Switzerland - recommended hotels by Mark Sukhija

Switzerland has a bit of a rep for being pricey - and, depending on where you come from, that can be true. If you've ever spent any time in London , Switzerland not bad value. If you're from anywhere else, it's a bit pricey. But the quality is usually of a standard. I've included a selection of hotels from 2 / 3 star places to 5 star places - but all are places I've stayed in.

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  1. Best Western Hotel Baeren (Schauplatzgasse 4, CH-3011 Bern) - 3-star Best Western Hotel a matter of minutes from the UNESCO-listed Berne old town, the Best Western Hotel Baeren is excellent value for money. Clean, comfortable, good-sized rooms with a decent breakfast. Reception staff are pretty good and really quite helpful. Hard to beat in this price category.

  2. Fribourg

  3. Best Western Hotel de la Rose (Rue de Morat 1, 1702 Fribourg) - Centrally located in the historical centre of Fribourg , the Best Western Hotel de la Rose a matter of minutes from the impressive gothic Cathedral of St Nicholas. Facilities are basic but the the hotel is clean, functional and well located. Breakfast is pretty good and worthy of a mention. Overall, the Hotel de la Rose is excellent value for money.

  4. NH Hotel Fribourg (Grand Places 14, 1700 Fribourg) - Actually a tower block of a hotel, the NH Hotel Fribourg still provides good value for money. Facilities are pretty much what you'd expect from a mid-range tower block hotel and at reasonable prices. A steep walk uphill from central Fribourg means it also provides excellent views over the Old Town itself.

  5. Lugano

  6. Hotel Splendide Royale (Riva Antonio Caccia, 7, CH-6900 Lugano) - Five-star lake front hotel which is a winner in the Comfy Carpets Stakes and the Good Bathrooms Stakes. With rooms overlooking the garden or the lake, the only difference in quality is the view. And I recommend lake view rooms every time - all of which have a balcony to lounge on. Front of house and concierge are excellent. Beds great and comfortable. All rooms are spacious. Faultless.

  7. Neuchâtel

  8. Hotel Beau Rivage (1, Esplanade du Mont-Blanc, CH-2000 Neuchatel) - We've stayed at the Hotel Beau Rivage in Neuchâtel a couple of times now and have always been pleased with it. Right on the waterfront, the Hotel Beau Rivage offers rooms overlooking the Lake of Neuchâtel or town. Rooms are consistently comfortable and it does well in the comfy carpet stakes. Room bathrooms are equally worth a mention. It's our usual hang out for the Fêtes de Vedanges - a rather noisy affair but the noise is consistantly kept out. On our last stay a kick-bick was left in our room for use during our stay - nice touch! Me likes.

  9. Rapperswil

  10. Hotel Speer (Untere Banhofstrasse 5, 8640 Rapperswil) - When I first moved to Switzerland , I stayed at the Hotel Speer - which has a fantastic location close to the old town and directly over the road from the train station. Staff have always been very hospitable and professional. Rooms are comfortable and a good size. Highly recommended.

Related Posts

Berne - what not to miss What not to miss in the Swiss capital city of Berne
Berne - costumed Fasnachtler Costumed Fasnachtler in the Bernese old town
Berne - Fasnachtler Fasnachtler at the Berner Fasnacht in the Berne Bundesplatz
Berne - Fasnachtler playing the trumpet Trumpet playing fasnachtler at the Berne Bundesplatz for Berne Fasnacht
Berne Münster (Cathedral) - a brief history A brief history of the Cathedral in the UNESCO-protected old town of Berne
Neuchâtel - statue in the old town A statue in front of the castle in old town of Neuchâtel
Neuchâtel - Collegial Church history A history of the Collegial Church of Neuchâtel
Solothurn - the Cathedral sitting over old town of Solothurn View of the Cathedral and Solothurner Altstadt sitting over the River Aare


Further reading

Neuchâtel - how to get there - Information on how to get to Neuchâtel by rail

Switzerland - places not to miss - Sixteen places not to miss around Switzerland

Switzerland - festivals not to miss - Fantastic Swiss festivals to visit through the year

Neuchâtel - statue in the old town - A statue in front of the castle in old town of Neuchâtel

Neuchâtel - Guggenmusik @ Fêtes des Vendanges 2009 - Video of a Guggenmusik band playing at the Fêtes des Vendanges in Neuchâtel 2009

Neuchâtel - Fêtes des Vendanges 2009 - Travelogues from the Fêtes des Vendanges, Neuchâtel 2009

Neuchâtel - a day trip - Notes and information from our Saturday day trip to Neuchâtel

Rapperswil - What a visitor to Rapperswil needs to know

Rapperswil - getting there - How to get to Rapperswil (SG)

Zürich - day trips out of town - Suggested day trips and excursions from Zurich

Bern Tourism - Official website of Bern Tourism

Fribourg Tourisme - Official website of Fribourg Region Tourism

Lugano Tourism - Official website of Lugano Tourism

Neuchâtel Tourism - Official website of Neuchâtel Tourism

Rapperswil-Jona - Highlights of Rapperswil-Jona from the Verkersverein Rapperswil-Jona

Key facts

Name: Best Western Hotel Baeren
Schauplatzgasse 4, CH-3011 Bern
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Name: Hotel Beau Rivage
1, Esplanade du Mont-Blanc, CH-2000 Neuchatel
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Name: Hotel Speer
Untere Banhofstrasse 5, 8640 Rapperswil
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Name: Hotel Splendide Royale
Riva Antonio Caccia, 7, CH-6900 Lugano
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Name: NH Hotel Fribourg
Grand Places 14, 1700 Fribourg
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About Mark Sukhija

Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook