Like other reviewers here we found this hotel to be very friendly and comfortable but also a little past its prime (if that's possible for an historic hotel!). The owner and staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We were on a walking holiday and were picked up from the station and given a brief tour of the town on the way to the hotel, which added 5 minutes to an otherwise 2 minute ride. Because we had heavy cases we were thoughtfully routed into the hotel through the cramped kitchen rather than up the 20+ front steps - which saved a quite a bit of effort. Had we come by car there is plenty of parking out in front (at the bottom of the steps) though.
Entering the hotel though the official entry way is like walking into the front room of their home. It is full of memorabilia creaky furniture and out dated information (like a bus timetable from 2014). The bedroom we had was slightly cramped but had a great view across the valley. The Shower cubicle was in the bedroom to get around historic building regulations. The room was clad in pine wood and the finish a little on the skimpy side but was very clean and comfortable.
This is not a particularly expensive hotel so value for money is not really an issue, however compared with other 3 star hotels the breakfast is a little light (nothing cooked) and the evening meals, although filling are not very special (and quite overpriced if the cost of dinner is not included with the room). There are a few strange quirks like paying for some coffees at breakfast and not others, and a deserts list that didn't seem to match what was actually served. For some reason the shower heads are installed at waist rather than head height and the towels are not laundered with fabric softener so not soft and fluffy.
You might get the impression that the owners are winding down after years of service and cutting a few corners here and there, Or maybe its that they just want you to feel at home and not be fussed over. I can see why some people might love this hotel and others would be disappointed. We stayed for three nights which was long enough to enjoy an appreciate the experience of this classic old hotel. Would we would go back if ever in the area again? - Possibly - but would look at other options as well..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swiss Historic Hotel, small charming hotel with 12 rooms located outside the village in the countryside, renovated in 2010. Classified catalog of the most beautiful hotels in Switzerland by Swiss Heritage for its 1900 architecture and interior decoration. Unlike the standard large hotels you will find here the feeling of being at home. The perfect location of the hotel facing the Glacier 3000; from its large terrace or from the balconies of the rooms you can admire the outstanding view on the snowy peaks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Du Pillon Hotel