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“Truly Excellent Location and Fabulous Spa”
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The Cambrian
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Adelboden
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Truly Excellent Location and Fabulous Spa”
Reviewed 21 June 2011

The decor is modern, beige to slate grey, classy yet simple. The sundeck is a glorious patio with superb panoramic views. The same views greet every room and the outdoor mini-thelassotherapy pool. The indoor lounge area is also thoughtfully laid out; a sunroom with floor to ceiling windows, comfy sofas and board games. There is a full size pool table and a grand piano. A central chimney and open fireplace warm the interior lounge area just off Scotts bar, which is more moody. There is free WiFi everywhere. The restaurant is plain. I expected more. Breakfast was good but not good enough for this hotel. Even so there is still cereals, meats, cheeses, breads and some hot choices. Dinner was also not to the standard of the rest of the hotel, but still as good as any other restaurant in town, albeit a bit pricey; blame the exchange rate. Wine is insanely expensive. I struggle when I see standard Pinot Grigio at £35 a bottle. We tried Swiss wine and were pleasantly surprised but again, no change from £40 minimum seemed overpriced. It wasn't necessarily the hotel, wine is expensive everywhere. So is water yet the place is running with the tastiest water I've ever come across. It was just sweet, perfect mountain spring nectar. Take an empty bottle with you! We had a junior suite and again, the layout and decor were calming, modern and loads of room including an oversized King bed with down pillows and quilt. A mosaic tiled bathroom, walk in shower double sink and even a self-closing toilet seat - loved it. And the balcony to that view again... Finally the spa. I don't think they advertise it well enough. A short cooler swimming pool inside with chaises longues infront of floor to ceiling windows (and THAT view again). There are 2 other relaxing areas; one with a hammock and bean bags overlooking the outdoor pool and another more secluded in the spa area. Ahh.. the spa area! A nude zone (as it should be) and modesty can be loosely covered with towels as well as the subdued lighting. The mosaic tiles are black, pearlescent and tasteful. There is a finnish Sauna and a large steam room, a foot spa, hot and cold showers and lots of water jugs always topped up with naturally flavoured water such as lemon, cucumber and mint. All the staff smile and greet you. The ambiance is casual and friendly. The town in summer is a ghost town, shopping is limited and nightlife non-existent. You must venture out to the waterfall (2nd highest in Switzerland), take a cable car or two and marvel at the alpine flora and majestic scenery. If you like walking/hiking then you're spoilt for choice.
Lastly, the roads are perfect, the people are super-friendly, the whole place is one big clean, fresh, pretty picture postcard. Go get yourself a lungful! One negative - we need the pound to improve by about 10% to put things on par with London prices, so be prepared to spend.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

I stayed here for a long weekend with a good old friend and we had a great time and left feeling relaxed and invigorated. The hotel has been beautifully renovated and will please people who like modern design. The views from the hotel are fabulous - and the bar area and outside pool make the most of these. Make sure you get a room facing the view!

The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, I especially commend their wine recommendations which were excellent. The receptionists were also really helpful in suggesting activities in the local area - we did a hike they recommended and it was exactly what we were looking for.

We went for half board which I think is a good option - the dinners were delicious and good value (for Switzerland which does not mean they are cheap but cheaper than you would pay for comparable food in a comparable restaurant) and the breakfast is excellent. The spa is lovely - quite small but the outside pool has the most amazing views and is a great place to just hang out: even if it is cold, the pool is heated to a nice toasty temperature.

My only real suggestions for improvement would be to provide bigger towels (particularly in the spa where you can only wear a towel so plentiful coverage would be greatly appreciated) and also some sort of parking service as getting in to the garage is a real pain if you don't know what you are doing.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Lugano, Switzerland
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

Scored a dirt cheap mid-week rate. And what a pleasant surprise!!!

Contemporary interior, discreet design. Best small hotel spa we'd ever come across. Probably no more than 300 sqm (3300 sqft) in size but it has all one can ask for. Pools are far too small to take a swim, but the outdoor pool is simply spectacular! It's more like an oversized outdoor tub, but it has three massage features and an Infinity edge with view of the valley, the mountains and waterfall in the background. Great sauna as well!

Adelboden is great for hiking! Lots of mountains to climb. For dinner, leave the hotel. Half-board is so so...

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Mechelen, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2011

It's a beautiful hotel, very trendy, with a spectacular mountain view and all the comfort you can find. And although most staff is very friendly, once in while you can see a more than unhappy face (which is to be expected as you see how the staff is treated by some guests who think slavery is still actual and having money grants you the right to behave like a jerk).
The restaurant is nice, but the skill gap between the senior staff and the junior staff is huge and there is no-one to coach the juniors, which results in a very inconsistent service, one day divine, the next very poor. And that's a shame, especially for the amount of money you pay.
The same goes for the room: I found used plastic goblet under my bed and at one time house keeping just entered the room although there was a "do not disturb" sign outside and it was my day of check-out so they had to come back after my check-out anyway.
So all in all a nice try, but a great miss.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2011

We drove to Adelboden for a nice day of wellness. (We first wanted to go to the Spa in Vals but this one was closed). The Cambrian came highly recommended. Unfortunately the spa & pool (nice pool plus view) are nice but tiny. 4 people in the water and it's full.
After a relaxing swim, looking forward to a nice dinner we were disappointed that the staff was apparently more looking forward to go home (the o no a new table face) than to see us. Even though the kitchen was still open for 1 hour, we had to ask them to please set the table. Food (priced 45 Chf) was straight from the microwave and left us throwing up all night. So do go out in the village for dinner. After informing the staff the next day, they would pass it on to the chef... For 500 euro/night one can expect a bit more.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sao Paulo
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66 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2011

Looking for a new destination within the Swiss alps I came across with Adelboden, a small quiet city in the heard of the mountains, I needed to experience such relaxing setting, but also wanted enjoy it in a contemporary design hotel, having a taste of big city luxury, The Cambrian Hotel from group Design Hotels seemed to be the best choice.

ARRIVAL: having arrived at night I found the hotel to be easily accessible and right across the main street of the town, since it is a valley you can get great views already from the lobby, very originally designed and with floor to ceiling windows that allows us to overlook the gorgeous alps. The check in was easy and fast, reception extremely friendly and even offered us dinner even though restaurant hours were already finished (we arrived at a Sunday late night), which we had by the cozy fireplace in the lobby.

STAFF: staff was simply perfect, they always did everything they could to provide us with all the best, even having created a chocolate fondue at my last minute request although it wasn’t on the menu!!! I must congratulate deeply all staff of The Cambrian, it is surely best hotel in town because of the structure and also because of the fantastic service, they are great in recommending all possible activities, they waiters are very knowledgeable of each item in the menu and the service as a whole is impressive, really, I’ve been travelling, I have very high evaluation standards and I must say they’re great!

HOTEL/LOCATION: the location is simply the best in town, easily accessible, with a large parking lot, directly onto the main street in Adelboden and with easy access to the slopes, the hotel itself is fantastic, very good rooms and suites, large, well designed, amazing indoor and outdoor pool, both opened all year round, great lounges and spa area, very good hospitality, makes you feel at home or even better than at home, fantastic.

OVERALL: when staying in Adelboden I wouldn’t even think of being anywhere else, The Cambrian is the place to be, it’s restaurant is amazing, the staff is the very best in town and the structure as a whole is fascinating, the views of the valley are remarkable, very cozy and romantic, as well as their prices are very reasonable! Great.

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  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Strasbourg, France
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2011

If you are looking for service and a design surrounding this is the perfect place. The employees are allways keen

  • Stayed March 2011
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Property: The Cambrian
Address: Dorfstrasse 7, Adelboden 3715, Switzerland (Formerly Solis Cambrian Adelboden Hotel and Spa)
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Region: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Adelboden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Adelboden
#1 Spa Hotel in Adelboden
#1 Family Hotel in Adelboden
#1 Luxury Hotel in Adelboden
#3 Romantic Hotel in Adelboden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Cambrian 4.5*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alpine authenticity meets design. We at The Cambrian passionately believe that during your stay, you should feel every bit as relaxed as you would in your own home. The Cambrian provides authentic local colour, cosmopolitan comfort and inspiring cuisine. It is sophisticated and reliable, and dedicated to providing its guests with unrivalled service. Explore, engage, enjoy, relax, restore and create experiences that will stay with you forever. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Cambrian Adelboden Hotel And Spa
Solis Cambrian Hotel
Hotel Solis Cambrian

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