Adelboden, Switzerland

The Cambrian

Rates from (ex tax)$204.78

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CHF215.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Spa-sleek Swiss swish

Setting

Pine-lined Alpine valley

Surrounded by snowy peaks, the sleek and sultry Cambrian hotel in the Swiss Alps offers the most sensorily idyllic of contradictions with its steaming hot tubs that overlook mountain vistas. Add that to its black-tiled spa, indoor and outdoor pools, ultra-modern rooms and countless terraces and you'll find yourself constantly spoiled for choice about which views to soak up and what pleasures to indulge in.

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Facilities

Photos The Cambrian facilities

Need to know

Rooms

71, including 23 suites.

Check–Out

Midday, although later check-out can be arranged for a CHF125 fee. Check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $204.78 (CHF207), excluding tax at 3.8 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of CHF4.20 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CHF215.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast buffet and spa access.

Also

Borrow mountain bikes from the hotel and go careening around neighbouring inclines.

At the hotel

Spa, ski room, gym, library, billiard room, DVD selection, board games, fitness room, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, Keiji bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Deluxe Rooms are pleasantly spacious – if you go for a room number ending in 14, you’ll have two balconies to enjoy as these are set on the corner of the hotel. The Junior Suites North have space to sprawl in, but no balconies. The Family Suites are ideal for those with kids in tow, with two bedrooms – one on a mezzanine level – separate enough to enjoy privacy and peace of mind simultaneously. Glorious Alpine views are hard to avoid, but to make the most of them ask for a panoramic south-facing outlook rather than a mountain view.

Poolside

The spa has pools both indoors and out. Inside, there’s a soothing lap pool fed by a wall-size waterfall and lined with comfortable wooden loungers. Outside, on the terrace beside the restaurant, the hydrotherapy pool with massage jets and Jacuzzi is wonderfully warm, allowing you to bask blissfully alfresco even when the snow is whirling around you.

Spa

Relax in the spa's heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Finnish sauna and steam bath, or choose from a classic range of massages, body wraps and scrubs with all-natural Alpienne products. Mani-pedis, skin-clearing facials by Dermalogica, and physio appointments are also available. After your treatments, bundle up in a fluffy spa robe and slippers and enjoy drinks and fresh fruit.

Packing tips

You’ll be kicking yourself if you forget swimwear – the spa pools are one of the hotel’s real highlights. Ski passes, sledges, and Nordic walking canes are all available from reception.

Also

Please note that smoking is not permitted in this hotel. Parking CHF18 a night.

Pet‐friendly

You can bring pets for CHF35 a night (a maximum CHF 125 per stay). See more pet-friendly hotels in Adelboden.

Children

The hotel welcomes youngsters and can provide cots (free) and extra beds (CHF112.50 a night for 3–16 year olds). Babysitting (with staff) can be arranged for CHF25 an hour, and there’s a 24-hour playroom (unsupervised), with games, Playstation and Wii.

Eco‐friendly

The Cambrian recycles everything possible, composts food waste and uses locally sourced organic and seasonal ingredients in its cuisine.

Food and Drink

Photos The Cambrian food and drink

Top Table

The tables by the windo close to the middle of the room have excellent views of the Alps – and other guests bubbling away in the Jacuzzi pool on the terrace.

Dress Code

Après-ski chic.

Hotel restaurant

Italian eatery Nova is a smart, clean-lined space that combines warm red walls with mahogany furniture and cream-coloured chairs. Cuisine is classically Northern Italian, with carpaccio, pasta with rabbit ragouts and saltimbocca typically appearing on the seasonal menu. The wine selection – on display in a long glass cabinet – is excellent. There’s no lunch served in the hotel, but light snacks are available in the lobby. Breakfast is served until a leisurely 11am.

Hotel bar

Scott’s Bar is the ideal venue for post-slope topes, with a stylish bubble-glass bar illuminated in an icy blue hue, Swiss beer on tap, and a fine cocktail menu. It’s open from 5pm every day.

Last orders

The chef hangs up his apron at 9.30pm, but you can get a drink in the bar until the early hours.

Room service

There’s a 24-hour menu of drinks and light meals.

Location

Photos The Cambrian location
Address
The Cambrian
Dorfstrasse 7
3715
Adelboden
Switzerland

Planes

Airport options are Bern-Belp Airport (www.flughafenbern.ch ), the closest and an hour away by car, and Geneva International or Zurich, both under two and a half hours from the hotel.

Trains

Trutigen is the nearest train station, 20 kilometres away. From here, trains go to and from Zurich, Bern, Basel and Geneva (www.sbb.ch). The hotel can provide taxi numbers on request.

Automobiles

Take the A6 if you’re travelling from Bern-Belp Airport, the A1 from Zurich and the E25 from Geneva.

Worth getting out of bed for

Ski, ski, and more ski. Adelboden is criss-crossed with ski lifts and cable cars to shuttle you from one piste to another, and the ski-supply-shop-to-people ratio is one of the highest on earth. Most shops have equipment rental too. If you’re a first-timer on the slopes, get lessons at the Swiss Snowsports School (www.skischule-adelboden.ch), which is particularly good if you have kids in tow. If you’re ready to hang up you skis and try snowboarding, the Official Snowboard School (www.crazy-sports.ch) can teach you all you need to know about falling down a mountain strapped to some wood. The Cambrian issues ski passes and has a ski room for your kit – the hotel can also loan you sledges and Nordic walking canes if you fancy a winter ramble. Even in summer, you’ll find alpine activities aplenty – there are numerous walking and biking trails around the area, and climbing and abseiling are highlights on the adventurer’s agenda (www.alpinschule-adelboden.ch).

Local restaurants

There’s a large selection of eateries within walking distance, most on Adelboden’s main street, Dorfstrasse. Hotel Adler (+41 (0)33 673  4141) has several dining rooms centred around its woody bar area and is the place to sample the country’s national dish, fondue – either in its cheese or meat varieties. A few doors along, Bären (+41 (0)33 673 2151)  offers a blend of Swiss and international cooking – raclette is the star dish – with a substantial wine cellar to wash it all down. Kreuz (+41 (0)33 673 21 21) is a little more basic, but ideal if you’ve a craving for pizza.

Local bars

Also on Dorfstrasse, Arte Bar & Kunst (+41 (0)33 673 2500) is a small and unexpectedly quirky watering hole that doubles as an Alpine art gallery. The Time Out pub (+41 (0)33 673 2000) won’t blow your mind but it’s nonetheless a reliable après-ski stalwart.

Reviews

Photos The Cambrian reviews

Anonymous review

'The hotel manager deserves a lemon for his efforts!' No, we're not sure what that means either. Mrs Smith and I have been thumbing through the book of insider hotel anecdotes that has been left in our suite at the Cambrian, reading some of the bawdier passages to each another and giggling like schoolkids. The little hardback is packed with risqué vignettes about life in the hotel trade – made all the more amusing by the fact that it's been translated from German to English apparently via some obscure Latvian dialect and/or the medium of dance. We immediately set about deciding whether or not our hotel is lemon-worthy, and come to the conclusion that, in our own citrus-based awards ceremony, the Cambrian would be going home with a grapefruit too.

Our room – 503, a Junior Suite South – is decorated with a soothing medley of snowy whites, warming browns and rock-face greys that, though it won’t wow the design world, perfectly suits the Alpine surroundings. There's a huge bed, with a button-back headboard in cream, cow-print footstools artfully dotted about, and a cosy lounge area with Toblerone-tone sofas and armchairs. The widescreen TV swivels handily to face bed or living area, and flinging open the doors to the balcony, we're met with a craggy panorama of snow-laden mountains, plunging passes and a zigzag of cable cars high above the dense fir forest. It's sublime.

This kind of warm, homely comfort coupled with the mind-blowing Alpine spectacle is exactly what we needed after our three-hour journey from Zurich. Both of us had been dreading the triple train-change and bus ride in the thick apocalyptic blizzard (we'd forgotten that Britain's own blend of freezing slush is a far cry from the heavy-set flakes of Switzerland), but we were delightfully surprised by the ease of the trip. This review is obviously not the place to meditate on the joys of the Swiss transport infrastructure, so let it just be said that anyone who isn't excited by spotless double-decker trains has never taken the London Overground from Hackney Central.

Adelboden is as remote as it gets; a tiny chalet town perched on the mountainside in the depths of the Bernese Oberland, the kind of place where, in winter, snow-chains are as commonplace on cars as windscreen wipers. Fortunately, the Cambrian hotel is barely a minute's walk – or shuffle, if you arrive in conditions like we did – from the bus station. It's such a snowy wonderland in winter than the townspeople have even invented their own form of ice-bound transport. As we wound our way up the hill from Frütigen (gawpable views abounding), we spotted children dragging what appeared to be a combination of a ski and a wooden workbench. This, we later learn, is a 'skibock', a sort of halfway house between skiing and sledging, and it's been unique to the region for over a century. We have enough trouble walking in the snow, let alone plummeting down the mountainside on, as Mrs S puts it, 'a blatant death trap', so we decide to leave skibocking to the locals.

Although winter sports are very much Adelboden's raison d'être – there are more than 185km of velvety piste in the valley – it's not the superb skiing on offer that's got our hearts aflutter. From our vantage point on the balcony, we've got a bird's-eye view of the hotel's outdoor spa pool, and it looks irresistibly inviting...

So it proves. 20 minutes later and we've made our way down into the spa – a chic underground wellness centre that offers countless ways of squirting pressurised water at yourself. We colonise a pair of the wicker loungers beside the indoor pool, admire the full-wall water feature, and laugh our heads off as a swimwear-clad German couple attempting a post-sauna snow bath accidentally lock themselves outside in the freezing blizzard. Ah, the sweet smell of schadenfreude.

Having rescued the shivering pair, I have a nosey around the sauna and steam room (sexily decked out in black marble mosaic), Mrs Smith pops off to the loo – and comes back having had a facial. 'The staff were so nice, I felt I ought to,' she announces.

We could quite easily spend our weekend contentedly bubbling away in the spa pool while the snowflakes dance around us – and we very nearly do – but we couldn't stay in the one of the world's winter-sport capitals without at least getting an inkling what a ski slope actually looks like, so we take the two-minute walk to the nearest cable car station and make the terrifying ascent over the forest canopy to the nearest peak-top cabin. The views from the apex are enough to make me reconsider ski school, but Mrs Smith has other, cheese-related ideas. Two hours and a dishful of satisfyingly bloaty raclette later, we go back down again.

Next on our outdoorsy agenda is a hike to Engstligenalp, site of reputedly the most impressive waterfall in the region. ‘Just 20 minutes’ walk straight down there,’ the waiter had told us at breakfast, pointing along the valley floor. What he did there was make the mistaken assumption that either of us possessed anything more than the most 'experimental' sense of direction, and wouldn't veer off up a mountain for no good reason other than, as Sir Edmund said, because it was there. After three wet hours and four threats of divorce, we're back in the spa pool. 'Let us never mention today again,' Mrs Smith declares.

A warming Italian meal in the restaurant soon sets any incipient frostbite/marital break-up at bay, however, and we retire to our room convinced that although our weekend may have taught us that the great white outdoors is not our natural habitat, luckily for us, the Cambrian certainly is. Someone give the manager a lemon.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Cambrian’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything was perfect and the staff were wonderful Food especially breakfast - amazing! Massage in the spa and that wonderful view from the pool!

Don’t expect

Parking is minimal so get there early!

Rating

Stayed on 9 Sep 2016

We loved

The outdoor pool overlooking the snowy mountains.

Don’t expect

Lots of amazing food options outside the hotel.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Aug 2016

We loved

The spa is singular in its design and function. We planned each day to ensure an hour or two at the spa. The staff were very helpful at the front desk and in the lounge. We appreciated their knowledge of the area and any guidance they could offer. The rooms was well appointed and a complete makeover from the older hotel. 10/10

Don’t expect

Parking is a big challenge and at 18SF per night a little overpriced. Make sure you work toward a room with a mountain view. The setting is priceless and we were facing away from it.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Jun 2016

We loved

We felt really spoilt staying here. From arriving early and our room being ready, to coming back from the slopes on our first day to a complementary bottle of red wine and two glasses waiting for us, attention to detail is high on their list. It was the Easter weekend and we each received a chocolate Lindt bunny on Sunday morning...such a treat! The location is perfect, a quick walk from the bus station and a 2 min walk from the main street of Adelboden main town. We had a corner room on the third floor, which was really spacious, and the bed had a thick fluffy topper which made getting up in the mornings a feat in itself :) The complimentary ski shuttle to the main lift was really convenient and we very rarely had to wait more than 10min for it. Toboggan's are also provided at leisure for an alternative few hours in the snow. The breakfast is generous, and the freshly squeezed vegetable/fruit juice is a must! To appreciate the expansive views of the snow-capped mountains, it was preferable to take our drinks to their sun room with inviting designer couches, or to the seating surrounding the open fireplace. The spa is also incredible. The outside pool, although a little on the small side, is idyllic, and the steam rooms and sauna's are spacious. The view is hard to beat - it's literally postcard perfect, and the reception staff are so friendly. It's hard to fault this hotel in any way! If you are looking for luxury without an outrageous price tag attached, book here....you won't be disappointed.

Don’t expect

It to be cheap! Switzerland is pricey

Rating

Stayed on 25 Mar 2016

We loved

The personalised service and warm hospitality. Fabulous skiing 

Don’t expect

A lively night time scene

Rating

Stayed on 13 Feb 2016

We loved

The attentive staff, the views, gorgeous lobby and lounge, and that incredible spa!

Don’t expect

In room Nespresso: there were only Nescafe Gold sachets...really? We thought surely a Nespresso (or equivalent) would be at a hotel of this standard.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Jan 2016

We loved

The amazing views of the Swiss Alps and the outdoor pool heated to 34 degrees and open 8.30am-8.30pm! The friendly staff couldn't have been more helpful.

Don’t expect

A cheap holiday – food in the hotel and in fact anywhere nearby, is on the expensive side, but generally very good!

Rating

Stayed on 19 Dec 2015

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Cambrian’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything was perfect and the staff were wonderful Food especially breakfast - amazing! Massage in the spa and that wonderful view from the pool!

Don’t expect

Parking is minimal so get there early!

Rating

Stayed on 9 Sep 2016

We loved

The outdoor pool overlooking the snowy mountains.

Don’t expect

Lots of amazing food options outside the hotel.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Aug 2016

We loved

The spa is singular in its design and function. We planned each day to ensure an hour or two at the spa. The staff were very helpful at the front desk and in the lounge. We appreciated their knowledge of the area and any guidance they could offer. The rooms was well appointed and a complete makeover from the older hotel. 10/10

Don’t expect

Parking is a big challenge and at 18SF per night a little overpriced. Make sure you work toward a room with a mountain view. The setting is priceless and we were facing away from it.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Jun 2016

We loved

We felt really spoilt staying here. From arriving early and our room being ready, to coming back from the slopes on our first day to a complementary bottle of red wine and two glasses waiting for us, attention to detail is high on their list. It was the Easter weekend and we each received a chocolate Lindt bunny on Sunday morning...such a treat! The location is perfect, a quick walk from the bus station and a 2 min walk from the main street of Adelboden main town. We had a corner room on the third floor, which was really spacious, and the bed had a thick fluffy topper which made getting up in the mornings a feat in itself :) The complimentary ski shuttle to the main lift was really convenient and we very rarely had to wait more than 10min for it. Toboggan's are also provided at leisure for an alternative few hours in the snow. The breakfast is generous, and the freshly squeezed vegetable/fruit juice is a must! To appreciate the expansive views of the snow-capped mountains, it was preferable to take our drinks to their sun room with inviting designer couches, or to the seating surrounding the open fireplace. The spa is also incredible. The outside pool, although a little on the small side, is idyllic, and the steam rooms and sauna's are spacious. The view is hard to beat - it's literally postcard perfect, and the reception staff are so friendly. It's hard to fault this hotel in any way! If you are looking for luxury without an outrageous price tag attached, book here....you won't be disappointed.

Don’t expect

It to be cheap! Switzerland is pricey

Rating

Stayed on 25 Mar 2016

We loved

The personalised service and warm hospitality. Fabulous skiing 

Don’t expect

A lively night time scene

Rating

Stayed on 13 Feb 2016

We loved

The attentive staff, the views, gorgeous lobby and lounge, and that incredible spa!

Don’t expect

In room Nespresso: there were only Nescafe Gold sachets...really? We thought surely a Nespresso (or equivalent) would be at a hotel of this standard.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Jan 2016

We loved

The amazing views of the Swiss Alps and the outdoor pool heated to 34 degrees and open 8.30am-8.30pm! The friendly staff couldn't have been more helpful.

Don’t expect

A cheap holiday – food in the hotel and in fact anywhere nearby, is on the expensive side, but generally very good!

Rating

Stayed on 19 Dec 2015