<<"but even if we reserve we will still get charged a fee, I would rather book one that's free cancellation, no cancelling fee. ">>
I don't understand that . Even my preferred, well-known "classically Swiss" hotel in Wengen, the Hotel Schönegg, only charges cancellation fees starting 30 days before your date of booking.
I did not suggest the Schönegg, even though there prices (which are
about 35% higher than your target price), because this year they open
on June 3 for the summer season. That is not an unusual opening
date.Late June is a good bet in the region, because most things are open
and the school holidays have not begun yet.
And, if you book directly with the hotels, by telephone or through their web sites, there is no fee. Most hotels prefer that...it saves them a fee, too. I also find that if I telephone directly, after looking at the web site to understand booking costs and availability, that sometimes I may tend to get slightly better rooms or a few CHF off of the listed prices...maybe a little better view, or a little larger room, than some others in the same price range.
Hotel Silberhorn is also in Wengen. Their calendar shows the typical pattern of closing in November and December, and, this year at least, they are open in late May. Next years' calendar looks like they have not edited it yet, or that the hotel might be closed for some reason. Based on this years pattern next year would have rooms available.
In that case, if I wished to stay there (I have, it's fine, and, as you note, not cheap. Terrific location) I'd telephone now to understand availability
That area was "colonized" by the English years ago, and everyone speaks English.
I picked them because i thought that the might be open, not because they are cheap. They are not.
I did not suggest the Schönegg, even though there prices (which are about 35% higher than your target price), because this year they open on June 3 for the summer season. That is not an unusual opening date.Late June is a good bet in the region, because most things are open and the school holidays have not begun yet.
There are lots of nice hotels cheaper than those two in Wengen.
Here is another way to find hotels there. You might also post in the Accommodations Forum. I think I'd start there....Arno and Annika know that region extremely well, and will jump in quickly..
Some other ways to look in this Website:
Grindelwald is a reasonable choice also: