Review: Hotel Victoria Jungfraujoch

Introduction
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Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong
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Swiss 139 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to Zurich
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Glacier Express 902 Zermatt to Andermatt
Hotel Victoria Jungfraujoch
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Boy, oh boy, this must have been one of the most amusing hotel stays I’ve ever had. Not that I didn’t enjoy it, but writing this is going to be like writing a comedy. So let me begin…

We pulled up to the hotel around Monday afternoon. The exterior of the hotel looks pretty charming, as it’s a big, old hotel.

IMG_1520Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Exterior

The lobby was actually pretty nice, and had a “rustic” feel to it while not being too shabby. It was very airy, which makes sense, as the hotel has a pretty rich history (which means less rental costs back in the day, which means bigger areas could be used and cheaper materials could be obtained).

IMG_0936 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Lobby

IMG_0938 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Lobby

IMG_0937 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Lobby

IMG_0986Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Lobby

There was an elevator smack in the middle of the lobby, but that’s pretty much there just for style, as it only goes to the first floor – meanwhile the three “actual” lifts go straight up to the rooms, albeit being smaller.

IMG_1016Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Lobby Elevator

The concierge pointed us to the reception for check-in, which is in a little nook off the lobby, partitioned by almost Arabic-looking pillars.

IMG_0940 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Reception

IMG_0939Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Reception

The reception checked us in, and upgraded us from a Superior Duplex Suite to a Deluxe Duplex Suite based on availability, while our friends were given the junior suite they booked. During the check-in process, the associate was very nice, and offered us hibiscus tea. They didn’t give me a glass, nor did they give the kids, though I requested my own in the end (technically, if my parents are entitled to tea, so are we…no?).

The reception initially said that one more person turned up than expected, so an extra charge would have to be added. He then realised that he accidentally disregarded the “teenagers” section, and didn’t realise I was 15 (for some funny reason, in Switzerland, I’ve always been seen as an under-12 wherever I went). We were then on our way, where he escorted us up the glass elevator, and showed us where the spa was.

IMG_0944Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Spa Signage

He then explained that our wing of the hotel was over 50 years old, and then took us up to the room. He ushered us into the lift, and by the time we were up on the fourth floor, he was there waiting for us…how?

The hallways are well decorated – they seem aged, but not in a way that seems shabby.

IMG_0945Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Hallways

He first ushered us into the junior suite. The junior suite was rather large for European standards, and consisted of a big room with a sofa bed and a huge king-size.

IMG_0946 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Junior Suite Bed

IMG_0947Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Junior Suite TV and Desk

IMG_0948Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Junior Suite Living Room Chair

The room featured a coffee machine, which seemed free as well.

IMG_0949Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Junior Suite Coffee Machine

I thought that the junior suite looked like a nice room, but more than anything I was interested in what the room I’d be staying in would look like. I followed the hotel associate to my room, which was located past a cool atrium area…

IMG_0979Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Atrium

IMG_0978 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Atrium

…and directly to the left, so it was about a 30-second walk. I didn’t mind that, but look at the doorbell – it’s ancient (that said, it’s fine, since it does the job). And to make things more sketchy, above that is a camera…

IMG_0977Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Signage and Entrance

Hotel Victoria Jungfraujoch
Check-in: Monday, July 25, 2016
Room Type: Deluxe Duplex Suite
Room Number: 406
Stay duration: 4 nights
Check-out: Friday, July 29, 2016

My initial impressions of the suite were great. It seemed rather rustic, featuring yellow walls, but I like that. The living room featured a comfortable sofa, a dining table, a few chairs, and a desk somewhere near the middle of the room.

IMG_0950 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Living Room

 

To the left of the living room was a half-bath, which featured a (rather small space consisting of) a toilet and sink.

IMG_0951 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Half-Bath Entrance

IMG_0965 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Half-Bath Sink

IMG_0966Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Half-Bath Toilet

The desk was kind of smack-dab in the middle of the room. It did divide the room into two parts, but somehow I feel like the placement could be a little closer to a corner.

IMG_0952Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Desk

The sofa was to the corner of the room. It wasn’t particularly comfortable, but I didn’t have major problems working there.

IMG_0953 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Sofa

The table had nice napkin art, which just added to the “rustic” feel of the room.

IMG_0962 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Desk

There was free bottled Coke in the room, as well as coupons for free ice-cream for the kids but not for me (if you’re gonna treat me as a 12-year-old around here, you might as well give me free ice-cream). In the box is popcorn, which was pretty good.

IMG_0963 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Free Ice Cream and Coke

I quite liked that there was a free fruit bowl, and it was well stocked as well.

IMG_0990Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Living Room Fruit Bowl

Furthermore, there was a setup by the half-bath that featured a coffee machine, lots of bottled water, and a minibar with soft drinks and hard liquor.

IMG_0973 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Coffee Machine

IMG_0972 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Bar Setup

IMG_0971 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Bar Setup

IMG_0974 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Minibar

IMG_0975 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Minibar

All the water was free, which was good, as we did have to stay hydrated during our time there.

IMG_0976Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Free Water

There was a massive flatscreen TV, easily the biggest I’ve seen anywhere. It was positioned well and my sister didn’t hesitate taking full advantage of it during the stay.

IMG_0991Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Living Room Flatscreen TV

Past the living room was a balcony, which feature a couple of chairs facing Jungfrau. While you couldn’t actually see the tip of the mountain, that didn’t stop the view from being absolutely pleasant all along.

IMG_0968Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Balcony

IMG_0970Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Balcony View

The stairs up to the master bedroom were cool, and were “planks”, in the sense that they “float” above the ground and you could look down if you wanted to.

IMG_0961Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Stairs

The actual bedroom was small, but the bed was comfortable.

IMG_0954 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Bedroom

IMG_0955Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Bedroom

The uppermost level was given to the bathroom, which was a few steps up from the bedroom. The bathroom featured a separate tub and shower, two sinks opposite each other and an enclosed toilet. It’s worth noting that as big as it was, only one person could use it at a time – the frosted glass was ineffective to the point where you can clearly see the junk of the person in the shower. We initially kept a “no-lock” policy but scrapped that in favour of privacy.

IMG_0956Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Bathroom Tub

IMG_0957 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Sink

IMG_0958 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Sink

While the tones of the bathroom aren’t my style, they’re fitting given the age of the hotel.

IMG_0959Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Shower

I quite liked the Molton Brown amenities, so suffice to say that the housekeepers found a few bottles gone missing by the end of our stay.

IMG_0960Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Bathroom Toiletries

Overall I thought the room was massive in terms of size, and well appointed, though I did feel like for such an expensive room there could be nicer touches. I tried to log in to the WiFi, though, and it was excruciatingly slow. Well, not really, the download speeds were fine and I could catch up with my friends. The upload speeds were bad enough for me to stop blogging, though (and that’s saying a lot).

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Our rollaways were being set up when we entered the room. While my dad’s featured a proper duvet and was fine, mine featured an airline-style blanket which I couldn’t sleep in the first night. The hotel allowed four people in the room, and if you allow us all in you might as well give us all the same amount of comfort, and not some scratchy cat-blanket.

IMG_0967 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Rollaway

IMG_0992Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Rollaway

I’ll try to start with the “soft product” of the hotel, so I’ll begin with the room. The first time my parents and I called reception to say that the room was too hot, we got instructions that we had to set the temperature of the room to “low” on the device that the room provided, as “low” meant temperature and not fan speed.

IMG_1015Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Deluxe Duplex Suite Temperature Controls

The room didn’t get any colder, so we asked someone else, who said that “high” was in fact the correct temperature. That didn’t work either, so we called the front desk a third time, where they said that the room didn’t provide air conditioning at all. WTF?

The fourth time I was once again told that since the hotel was 50+ years old, they didn’t use modern technology to cool the room, so I left it at that. But the hotel clearly markets that:

Advanced high-tech features include a built-in TV monitor in the bathroom and full air conditioning in all rooms.

Even if I’ve missed something, it’s sensible to expect that a room retailing for over 10,000 HKD has air conditioning, no?

Shortly after that my friends from the junior suite called to say that they found a half-eaten pizza below their bed on the second day of their stay. Even the guy we called up was left amused.

IMG_1189Hotel Victoria Jungfraujoch Junior Suite Afternoon Snack

Not long after my friends all received some chocolates with an apology card, so that’d been resolved, so I’ll leave that as a funny oversight and won’t blame the hotel any further at that.

Breakfast was served at Brasserie, one of the hotel’s restaurants. It was located off a tangent past a birdbath and further into one of the hallways branching off from the lobby.

IMG_1017Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Hallway to Breakfast

IMG_1018 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie

The restaurant is pretty well appointed for its age, and the seats are comfortable.

IMG_1019 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Restaurant Seating

The breakfast spread was good, though the exact same food was served every day. I guess I shouldn’t be complaining, as it is a blessing to have hot food during breakfast in Europe.

IMG_1020Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1021Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1022 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1023 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1024 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

There was South Asian food, which unfortunately was way bland for my liking.

IMG_1025 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1026 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1027 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1028 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1029 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1030 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1031 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1032 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1033 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1034 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

IMG_1035 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread

The juice was funny as well – I mean, just the package, as it definitely didn’t taste funny.

IMG_1036Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Spread Juice

There’s nothing like taking white congee and adding every type of seafood imaginable that the breakfast has to offer. Mmmm…

IMG_1386Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Brasserie Breakfast Congee

In terms of what else the hotel has to offer, they do have a nice spa area, which includes the gym and the pool. The pool was occupied at all times, so I couldn’t grab pictures, but it features two nice jacuzzis, a huge lap pool and an outdoor heated saltwater pool, so it’s a really nice area.

IMG_0980 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Spa Area

IMG_0985 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Spa Area

IMG_0984 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Spa Area

I didn’t manage to get pictures of the gym as there were people inside and I didn’t get quality workouts during my time there, but here are my best shots.

IMG_0983 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Gym

IMG_0982Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Gym

While I couldn’t eat there, the hotel’s other restaurants also look nice. This is La Terrasse, which is the high-end restaurant at the hotel.

IMG_1185Hotel Victoria Jungfrau La Terrasse

The hotel also features a nice bar, which was rather hard to find – though I did get the ice cream for myself my sister, which was over-the-top.

IMG_1186 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Bar

IMG_1187 Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Bar

At the bar, the associates first asked me if I was getting ice cream for myself or my sister, then when I was waiting, they asked me to “move out of the way” and “be patient”. Meow!

I mean, the ice cream sure was good, but…

IMG_1188Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Bar Ice Cream

Lastly, the service at the hotel was good. The service for the first few days were exceptional, though whenever we approached the front desk with a complaint, the associates there were blunt and almost borderline rude sometimes. I know we went down with valid points everytime, so we kind of cornered them, so all I can really say to that is “oops”.

Bottom Line

I wouldn’t be able to imagine paying HK$10,000 for this hotel with all the mishaps, but I won’t complain this time, given that my parents had a substantial discount on their final rate based on the package. I’m happy I visited the hotel, though I’m definitely not dying to return, and would definitely look at different options the next time I’m in Interlaken (not that I think I have a reason to ever be in Interlaken again..)

 

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