Back when Timothy and I where planning our big trip to France, Italy and Switzerland there was a promotional display by Visit Switzerland in the Antwerp Central station from where Timothy took a brochure featuring the Swiss Historic hotels.
As we were looking for a stopover on our route from Sankt Moritz to Montreux we stumbled upon the Ruedihus, a classic Alpine guesthouse, and decided to include it in our itinerary. However as Timothy was unable to travel and I had to go on my own the hotel requested if they could accommodate me in a single person room at their main building the Waldhotel Doldenhorn.
The Room was a rather basic affair, located right under the roof so I had to be careful not to hit my head against the sloping ceiling. The room was filled with old style furniture, 2 closets, a rather big bed for 1 person and 2 chairs along a table to sit on. As a welcome amenity the hotel offered an apple, and down in a “picnic” basket you could find slippers, a bath gown and a towel to use in the wellness of the hotel. The most peculiar thing was the lack of curtains at both the side window and the roof window, however in the morning it was clear that this was not needed as the hotel was located at the shadow side of the mountain so no direct sunlight entered the room. As complimentary tea and cakes where offered in the lobby between 17:00 and 18:00 there were no coffee and tea facilities in the room and there also was no minibar offered.
The highlight of the hotel is without doubt the stunning and huge wellness facilities located in the basement. Here you can find some fitness machines, as well as all kinds of saunas and steam rooms. There is also a huge indoor-outdoor pool, most of it is inside but you can swim through a lock to the outside portion. Loungers are offered along the pool area both inside and outside aswell as in a separate rest area. If you wished you could also reserve some massage and other therapies at an extra fee. As with my usual luck in hotels, the Jacuzzi was out of service but since I was the only one in the entire facility as I was there I did enjoy myself very much.
In the evening you could eat on one of the several restaurants offered by the 2 hotels. I selected to eat in the main restaurant at Doldenhorn itself as I did not feel like walking towards the Ruedihus located at the other side of the main road. The main restaurant was also subdivided in different rooms, each in its own distinct decoration, in the evening I was seated in the veranda section. You either had the option to eat a la carte or select one of the set menu’s included in the half board formula. I decided to go for the second menu with a main of fish. All plates where very delicious and the entire cheese cart was setup just for me. As I was alone I opted not to drink any alcohol with the meal but decided to try the water from the hotel’s own spring, which had a very nice taste (as far as waters go)