Hotel Du Lac
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"The Hotel was able to accomodate our entire family. What an absolute pleasure it was, very down home, and as i can describe it, old world charm with modern flair. The staff was more than accomodating. Although we are staying in Breinz this time around, it was apleasure staying there for our first encounter of Switzerland. *****"
- Travel date: Fri 26th of May 2006
Falling in love with the Du Lac, Interlaken
"My wife and I have stayed at the Du Lac for the last four years during late July and early August. We always include 1st August, the national day, when everybody let their hair down. It is very close to the east station, and our bedroom overlooks it, but there is no significant noise at night because the trains don't run then. We use the trains a lot, and just walk from the hotel to the station in a couple of minutes. That is a real benefit, especially when returning tired. The hotel is very comfortable and the staff are most helpful. The proprieter would do anything to help his guests, and he has put us "in the know" for several interesting trips. Food is very good and there is an extensive wine list. Sundays offer a special slap-up meal, while that on 1st August is beyond belief! We would find it difficult to fault the hotel.
From our personal point of view, its real strength is its convenience as a centre for getting about. The steamers on lake Brienz tie up about 50 metres from the hotel. Trains take you to Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, to Brienz and beyond, and to the other lake in the area, lake Thun, then on to Berne, etc. There are wonderful walks, including a spectacular one part way round lake Brienz, ending up at the Giesbach hotel, which has wonderful meals on a high terrace overlooking the lake. Return is by steamer. The mountain hideaway from "On her Majesty's secret service" is a revolving restaurant on a mountain peak, easily accessible by cable car from the Lauterbrunnen area. The view up there on a fine day is breathtaking, but don't run, because the air is thin!
One of the Du Lac's pleasures is the terraced cafe in the front. There are few greater pleasures than parking yourself down at the end of a hot summer day and drinking the local beer while watching the world go by!
The hotel was closed from August 2005 because of flood damage, but we hope to return there next year for another fortnight of bliss!"
- Travel date: Mon 24th of October 2005
Comfortable and stylish
"Interlaken has two railway stations, Interlaken West and Interlaken Ost (east). All the trains to the mountains run from the latter, and the funicular to the Harderkulm is a minutes walk away. It makes sense therefore to choose an hotel that is as close to Ost as possible, and the Hotel Du Lac is certainly the closest. Despite this it is quiet â we did not experience any problems with noise from the station or the trains, although we did pay a little extra to have a room at the rear of the hotel, which overlooks Lake Brienz and the Harderkulm. An excellent hotel, with an extensive buffet breakfast and delicious evening meals. The hotelâs staff were first class (particular praise to Sarah who uncomplainingly dealt with our many questions and organised a helicopter flight through the mountains). The hotel itself is old but sympathetically kept up to date. I have struggled to come up with any criticisms â the best I can manage is that the clock in the bedroom had a very loud tick and had to be unplugged for a few hours before it stopped!"
- Travel date: Wed 8th of June 2005
Our favorite hotel
"Wherever we go in the world, we need a 'Du Lac' fix every year - even if it is for just a few days.
the staff can't be bettered - they are friendly and unabtrusive. Some years ago, when we had our 3 year old grandson with us, my meal arrived ready cut up, as the staff had noticed that he was fast asleep on my lap by the time we had eaten our first course - beat that for service!
The first year we stayed there, I was concerned at being next to the railway station, but the trains don't run over night, and it makes for a superbly convenient location for trains and boats. it is worth paying the extra to have a room overlooking the river - it is quieter and looking out over the boats docked under your balcony, and the ducks swimming up stream is an extra bonus."
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of June 2005
The Extraordirnary Hotel With Splendid View and Hospitality!
"I just came back from my 2 week Europe great holiday covering Paris, Rome,Florence, Venice, Interlaken and Barcelone with both my sisters and I wanna share with everyone and those of you who are still looking for the best hotel to stay in interlaken that hotel Du Lac has given us the best comfort stay of all. Very friendly, courteous and helpful staff and splendid lake view right behind the hotel and mountain view in front of the hotel. I would definitely strongly recommend you to stay here.
Interlaken is the 8th day of our trip and you can imagine that we're quite tired out. When we first reached interlaken after long hours tiring train ride, to our surprise, the hotel is just located right opposite the interlaken ost station. It's so convenient! We just love it! To our further surprise, they have given us 2 connecting rooms (1 double and 1 single room) when we have confirmed a double room with a rollover bed. When we open the window, the mountain view is just in front of our eyes! It was superb!
The hotel is very clean, neat, serves great breakfast with nice lake view. You'll definitely feel more than homey. Just wanna add some comments about the previous review on the lift, when we were there, the lift was fine. So, I guess when you guys were there, they're in the mids of fixing it. If you're worry about the noise because the hotel is located opposite the train station, you can abandon your worry. No doubt that you'll hear the noise during day time (but I believe most people will be out of the hotels for fun activities), but as it reaches evening time, the station really quiets down and you can have quiet and peaceful sleep.
It's definitely a great hotel and we'll stay there again next time if we go to Interlaken."
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of June 2005
The most gracious place we stayed!
"My 80 yr old parents and I traveled through Italy and Switzerland in October 2004. We stayed in many nice places, but Hotel du Lac was, with a doubt, our favorite hotel because of their outstanding service and hospitality! We were greeted with champagne, appetizers and even a hand made card for my Mother's 80th birthday! We were so tired once we finally got to Switzerland. We were delighted to find the hotel just across from the train station, sitting peacefully and quietly on the river. Once we opened the doors we were able to leave the stress of traveling behind us. There to welcome us was the most amazing staff - Mr. Hoffman, Natasha and Sara - they remained extraordinarily courteous and helpful throughout! The hotel is immaculately clean, the food is wonderful, the views are amazing and it is absolutely the most central place to stay if you want to explore this gorgeous area of Switzerland. My only note of caution is that the elevator when we were there was very noisy, but I believe they are in the process of fixing that. Fabulous hotel, wonderful, wonderful people!"
- Travel date: Fri 29th of October 2004
Lake View very friendly would return
"Stayed in August 04, a busy time of year yet peaceful, very close to Interlaken Ost station so very convenient for station and town, overlooking the lake, decent breakfast, own bar/restaurant, family owned, very friendly and helpful, not the cheapest but went on reputation, fully deserved, would definitely return"
- Travel date: Tue 21st of September 2004
A hotel with character and service
"We stayed 4 nights at the Hotel du Lac in July 2004.
This is a very comfortable hotel with an excellent staff. We selected the meal plan and it was a bargain.
We noticed a lot of Brits who apparently return year after year. This is the type of hotel that is conducive to a return visit.
The only problem we encountered was that our room faced the train station and it was noisy. However, we were so exhausted from walking, etc. that we slept very well. You may want to pay a bit more to be on the river side, away from the station."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of July 2004
"We stayed here April 2004. We had a large group of family members(15 total) traveling to Switzerland for the first time. The Hotel DuLac was
an excellent home away from home. It was "between seasons", and the hotel was just opening from a winter closure. Everything was fantastic. The rooms were very nice; loved the balconies. On the second floor there was a large common room that overlooked the river. This was perfect for all of our group to meet and plan our activities, and a great place for the kids to play. The location was great-2 minute walk to the train station--and no, you can't hear the trains in the evening. If you are looking to travel around Switzerland by rail--this is the place to stay... The morning breakfasts were very good, and we had dinner 2 nights at the hotel restaurant-and it was very, very good. The staff was incredibly accomodating. A young man who worked on the kitchen/wait staff, Ivo, always made sure we had all we needed.
Due to the earliness of the season, we were not able to visit the downstairs pub(it was not yet open for the season) or take a cruise on the boat parked
behind the hotel, but that was a trade-off we were willing to take to enjoy this hotel almost by ourselves.
We will be back."
- Travel date: Sun 11th of July 2004
"I planned to stay one night in this Hotel in August 2003 but ended up staying an additional night there. The room we were given was at the rear of the hotel with three large windows overlooking the lake. The river with cool blue water linking the two lakes in Interlaken is just a few feet away from our window. I really enjoy sitting by the window, looking at the blue sky, green mountains and the few ducks swimming against the current in the river.
The train station is less than a hundred feet away, but the room has the very best sound insulation. Once the windows are closed we couldn't hear any noise from the trains. We almost woke up too late for the Junfraujoch because we were light sleepers and we thought we would have been awakened by train noise in the morining, but it turned out we couldn't hear anything at all. The train station is so close we had enough time for our breakfast and purchasing tickets at the hotel reception even we were already a bit late."
- Travel date: Sun 7th of September 2003