The best place to avoid the ugly tower that is the Metropole Interlaken is inside the hotel itself. Once inside the second of the double doors one is in a world of old-fashioned good taste in a modern setting. The atrium bar (with its elegant white grand piano) is a bit close to the front door but the barman is friendly and knowledgeable and there are comfy armchairs in which to sit nibbling the superb nut selection offered with one's drink - if one prefers not to perch on a bar-stool. Switzerland is so expensive that all prices are frightening (15 Swiss francs for a Dry Martini) but that is not the fault of the hotel. The staff are clearly very highly trained but extremely friendly and attentive. The barman impressed us by remembering my husband's preferred variation of his Negroni recipe!
Our room was comfortable and we were pleased to see that there were two chairs inside as well as two on the small balcony outside with its glorious view of the Jungfrau. There is nothing more annoying than a room for two people with only one chair. Apparently every room has a similar view which is itself a reason for choosing the hotel. We were on a Great Rail Journeys tour so evening meals were provided in the hotel most evenings and the standard of cooking in the main restaurant was very good indeed. The top-floor bar and restaurant, despite better views, were not so good - and much more limited in choice - but the manager told us they are trying to improve the kitchen facilities there which will allow greater variety..
We would certainly recommend the hotel both for its excellent central location - the bus from Interlaken Ost stops outside and it is only five minutes walk to the West station - and for the friendliness of the staff. One of our fellow guests has been returning once or twice a year for the past quarter century.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Metropole is located in the Bernese Oberland, surrounded by beautiful mountain landscape. It is towering majestically above the rooftops of Interlaken. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Interlaken Metropole Hotel