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Switzerland : THE CAMBRIAN ADELBODEN : A Vacation Inside A Postcard

There are places that are almost impossible to express their beauty in words, or even through pictures or videos. That’s exactly what THE CAMBRIAN hotel is like, located in the small village of Adelboden in the district of Bernese Oberland in the Swiss Alps.

One of my favorite things to do before flying to a new destination is to go through Pinterest and Instagram to find the best hotels and places in the area. This time it was THE CAMBRIAN ADELBODEN which caught our attention from the very first moment we started planning our trip to the Swiss Alps. The hotel, best known for its infinity pool which is directly across the picturesque Alps, is exactly the place you dream of going to in order to connect to the nature and relax, without compromising on style. We saw endless pictures and video clips from the place which made us count the seconds until we arrived at the hotel, but only when we entered the hotel did we realize that although everything we saw on the Internet was amazing, it’s very difficult to express the magical holistic experience that characterizes this hotel. I promise to make every effort to present our experience in the most accurate way in this post 🙂

 

 

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Let’s Cut To The Chase – All Of The Things You Should Know About The Hotel

LOCATION

The hotel is located in the picturesque town of Adelboden, overlooking the magnificent view of the Swiss Alps. The original plan was to leave the hotel for day trips in the more famous areas of the Swiss Alps {Zermatt, Interlaken and Grindelwald}, but after a brief examination about the area, we discovered that there was a lot to do around the hotel and that we should take advantage of the fact that we were staying in a less touristy area, so we could enjoy the amazing surrounding nature with far fewer tourists in the background 😉

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THE CAMBRIAN is the perfect place to stay during a short break both in the winter and in the summer, because it’s in the center of a village offering a variety of seasonal activities. In the winter you can ski on the various ski slopes around the hotel {by the way, every year in the second week of January there’s a huge skiing competition there}, and in the summer it's fun to go on walks in the amazing green open areas surrounded by mountains with snow on their peaks, rivers, lakes and beautiful waterfalls. The big advantage is that the hotel is a short walk from the cable cars leading to the famous Swiss slopes, and close to bus stops, so even if you decide to stay at the hotel without renting a car, you won’t miss the amazing places to visit in the area.

HedonisTIP – during the summer guests receive a discount card for rides in the cable cars in the area and to entry to various attractions, it is worth checking what exactly included in the card because the discounts are significant and can save you a lot of money! {And in Switzerland all savings are welcomed ..} 🙂

Click here to read a detailed guide to a summer trip with our journey to the area of Adelboden.

How to get to the hotel? There are two main ways : 1. Using a rented car from the airport {two and a half hours from Zurich or an hour from Bern} 2. Use the excellent Swiss public transportation and get help from Google Maps.

If you choose to rent a car, like us, you should know that there are speed cameras everywhere, and any small increase above the speed limit will lead to a fine – so it's really not worth the risk. Also, you should take into account that the hotel's parking fee is 18 Frank per day.

DESIGN

THE CAMBRIAN is a luxurious spa hotel that blends beautifully with amazing harmony between the breathtaking nature outside and the highest-quality alpine design without compromising the comfort of hospitality. The hotel belongs to the Designs Hotels chain, and as such, it emphasizes a unique design with a statement and at the same time manages to integrate the local Swiss style.

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From the outside, the hotel is built in a local country style and blends well with the city's landscape, while inside, the design is much more modern – with large spaces that are minimal but cozy with a combination of granite floors, natural wood and bricks that are paired with floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal the enchanting landscape outside. Ornamental objects with a presence, like a grand piano with a cow pattern and a huge statue of a foot, add an element of humor to the design, along with painted portraits and artistic photographs scattered throughout the hotel. The color palette of the hotel is perfectly adapted to the country atmosphere – neutral shades of white, gray and black combined with red and brown touches that correspond with the rooftops seen from the windows.

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SERVICE AND ATMOSPHERE

The atmosphere in the hotel is created from the combination of the tranquility and calmness that characterizes the picturesque town and the prestige and high-quality that stem not only from the meticulous design, but also from the culinary aspect and the professional service. The hotel staff is friendly and attentive and gave us all the information about the most interesting places in the area, the ways to get to them and the best times to visit these places in the most professional way.

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THE SUITE

The hotel has 71 rooms at various price levels, determined not only by the room size, but also if there’s a balcony and which view it’s facing. More than half of the hotel's rooms overlook the valley with spectacular panoramic views {facing south} and the others face the village.

We stayed in the junior suite, the second largest of the 6 types of rooms, which was very spacious with a balcony overlooking the amazing mountain landscape.

I can talk about the design of the suite, the large comfortable bed and the luxurious Nespresso machine, but to be honest, when you’re facing such a view, all the other features of the room dim compared to the beauty seen from it. I've been to many beautiful places in the world and stayed in amazing hotels, but the view from this balcony was simply breathtaking. And it’s not just the view – the silence and the clean air that accompanied it were undoubtedly the secret elements of the relaxed atmosphere that surrounds this town. I think what I enjoyed most about the hotel was to go out to the balcony every morning, get an injection of energy from the cool {at the end of July!} and super clean air and drink some espresso in front of the amazing view in front of me. What could be better than starting the day like this? 🙂

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And yet, you can’t completely ignore the rest of the suite! The design, like the rest of the hotel, combines a minimalist classic style with touches of local design. The suite is large and divided by a television set into two areas – the bedroom and the living room, from which there’s an exit to the balcony.

In the living room there’s a mini bar {big enough to also fit store goodies for a picnic bought from a supermarket near the hotel}, which is equipped daily with a bottle of water and a bottle of cold sparkling water, a Nespresso machine with capsules and various types of tea, and on the coffee tables there were various books to read.

The bathroom, decorated with tiny light-colored mosaic tiles, is equipped with a double vanity, a large shower, a bidet and a wonderful geranium fragranced toiletries. Ah! And I didn’t forget the mirror… Not only was it very big – it was partly steam-proof too! {Yes, there’s such a thing! & Yes, I was shocked, too! 🙂 } The only thing that disappointed me a little in the bathroom were the towels, which were surprisingly small and too thin… not what I would expect from a spa hotel; Luckily, I found comfort in the thick, pleasant robes that awaited us in the closet.

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HOTEL’S FACILITIES

The highlight of the hotel is of course its outdoor infinity pool that faces the perfect view of the Alps and is considered one of the most photogenic places in the Alps. The pool, which is heated to a perfect temperature of 32 degrees Celsius, is definitely THE place to go to if you want to relax in the afternoon after a long day of hiking or skiing. The contrast between the cool air {yes, even in the summer…} and the warm water along with the silence and the view that looked like a postcard was even better than I imagined.

The only disadvantage is that the pool is relatively small, and when the hotel reaches high occupancy, it feels crowded. The afternoon hours are the liveliest, so I recommend waking up early to enjoy the pool in the mornings before going on trips when the pool is empty.

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Right next to the outdoor pool is the spa complex, which includes a large indoor swimming pool suitable for swimming {it’s also a little heated, but not like the outdoor pool}, a sauna {take into account that it’s a nude-only entrance}, a hammam, a quiet area and treatment rooms.

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Apart from the hotel's famous spa facilities, it’s also important to note the large and beautiful lobby, which is equipped with many seating areas, some facing the homey fireplace {which works, by the way, during the summer, too} and some facing the huge windows overlooking the Alps. Next to the lobby is the hotel's bar and a billiard room and there’s also a spacious sun terrace.

The hotel's restaurant, where the breakfast buffet is served as well as the à la carte dinner, also faces the beautiful scenery.

Apart from all these, the hotel also has a good Wi-Fi internet connection, a fully equipped gym and a children's club.

FOOD

Breakfast –

Breakfast is served in the hotel's restaurant, where you can eat alongside the large windows facing the view, or on the terrace next to the hotel’s pool, when the weather is pleasant. The buffet itself isn’t very large, but everything in it was very fresh and great quality – a cereal and muesli stand that you put together yourself {with all sorts of granola, nuts and seeds}, fresh fruit, breads and jams, divine pastries {!!}, antipasti, a wide variety of cheeses and sausages, bacon, eggs and very little fresh vegetables. The coffee and tea brews, which were also excellent, can be ordered from the waiter, as well as omelets or sunny-side-up eggs.

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Restaurants and Bars –

The hotel's bar, Scott's Bar, is small and dim with style which is just as amazing as the hotel it’s located in. The bar serves a wide variety of dishes throughout the day – steaks, hamburgers, salads, cheese platters and sausages, and even excellent dishes with an Asian touch. We skipped sitting in the bar itself and sat in the lobby facing the view reflected through the huge windows and enjoyed the great lentil soup, fish curry and interesting cocktails. We also chose to start the second evening with aperitifs and snacks at the bar and from there we continued to the hotel's gourmet restaurant, The Cambrian Restaurant. Compared to the bar, the restaurant was not as great. Although the restaurant was full and the atmosphere was excellent, the service was slow and the dishes were very small and expensive {after all, a gourmet restaurant in Switzerland, I didn’t expect anything else…}. Honestly, the restaurant experience simply wasn’t good enough to justify the price.

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On the last night we decided to eat outside the hotel, and again, after a short search on Instagram, we found the Adler Adelboden restaurant, where we enjoyed an excellent salad and great giant schnitzels! Highly recommended!

 

PRICE

Beautiful designs, excellent food, impeccable service, a great spa complex and breathtaking views – The Cambrian is exactly the stuff Swiss dreams are made of, and in Switzerland, as in Switzerland – prices aren’t cheap at all.

As I’ve already written, the hotel has rooms at various price levels {room size, with / without balcony, view direction} and of course the season and the days also play an important role in determining the price. Click here to compare prices on the various booking sites.

What do you think of THE CAMBRIAN ? Tell me in the comments 🙂
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Thanks to The Cambrian Adelboden hotel for the magical stay.

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