Firstly, the previous reviews on this hotel seem a bit biased. I think this is one of THE most quaint and romantic hotel you can find and that that price and personal attention...its a great offer.It is like living in a swiss chalet but with comforts of a hotel.
Location : The hotel is located in the valley...and it is literally in the Valley of the small tiny town of filisur on the path of the Glacier express. It is a steep downhill walk from the train station but...believe me even this walk is a pleasure if you have the right mindset. Some might think the climb uphill back to the trainstation is a pain...but there are ways to get past that( hire a taxi or climb up from the longer but less steeper road)...we were lucky that the owner offered to drop us to the train station.
Apart from this tiny flaw the setting of this hotel is nothin less than PERFECT ! It has a wonderful view of the small tunnel opening in the hills where you can actually see the trademark red swiss trains and glacier express climb up the mountains...and on the other side is the beautiful-lake( schoen -tal)from which the hotel derives its name...and rightly so.It is perfectly located and really not very far from the train station. In one word...the location is picturesque !
Hotel and rooms : The hotel is very cozy and a typical swiss inn/ B&B ...it is family run and that is really a huge plus....the owners ...ERICA AND MARKUS are very friendly and invest personal attention in everything from the guests to the everyday nooks and corners of the hotel. It is well maintained and is in typical swiss mountain decor with lots of wood and natural light. The rooms are spacious and comfy . They are warm and also have a small balcony( most of the rooms) overlooking the valley. Do not expect 3 star service but the hotel has everything that you need and even wi-fi ...in the middle of the swiss mountains...i was surprised at the reach of technology...but credit to the owners for providing this service to the customers.
There is a swiss grocery store chain(COOP) right at the door of the hotel which is good for buying knick-nacks and munchies for your hikes.It has a nice breakfast room with open terrace overlooking the valley...which also doubles as a restaurant...very nice setting indeed.
Breakfast : The breakfast is nothing grand or special..but the quality of the ingredients makes it special...the taste of milk and bread is also different...i guess this is because its so pure and natural...without any processing.... it is really very evident.
Service : The special attention of the owners deserves a mention from the email replies at booking to the directions from the train station. As mentioned earlier...they even helped us by driving us to the train station in their own car.
In conclusion : this hotel is just very quintessential swiss and i would stay here again and again even if i am made to climb up the steep hill everyday....Family-like, beautiful and very romantic !
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