When I was looking for hotels for my Switzerland trip in 2013, I stumble upon an error fare at the M Gallery Royal – St. Georges hotel in Interlaken. I could book the royal suite for the price of a normal 2 persons room and of course I didn’t hesitate a second to book and try it out. M Gallery is the brand of boutique and luxury hotels of Sofitel (part of the ACCOR group), usually having a rich history.
Interlaken is one of the more known resorts in Switzerland, it’s located in the Bernese Oberland in between two lakes right at the foot of the Jungfrau, so an ideal location to base yourself for a few days of discovering the surrounding mountains and valleys. The town itself is not too big, with a cosy town centre and some grand turn of the century hotels, with their typical period charm. With its location at the end of a standard gauge mainline you get a direct train service from Bern and Zürich and even some ICE and TGV trains terminate here after travelling all the way from Germany and France. Interlaken is also the starting point of the Zentralbahn along the Alps via Meiringen to Lucerne and the Berner Oberland Bahn connecting the city to the surrounding valley and mountains.
The Hotel itself consists of two separate buildings, the former hotel Royal (which is the ‘main’ building containing the classic style rooms) and the former hotel St. Georges (which is the ‘annex’ building containing some more modern style rooms). Inside the hotel was kept fairly close to how it would have looked like when it first opened around the 1910’s.
Our Room was located in the main building and consisted of an entry hall, a bathroom, a living area a bedroom and of course a Balcony with a view on the mountains. When we first arrived in the room a welcome gift of a fruit basket along with a welcome note from the manager was put on the table to welcome us in the hotel. As we were in the main building the entire room was in the classical style, even going as far that the bathroom even kept its original fixtures with exception of a separate shower stall added later. Luckily this all fit in the surroundings and made it all more charming. The room was also equipped with roller blinds to keep out light and heat, which where all closed by the housekeeping staff during the turndown service. Even though the room was not equipped with an air conditioning system it kept relatively cool despite the hot outside temperatures.
While the breakfast buffet offered more than enough options, it was exactly the same every morning. After a few days this got a bit boring especially since some stuff ran out and wasn’t replenished even the in the following day, which seemed to be a bit odd.
All in all we had a nice stay in Interlaken and for a next stay I will certainly look back at this hotel to stay there again.