Karl Hauser

In 1870 the Giessbach estate was taken over by the well-known hoteliers, the Hauser family. The price of 900.000 francs was considered by most to be excessive. The purchase by Karl Hauser marked the beginning of a particularly eventful period in the history of the Giessbach. Hauser commissioned Horace Edouard Davinet, the most renowned hotel builder of the time, to design a new building. A palace hotel was planned. After two years of building work it opened its doors in 1875, five storeys high, with domed towers "à la Louvre" and a sweeping flight of stairs leading up to it. For passers-by there was the "Sommerwirtschaft" (Summer Restaurant); in 1879 the funicular railway was added. The hotel's clientele was made up of royalty from Russia, India, Africa and Europe, business tycoons, captains of industry and the landed gentry of Poland, Hungary and the Balkans.

Key advantages at a glance

Layout Livingroom and bedroom in tower, large bathroom
Beds Double bed
View Lake Brienz and waterfalls
Balcony No
Floor Third floor
Maximum occupancy 2 adults
Extra bed Up to 1 extra bed possible at extra charge
Room size 46 m² (484 sq ft)
Bathroom Bathtub
Smoking room No

Special features of the guest rooms

Room fittings Down duvets and pillows
Synthetic hypoallergenic pillows
Fluffy bath robe and slippers
Vegan hair care by Tara Smith
Flat Screen with Satellite TV
Jobin music box
Room safe
Internet access Free WiFi Highspeed Internet access
Services & Amenities Fruit platter
Welcome sweets
Giessbach mountain water
Free use of Giessbach funicular
24-hour Internet station
Multilingual reception staff
Free access to the maxi-bar (3rd floor)
Laundry and cleaning service (liable to cost)

Check In time and policies

Check In 3 pm
Check Out 11 am

Early arrival and late departure

If you are planning to arrive early and would like immediate access to your room, we recommend booking your room for the previous night. Similarly, for late departures: book one further night for use of the room until you leave. If you do not wish to book, we would be more than happy to store your baggage at the reception.

Guaranteed bookings and deposits

At the Grandhotel Giessbach, a guaranteed reservation will secure your room, even if you check in late (after 6 pm).  All bookings made via the website are guaranteed by credit card. Certain arrival dates and prices may require a deposit. Please check the full deposit conditions at the time of booking.

Cancellation conditions

One to three rooms can be cancelled free of charge up to 6 days before arrival (excluding special arrival dates and special prices); from 5 days we will charge 50 %, and 100 % on the day of arrival.

Credit cards

American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club