Car-free Wengen is located above the valley town of Lauterbrunnen and can only be reached by rail. The main street stretches from the station to a small collection of accommodation, with more lining the steep mountainside above. Wengen has a total of 24 hotels.
The four-stars include the Beausite Park, which is in a peaceful location and has a leisure area with swimming-pool. Reporters commented that the food was “exceptionally good”. Hotel Regina is a stately old building housing two good restaurants, a health and beauty spa, and rooms from a bygone age. Many people consider Hotel Sunstar to be the best all-round place to stay in the resort: it’s certainly is one of the most convenient, and it has good family duplexes and a nice swimming-pool. “A model of Swiss efficiency,” enthused a reporter.
Other places to consider are Hotel Caprice, which is set at the foot of the slopes. It has recently been renovated with a lot of style and the dining room features gourmet French cuisine. Two more traditional offerings are Best Western Hotel Silberhorn and the Belvedere.
More modest offerings
The three-stars include Hotel Alpenruhe Kulm, which is set beside the woods with lovely views. Residence Brunner is a small ski-in ski-out B&B set above the village, which is family-friendly.
Two-star Chalethotel Bernerhof has 20 bedrooms and receives mixed reports: “Very friendly and the food good” on one hand, and “Cheap prices partly compensated for the disappointment with our unmet expectations of a Swiss two-star,” on the other.
Historic places to stay
Hotel Falken is one of the resort’s original Edwardian hotels and decorated with historic photographs. Rooms are quaintly old-fashioned. Hotel Wengernalp is located up the mountain, set next to the railway line between Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg. It was originally a mountain shelter in 1818, and in 1834 an inn was built on the site serving only milk, cheese, bread and strawberries. By 1841, it became a base camp for climbers. Today it has 23 bedrooms, some of the best views of any hotel in the Alps, as well as excellent food and service.
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