Hotel Crystal in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland is one of the best-rated locations on booking.com even though is only a 2-star hotel. This is my hotel review of Hotel Crystal.
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The hotel is about a five-minute walk from the train station and located in the heart of Lauterbrunnen making it a great base for exploring the nearby villages. There is also a bus stop a few feet away from the hotel entrance.
From the Sun Terrace guests can enjoy views of the iconic 300 meter-high Staubbach Falls and the mountain panorama. If the view inspires you to take some photos, then you can get some closeups as the falls is only a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
To get to the hotel you will need to get off at the Interlaken train station and take the connection to Lauterbrunnen which is 22 mins away. Like the rest of Switzerland, the views from the train are jaw-dropping.
If you are driving to the hotel there is free parking available.
Arrival & Check-in
Check-in and check-out are at the neighbouring Hotel Oberland, can be confusing when you initially arrive and have forgotten the fact you need to go across the street. However, there is a sign posted on the hotel informing you to go to Hotel Oberland for check-in. The check-in process is quick and seamless and in less than 5 minutes you should be in your room.
Our room was on the first floor and spacious. It has cable TV (which we never switched on), a seating area and a decent bathroom. We stayed there for five nights and were lucky enough to have a room with a view of the mountains. If you listened carefully you can hear the nearby cows with their bells.
The room was clean and well maintained. The beds were comfy however we did find the pillows to be a bit lumpy but it did not stop us from having a good night’s sleep.
The floor had a common playroom for the children which was a nice surprise, however, it is more for toddler and there weren’t many toys there but it was enough to keep our little one busy.
The WiFi was excellent and tourist information/pamphlets/advice were readily available.
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Dining and Service
Breakfast is also served at Hotel Oberland and is top quality. We found every staff member to be attentive and the general ambience was cosy, friendly and inviting. We had dinner there as well and they definitely did not let us down with some traditional Swiss food.
There are other restaurants along the street that you can try as well.
For a 2-star hotel, it is on the pricier side comparatively, but this is Switzerland and everything is expensive. Given its location and the overall quality provided, I would say it was definitely worth the money spent. Even though this is not a child-centric hotel, it provides what you need – marvelous food, good rooms, and an exceptional location in the heart of Lauterbrunnen.
It is perfect for creating life-long memories.
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