Beautiful Spaces: A Room in a Chalet in the Swiss Alps

by Gigi Griffis

As you may already know, I’ve been living in Switzerland since mid-December. First waiting for my visa approval to come through. Then settling in. And all this while I’ve been bouncing around a little from guesthouse to guesthouse, room to room.

The second place I lived? An enormous, rustic chalet across from a quaint church and a snowy hiking path along the river.

I totally loved it.

It’s older and the rooms are simple, but I adore the rustic charm, the wood-paneled walls, the pretty valley views from the front-facing windows, and the massive, clean shared kitchen. I also adore the price, which starts at 30 Swiss Francs per night for one person in a small room or 25 francs per night if you’re staying for a whole month.

This is where Luna and I spent the first two weeks of February, snuggled up on the fourth floor with pretty snowy views outside our window and cozy down blankets inside.

The only downside? Occasionally it smelled like smoke (though there is no smoking in the chalet, so I’m guessing someone was breaking the rules while I was there) and there are no laundry facilities.

Other than that, though, it was very homey.

The name of this charming guesthouse? Chalet im Rohr.



Room in chalet im rohr

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Maria March 17, 2014 - 7:08 am

Are you in permanent digs now? We have seen pictures of the common area of this place I think. Very nice.

gigigriffis March 17, 2014 - 7:14 am

Not yet. Still floating and hoping! The place where you saw the common room was a friend’s house where I rented a room for a little bit. It got a little crowded (three ladies and two dogs in a smallish apartment), so I moved onto this little guesthouse for two weeks afterward.

Andrew March 19, 2014 - 11:55 am

Your shoulder still sore?

gigigriffis March 19, 2014 - 11:56 am

I think it’ll be stiff for a while.

Andrew March 21, 2014 - 9:15 am

stiffness is the battleground which yoga fights on.

Lin March 27, 2014 - 11:34 am

Love your blog! We have stayed in this Chalet several times but now we stay at the Hotel Stubbach next door. Lauterbrunnen is indeed an amazing place. This summer will be my 8th trip to this wonderful village. In 50 years not much has changed – new office building on the main road and the Youth Hostel. That’s about it.

gigigriffis March 27, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Thanks! Yeah – love this valley.

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