The best thing about the Falken, other than the Cova family who have owned the hotel since it was built 108 years ago, is its aura of another time. The wonderfully nostalgic lobby, dining room and other public rooms don't look like they've changed much since 1885. No rush to refurbish here; instead the Covas proudly maintain the hotel's creaky, herringbone wood floors and the handsome old washbasins which were installed in guest rooms long before the private bathrooms. But do not misunderstand, the Falken is well preserved, not a decaying relic.

Our recommended single is Number 19 and a roomy double is Number 10, on a corner with the herringbone floors, oriental rugs and, sorry about this, shocking orange furniture. Music is an important part of life at the Falken. There is a separate music room where regular concerts and recitals are sponsored by the owners.

During the summer months the front of the hotel is a vine-covered arcade and on the lawn guests sit at tables under massive old chestnut trees. At the side of the building is a small stage for folkloric shows and a grill for outdoor barbecue parties. When someone surreptitiously stooped to smell flowers on a table in the dining room, Andrea Cova conveyed his entire philosophy as a hotelier when he said sharply, "They are fresh, this is not a plastic hotel." Like its owners, the Falken has character. Herr Cova offers a 10% discount off the rates below if you book directly with the hotel.

Street Address:  
City: Wengen
Country: Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0)33 856 51 21
Fax: +41 (0)33 855 33 39
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Quality: Rating: 2 stars
Value: Rating: 2 stars
Price Level: $$--
Type: Hotel