Grand' Rue 27, Couvet, Neuchatel, Switzerland
"In my view the 'Eagle Hotel' in the attractive village of Couvet, is an ideal place to stay for its aesthetics, its comfort and as a base for exploring the interesting Val de Travers. Besides there is an excellent restaurant attached with mainly produce 'du terroir' (of the region), which has a separate entry in Tripadvisor. From Couvet's railways station it is an about 7 minutes walk up the 'Grande-Rue', the main road, on which this former horse changing post from the 18th century is standing. At the front of the building is an arched gable, an architectonical feature often seen on traditional Emmental farmhouses, where it is called a 'Ründe'. Check-in was fast and I got a room on the first floor. There is no elevator, but help is offered, when needed. My room was looking over the terrace at the back. Some traffic noise can be expected from the main road or maybe from guests at the terrace, but only with open windows, almost none though at night. Very quiet with windows closed. The room was quite spacious, with parquet flooring, tastefully decorated and very comfortable with all I needed (no need I have for A/C at this altitude and for a minibar, which both were absent). The bathroom has enough storage space and there is even the possibility to get the shower full of steam, something not often seen. Breakfast has the classical Swiss choice with yoghurt, fruit salad, flakes and oats, with cheeses, cold cuts, boiled eggs, honey, jams and croissants. Coffee from the 'La Semeuse' roastery in La-Chaux-de Fonds is brought to the table, as well as the bred. By the restaurant is also a small shop with local produce, mainly with bottles of Val-de-Travers' famous absinthe to take home or for a present."
"The little town of Couvet is very nice. Especially with a brilliant absinthe distillery just across the street from the hotel. I've stayed at l'Aigle several times over several years and it's always been a very pleasant experience. The rooms are nice and clean and the service is perfect. The staff is very attentive and service minded. The restaurant won't let you down either. Everything from the simplest ham and cheese sandwich to the breakfast buffet and their evening dinners is perfect. This hotel truly is a gem in this region and I highly recommend it!"
"Freshly renovated rooms, charming wood-paneled dining room, good food with local touch (e.g. the Val de Travers buffalo and absinthe desserts), activities galore (don't miss the 55 km e-bike tour of the Creux du Van and the Gorges de l'Areuse hike; the hotel rents out e-bikes at the train station of Noiraigue)."