Vacation rentals in Switzerland (chalets, farms, apartments)
Review 230: Adams Alpine Eden, Blumlisalp Apartment
apartments in the center of Kandersteg, Berner Oberland
October 2000, 9 days
We found Adams Alpine Eden through the tourist office, but they have their own web site. We spent 9 nights there in October 2000. You do not have to book Saturday to Saturday and can stay any number of nights.
Bill and Pam Adams renovated an old hotel on the main street of Kandersteg and turned it into their home on the main floor and four vacation rental apartments on the two floors above. Bill is American and Pam is British; they have been living in Switzerland for many years. The two apartments on the first floor (American 2nd) are one bedroom. The two apartments on the second floor are one bedroom with an extra sleeping loft.
The Adams completely renovated the building in 1998. The bathrooms are all tile and modern. The kitchens are modern and well equipped, but some are small (just a corner of the living area). The living rooms are simply furnished but comfortable (they could use a few extra tables or a desk). There is some noise from the main street (but it isn't that busy) and the church bells down the road start ringing at 7am, but you quickly get used to it. The building is just a few steps from the Coop store (groceries), two bakeries, two banks, a tea room, and several restaurants. There is a washer and dryer in the building for use by guests.
Again, as with most vacation rentals we have rented in Switzerland, the comforters smelled very strongly of fabric softener (or maybe it is the flowery detergent smell) and were not usable for us. They gave us blankets to use instead.
The apartments have a TV with CNN and a VCR - they have well over 100 movie videos available for you to use. They also have a big library of books in English. There is only one public phone in the main entrance hallway, but each apartment has ISDN access for your computer. Note: Don't count on the internet access. We could not get our computer to work with the ISDN connection and when we used their computer to get on the internet, the connection speed, especially to sites in the US, was very slow. It would have been better if they just put a phone in each apartment, then you could connect with the phone.
This is a good place to stay for Americans who are new to Switzerland. Bill and Pam are there to answer your questions and give you good information about the hiking.
Price: Prices are posted on their web site, but for this off season rental we paid 110CHF per day (about $65) with no final cleaning fee.
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