Hotel Alfa Soleil

  • Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, Kandersteg

  • 3.5

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The family-run Hotel Alfa Soleil is a traditional building close to the centre of Kandersteg village. There's a huge variety of walking trails on the doorstep, and with the railway station just a five-minute walk away you'll have easy public transport access to the wider region too.

Great for families

The hotel is loved by guests for its relaxed atmosphere and guest-house feel. Each of the 30 bedrooms is individually styled and has a unique personality. Balcony rooms have spectacular mountain views, and some can fit additional bunk beds - a great option for families. There's a cosy piano lounge that's great for quiet evenings in, billiards, and a play area too.

Pretty gardens, and a relaxing pool & spa

The hotel is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and lovely gardens. The mini wellness centre has an indoor swimming pool that's perfect for a refreshing dip at the end of a day in the mountains. There's also a steam room, mountain water showers, a Finnish sauna, and a relaxation area.

Added value

Early booking offer available (book by 30 Mar)

No single supplement

Free daily afternoon tea and cake in the lounge (approx. 4-5pm), or ice cream on hot days in the garden

Free daily packed lunch

Half price rail, bus and boat travel with the Swiss Half Fare Card (worth over £100 per person)

Free use of village buses - with guest card (issued locally)

Free travel on Swiss Transport Network for children up to 15 years incl.

  • No. of rooms: 30
  • Official rating: 3


Twin Rooms are around 20m² sleep two people. These rooms have a shower, and are available for sole occupancy for a supplement.

Twin Rooms With Balcony are around 22m² and sleep two to four (with either a single or bunk bed as the extra bed, depending on occupancy - extra beds suitable for children aged 12 and under). These rooms have a bath with showerhead.

Junior Suites are around 28m² and sleep two to three (extra bed is a single sofa bed). These rooms have a balcony and bath with showerhead.

Two Room Suites are around 34m² and sleep two to four people (extra beds are single beds). These suites have two rooms with an interconnecting door, a balcony and a shared bathroom (with bath and showerhead).

Single Rooms are around 15m² and have a shower. These rooms are under the eaves.

All rooms have:

  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes

General information

  • Check-in: 2pm
  • Check-out: 11am

Local fees and taxes

A resort tourist tax of approx. CHF3.60 per person per night is payable locally (children aged 6-15 years pay a reduced rate of CHF2.50 per person per night, and guests aged 5 and under are exempt)


  • Steps into property: 0
  • Adapted rooms: 1 (room has walk-in shower but no other adaptations)
  • All public areas are on the flat
  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

With an “off the beaten track” feel, if you’re looking for unspoilt, traditional Swiss village charm, outstanding Alpine walking and the wow factor, then head to Kandersteg. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, don’t let the peaceful village atmosphere deceive you because there’s a ton of things to do here - over 550 kilometres of walking paths, picturesque mountain lakes and passes and lots for the adrenaline junkies.

Alpine passes and trails

Follow in the footsteps of Picasso and Sherlock Holmes as you explore the Gemmi Pass under the watchful eyes of Mount Matterhorn and Monte Rosa. The views are amazing! Or tick off a bucket-list walk and complete a section of the famous Via Alpina.

Get off the tourist trail and discover traditional villages and the vast undeveloped landscape of the Lötschen Valley. But you don’t have to go far to go big, and in Kandersteg you can also enjoy gentle walking along the River Kander or a visit to the Gasterntal - a glacier valley with vast waterfalls, wildlife and forests.

Exploring the area

Grab a morning coffee in one the cafés before exploring. Kandersteg is everything you expect from a pretty Swiss village with traditional wooden chalets, brightly coloured flower boxes and a 16th century church. Look out for the stunning engraved façade of Landgasthof Ruedihus, a hotel and restaurant that is 250 years old and the Ricola Herb garden, one of only five of their show gardens. Then head out of the village to Blausee nature park and museum and experience the clear water lake in a glass-bottom boat.

Lake Oeschinensee

Prepare for jaw dropping beauty! With its crystal-clear turquoise waters and the mountains in the background, Lake Oeschinensee is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Alps and makes for some amazing photos! Hire a rowing boat and drift lazily from the shore, linger lakeside for something to eat in one the restaurants or huts, or try the 750 metre toboggan run with a drop of 150 metres!

Crank up the action

For the bold, the Allmenalp Via Ferrata is a grade K4 climb to the east of Kandersteg, which crosses a river and waterfalls, rewarding your hard work and courage with stunning views. Or take your bike up to the Gemmi Pass by cable car from where you can choose how to ride down … the easy or the hard way? And don’t forget to have a go at mountain tubing (yes, that’s flying down a ski jumping hill in a tube at up to 90 kilometres an hour) or paragliding over the mountains. It doesn’t get much more wow factor than that!

Why book a summer holiday in Kandersteg with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Kandersteg’s best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Kandersteg include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team overseas can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.


Spa & wellness facilities

  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Mountain water showers
  • Relaxation area

Additional facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden/terrace with sun loungers
  • Billiards
  • Parking
Family Facilities
  • Cots & linen
  • Early meals for children on request
  • Children’s play corner (unsupervised)

The hotel provides an excellent Swiss-style buffet breakfast each day which includes a range of regional produce.

Packed lunches are included as part of the holiday price for Inghams guests, keeping you fuelled until afternoon tea time when you can enjoy complimentary tea/coffee and cake (or ice cream on hot days) between 4-5pm.

In the evenings a delicious four-course meal is served in Nico's Restaurant. Dishes are a combination of regional specialities and European cuisine, created where possible with locally-sourced ingredients. A choice of three main courses (meat, fish, and vegetarian) is offered to ensure there's something to suit everyone's tastes.

  • No of restaurants: 1
  • Dress code for restaurants:


Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
  • Dairy Free

Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free diets are subject to a supplement of CHF3 per day (payable locally).

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Longitude: 7.6743751
Latitude: 46.500511

  • Transfer time: Approx. 2hrs 45 mins by rail from Zurich airport or 3hrs by rail from Geneva airport. The journey involves one change of trains. On arrival/departure a porter service is available to transfer you from/to the station (porter service is available between 7.30am and 10pm).
  • 750 metres from the village centre
  • 900 metres from the train station
  • Less than 100 metres to the nearest bus stop
  • 950 metres to the Oeschinensee lift
  • 350 metres to the nearest supermarket

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Hotel Alfa Soleil
Bernese Oberland, Kandersteg
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