Wherever our inspector went in the Berner Oberland, hoteliers mentioned the Baren in Adelboden. Innkeeper Peter Willen is a lifelong native of the village but it was only in 1989 that he bought this building, which dales back to 1500. Completely renovated, the inn now exudes a solid comfort and charm which fights shy of luxury and goes one up on gemetlich.
Bedrooms have been named after the peaks in view and each has a different ambience. The Fitzer, a corner room, overlooks the park and the main street. Sniff the scent of new pine and admire the romantic, white-curtained, four-poster bed; stretch out - and it is a special airbed! The Grosslohner, on the other hand, is for families, with a spacious mezzanine area for the children under the extra-high ceiling.
The inevitable Rosti, served up in a cast iron skillet, is the pride of Peter Willen's Speisesaal, where raclette and fondues are also on offer. In the a la carte restaurant, the menu encompasses a full range of French and German dishes. Busy in winter and summer, Adelboden attracts many Dutch and Belgians, especially families. Do not look for the jet set here.