This main building opened in 1932, but since then several other structures have expanded the accommodations and activities for guests, special events, and conferences for Girl Guides, Girl Scouts, and leaders from all over the world. Our beds were in the lovely Spycher Chalet, a few yards in front of the main building:
See the two small windows of the attic under the roof? That was where our eight girls slept, and they loved it. It's a dorm room with eight beds:
Impeccably clean - it's Switzerland, of course - and comfortable, with soft, warm duvets and pillows, we all slept well. The other two chaperone moms and I had a smaller but equally comfortable room directly below, with four bunkbeds, a tall wardrobe, and a convenient table with chairs.
No membership in WAGGGS or any hosteling organization is required to stay overnight, and you would fare well here as a family, group, or budget traveler. The dorm rooms are only 45 Swiss francs per person per night and meals are 10 CHF for breakfast, 10 CHF for a packed lunch, and 15 CHF for dinner. There are even camping facilities available in the summer through early fall. Meals are offered in the large dining hall:
Do you hate shared bathroom and shower facilities? Be relieved, Our Chalet's very clean and numerous bathrooms on each floor will insure you accessibility and practical privacy most of the time. (I used the private handicapped bathroom with its glass-enclosed, high pressure, very hot water shower most of the time.)
The staff and young girl volunteers are helpful, knowledgeable, and interesting since they are from countries all over the world. Our favorite aides were Katie from the U.K., Anna from Finland, and Katja from Costa Rica who taught us the salsa.
The downside of Our Chalet? Its remoteness. Take my advice and don't refuse their advice to take a taxi from the bus stop to the chalet with your luggage. The "20 minute steep uphill walk" took us 2 HOURS, in the dark, following misleading signage, in our heavy snow clothes, dragging our luggage through snow and ice, up an enormously steep, narrow, winding road. When we arrived we were drenched with sweat and road splash and in very foul moods. What I consider my greatest planning error of the trip is now my best advice to you.
With remoteness, however, usually comes beauty - in the outdoors anyway - and this location is no exception. Our climb out of the Adelboden valley floor offered us magical views of the surrounding Alps and twinkling village below.
And finally, a big bonus for eight tired, traveling teenage girls was Skippy, Our Chalet's resident housecat: