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Reviewed 9 September 2016

We stayed one night in a very comfortable forest view room. It was raining the afternoon we arrived so the lake was fogged over and we had no idea of the true spectacular beauty until the next morning. The sun on the blue lake, the waterfall, the beautiful flowers...all breathtaking. The hotel is historic but very well maintained, clean, lovely antiquities and artwork throughout. Our room had excellent linens and a nice bathroom. Beds were very firm. There's a nice self-serve coffee/snack area on the third floor with a self service espresso machine and fruit, complimentary. The staff were all gracious and helpful and spoke English. The grounds are beautiful, you could explore the area on foot and hike the nearby trails for hours. We stayed mid-week outside the busiest holiday season so the rates were quite reasonable. Our rate included breakfast which was amazing and delicious- very extensive with hot foods, breads, cheeses, fruits, cereals and more variety than the most of the Euro breakfasts we had in France and Switzerland. We took the funicular down and then the boat to Interlaken, which was a really good way to see the towns along the lake, and was spectaular on the beautiful, warm morning we had. TIP: if you have a Swiss Pass for the train (we had a 3-day pass,) the boat is free. I mistakenly paid $60 for our tickets. The receptionist at the hotel said she didn't know that. Great place to stop and spend some time.

Room tip: Lake view room would be amazing, but they are significantly higher priced. Probably worth it with good weather and for special occasion.
Date of stay: September 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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GHGiessbach, Director of Sales at Grandhotel Giessbach, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write such great things about our hotel and service. We are truly happy to hear that you enjoyed our amenities and had comfortable stay with us. We are very sorry for the lack of informations so that you spent money on tickets for the boat trip even though you didn't need them. It was a pleasure having you among us. We hope to see you again on your next trip to Switzerland! Best regards from Giessbach

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Reviewed 9 September 2016

The Grandhotel Giessbach is an amazing place. There's an "old world elegance" throughout the entire facility. The grounds are majestic! We especially enjoyed having breakfast overlooking the beautiful Giessbach Falls. The staff at the front desk was very helpful and the wait staff at the restaurant was incredibly professional.

Room tip: Ask for a room with a view of the waterfalls.
Date of stay: August 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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GHGiessbach, Director of Sales at Grandhotel Giessbach, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write such great things about our hotel and service. We are truly happy to hear that you enjoyed our amenities and had comfortable stay with us. It was a pleasure having you among us. We hope to see you again on your next trip to Switzerland! Best regards from Giessbach

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Reviewed 8 September 2016

We spent two nights in this incredible location overlooking the sparkling green Lake Brienz, set high among towering the waterfalls and forrests which are also part of the property. It is beautiful and a truly magnificent setting accessed by funicular from the boat landing (or optional by car if desired). That said, there were two aspects which barred me from rating it as excellent. The first is that when you arrive by funicular (which is charming), it is a very steep climb with luggage to access the hotel and no assistance available. Secondly, we ate two evening meals here and my second complaint is that they charge $12.00 for tap water at dinner when the rest of the time, they give it away in large bottles. Otherwise, our room was nice and quiet, the lobby area is quite grand and breakfast buffet the most extensive I have encountered. This hotel is a perfect overnight stop, but it requires some serious planning if you stay longer and wish to come and go at leisure, as one must coordinate the funicular schedule, boat and train schedules so you can get back in the evening. Overall, a memorable experience which is a bit off the tourist radar.

Date of stay: September 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Chinana
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GHGiessbach, Director of Sales at Grandhotel Giessbach, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad to read, that you enjoyed our amenities and had comfortable stay with us. Additionally, we will internally discuss your criticized points to see what we can improve in the future. Thank you for your visit and it was an honor having you among us. We hope to see you once again. Best regards from Giessbach

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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Thank you for a lovely family meal. The service from our waiter Herr Pfutzner was great and very attentive. The food was delicious and affordable. Looking forward to our next visit sometime soon! The walk up and down encouraged us to treat ourselves to a yummy desert afterwards.

Date of stay: August 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank julie d
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GHGiessbach, Director of Sales at Grandhotel Giessbach, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Thank you very much for the positive review. It's a pleasure to read, that you enjoyed the food and that your experience with our service was satisfying. We are happy to forward your kind words to Mr. Pfützner. It was an honor having you among us and we are looking forward to see you again soon! Best regards from Giessbach

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Reviewed 2 September 2016

An unpromising arrival experience was soon forgiven after three days at the Grand Hotel Geissbach.

A long journey from Italy with two hour delays at the Gotthard Tunnel, as well as a very challenging drive over the 2,264-meter-high Susten Pass in fading light (thanks, GPS) had us arriving a few minutes after 10pm to a sedate and elegant lobby. We were told by the lone attendant that food service had ended at 10pm with no options for sustenance till morning. Because the hotel was built in the horse and carriage era, cars can only reach as far as a gravel car park a distance below and at the back of the hotel. We were instructed to find a luggage cart and transfer our belongings up to our rooms via a dark path. We collapsed into bed, hungry and light-headed with nagging reservations about the next few days.

Our misgivings were lifted the next morning after opening the shutters to our room, revealing a panoramic view of sunlit mountains and a deep blue lake traversed by a single white ferry. The cascading waterfall that is this hotel’s raison d’etre was our steady sleep aid in the night.

The breakfast buffet, included in the price of the room, offered a wide assortment of freshly made and hearty choices, all available for second or third helpings. We dined there each morning, both inside the grand dining room and on the terrace overlooking the falls and hotel funicular, which runs in tandem with the arriving lake ferries.

In addition to the many hiking trails, picturesque towns and other outdoor activities of the area, we highly recommend a day-long visit to fascinating Ballenberg, only minutes away by car. On over 160 acres of wooded, rolling property more than 100 historic buildings from all over the country have been carefully deconstructed from their original sites, then transported and perfectly reassembled to form an open-air museum that includes craft exhibits, interior tours, restaurants and assorted farm animals – all in a beautiful natural setting, ringed by snow-capped mountains, that is a feature by itself.

We had dinner one evening at the hotel’s Le Tapis Rouge, which specializes in vegan and vegetarian cuisine. It was a treat to enjoy meat-free courses that were inventively appetizing and beautifully plated.

The staff at the hotel were friendly, multi-lingual and made excellent suggestions regarding local attractions. The property’s public rooms are well-kept and restored to their 19th century splendor. The room décor is old-fashioned and a little tired, but very clean. There isn’t air conditioning, which might be missed on hot days, and individual room heaters provide warmth during cold spells. During the day, there are crowds of visiting tourists roaming the property, but it never felt “overrun.” Evenings were peaceful. And the fact that cars were not included in the original master plan is wonderful. The front of the hotel, otherwise a porte cochere for arriving guests in a modern establishment, is a grand terrace shaded by majestic trees, crisp white umbrellas, overlooking a timeless vista unchanged since the original builders constructed this fairytale confection.

Date of stay: August 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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GHGiessbach, Director of Sales at Grandhotel Giessbach, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Thank you so much for sharing your whole experience with us. We are truly happy to hear that you enjoyed our amenities and had comfortable stay with us even after a difficult start. It was a pleasure having you among us. We hope to see you again on your next trip to Switzerland! Best regards from Giessbach

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