First seen by Gemütlichkeit in 1993, this three-star property, located a short walk from the village center, remains under the stern but capable generalship of its redoubtable owner, Frau Marion Prevost. The Alpenruhe is a model of efficiency and the somewhat plain guest and public rooms are immaculately maintained. Six years ago, we made it an "editor's choice," a designation which, based on a three-night August stay, we must now reluctantly withdraw. Unfortunately, there is a lack of gemütlichkeit at the Alpenruhe. Arriving by train we phoned the hotel and asked to be picked up. The young man who showed up in a little electric truck (no automobiles are allowed in Wengen) was unfriendly to the point of being surly. At the hotel, Frau Prevost, too, gave us a cold greeting. Perhaps it was because we arrived a single hour later than promised. Though we had phoned that morning to inform the Alpenruhe of our changed schedule Frau Prevost insisted she had heard nothing. The atmosphere thawed somewhat in the course of our stay, but we were never quite comfortable.

The hotel's half-board dinner (28 Sfr./$19) was at best adequate. The first course was a tomato stuffed with bits of Wurst and peas in a creamy sauce. Following a trip to the salad bar, came the main course, a single thin porkchop fried crisp on the outside, though still juicy, accompanied by a baked potato with sour cream sauce. Dessert was a canned pear covered with Jello chocolate pudding. We had better food on subsequent nights at the hotels Silberhorn and Schönegg. At the latter, we dined in a pleasant room with scrubbed wood tables on perfectly cooked Schnitzel with Spätzle. Accompanied by live music, our late evening meal at the Silberhorn consisted of a fine platter of air-dried meat. At the price—we paid 216 Sfr. ($146) per night total for a single and a double room—the Alpenruhe is still a good Wengen choice, just don't expect an open-arms welcome.

Street Address:  
City: Wengen
Country: Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0)33 856 24 00
Fax: +41 (0)33 856 24 01
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Quality: Rating: 2 stars
Value: Rating: 3 stars
Price Level: $$--
Type: Hotel