It’s tough to think of a more romantic vision of Switzerland than the meadows that surround the town of Grindelwald. The Aspen Alpin Lifestyle Hotel is perched up amongst those verdant alpine meadows and hills. We’d been to Grindelwald once in winter, so we wanted to stay somewhere special for our second trip.
Grindelwald is a year-round destination we’ve been fortunate enough to visit in both the winter and summer. Our first trip to Grindelwald was in the winter for an epic snowboard trip, but with a Grindelwald summer in mind, we’d get to see the landscape in a new light this time around.
Aspen Alpin Lifestyle Hotel
Getting to the Aspen Alpin Lifestyle Hotel
The design of the Aspen Alpin is that of a traditional Swiss Chalet, and it feels right at home in the hills above Grindelwald. A short eight-minute drive from Grindelwald into the hills leads up to the hotel. If you do not have a car, you’ll need to either catch the 123 bus or a taxi to reach the hotel from the train station.
Once at the hotel, it has good access to some walking trails. It’s a pleasant 45-minute walk into town but not something you’ll be doing for dinner every night. However, the location shines in the winter as the hotel sits right along the ski slopes for a proper ski-in-ski-out.
About The Property
The Aspen Alpine Lifestyle Hotel is a four-star hotel with a spa and restaurant that is part of the Preferred Hotels and Resorts group. Thanks to the hotel’s 37 rooms, it feels intimate but offers the services of a large hotel, such as the spacious spa and excellent restaurant/bar. The beautiful hosts and exceptional service ensure guests have an enjoyable stay along with the fantastic property.
Its location on the hills above Grindelwald is below the imposing Eiger and its daunting north face. With the chalet-style hotel as a base, guests can hit the slopes and hiking trails or marvel at the mountains from a private balcony or terrace. We loved evening walking through the meadows after dinner and used it as a base for hikes in the area (put good walking shoes on your Swiss packing list).
Facilities were a real stand out, and it’s tough not to mention the spa at the Aspen. The hotel’s spacious modern and excellent selection of options made for a great way to relax the muscles after a long day in the mountains.
The spa has foot baths, saunas, a steam room, an ice fountain, and a fantastic outdoor hot tub. Massages are also available as part of the spa services.
Along with the spa, the restaurant in the hotel serves up some beautiful dishes that focus on regional products. The restaurant serves up some well-plated contemporary European dishes with inventive twists. A stand-out one evening for us was a roast duck leg. To accompany this is a full-service bar and excellent wine list with plenty of Swiss wines.
Breakfast is included in all room rates and offers a buffet with a wide spread of food options. In the winter months, the hotel operates an excellent bar on the slopes of the ski resort.
A wide selection of rooms and multi-bedroom suites work well for a group of families. Almost all of the rooms feature a balcony, so guests are guaranteed a view.
We stayed in an alpine chic double room and had a very comfortable stay. The room featured lots of woodwork and tasteful modern appliances. Our balcony served as the perfect spot to enjoy an early morning coffee as we watched the sun strike the Eiger in the morning. The bed was super comfortable, and the luxury bath products.
There is no shortage of things around Grindelwald. With one of the most stunning valleys in Switzerland, massive peaks, rich alpine culture, and a wealth of services for visitors, it’s no wonder it’s a popular destination.
It doesn’t matter the mountain activity you’ll be able to find in the mountains around Grindelwald. Just a few of the things you can do in winter include ski, sled, velogemel, zipline, fondue, or soak in the spa.
While the summer brings a wealth of new activities like hikes, climbs, mountain karts, bikes, paragliding, or even bungee jumping, you have incredible scenic trains and cogways, and gondolas that provide year-round easy access to the mountains.
Our Opinion of the Aspen Alpine Lifestyle Hotel
The Aspen was a beautiful oasis around Grindelwald, a pretty busy spot. Its location outside of Grindelwald was an excellent location for exploring the region. It would certainly make a fabulous hotel for skiing in the winter months—we love ski-in-ski-out.
Mountain vacations are often active holidays, so the spa was a welcome amenity that we used as much as possible. It feels authentically Swiss with its chalet-style, excellent service, and delicious restaurant.
The Aspen was a wonderful place to call home while we explored the surrounding mountains in Grindelwald.
Switzerland Travel Planning Resources
- Packing Guide — Check out our Europe Packing Guide to help pack your bags and ensure you don’t leave anything at home.
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