Geneva, Hotel Edelweiss Manotel. 2009 review – expensive – 4 out of 5.
Fantastic hotel but very pricey (350 CHF per night). The amazing thing is that our hosts (we were visiting customers) kind of looked down their noses at us when we said we were staying there – the hotel is considered a 3 star hotel. It gives you an idea of how expensive Geneva is. The hotel was the fanciest place we’ve stayed in on this trip, but considering the value/dollar I’ll give it a 4 out of 5.
LUCERNE, Hotel des Alpes. 2009 review – mid-range – 2 out of 5.
Hotel des Alpes. Mini bar: 4.20 SF for a small bottle of Sprite, 5.70 SF for a small bottle of Heineken. Everyone knows they’re going to pay more from a hotel mini bar, but 3 times the price? (we went to the market at the train station and picked up a Sprite for 1.30 SF). They have no shame in shafting you. Then, on top of it all, our hotel was incredibly unfriendly. They wouln’t even look up when we passed reception. A couple of old ladies at reception were so dour and mean-looking I was afraid to walk by without a cross in my hand and garlic around my kneck. Expensive and unfriendly – 2 out of 5.
LAUTERBRUNNEN, Hotel Staubach. 2009 review – mid-range – 4 ½ out of 5.
Hotel Staubbach was great. It’s an old hotel but they do everything right. Free coffee/tea, a large tv room with books/movies/games, cheap wifi. It was home away from home. I know one of the owners is American and you can see the influence – all the little perks that you don’t see much in Europe. Americans are the kings of that kind of stuff. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. It’s worth paying a little extra for the valley view. We give this hotel 4 1/2 out of 5.
MONTREUX, Hotel Splendid. 2009 review – expensive – 3 ½ out of 5.
The room was very nice (and expensive) – but the place had a weird vibe. Staff a bit strange, or maybe just typically Swiss (we were coming from Italy so maybe we were just thrown off). It was like a zombie hotel when we were there, but with a nice view. 3 1/2 out of 5.