Our experience staying at Hotel Waldrand Pochtenalp
The Hotel Waldrand on the Pochtenalp near the Griesalp is the ideal starting point for a hike to the Blüemlisalphütte, the Sefinenfurgge, or for a slow-down weekend in the mystical Kiental. Somewhat hidden near the Pochtenalp lies this historic house in chalet style; close to the steepest bus route in Europe. There is no cell phone reception, TV, or WLAN. And that’s perfect.
About Hotel Waldrand Pochtenalp
Hotel Waldrand Pochtenalp was built in 1911 in the chalet style, which was used at the beginning of the 20th century as a more economic alternative to the common Grand Hotel style. In 2016, it won the title of “Historic Hotel of the Year” – very well deserved, we think. The historic Hotel Waldrand Potchtenalp invites you to travel back in time. Ancient creaking wood, which has certainly seen many guests come and go, lines all the interiors.
Hotel Waldrand Pochtenalp – a nostalgic Swiss historic hotel
The hotel rooms as well as the dining hall are lovingly decorated. In the hotel rooms, a pitcher of water is provided to ensure that thirsty guests do not have to leave the room during the night. The modern showers and toilets are located in the hallway. A bed bottle is provided because the rooms are not heated. The beds are comfortable, the mattresses are pleasant, which we were glad about. In the Säli, the dining hall of Hotel Waldrand, the guests have breakfast and dinner. The walls are decorated with personal souvenirs of the owner’s family, a hunting rifle, and a pendulum clock gently sets the pace. The latter served as our chess clock during an exciting game of chess that Matthias won hands down.
The terrace of Hotel Waldrand Pochtenalp: Great views of Kiental and a homemade iced-tea
On the terrace, there are fire bowls for cozy evenings. The tables, chairs, and deck chairs invite you to linger. We took the opportunity to taste the homemade herbal iced tea on the terrace – wonderfully refreshing! We finished the afternoon with another game of chess (revenge!). The defeated player gave out the aperitif. I leave it to your imagination who that was… We enjoyed the summer evening and the clouds on the deck chairs of the terrace with a glass of wine.
The Hotel Waldrand Pochtenalp has thin walls
The night at the Hotel Waldrand Pochtenalp was short, as expected. The walls are thin, accordingly, you can hear your neighbors or the sound of the rain. We had already adjusted to the ring hearing and were accordingly mentally prepared for a not-so-quiet night. After a simple breakfast, we picked up our hiking lunches and set off for the next stage of the Via Alpina: the Blüemlisalphütte.
Conclusion: The Hotel Waldrand Pochtenalp offers all-inclusive relaxation
The Hotel Waldrand was the ideal hotel for us while hiking on the Via Alpina. The location on the Pochtenalp, yet away from the hustle and bustle of the other hotels on Griesalp, and the charming historic ambiance, makes it the ideal starting point for the Sefinenfurgge or the Blüemlisalphütte. The lack of Wi-Fi and cell phone network does not bother at all but directs the attention to the essentials: the wonderful nature that lies literally at your feet in the beautiful Kiental.