Situated above the village of Leysin, the Grand Chalet offers outstanding uninterrupted views across the Rhone Valley and to the Mt Blanc Massif beyond. The Bonelli Family has managed the Hotel since 1972 and it's been home to ISM's operations in Leysin for over 20 years. Jacky and Lysiane now run the hotel and welcome ISM clients and their families throughout the year.
The hotel is a rustic style Swiss chalet, with very traditional roots, offering a warm welcome and comfortable accommodation in a friendly family atmosphere. The newly renovated rooms feel bright and spacious and the kitchen serves delicious home cooked food. The 'A La Carte' menu offers a choice of regional and international dishes that are prepared and served fresh each day from locally sourced produce.
Typically clients arrive the day their course convenes and have time to settle in to their rooms which are allocated on a room share basis. If you would prefer a single room, this can be arranged, subject to availability, for a supplement. Please contact either the ISM office or the Grand Chalet in advance to arrange this. Very occasionally ISM exceeds its room allocation at the hotel and uses nearby accommodation of a similar standard with meals still being taken at the Grand Chalet.
You can check in from 2pm onwards on the day of arrival and the hotel serves evening meals from 6pm onwards. Unless a special arrangement has been made, all ISM courses start with a welcome drink and introductions between 6.45pm and 7pm where you'll meet your ISM Guide and chat through the week ahead. After this you'll normally have dinner as a group at around 7.30pm. Breakfast is served from 7.30am until 10am unless an earlier breakfast is required and organised beforehand.
If for any reason you are unable to attend the evening briefing, please do not worry as essential information can be relayed to you later or the following morning.
The hotel lounge is a warm and comfortable place to relax after a day rock climbing or a week up in mountain huts. There's a bar and log fire, helping create a very nice friendly atmosphere and a jacuzzi on the outside terrace to help you relax and unwind. The hotel offers free wifi and free storage for anyone wanting to leave any luggage. It also offers a laundry facility fpr 10CHF.
Getting to the Grand Chalet is very easy both by train or by car. If you're arriving by train, then change from the main line at Aigle and take the small cog railway up the mountainside to Leysin. There are three stations in Leysin as the village is perched on a steep hill, get off at 'Station Grand Hotel' which is the highest station and the hotel is only a couple of minutes walk. The small cog railway service from Aigle meets every main line train so that it links seemlessly and means you arrive at the Grand Chalet in good time without any hanging around.