While planning our trip to Switzerland, we wondered what the best hotel for visiting the Jungfraujoch would be. We researched the different cities in the Bernese-Oberland region and eventually decided that we would stay in Wengen, which is one of the closest towns to the Jungfraujoch. Finding the best Wengen Hotel was quite a challenge since Jungfraujoch is very popular, summer was just starting in Europe, with the result that there were only a few hotel rooms available in Wengen. We managed to book a hotel room at a hotel I now consider as the best Wengen hotel.
Getting to the best Wengen hotel
From Zermatt, we took the train to Wengen. It was a long, but scenic trip. We arrived at the Wengen station around 17:00 and we were quite tired and looked forward to a relaxing evening before exploring Jungfraujoch the next day.
I had forgotten to print a map of the hotel location, but we found the Wengen station so convenient – it had a map of all the hotels in Wengen. Our hotel was the Arena Resort Victoria-Lauberhorn, and it was located less than 10 meters from the station! Such good news!
We quickly crossed the road and saw the hotel for the first time. It was an impressive building featuring the traditional Swiss style. I had always wanted to stay in such a hotel and upon seeing it, I was excited about our night there.
Arriving at the best Wengen Hotel: Hotel & Spa Victoria Lauberhorn
As we entered the foyer, we arrived at the back of a long queue at the reception desk. It looked like many people who were staying at the Victoria Lauberhorn had come on the same train as we did. I wondered if they also considered this the best Wengen hotel.
The queue moved quickly when more reception staff joined the team already at the reception desk. We were about halfway there when one of the staff members offered us complimentary drinks! It lightened the mood of those of us still waiting in the queue.
Complimentary arrival drinks
The drink was champagne with a hibiscus flower inside and it was tasty! Since the flower is edible, we also ate it. We found it delicious and refreshing! The staff informed us that it was the first weekend in June and therefore, the first weekend of summer in Switzerland. At the Hotel & Spa Victoria Lauberhorn, the start of summer is celebrated with the special drink. I thought this was a lovely way to be welcomed.
The rooms at the Hotel & Spa Victoria-Lauberhorn
We checked-in and went upstairs to our room. It was a medium sized room. For the one night we would spend there, we found the size sufficient. It was a standard room decorated in neutral colors. There was a large cupboard, small television, and desk. The windows opened to a small balcony.
The bathroom was small but comfortable with a shower and liquid soap.
We had no problem connecting to the wi-fi; we found it fast.
A relaxing evening at the best Wengen hotel
After unpacking and freshening up, we took a walk around Wengen and bought some food we could enjoy in our hotel room. We did not feel like going out and just wanted to chill a bit. We sat on the balcony and enjoyed the view of the beautiful mountains surrounding Wengen.
As it was still the start of summer, it eventually became a bit chilly outside, and we went inside. We spent the rest of the evening watching movies. There were more than 100 television channels to choose from; we were like kids in a candy store!
No air conditioning?!
When we wanted to go to bed, we realized that apart from the windows that open to the balcony, there were no other windows. It was a bit strange. Closing the windows would make the room too stuffy, but sleeping with the windows open would be too cold. There were wooden shutters we could close and then leave the window open, but they had no way of being secured. It was our impression that these shutters were more decorative than functional. We eventually ended up closing the shutters and leaving the windows open slightly – we knew we would not have slept well without some fresh air.
Breakfast at the best Wengen hotel
After a good night’s rest, we went down for breakfast. It was a buffet breakfast and had everything we could have wished for: croissants, cold meats, bacon, eggs, hot chocolate. The breakfast room was large and brightly decorated. It was raining outside, and through the large windows of the breakfast room, we could watch the mist on the mountain shift from time to time. The staff in the breakfast room were attentive. After our tasty breakfast, we decided to brave the weather.
Other facilities at the Hotel Victoria Lauberhorn
The Hotel Victoria Lauberhorn also has a spa and on-site restaurant, but we did not try these during our stay there. Many other hotel guests going to the spa, so it must be good!
We found the check-out process quick and efficient. We then left our luggage in the hotel’s luggage storage facility before going to explore the Jungfrau region. The luggage storage was a building outside the hotel. It is locked, and you are only given the key to fetch or drop your luggage off.
Our overall opinion
We loved the Hotel & Spa Victoria Lauberhorn! The traditional Swiss appearance is beautiful. It is also a large hotel, which probably explained why we still managed to find a room there despite booking so late. The staff was so friendly and helpful. We thought the breakfast was one of the best we have had in Switzerland. Not having air conditioning was a bit strange, but manageable since it was still the beginning of summer. The reception staff told us that not having air conditioning was normal in Switzerland. They usually close the windows when it is cold and just open it once in a while for fresh air. We have not stayed at any other Wengen hotels, but for us, the Hotel & Spa Victoria Lauberhorn is the best Wengen hotel!
Have you ever been to the Bernese-Oberland or Jungfrau region? In which hotel did you stay?