The Cambrian in Adelboden: classic ski hotel gets modern luxury makeover

If you have been to Adelboden in the Berner Oberland and have seen the Grand Hotel Regina, a well-known, decades-old traditional hotel in the village, did you know that it was recently renovated (“tired interiors and functional bedrooms” were removed) to create a sophisticated, luxurious atmosphere with modern design elements and a stunning outdoor infinity pool?

Renamed The Cambrian, the hotel reopened its doors in 2007 and has become one of the most desirable places to stay in Adelboden. It has 71 rooms and suites; many of the suites have more than one shower or bathroom, which is great for privacy if you are staying with children or friends. Rooms have furniture from B&B Italia, Porada and Knoll International, and provide Wi-Fi, TVs, DVD player and a minibar. The views from all rooms are terrific, particularly those facing south.

Room at The Cambrian Adelboden

For apres-ski relaxing and pampering, there are heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a well equipped gym, tranquil treatment rooms, a Finnish sauna with steam bath and rain shower. The hotel’s spa treatments are specially designed to soothe mind, body and spirit. I think floating in the outdoor heated pool, gazing at the snow-capped mountains on the other side of the valley, is probably one of the most relaxing, uplifting experiences in this part of the world.

Outdoor pool at The Cambrian Adelboden

The hotel also has a restaurant where chefs prepare what they call “new alpine cuisine”: a fresh interpretation of mountain classics, making use of the finest seasonal ingredients sourced from within a few miles of Adelboden. There’s something for everyone, including those who want a healthy, not so heavy post-spa salad.

Rates for a double room in January 2011 range from 335 CHF to 685 CHF (for the Adelboden Suite) per night. If you are with children, the family suite starts at around 535 CHF in January 2011. Check the website for the most accurate prices for the dates of your stay.

Note that the hotel has lower prices in the summer, which is still a great time to visit Adelboden. There are many hiking trails in the Berner Oberland with stunning views from the higher elevations and crisp, clean mountain air to breathe as you make your way up and down the slopes.

The Cambrian
Dorfstrasse 7
CH-3175 Adelboden
+41 (0)33 673 8383
Email the hotel to inquire about a booking.

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