"RIFFELALP RESORT REVIEWER'S NOTES"
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My room (No. 45) was in the older "Nostalgie" wing and
lacked a balcony, but it sacrificed nothing in comfort or convenience. Some of
the thoughtful details included:
A cellular phone for use in and around the hotel grounds.
Fax/modem ports for guests who can't resist bringing their
Remote controls for lights, lamps, and a hallway "Do
Not Disturb" sign on both nightstands. (In rooms with balconies, you
can also use the remote controls to open and close the curtains.)
A large heated towel rack in the bathroom, which is handy
for drying do-it-yourself laundry. (And because the walls and floor are of
granite, you needn't worry about damaging plaster or wallpaper with your wet
Traditional wooden hangers in the built-in wardrobe, instead
of the theft-resistant hangers that so many hotels use these days.
Frosted glass in the bathroom extends just far enough up the
windows to allow privacy while giving an unimpeded view of the mountain
A stereo in each room (operated by a remote control)
supplies music of exceptional clarity through Bose Acoustimass speakers in
the bedroom and bathroom.
Minibars are annoying at this price level, although the
Riffelalp Resort at least hides the minibar behind a wooden panel.
(Suggestion: Why not jack up the price by another 10 or 20 francs a day and
include drinks, peanuts, etc. in the room rate, as some upscale cruise ships
My mattress could have been firmer; it may have been a
holdover from the "Nostalgie" wing's pre-renovation days.
Some North American guests may be bothered by the apparent
lack of ice machines in the corridors.
The hotel's small elevator doesn't reach the top floor, so
request a room on a lower floor if you're unwilling to climb a flight of
stairs or are bothered by altitude.
Don't turn on the television if you really want to get away
from it all. (Watching CNN news from Washington probably isn't a good idea
for transatlantic travelers with jet lag.)
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