Bern, the capital city of Switzerland, is a Unesco World Heritage Site and offers some of its finest hospitality to visitors, from country inns to five-star hotels in the centre, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Founded in the 12th century on a hill site surrounded by the Aare River, Bern grew over the centuries into the charming red-roofed metropolis that it is today. Along with historical sites, the city is home to a thriving restaurant scene and the Pyrenean brown bears at the Bear Park are another prime attraction. For a fine stay in this fine city, check into one of these top Bern hotels.
The Bristol brings a touch of British flair to the Swiss capital. The design of the mid-sized rooms is warm and inviting. Lots of crisscrossed tartans adorn the beds and walls. If you’ve had enough of Swiss food and beer (also available here), you can knock back a Guinness at the Honesty Bar or tuck into a full English breakfast. The hotel, close to the main station, offers a Bed ‘n’ Bureau package for working trips. This gains you access to a special bedroom, kitted out with high-speed internet, office space and drinks and snacks to indulge in at your leisure. And if you’re travelling for pleasure, the Brompton Bike special includes a night’s stay, breakfast, a picnic to take in your rucksack and a Brompton Bike to take on a day tour.
Waltz over to the Savoy for a peaceful night’s stay. The handsome building has 63 rooms, which are divided into four categories, as well as a spacious suite on the top floor that is perfect for longer stays. The interiors are bright and airy, with minimalist furnishings. Perks include free wifi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and Nespresso coffee machines. The on-site bistro, which follows the contemporary aesthetic, serves up a breakfast buffet and light meals throughout the day.
Unique Hotel Innere Enge
If you like jazz, this country-style hotel will hit the right note. Firstly, Hotel Innere Enge is home to a renowned music venue, which has been delighting fans for almost 30 years. Secondly, it features 15 individually stylized jazz-themed accommodations, such as the Clark Terry and Louis Armstrong rooms. The rooms are furnished with unique memorabilia personally selected by the musicians, such as autographed pictures, instruments, sheet music and private items. If music’s not your jam, there are nine more traditional accommodation options. Another unique feature of this place is a yurt on the grounds which serves up warming fondue.
Parkhotel Schloss Hünigen
Turn your trip to Bern into a fairy tale with a stay in this refined 16th-century schloss, or castle. This elegant property sits amid verdant grounds, to the southwest of Bern proper. There are 49 delightful rooms on the premises with the Boutique Junior Suite being the grander option. Like the other rooms, this combines antique-style and modern furnishings with giant prints of aristocrats adorning the walls. For a fine feast, roll over to the Restaurant Rosarium, where you can tuck into multi-course menus and specialities such as roasted Emmental, veal knuckle and homemade truffle brie.
Cloak yourself in grandeur at this lavish spot. Bellevue Palace is the official guesthouse of the Swiss government and it has been operating for more than 150 years. The sumptuous rooms and suites combine classically elegant furnishings with modern-day comforts. Regal golds and reds are a running theme throughout the five-star hotel, along with gleaming chandeliers. Dine like a dignitary at the Vue restaurant, which serves up gourmet delights along with a splendid Belle Époque ambience and stunning views over the city.