Hotel Staubbach, built in 1890, was the first hotel in the valley. It is being restored by an American and his Swiss wife. This was our favorite hotel on our trip. I can’t say enough nice things about the people who work here.
There are 30 rooms—some with private bath, some without. While our room on the third floor (European count) was plain, it was quite comfortable, and the carpet looked new. The room had two single beds, a nightstand, a desk, and a closet. The only negative I have is that the lighting was not very good for reading. A piece of Swiss chocolate lay on our pillows the day we arrived.
The bath was divided. The sink area had a place to lay out your suitcase. The large tub and the toilet were in their own little room—not luxurious, but very clean.
What makes this place so special? The awesome view. We had French doors onto a balcony with two chairs and a small table. From there we had a spectacular view of this narrow valley bounded with cliffs and the gorgeous snow-covered peaks in the distance. Three waterfalls were in sight—one the noted Staubbach Falls. What a visual and auditory treat to sit on the balcony--the splash of water from the falls and the river, the tinkling bells of the sheep in a small field nearby, and the bong of the church bells.
After you park your car (free) under the trees out front, you enter the lobby. Fresh flowers stand on a table in the window. There is a small elevator. A game room with TV and internet access (fee), playroom, and breakfast room are found on the ground floor. The breakfast room also has the beautiful valley view. Breakfast is wonderful, too—loaves of fresh bread (slice your own), meat, cheese, cereal, yogurt (the best), real butter, and my favorite—blackberry preserves, seeds and all. Check out the mountain weather on the TV before you head up into the mountains. Outside there is a grassy area where children can play.
My husband has a hard time in Europe without his ice, so he carries small ice trays with him. He was shown to the freezer in the basement where he could freeze all the ice cubes he wanted. The staff were all friendly and had suggestions for things to do and places to eat. They never seemed too busy to answer questions or just chat a bit.
The rooms are cleaned every 3 days, and you would be charged extra for daily cleanings. We’ve "hung up" our towels all our lives, so this didn’t bother us at all.
Restaurants and train station are within a few blocks of the hotel. There are Swisscom phones at the train station.
The Staubbach price per night for a double with bath was 120SF and worth every penny. For info see Hotel Staubbach.