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Wengen - Hotel Schoenegg or Beausite Park Hotel

Hello everybody! My family of four will be traveling to Wengen in a couple of weeks and I still can't decide which hotel to go with. We have reservations at both, but I really need to make a decision. Our kids are 8 and 9, and the kid activities at Beausite sound intriguing, but I'm afraid my kids are really too old for them, so the services won't matter too much to us anyway. Hotel Schoenegg sounds lovely and comes highly recommended, and I really like their garden patio. My husband likes the spa offered at Beausite, and thinks the view may be better from there. We will be staying for four nights, and our top priorities are bed comfort, quiet (from both internal to the hotel and external noises), and the views. My husband likes the more "luxurious" hotels, and I like the friendly atmosphere. I'm having a really hard time deciding between the two!!

Any help, opinions, and advice would be much appreciated!!

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I can hear the desperation.

I wish I could help but we always stay on the other side of the valley in Mürren. Good luck getting the answer you need.

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Thank you Nigel for your reply. It does seem that the majority of travelers on here do prefer Murren over Wengen..

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Yes. I do because I can look down over the valley at Wengen. And look across and see beautiful vistas of the Monch, Eiger, and the Jungfrau, and many others, and it feels so close from Mürren that you think you could reach out and touch them.

But there are plenty of advocates here for Lauterbrunnen, even Grindelwald, but for some reason not many who advocate for Wengen.

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We like Wengen as much as Mürren, but have only stayed at the Bären, so I cannot comment on the two you mention from personal experience.

Looking at the two websites, I see a large spa hotel and a smaller, family-run one. Both could be called "typically Swiss". The children's program at the Beausite definitely appears geared to younger children that yours---like 5 and under. Yours might enjoy the indoor pool if they are allowed --- check on that. The patio at Schönegg is appealing, but for me nothing can beat a private balcony with a view of the mountains for "chill" time. It looks like the Beausite family rooms have a nice balcony, but I cannot tell about the Schönegg.

I cannot offer any comments about noise except to note that since Wengen is mostly traffic-free there is little to worry about in the way of external noise, apart from the train. I don't think that runs too late at night but did not check the schedule, also, Swiss trains run on electricity, so are pretty quiet.

As for your husband's preference for a spa---you will have to decide how much weight to give that. I will admit that when my husband has a preference like that, I go with it. Since he gives me the decision-making power in most things travel-related, I like to honor his preferences when he has one. For example,min England he dislikes places with Victorian furnishings which he considers "fussy". So I have to look carefully at the rooms before choking a B and B. By contrast, in Switzerland he is happy with anything as long as it is not too expensive! Since that criterion generally favors places with simple wood furnishings it always works out---and we have yet to meet an uncomfortable bed (once you get used to "the gap." and the separate duvets.)

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Thank you Lola for your reply and thoughts! The reservation for the family room at Beausite states, "south facing with balcony and fascinating view towards the Jungfrau and the whole mountain range". The reservation for Hotel Schoenegg states, "facing east with two balconies and view of the Männlichen and the Jungfrau". Sounds like we're good on that point, regardless of which place we choose, although I have no idea if facing east or south makes much of a difference.

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South-facing is the best view from Wengen---the Jungfrau is pretty much due south and one can also look over the Lauterbrunnen valley. East, if it is due east, would be toward the Maennlichen ridge which rises steeply behind Wengen. Sounds like one can see the top of the Jungfrau peeking up over the ridge if one looks to the southeast.

It is fun to look at the location on Google maps satellite view. Unfortunately one cannot get street view (which would show the actual views from the property) because it is a car-free village!

Where are you planning on dining while you are there? Does one offer a better half-board price than the other? Or will you try different places each night? Not many stand-alone restaurants in Wengen (most are hotel dining rooms), although on Tripadvisor I see a pizza place, a pasta restaurant, and an Indian restaurant with takeaway. I note that Schoenegg is rated #3 in Wengen, which is a good sign if you plan to take half-board (which is generally well-priced).

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Okay, good to know about the views. Yes, Google street view would be nice. Oh well. We have included half board in both of our reservations, and Beausite actually includes a sack lunch to take with you on hikes too. We will probably try to explore what's there some, but as you said, there does not appear to be too many options. I'm open to suggestions, if anyone has any favorites (in any of the towns in that area)!

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I'm sure there are a ton of reviews on both of these hotels if you'll just google it. Or just look on tripadvisor.

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There really aren't any other towns in the area, unless you take the train down to Lauterbrunnen. You can also go up to Kleine Scheidegg, but it isn't a town, just a train station and few mountain huts and restaurants. Good for lunch but not so much for dinner. Or you could go to Grindelwald, over the ridge and down. But there are enough options in Wengen that you need not go anywhere else for dinner. Most hotels do a very nice four-course dinner on the half-board option.

But should you choose to go elsewhere for on night's dinner, I highly recommend the Bären, where we stayed. It has the top-rated restaurant in Wengen, and in our opinion, the rating is well-deserved.

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Tim, I have spent more time than I care to admit reading reviews online of each of these properties separately. I was hoping for a more direct comparison by someone who has been there, seen the properties, seen the location, talked to people, and preferably even stayed there. The reason why I chose these two properties in the first place, was because of their great reviews online..

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Since you've spent all of that time reading reviews, and you've obviously picked 2 very nice properties but still can't decide, then put both their names on a pieces of paper, drop in the hat, and surprise yourself by pulling one of them out of the hat.