all helpful, professional and smiley - especially Laura, who gave us enthusiastic advice about where to go and had all the necessary tickets to hand. You definitely feel as though you are being well looked after and moving yourself away from the hotel, it's views, lake access and peace is a real struggle.
There was an eclectic mix of guests ( few fellow Brits ) from around Europe - and for 2 nights a convention from some Swiss company. Be aware that this has a very smart meeting, seminar block attached. Luckily, the convention goers were largely unobtrusive but it may be worth checking what is going on before you book.
Clearly, all this glorious beauty and luxury comes at a relatively high, but not unreasonable price, in the context of Switzerlands expensive standard of living. We had a few gripes and/or suggestions which would have made our stay even better.
1. Charging hefty rates for the well advertised kayak and pedallos was just greedy. Most hotels of this quality would include these things for free.
2. Breakfast on the terrace by the lake each morning was a real joy. The selection of food, however, was pretty standard and the same every day. We stayed at the Sofitel at Heathrow before flying to CH and their breakfast in terms of freshness and variety was far better for about the same price. Offer something different.
3. The bar is disappointing. Stuck at the end of reception, it was rarely staffed and rarely used by guests. Getting 2 glasses of wine to take to our rooms should have been much easier. I'd move it to encourage mor people to use it.
4. The restaurant seemed to be well used, but was expensive. There was nowhere that you could just get a sandwich or snack during the day, although the adjoining Cafe Vienna did some pastries and expensive main course meals.
5 rooms were well serviced. We had to ask for new soap a couple of times so attention to detail could be better.
These are all minor things and in no way detracted from our view that this was a top notch place to get away from it all, to soak in the scenery and to simply enjoy the lovely atmosphere of the place. We would go again and again.......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When the past meets the presentBuilt 150 years ago on the idyllic Hertenstein Peninsula in Weggis, the guest house Hertenstein welcomed prominent guests right from the start.Amongst these guests were the English Queen Victoria, the Bavarian King Ludwig II, as well as the American writer Mark Twain, who called the peninsula the most beautiful place on earth.The past 150 years may have seen many changes to the hotel itself, but the view and the feeling of being at home still remain.Come in, sit back, enjoy the views and soak up the unique atmosphere. ... more less
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