Located on a sunny terrace of the Swiss Alps in Beatenberg (pronounced /bee-aa-ten-burg/), overlooking the rooftops of Interlaken, Lake Thun and the Bernese Alps range is a quaint, little hotel: Dorint Blüemlisalp.
I’ll be honest when Dad told me about this pretty hotel that’s half an hour from Interlaken, I was a little worried that we were too far from Interlaken – the heart of all the activities in this part of central Switzerland. But after checking out a few reviews and some photos online, I was impressed with his choice and was quite looking forward to literally living in the mountains.
We drove from Zurich to Beatenberg. A little under three hours, the drive was refreshing as we passed by Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, going through Interlaken and then climbing up to reach the little town of Beatenberg. Sure, we may have a missed a turn or two but we got to Dorint Blüemlisalp safe and sound.
Located along on a pristine alpine steppe beneath the Niederhorn on one side dotted with the cutest wooden chalets decorated with pretty flowers on their window sills and the Bernese Alps and Lake Thun on the other, Dorint Blüemlisalp is a true mountain hotel, from which one can truly enjoy the ultimate Swiss adventure.
Once we arrived, we parked our car in the parking lot right across the hotel. Strolling into the lobby where the staff is so friendly and welcoming, I felt right at home. Next to the lobby, which is located on the sixth floor, is a little tourist information area and a lounge, with huge glass windows, overlooking Lake Thun and the Bernese Alps. A sight to behold!The hotel has a little garden, a gift shop that doubles as a newsstand, a nightclub, and an indoor swimming pool with a spa that also houses a sauna and a steam room. Our itinerary was quite packed so we didn’t really explore the hotel’s amenities.
Dorint Blüemlisalp only has apartments of varying sizes depending on the guests’ needs. We chose the Duplex Family Apartment. I’ll be honest here: though the apartment wasn’t exactly wheelchair friendly, we managed the best we could. And once I saw the living room view of the Lake Thun and the Swiss Alps, I didn’t really mind.Suited for a maximum of six people, downstairs, by the entrance was a kitchenette with a kettle and fridge ready to use, a dinette under the stairs leading upstairs, and a living room with two sleeping couches and a television. By the living room was a balcony with impressive views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits.
Upstairs were two bedrooms, one bathroom with a cozy tub, and a toilet. And the entire apartment had free Wi-Fi access, however, the signal was mostly weak, so it was better to use it at the reception area.
Since I would only go up at night to sleep, I used a toilet on the second floor by the pool during the day. It was sanitarily clean so no complaints here.
To use the rest of the kitchenette such as the pots and pans, we had to pay an extra 40 Swiss Francs. We initially thought this was a daily charge, but it was just a one-time charge. So we saved some money and cooked in the apartment instead. For groceries, we stocked up at the larger supermarkets in Zurich but the more perishable goods were easily available in a supermarket near the hotel.The service was always impeccable and I loved the servers’ outfits. Dressed in traditional Swiss attire of white shirts with puffed sleeves, a tight black top and a full colorful skirt with an apron on top, the servers were always ready to assist and were very attentive. They even knew I needed straws with my drinks and I never had to ask for them after the first time.
The hotel also has other dining areas such as the Alpine Stuebli restaurant which serves up some traditional Swiss meals, such as a hearty cheese fondue. The open bar, Euro-Treff, near the lifts by the lobby, honestly reminded me of the bars in mountain ski chalets in my favorite Nancy Drew novels that I adored reading as a child. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to pop into both.
Since we were driving around Switzerland, I wasn’t worried about getting down to Interlaken, but the hotel staff at the check-in counter told us about the local bus, that frequents every hour, down to Interlaken. And hotel guests were given unlimited, free access to the bus so that’s how we traveled back and forth to Beatenberg from Interlaken.
The amazing staff also suggested other activities to see more of Beatenberg and the surrounding areas, such as walking ten minutes over to the Seilbahnen Beatenberg-Niederhorn gondola stop to go up to the summit of the Niederhorn and the Beatus Caves (we didn’t go here, but they are one of the biggest limestone cave systems with stalagmites and stalactites in Switzerland).
If these pictures don’t make you want to book a stay at Dorint Blüemlisalp, I highly recommend the hotel for three reasons:
- The phenomenal views
- The welcoming and friendly staff
- It’s cheaper than staying in Interlaken itself
Photos courtesy of Hitesh & Diva Shah (unless specified otherwise)