Grindelwald has more than 40 hotels, and most are family-run and of typical Swiss quality. There are plenty of apartments too which vary from small basic studios to luxurious ApartHotels.
Where to stay in Grindelwald
Grindelwald is a small town with skiing on both sides of the valley. The main lifts to Mannlichen at Grund on the south west edge of town are about 1.5km (1 mile) from the main lifts serving the First slopes on the north eastern edge, so you can’t stay next door to both of them, although fortunately the buses and trains linking everything together are very efficient. An obvious compromise is to stay in the attractive centre of town, near the railway station which not only has trains running into and out of the resort, but also a cog railway winding its way up to the slopes at Kleine Scheidegg. And the centre has a lot of charm and is where most of the restaurants are. The disadvantages of staying in here is that you won’t be able to ski back to your accommodation and parking is a problem (check if a private space is included, or forget about a car and come by train or airport transfer service – see our ‘How to get to Grindelwald’ page for details). And in the middle of winter, the centre of Grindelwald, whilst being undeniably atmospheric, can be a bit dark and cold because the majestic peaks towering above it block out the sun for large periods of the day.
Grindelwald Hotels and Apartments
The 5 star Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof is within easy walking distance from the central train station, has incredible mountain views and has an indoor pool, and a gourmet restaurant. Of the 4-star hotels, the Sunstar also has good spa facilities and is a good option close to the First lifts; the Aspen Alpine Lifestyle Hotel is actually on the slopes so you can ski to the door, and it has a good views of the Eiger North face; The Eiger hotel also has good views, although it’s nearer the centre of town and only a few minutes walk from the lift. It has its own spa and guests get free access to the public swimming pool and ice rink which are both close by.
The other half of Grindelwald’s 12,000 beds is in holiday apartments and chalets. There are also some excellent budget options, including the creaky old chalet above town whose rooms include doubles and dorms, with the ambience of a mountain refuge but much better facilities, including well equipped kitchens.
UK tour operators covering Grindelwald
Although it’s easy to book accommodation direct using our online links (see above), and it’s relatively simple to make your own arrangements to get to Grindelwald, some UK tour operators provide package holidays including flights and transfers. These include: